- “He was a warrior king. He inspired generations of men through the Middle Ages; Perhaps even further back in time.”
- ―Jackson Norriss on the history of The Mandarin[src]
The Mandarin was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck.
In prison, Trevor Slattery was visited by Jackson Norriss to document Trevor's history posing as the Mandarin under Aldrich Killian's orders. When Norriss explained his true nature to Trevor Slattery, the agent of the Ten Rings tells the story of Mandarin which dates to ancient times. Then Norriss informs him that his boss, the real Mandarin want to have a talk with him.
The Mandarin will finally make his MCU on-screen appearance in this film, most likely acting as an antagonist to Shang-Chi.
Marvel Animated Universe
The Mandarin has a brief cameo in "The Breakout" among the escaped prisoners.
- In the novelization of Iron Man, Raza claims he is wearing one of the Mandarin's rings. This may suggest a mark of leadership to all of the lieutenants in the Ten Rings hierarchy.
- According to Jackson Norris, the Mandarin's origins claim him to be a warrior king who goes as far back in recorded history as the Middle Ages. This would imply the Mandarin is either immortal or it is a title given to every leader of the Ten Rings.
- The Ten Rings terrorist group in the original Iron Man is a reference to the magic rings the Mandarin possesses in the comics.
- Marketing information for Iron Man 3 gave the idea that the Mandarin would act as the main antagonist. However in a twist, it is revealed that the antagonist was Aldrich Killian as the false Mandarin and Trevor Slattery acting in the image of the Mandarin, although All Hail the King has confirmed that there is a real Mandarin, who will appear as the main antagonist of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.