Many have thought that Tahir would be The Mandarin, because of the connction his character has made with The Ten Rings. But, in the novelization of the film it hints that he is more like a general to the terrorist and that The Mandarin would be the leader. Well in an interview with Moivefone had this to say on the character:
“At some point, they want to introduce Mandarin into the storyline and my character, like Mandarin, was the leader of the Ten Rings,” said Tahir. “We’re leaving it open because, partly, it makes good business sense for us to leave a little bit of uncertainty for people to speculate on.”
Tahir does make a good point on speculation. It worked wonders when War Machine was hinted at in the first film, and now we get him in the second.
Tahir also had this to say, “[Favreau] has known for a long time where he wants to take it and I don’t want to speak for him, but my feeling is that the second movie didn’t want to just follow a singular storyline. They wanted to expand the characters to show that it’s not a linear saga like Lord Of The Rings. There’s a linkage somewhere in there, but the big idea is to do at least one more Iron Man! movie and then go into The Avengers!”
I do like the idea of the film not being in a singular storyline. I mean it worked out so well for The Matrix sequels, right? I don’t however think we will get a third Iron Man before The Avengers is released, but who knows?
What do you think?