Over a year on and the audience remains divided by the twist in "Iron Man 3" despite the film becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time.
Generally it seems that those familiar with the character through only the film series didn't have much issue with the twist revolving around the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), and/or actually found it one of the film's strengths.
Quite a few fans of the comic however remain livid, complaining that it essentially turned one of Marvel's iconic villains into a joke. Speaking with IGN this week ahead of the release of "The Rover," actor Guy Pearce, who played Aldrich Killian in "Iron Man 3," has reflected on the twist:
"Personally, I loved it. I was never a comic book fan growing up, so I have no attachment to the [Mandarin]. I mean, I get it. The loyalty to those characters, I totally get it.
But based on the sort of single-entity movie -- and particularly based on Ben Kingsley's performance -- I just adored what that turned into. But I do certainly understand that some die hard fans kind of went, 'Aww... Come on!'"