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8. The Mandarin Has Captain America's Shield Tattooed On Him

The Mandarin Tattoo
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Following on with the trend of Iron Man villains having tattoos on them that are actually MCU Easter Eggs (since Whiplash had a Loki tattoo on his neck), The Mandarin - well, Trevor Slattery - has a neck tattoo dedicated to Captain America.

On the back of his neck, the terrorist leader has the image of Cap's shield, only with the star removed and an anarchist's A in its place. It's apparently designed to show his ironic reclamation of heroic symbols that mean something to America. As Shane Black confirmed:

"It was actually part of the design of the Mandarin. He’s very “cobbled together”. It’s essentially a Captain America shield with an anarchy symbol in the middle of it. It’s a corruption of America again."

Co-writer Drew Pierce continues:

It was that brilliant kind of mash up vibe of, “How would a think tank create a terrorist?” And the way that they would do it in their own wanky way is to put together a mood board of all of the symbols of modern Western power. And I think post The Battle Of New York, Cap’s shield would be one of them.

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