|Because of his mad bling, baby....|
Evicted out of mainland China when the Communists took his family's wealth, the Mandarin (his true name unknown, and a descendant of Ghenghis Khan) stumbled into a lost valley where he discovers the ruins of a spaceship piloted by a dragon with ten powerful rings because COMICS!
The important thing here, however, is that the Mandarin now had the means to avenge himself upon the Chinese government, and later, ALL governments. His study of the alien rings led him to realize that technology would not just be a means to terrorize, but to rule as well. See, that whole "Fu Manchu" mystic ancient evil shtick is misleading to most. The Mandarin has it in for Tony Stark because Stark's armor is a symbol - of protection, of technology at its most beneficial. So too has the Mandarin used his ten rings as a symbol - of technology barely understood, and therefore lethal.
|The Ten Rings from Iron Man the Movie|
Now here we are finally at IRON MAN 3 (opening 3 May 2013 in theatres everywhere), and the Mandarin brings it all to Tony Stark's front door.
|Sir Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin|
This is the showdown that Iron Fans have been waiting for: The Mandarin finally faces off against ol' Shellhead. And we at ThoughtBalloons couldn't be more thrilled at the prospect of seeing this fantastic villain finally grace the silver screen. We will do our best to show you why he is an evil to be reckoned with. And don't forget, you aspiring writers-to-be out there can play along too. In fact, here's a handy dandy tip sheet to help you work out the rings, if you so desire: