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Subj: It would be a perfect opportunity for the Mandarin to destroy Tony Stark & plunder Stark Industries from within ...
Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 at 04:38:54 am EDT (Viewed 89 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Perhaps a way to truly, finally hurt Stark, hurt him in a way that lasts forever
Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 at 04:46:18 pm EDT (Viewed 78 times)
... since the Mandarin has been presumed dead since December 2012.
In September 2013, Arno Stark is suspiciously (re)introduced on Earth-616 as the biological son of Howard Stark instead of being the future son of Morgan Stark.
Morgan has tried for decades to take over Stark Industries and Arno might inherit the company in the future. Morgan worked for the Maggia (Count Nefaria & Big M) and then Mordecai Midas & Madame Masque. Morgan once used a visio-projector to make Tony hallucinate and think he's seeing aliens. Andros, another relative of Morgan & Arno, also became a supervillain in the future.
So, just like Morgan used to work for supervillains, Arno might currently work for Mandarin.
Mandarin has the technological know-how to program and control a dysfunctional Rigellian Recorder.
You'll also notice that Amanda rhymes with Mandarin.
And, when Mandarin started his career, he used to be obsessed with the legacy of his lineage (his dead parents, his aunt and, last but not least, Genghis Khan). So, he might have decided to deprive Tony of his inheritance.
Mandarin used to "play chess" against Tony Stark but, since his "death", he might have decided, instead, to play a complex "Go game" against his archenemy.
A weird theory :
It is even possible that "Arno Stark" is actually an alias. The current "Arno Stark" might be the result of the Extremis virus on the Mandarin or one of his minions.
Currently, Arno is ... Mandarin City's new custodian. The current name of the city is ... Troy (as in Trojan Horse ?).
The city was attacked by the new bearers of the Mandarin's rings (smoke & mirrors ?).
What if Arno Stark is the true Mandarin, reborn since the conclusion of Iron Man Vol 4 #28 ?
The Fraction Mandarin might have been a decoy from the beginning.