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Old May 15 2013, 01:50 AM   #211
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Re: "Iron Man 3" Review and Discussion Thread (spoilers)

To be fair, his level of vulnerability would be as good as the plot demands, so Ironman wouldn't necessarily win so easily.
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Old May 15 2013, 02:28 AM   #212
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For Alidar: The connection of the 10 Rings in IM2 is admittedly paper tissue thin. I went looking in Google Images for a screenshot of the credits. I had thought the credits listed the "mystery man" who gives Ivan the plane ticket and credentials to get into Monaco was listed as "10 Rings Informant". So, even if my memory is close he's never actually identified in the film as such.

Not that this next thing strengthens the case for the average movie goer but in the Special Features of IM2 they do a segment and do refer to him in that manner "10 Rings Mystery Informant".
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Old May 15 2013, 02:30 AM   #213
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Eh, the credits are the credits. I'm not putting a lot of faith into that. Granted, I agree that the original plan was to do this, but plans change. I can't hold that against Iron Man 3.
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Old May 15 2013, 02:35 AM   #214
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True. They really should've spelled it out more in IM2, no matter how briefly during the actual film. I feel the special features piece to fully identify him as such was their way of trying to acknowledge that they didn't do it in the film, editing, rewrite or what have you and it got lost along the way.

Still, Feige acknowledges Shane approached him to change Mandarin and he approved. I'm curious to know how he was written in the film prior to Shane Black's approach to go with what we got.
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Old May 15 2013, 02:39 AM   #215
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I'd be curious too. Mind you, I don't mind the change at all, I'm just curious about the creative process always.
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Old May 15 2013, 06:17 AM   #216
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I don't think I'd commented on the 10 Rings/Mandarin thing yet, but I think there are two explanations, both of which have been mentioned by other posters. Either A) Killian was behind the group the whole time or B) he just stole the image and decided to use it for Mandarin.
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Old May 15 2013, 01:15 PM   #217
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I don't think I'd commented on the 10 Rings/Mandarin thing yet, but I think there are two explanations, both of which have been mentioned by other posters. Either A) Killian was behind the group the whole time or B) he just stole the image and decided to use it for Mandarin.
I'll go with C.... Marvel simply threw continuity out the window for IM3.

That being said, there really wasn't anything tying the Mandarin from IM3 to the 10 Rings group from the first movie other than fake Mandarin having 10 rings on his fingers. And the common movie-goer wouldn't notice any of that.

The more I think about it, the more I think Marvel dropped the ball with IM3. After Avengers, it would make sense to introduce alien tech (the rings) to go up against Tony-tech. A more comic inspired Mandarin would have simply been a more dangerous foe. I just couldn't buy Killian as a criminal mastermind at all.

and speaking of which, just what was Killian's motivation? Maybe I zoned out when that got explained, but to me it seemed like he went emo simply because Tony blew off their roof meeting.
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Old May 15 2013, 02:19 PM   #218
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Iron Kiss Kiss Lethal Weapon Man Rises 3: But it was pretty terrible. The whole movie seemed like Downey saying, folks, thank you, I appreciate what this franchise has done for me and the Jack Nicholson Batman money that Avengers made for me (70 million), but I need to move on. I’ll do Avengers 2 and maybe three, but let’s wrap up the Iron Man series. Let’s face it, only the first one was really good, and I think that was only because we were all so surprised at Downey’s performance. That and for the first time ever I didn’t loathe Gwenyth Paltrow on screen.

I walked out of the theatre kinda meh. They came too close to Spider Man three retconning for my tastes, Guy Pearce yelling “I AM THE MANDARIN!!” I think he almost went ahead and said ”And I was the one who had you confined in the cave!”

But the ending hacked me off, but it didn’t for a few days. A few days later I found out in the Junior Novelization the end of the book isn’t “I am Iron Man.” Its “I am Tony Stark.” What a perfect way that would have bookended the trilogy but the Mouse is greedy and they’re going to keep backing up the dump trucks full of money to Downey’s house, so they changed the ending.
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Old May 15 2013, 02:45 PM   #219
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I don't think I'd commented on the 10 Rings/Mandarin thing yet, but I think there are two explanations, both of which have been mentioned by other posters. Either A) Killian was behind the group the whole time or B) he just stole the image and decided to use it for Mandarin.
Was there any actual connection to the Ten Rings from the first movie and the Mandarin now?
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Old May 15 2013, 03:10 PM   #220
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The name/title of Mandarin is never explicitly used in Iron Man 1, no, not that I recall. Someone can say otherwise if I'm mistaken.

At the close of Iron Man 3 Killian yells, paraphrase, "I've been in control the whole time, I AM THE MANDARIN"

What is "the whole time"? Does that encompass the 13yrs back to Bern that you were stiffed on the rooftop? Implying that indeed you did have a hand in anything 10 Rings related over that time?
Does it mean only since the Mandarin came on the scene? Which would be less than a year, cause he only emerges post-The Events in NY of The Avengers film as Tony makes mention of in the opening of the film when he 'turns on his tv'.

I'm not convinced they thought that out, the ramifications of what the 10 Rings/Mandarin change would mean to it in the big picture. Shane Black asked for a change and got it, Feige should've been the one looking at it more in context of big picture.

Could the 10 Rings group be pissed they've been co-opted, maybe? Could Killian be a ruse of a real Mandarin? Maybe? But to wheel out a Mandarin who actually is a threat now, in this cycle of IM films, seems riskier cause most moviegoers have accepted the joke version.
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Old May 15 2013, 03:59 PM   #221
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My question was whether there was anything in Iron Man 3 that tied to the terrorist group in Iron Man 1.
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Old May 15 2013, 05:18 PM   #222
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Other than the 10 Rings logo used, not that I recall.
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Old May 15 2013, 06:00 PM   #223
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Ok, did they use that logo the first time?
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Old May 15 2013, 06:15 PM   #224
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I know we see the logo during the ransom scene in IM1, where Tony is bound, head covered. It's the backdrop of the scene on a red canvas or curtain material. Can't recall if it's anywhere else. A logical place might be in the tents when Stane comes to visit, to steal the Mark 1, but I can't say I recall with certainty.

One would assume that their logo is known(within the MCU prior to IM showing up), has been known, which leads to the theory Killian co-opted it. Gave it a face as he noted.
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Yeah, that's plausible.
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