Dave Galanter
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Grey Gargoyle

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The Mandarin

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Subj: Re: What is Kang's imagery supposed to evoke, anyway? [spoilers & speculations about past, present & future MCU movies] [edited]
Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 at 06:12:10 am EST (Viewed 248 times)
Reply Subj: Re: What is Kang's imagery supposed to evoke, anyway? [spoilers & speculations about past, present & future MCU movies]
Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 at 02:45:31 pm EST (Viewed 254 times)

    That sounds dry compared to Stan Lee's origin.

You don't like it. I can understand that since he is your favorite character \:\-\)

I tried to imagine a #1 archfoe in the MCU who wouldn't be Loki or Thanos.

They tried with Ultron but it didn't work, in my opinion.

Since the MCU centered around Iron Man & the Avengers, Mandarin & Kang seemed like the most obvious choices.

Unfortunately, in the Iron Man films, Mandarin has been deconstructed into multiple characters :
- the Ten Rings group in the 1st movie
- the barbarian look of Whiplash in the 2nd movie
- Slattery & Killian in the 3rd movie.

The "All Hail the King" short film doesn't change anything because most of the audience remember the 3rd movie but are not aware of the short DTV films.

On another note, Rama-Tut/Kang cannot be used in a MCU movie.

That's why I thought that it would be fun to create a new character sharing characteristics with both the Mandarin & Kang.
And since more than one alternate evil Stark appeared in the comics, it was tempting to make this new character a rogue member of the Stark family.

Now that I think about it, hmmm, actually, he would be the equivalent of the Reverse Flash for the MCU. (-_°')

An alternative would be to do it the other way around :
Mandarin has his classic origin in pre-revolutionary China but instead of an alien ship, he discovers a crashed chronoship and learns how to master its future technology.

Still, either way, I like very much the idea of the Mandarin going back to Middle Age China at the time when the Mongol Empire ruled over it and become one of the mandarins of Kublai Khan and create the Ten Rings Group back then.

It reminds me Marco Polo's Book of the Marvels of the World.

Post Scriptum :
I think that, in Iron Man 3, the character played by Guy Pearce should have been named Tiberius Stone (or another one of Iron Man's evil businessmen such as Gregory Stark or Morgan Stark) instead of Aldrich Killian.
I know that Aldrich Killian was the co-creator of Extremis but he was only a footnote in the story of the comic book.
Also, Marvel shouldn't have killed the character at the end of Iron Man 3.

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