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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of the Mandarin from the Marvel Cinematic film series. The mainstream version can be found here: Mandarin (Marvel).
So, you mean to tell me that you don't know the history of the Mandarin himself? He was a warrior-king..... inspired generations of men through the Middle Ages, perhaps even further back in time.
~ Jackson Norriss explaining about the Mandarin.

The Mandarin is a major antagonist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, mostly in the Iron Man film trilogy. He is the founder and leader of the terrorist organization Ten Rings, and is currently at large due to his identity remaining anonymous to the public.

History

Beginnings

According to Jackson Norriss, there was a rumor that the Mandarin had many followers, who described him as an ancient warrior-king that has inspired generations of men since the Middle Ages, perhaps even further back in time. It is unknown if that rumor was true or not.

Iron Man

The Mandarin doesn't appear, nor is mentioned in Iron Man, but he sets his plot in furthering the goals of the Ten Rings by arranging Raza and a couple of terrorists to kidnap Tony Stark and hold him for ransom in an attempt to gain advanced weapons for their own goals (thanks to a deal with Obadiah Stane). However, Stark escaped captivity by using his new advanced armor to defeat Stane and the terrorists, much to the Mandarin's anger.

Iron Man 2

The Mandarin doesn't appear, nor is mentioned in Iron Man 2, but it is implied that he sent one of his agents to aid Ivan Vanko to kill Stark at the Prix de Monaco. To that end, the agent gave Vanko a pass to enter the race for the opportunity. However, Stark foiled this with his armor again before using his new armor (along with Rhodes') to defeat Vanko, much to the Mandarin's anger.

Iron Man 3

The Mandarin is mentioned in Iron Man 3, where Aldrich Killian hired a drunken actor named Trevor Slattery to impersonate the Mandarin as part of Killian's true plan of using Extremis experiments as purposeful attacks on the U.S. government. Needless to say, Stark managed to avoid this by purposely self-destructing all of his armor to destroy the Extremis soldiers, allowing Pepper to defeat Killian for good.

All Hail the King

The Mandarin serves as the unseen secondary antagonist of the short film, as he is very upset at Slattery (who is currently in Seagate Prison) for (unintentionally) stealing his name and making a mockery of his beliefs. As such, he sends Jackson Norriss to break Slattery out of prison and bring him over in person.

Trivia

  • Due to not being identified or having fully appeared in any MCU installment, the Mandarin could possibly have a larger role in the franchise's future after Avengers: Endgame. Considering that Iron Man, his archenemy in the comics, died in such film, however, it's unlikely that he will ever appear unless he becomes enemy of another main character.
    • Kevin Feige confirmed on his Reddit account in 2019 that Marvel Studios has plans to feature the real Mandarin in the future.
  • Initially, Aldrich Killian was intended to be the franchise's version of the Mandarin. However, due to backlash from fans, Marvel changed this by releasing the one-shot All Hail the King featuring Ben Kingsley's return as Trevor Slattery, in which the short film revealed that the real Mandarin is a separate individual.

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Movies
Iron Man: Iron Monger | Ten Rings (Raza Hamidmi Al-Wazar, Abu Bakaar, Ahmed & Omar)
The Incredible Hulk: Emil Blonsky | Strategic Operations Command Center (Thunderbolt Ross & Kathleen Sparr) | Samuel Sterns | Tough Guy Leader
Iron Man 2: Whiplash | Hammer Industries (Justin Hammer, Jack & Hammer Drones) | Ten Rings (Ten Rings Agent) | Senator Stern | Black Widow | Anton Vanko
Thor: Loki Laufeyson | Frost Giants (Laufey, Grundroth, Hailstrum, Raze & Jotunheim Beast) | The Destroyer | Jasper Sitwell
Captain America: The First Avenger: HYDRA (Red Skull, Arnim Zola, Heinz Kruger, HYDRA Lieutenant & Velt) | Adolf Hitler | Roeder | Hutter | Schneider
The Avengers: Loki Laufeyson | Chitauri (The Other & Leviathans) | HYDRA (Gideon Malick & Jasper Sitwell) | Georgi Luchkov | Thanos
Iron Man 3: A.I.M./Extremis Soldiers (Aldrich Killian, Eric Savin, Trevor Slattery, Ellen Brandt, Sweat Shop Agent & Maya Hansen) | Vice President Rodriguez
Thor: The Dark World: Dark Elves (Malekith the Accursed & Kurse the Strong) | Loki Laufeyson | Marauders (Duhg & Kronan Marauder) | Jotunheim Beast | The Collector
All Hail the King: Trevor Slattery | Herman | Ten Rings (Jackson Norriss & The Mandarin) | White Power Dave | Justin Hammer
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: HYDRA/STRIKE (Alexander Pierce, Winter Soldier, Brock Rumlow, Jack Rollins, Jasper Sitwell, Russo, Senator Stern, Arnim Zola, Wolfgang von Strucker, List, Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver) | Georges Batroc | Ferdinand Lopez | Gerald Durand
Guardians of the Galaxy: Kree Empire (Ronan the Accuser, Nebula, Korath the Pursuer, Sakaaran Mercenaries & Exolon Monks) | Yondu Ravager Clan (Yondu Udonta, Kraglin Obfonteri, Horuz & Vorker) | Garthan Saal | Eson the Searcher | Chitauri (The Other) | Moloka Dar | Monstrous Inmate | The Collector | Dark Elf | Thanos
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Ultron | Ultron Sentinels | HYDRA (Wolfgang von Strucker, List, Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver) | Ulysses Klaue | Madame B | Chitauri (Leviathans) | Thanos
Ant-Man: Yellowjacket | HYDRA (Mitchell Carson & HYDRA Buyer) | Winter Soldier
Captain America: Civil War: Helmut Zemo | Thunderbolt Ross | Winter Soldier | Scarlet Witch | HYDRA (Vasily Karpov & Winter Soldiers) | Hero Mercs (Crossbones)
Doctor Strange: Zealots (Kaecilius & Lucian) | Karl Mordo | Dormammu
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Ego | Sovereign (Ayesha, Sovereign Admiral, Zylak & Sovereign Chambermaid) | Yondu Ravager Clan (Yondu Udonta, Kraglin Obfonteri, Nebula, Tullk, Oblo, Taserface, Gef, Retch, Halfnut, Brahl, Vorker, Narblik & Huhtar) | Abilisk | The Grandmaster | Thanos
Spider-Man: Homecoming: Bestman Salvage (Adrian Toomes/Vulture, Phineas Mason/Tinkerer, Jackson Brice/Shocker #1, Herman Schultz/Shocker #2 & Randy Vale) | Mac Gargan | Aaron Davis
Thor: Ragnarok: Berserker Army (Hela Odinsdottir, Skurge & Fenris Wolf) | Sakaaran Guards (The Grandmaster & Topaz) | Loki Laufeyson | Fire Demons (Surtur & Fire Dragon) | Thanos
Black Panther: Erik Killmonger | Ulysses Klaue | W'Kabi | M'Baku | Linbani | Linda | Dave | Sambisan Militants (Sambisan Captain) | Winter Soldier | Helmut Zemo | N'Jobu
Avengers: Infinity War: Black Order (Thanos, Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian & Nebula) | Outriders | Chitauri (Leviathans) | Red Skull | The Collector | Loki Laufeyson | Winter Soldier | Scarlet Witch | Thunderbolt Ross
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Ghost | Sonny Burch | Bill Foster | Uzman | Anitolov | Knox | Stoltz | Elihas Starr | Thanos
Captain Marvel: Kree Empire/Starforce (Supreme Intelligence, Yon-Rogg, Korath the Pursuer, Minn-Erva, Att-lass, Bron-Char & Ronan the Accuser) | Skrulls (Talos & Norex) | Thanos
Avengers: Endgame: Black Order (Thanos, Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian & Nebula) | Outriders | Sakaaran Mercenaries | Chitauri (Leviathans) | HYDRA/STRIKE (Red Skull, Alexander Pierce, Crossbones, Jasper Sitwell & Jack Rollins) | Loki Laufeyson | Winter Soldier | Scarlet Witch | Dark Elves | Thunderbolt Ross | Akihiko

Television
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1): HYDRA (John Garrett, Grant Ward, Ian Quinn, Raina, Edison Po, Jasper Sitwell, Deathlok, Debbie, Vanchat & Scorch) | Camilla Reyes | Franklin Hall | Blizzard | Lorelei | Marcus Daniels | Christian Ward | Jakob Nystrom
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 2): HYDRA (Daniel Whitehall, Grant Ward, Wolfgang von Strucker, List, Sunil Bakshi, Absorbing Man, Agent 33, Blizzard & Kebo) | Jiaying | Gordon | Calvin L. Johnson | Raina | Alisha Whitley | Lash | Vin-Tak | Katya Belyakov | Christian Ward
Agent Carter: Johann Fennhoff | Dottie Underwood | Whitney Frost
Daredevil (Season 1): Kingpin | James Wesley | Leland Owlsley | Vanessa Marianna | The Hand (Madame Gao & Nobu Yoshioka) | Bill Fisk
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Season 3): HYDRA (Grant Ward/Hive, Gideon Malick, Kebo, Werner von Strucker, Giyera, Lucio, Hellfire, Alisha Whitley & Primitives) | Lash | Absorbing Man | Watchdogs (Felix Blake, Holden Radcliffe & Aida)
Jessica Jones (Season 1): Kilgrave | Will Simpson | Dorothy Walker | Audrey Eastman
Daredevil (Season 2): Nobu Yoshioka | Punisher | The Hand (Madame Gao) | Elektra Natchios | Blacksmith | Kingpin
Luke Cage (Season 1): Diamondback | Cottonmouth | Black Mariah | Shades
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Season 4): Eli Morrow | Holden Radcliffe | Aida | Lucy Bauer | Watchdogs (Anton Ivanov, Tucker Shockley, Ellen Nadeer & Hellfire) | Dr. Leopold Fitz | Alistair Fitz
Iron Fist (Season 1): Harold Meachum | The Hand (Madame Gao & Bakuto) | Jim Pierce
The Defenders: The Hand (Alexandra Reid, Elektra Natchios, Madame Gao, Bakuto, Murakami & Sowande)
Inhumans: Maximus
The Punisher (Season 1): Punisher | Agent Orange | Jigsaw | Lewis Wilson | Blacksmith
Runaways: The Pride (Jonah & Geoffrey Wilder)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5): Kree Empire (Kasius, Sinara, Faulnak, Vicar & Tye) | Grill | Samuel Voss | Graviton | HYDRA (General Hale, Ruby Hale, Qovas, Werner von Strucker, Anton Ivanov & Absorbing Man) | Thanos
Jessica Jones (Season 2): Alisa Jones | Karl Malus | Pryce Cheng
Cloak and Dagger: Roxxon Corporation (Peter Scarborough & Terrors) | Detective Connors
Luke Cage (Season 2): Black Mariah | Bushmaster | Shades
Iron Fist (Season 2): Steel Serpent
Daredevil (Season 3): Kingpin | Bullseye | Vanessa Marianna
The Punisher (Season 2): Punisher | Anderson Schultz | John Pilgrim | Jigsaw | Eliza Schultz | Krista Dumont
Cloak & Dagger (Season 2): D'Spayre | Lia Dewan | Mayhem | Detective Connors
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 6): Sarge | Snowflake | Jaco | Pax

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Comics
A.I.M. | Ani-Men | Arcade | Batroc | Beetle | Black Widow | Blizzard | Blood Brothers | Boomerang | Brothers Grimm | Collector | Commander Kraken | Count Nefaria | Crimson Dynamo | Crossbones | Crusher | Death's Head | Diablo | Doctor Doom | Doctor Octopus | Dreadknight | Ego | Ezekiel Stane | Fin Fang Foom | Firebrand | Fixer | Gargantus | Ghost | Gladiator | Goliath | Godzilla | Grant Ward | Graviton | Griffin | Growing Man | Hammerhead | Hand | HYDRA | Justin Hammer | Kang | Killer Shrike | Living Laser | Mad Pharaoh | Madame Masque | Malekith | Mandarin | Masked Marauder | Melter | Mister Hyde | M.O.D.O.K. | Morgan Le Fay | Nitro | Obadiah Stane | Omega Red | Paladin | Radioactive Man | Red Ghost | Rhino | Ronan | Roxxon | Scarecrow | Secret Empire | Shocker | Shockwave | Skrulls | Stilt-Man | Super-Adaptoid | Super-Apes | Supreme Intelligence | Taskmaster | Technovore | Temugin | Thanos | Ten Rings | Thunderball | Thundersword | Titania | Titanium Man | Ultron | Unicorn | Vulture | Warlord Krang | Whiplash | Whirlwind | Wrecker | Yellow Claw | Zodiac

Movies
Iron Man: Iron Monger | Ten Rings (Raza Hamidmi Al-Wazar, Abu Bakaar, Ahmed & Omar)
Iron Man 2: Whiplash | Hammer Industries (Justin Hammer, Jack & Hammer Drones) | Ten Rings (Ten Rings Agent) | Senator Stern | Anton Vanko
Iron Man 3: Aldrich Killian | A.I.M./Extremis Soldiers (Eric Savin, Trevor Slattery, Ellen Brandt, Sweat Shop Agent & Maya Hansen) | Vice President Rodriguez
All Hail the King: Trevor Slattery | Herman | Ten Rings (Jackson Norriss & The Mandarin) | White Power Dave | Justin Hammer