Re: The Mandarin in Iron Man 3...Love it or hate it? - Part 2
I personally would prefer neither Trevor nor Killian to really have ever been the real Mandarin. The real Mandarin having never shown up in this movie at all is the way I'd go. Just make him some urban legend connected to the 10 Rings which Killian and his think tank appropriated for their schemes. Then later you can do the Mandarin right/justice. Simple.
There's no such thing as a movie that's too big to fail.