Marvel Studios’ original plan for Mandarin in 2008’s Iron Man has been revealed. The first film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe saw the studio figure out how to make the best possible solo film for Tony Stark, which meant changing the plans quite often. When Iron Man was originally conceived, the plan was for Stark’s primary comic antagonist known as The Mandarin to be the central villain. This left Obadiah Stane as a secondary villain who could be a threat down the road, but Marvel eventually decided that it was best to leave Mandarin out of Jon Favreau’s film.
The MCU might have canceled plans for Mandarin to be in Iron Man, but the desire for him to be in the universe