everyone got that this movie was an allegory for current affairs in America, right?
Tony Stark represents USA. it starts with him on top of the world (to the general public's eye - Americans) but really he is going through internal turmoil and strife. he's doubting himself and hiding behind weapons and power to overcompensate. Then he's challenged by the Mandarin (China, no
. the scary thing about the Mandarin is that he and the extremis solders have a new technology that can out-tony-stark tony stark. then it's revealed that the Mandarin is actually a facade and it's really a secret corporation running the show. This comes in the wake of the greatest "Price Fixing Scandal Ever" (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/everything-is-rigged-the-biggest-financial-scandal-yet-20130425
) yet, the "news" only cares about how China is hacking our computers and other types of fear mongering. too bad in real life, "tony stark" and "aldrich killian" are actually working together. we're all doomed.