If the Iron Man movies are leading up to featuring the Mandarin as the ultimate big bad, it could be a bit of a letdown, based on the comics. But concept art for a new animated series gives us hope.

Marvel released a few pieces of concept art of the Mandarin from the animated series Iron Man: Armored Adventures, which shows us a teenage Tony Stark juggling homework and fighting monsters. (Didn't Marvel already try "Teen Tony" in the 1990s, with disastrous results?) The show sounds dismal, but the concept art is actually quite promising. Let's hope they show this to Jon Favreau before he starts work on Iron Man 3. [Marvel]