Marvel movies are great, but they have one glaring problem: there are a lot of characters in the comics and hardly enough movies to cram them into. This might be one reason fans lost their collective minds when the Mandarin was revealed to be nothing more than an actor in Iron Man 3. A favorite villain seemed to be depicted excellently throughout the film, only to [SPOILER ALERT] be, in fact, an actor. Later, the film’s real bad guy, Aldrich Killian, claimed he was the Mandarin. So fans were left wondering if the MCU-version Mandarin was actually fake, or just some vengeful white guy.
The handling of the Mandarin was so botched that Marvel later came out with a One Shot short film revealing that there was actually a really real Mandarin, but that we never got to meet him. In any case, it doesn’t seem like we’ll be seeing the Mandarin anytime soon. Given that Marvel movies only come out 2-3 times a year, this doesn’t give us much of a chance to see this character when Marvel is busy cramming in new characters and plots into these films.