#3 THE MANDARIN COMETH
The primary antagonist for the upcoming Iron Man 3 will be none other than The Mandarin. This character is commonly thought of as the nemesis of Iron Man in the comic books, and the film’s creators have known that since before they made the first movie.
“He was a part of every draft of “Iron Man 1” until about three months before we started filming,” said Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige. The character was also brought up when they set out to make Iron Man 2. “Each time we came to another film, we talked about the Mandarin but just didn’t have a great idea of how to do it. His appearances in the comics are very dated in a lot of them. They are not appropriate anymore and he’s been updated in many ways. But not in a way that we ever found would work for the movie.
Director Jon Favreau says they decided to take a page from another series for their use of The Mandarin. “I looked at the Mandarin more like how in ‘Star Wars’ you had the Emperor, but Darth Vader is the guy you want to see fight. Then you work your way to the time when lightning bolts are shooting out of the fingers and all that stuff could happen. But you can’t have what happened in Return of the Jedi happen in Star Wars.”