This has bugged me since Iron Man 3. So did Killian hold Tony for ransom? If it was Killian, where did the name 10 Rings come from then? Or did Killian just take over a terrorist cell already formed and made it his own after they tried to kill him?
Yes I know. Everything doesn’t need to be wrapped in bows, but bows are pretty.
The Ten Rings is a real (in the context of MCU) organisation, the name of which I believe Killian appropriated for the Mandarin, sort of seeding the lie with aspects of truth kind of thing.
Considering the Ten Rings were thought wiped out by the end of Iron Man 1, there would be little to no backlash from actual members to call Killian out on his actions, while at the same time lending credence to the secretive nature of the Mandarin and “Ten Rings”’ guerilla actions.
The “Hail to the King” one-shot seems to imply that the real Ten Rings (and a potential real Mandarin) are still out there and are unimpressed with Trevor Slattery parading around purporting to be The Mandarin.
I’m pretty sure I posted this before All Hail the King. The short did sort of addressed this continuity headache I was having. I fear now that this terrorist cell is going to die in the MCU if there isn’t any more Iron Man movies/reboot.