Re: Why no Mandarin
The Mandarin is still being featured in current comics, but he's not so much a Fu-Manchu type anymore, just an Asian corporate type.
If the person you're seeing ever asks the question "Who is Stan Lee?", promptly kick their ass to the curb.
Who the **** makes a movie and while planning it is like, "you know what this needs...is some Greg Kinnear."