There was a little bit of confusion with the first Iron Man movie. We had Faran Tahir play a character named Raza who was the leader of a terrorist group called the Ten Rings. This lead a lot of people to believe that the Raza character could be revealed to actually be the Mandarin. Even though his character apparently died in the first movie, it wasn't an on-camera death.
Whether or not Raza would ever become the Mandarin won't be seen any time soon. Superhero Flix had the chance to talk to Tahir at a Star Trek DVD/Blu-ray release event (Tahir played the USS Kelvin Captain Richard Robau). Tahir had publicly stated that he does believe his character had a connection to the Mandarin. When asked if he'd be in Iron Man 2, he replied, "No, no I'm not in the film."
What about the Iron Man 2 trailer?
We can expect it soon. While no official announcement has been made, Favreau has been dropping hints. He recently Re-Tweeted the following:
That would make the most sense since Robert Downey Jr is in both films and Sherlock Holmes is expected to have a big opening. Let's just hope it's a decent trailer (whenever it comes out) and not just some lame-o ultra tease that just show something like his helmet or something.
RT @Ann_Howard: @Jon_Favreau PLEASE tell us the trailer is coming soon – w/Sherlock Holmes, perhaps??