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View Poll Results: Who is your favorite villain?
Obadiah Stane 82 50.00%
Ivan Vanko 11 6.71%
Justin Hammer 8 4.88%
The Mandarin 9 5.49%
Aldrich Killian 54 32.93%
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Old 02-03-2014, 12:43 AM   #126
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I really liked Vanko even though there could've been more to his character. I liked Killian as well, but I'll have to vote for Stane.

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Old 06-06-2014, 11:57 AM   #127
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:48 PM   #128
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Stane, though none of them were that great. Well, aside from Trevor, but I don't think he counts.

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Old 06-06-2014, 08:01 PM   #129
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I voted for the Mandarin (meaning Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery) because out of all the villains, he was the most memorable, most compelling, and most mysterious. Even though some longtime fans disliked the twist with his character (which is understandable), I thought it was a clever interpretation of the Mandarin in a medium outside comics. I also thought that Kingsley brought great elements of the classic Mandarin from the comics while adding new elements to make the Mandarin more unique and more relevant to the MCU. Kingsley's acting really made a difference, giving both the Mandarin and Trevor a wide variety of emotions and mannerisms.

While all of the Iron Man villains had some good qualities, I don't think any of them gave as memorable performances as Kingsley's Mandarin did, and Kingsley's Mandarin seems to have gotten the best reviews and recognition from general audiences and critics alike. That makes sense to me, because the Mandarin was simultaneously eerie and surprising, and this combination made him more compelling than your average movie antagonist.

In addition, I love the Mandarin's look. It's one of the most creative costume designs for a comic book film villain ever. I like the combination of ancient warrior symbols with modern terrorist motifs, which is simultaneously regal and eerie. For all these reasons, the Mandarin is my favorite.

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Old 07-21-2014, 11:53 PM   #130
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The Mandarin pre-twist.

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Old 08-01-2014, 10:36 AM   #131
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Killian never even comes off like a real threat. Once they reveal that The Mandarin isn't real, it leaves the movie without a real villain. It just has that, "Let's get this over with" feel to it from that moment on. The stakes completely disappear, and it's a full-blown comedy.

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Old 08-01-2014, 10:55 AM   #132
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No, it sacrificed the villain in order to deliver a better plot, instead of the usual "the ultimate villain" thing we've been getting since the success of Heath Ledger's Joker.

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Plenty of male-led action films fail, yet the actors' gender is not blamed. Why should it be different for women? Especially since far more male-led action films are made than female-led action films?
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