I was plesently surprised with this take on the Mandarin for a few reasons. One, Ben Kingsley is hilarious in this role. Two, it was a good twist. And three, the Mandarin in the comics has never struck me as a villain for Iron Man. Iron Man on his own tends to take on foes like him who use advanced technology and science. While the Mandarin does have some of that element he's also a mystical eastern villain who seems more like a foe for Dr. Strange or Iron Fist.