So a thread to discuss the probability that what we saw in the film will have ties to future MCU films in Phase 2 or beyond. And no I'm not talking about themes and motifs. Yes of course Tony Stark will remain a hero. What I mean is The Mandarin. [BLACKOUT]And no I don't mean Killian. Not literally at least.[/BLACKOUT] Apparently Kevin Feige has stated that upon multiple viewings you may see ties and deeper connections in this movie for the rest of Phase 2. (someone will have to try to help me find a source for this) Spoiler Now, throughout the film they refer to The Mandarin as "Master" multiple times. Could this be an allusion to the Masters of Evil? How many times do they refer to The Mandarin as The Master? These are the one's I caught: 1. "The Master is about to record and you know how he gets..." - Killian 2. "The Master is travelling..." - unnamed guard 3. "I didn't know you and The Master were gonna blow the place up!" - Maya The Ten Rings organization was never truly seen to be disbanded. A terror organization with as many branches as seen in IM and IM2 that is still at large? C'mon. That's not something we as fans can just blow over. Someone still controls them. Speaking of organizations still at large. How about AIM? This one's obvious, but we'll be seeing more of them. With or without Killian or The Mandarin. Kingsley's character Trevor Slattery mentions he was offered "more drugs" was this a joke or a hint that he too was powered by Extremis? Was it just me or was there sort of a hive-mind mentality to the Extremis soldiers? Did the Mandarin have control of them all? Is he still alive as long as Extremis is still alive? Food for thought everyone. I, for one, think that Joss and Feige may have had more in mind with this film. They wanted it to be standalone to avoid problems seen in Iron Man 2. But as long as we aren't aware that they added Phase 2 build up... we can't complain about it right?