Curiosity Inc. wrote:
I think it's more due to the fact that the Chinese are co-financing this movie now, and the chances of their approving a Chinese villain in an American film is very sketchy.
Then again, if Iron Man won't be part of some conflict in China, then why did Marvel go so far out of their way to get them involved? Does Iron Man have any other Chinese adversaries? Fin Fang Foom, maybe?
doesn't the Mandarin get his rings from Fin Fang Foom's race? I feel if they do Foom they should probably do Mandarin in the same movie,
Well Shane Black said that he hates Mandarin and considers him a racist stereotype, but I'm not sure if it was ever directly stated that the Mandarin was definitely not the villain.
One more person saying this
and I'll start thinking people believe it's "cool" to use that poor excuse to not use an awesome villain.
I'd much rather have Shane Black saying "Nah, I prefer the Crimson Dynamo for my movie!"
I personally think that it was a lie to throw people off the scent anyway.
I'd hate to see Crimson Dynamo, we've already had IM fighting armour suits in 2 movies, I don't want another.
although if they were to do a movie set in the 70s or something I'd love to see Anton Vanko attempting to or succeeding in building Crimson Dynamo after being deported back to Russia. a movie like that would be a great way to give Black Widow an origin as some sort of child assassin, and also reveal Winter Soldier as some sort of soviet experiment (who is on ice and could potentially be resurrected in a future CA movie)