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The Mandarin

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Subj: Swiss Knife
Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 at 04:56:32 am EDT (Viewed 146 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Apex villain of the MCU ... my imagination gone wild ... [edited]
Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 at 01:28:04 pm EDT (Viewed 132 times)

    He's usually listed as being six-foot-one, but is actually drawn at least six-foot-four. I get the impression that he's intended to be a more primitive, savage version of Stark. What Stark would look like if he turned into Mr Hyde.

Yes, I totally agree. Mandarin is based on Tony Stark (just like Victor Von Doom is based on Reed Richards, Magneto on Charles Xavier, Otto Octavius on Peter Parker, Mordo on Stephen Strange, Egghead on Hank Pym and Strucker on Nick Fury).

The same could be said about Zemo & Captain America, even though the Red Skull first comes to mind. Zemo was specifically created by Stan Lee as the counterpart of Captain America in the Masters of Evil (since, at the time, the Red Skull hadn't made yet his comeback).

About Kang & the Avengers, it is also true but it is more subtle. Kang is a conqueror (// Captain America is a soldier), was considered a living god, a pharaoh, in Ancient Egypt (// Thor is a viking god) and has access to futuristic weaponry (// Iron Man). Also, just like Enchantress, Executioner, Hawkeye, the Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver, his character was recycled from another Marvel book before becoming a recurring Avengers character.

(By the way, Stan Lee created all these "warlords + scientists" in a very short time :
- July 1962 - Doctor Doom
- September 1963 - Magneto
- October 1963 - Rama-Tut
- February 1964 - Mandarin
- March 1964 - Zemo
- September 1964 - Kang
... which explains why they are all based on the same mold.)

In the case of Mandarin, I think that Stan Lee made him a Swiss Knife on purpose (like you said : warlord, scientist, martial artist ...).

Even his most iconic weapons, the Ten Rings, add to that feeling.

It is totally logical since Tony Stark is a weapons designer, the main financier of the Avengers team and the provider of SHIELD's weaponry ...

So I'd say that the versality of one is matched by the versality of the other.

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