Re: "Iron Man 3" Review and Discussion Thread (spoilers)
Captain Craig wrote:
I just find it odd that people respond as if the caricature Fu Man Chu original 60's version of Mandarin was expected. Was the only serious route possible.
The character has evolved like others over the decades. It may be that the Chinese co-financing is to blame for us getting a Mandarin in name only. They may have had a clause saying that in no form will a Chinese man be the serious bad guy. Shame really cause The Mandarin deserved to be taken seriously and the notion that Killian was also actually Mandarin, while working within the movie, is just weak.
Handling the Mandarin the way they did was all the writers' idea; it had nothing to do with any 'political correctness' sensitivity.
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