Re: The Mandarin in Iron Man 3...Love it or hate it? - Part 2
I still hate it but I give respect to Feige and Marvel Studios for their testicular fortitude in trying to take chances. I do NOT credit Black much though since it seems to me that here we had another Raimi/Venom scenario. He didn't like the character and so wanted to change him to suit his whim. He's a one time director for the MCU who's gonna move on to other things and this film was about as guaranteed a hit before it even opened as you can get. He doesn't have to stick around and deal with the fall out and he didn't put nearly as much on the line as someone like Feige did, who WILL be sticking around.
About the best I can credit Black with is the ability to successfully sell Feige on the idea, kinda like when Favs sold him on casting RDJ back in the first film. Well, the longer you roll the dice the greater the chances of snake eyes.
What if Civil War ended with Cap and Tony realizing both of their best friends are named James?