|For other uses, see Ten Rings (disambiguation)|
The Ten Rings is a clandestine organization founded by Xu Wenwu in the Middle Ages. By the 21st Century, the Ten Rings became involved in terrorist activities across the globe. In 2024, following Wenwu's death during the Battle of Ta Lo, the organization was taken over by his daughter, Xu Xialing.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Asian Conquest
- 1.2 Conflict with Iron Man
- 1.3 False Mandarin
- 1.4 Yellowjacket Suit
- 1.5 Ta Lo Campaign
- 2 Members
- 3 Equipment
- 4 Flags & Symbols
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Trivia
- 7 References
- 8 External Links
Led by the Mandarin
The true history of the Ten Rings had been shrouded in mystery. Members of the terrorist organization came to believe that their leader, the Mandarin, had inspired generations of men since the Middle Ages, perhaps even further back in time, implying that the organization was thousands of years old. Some even described their organization as "faith."
All the branches of the Ten Rings operated as individual cells, with every cell operating independently of each other. The leaders from each cell had no idea who anyone was in any other cell save for one contact. Each cell would receive money and weapons as long as they received them and they did not ask questions. Being a multinational organization, members of Ten Rings branches speak multiple languages, which included: Arabic, Chinese, Dari, English, Farsi, Hungarian, Mongolian, Pashto, Russian, and Urdu.
Assault on the Castle
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Assassination of an Official British Empire
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Explosion to an Embassy
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Search for Ta Lo
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Conflict with Iron Man
By the beginning of the 21st century, the Ten Rings were operating mainly in Afghanistan. Obadiah Stane sold Stark Industries weapons illegally to at least one cell to help them achieve their purposes, and later made a deal with them to attack and massacre a military convoy. The attack stopped once they realized the convoy included Tony Stark on a trip to Afghanistan. The cell took him prisoner, filmed a video informing Stane that he would need to pay them more to kill such a target.
Having forced their other prisoner, Ho Yinsen, to save Stark from the pieces of shrapnel that were approaching his heart, the Ten Rings forced both Stark and Yinsen outside, to observe the stockpiles of Stark Industries weapons that they had acquired. Abu Bakaar had then ordered Stark to build the Jericho missile for them, which Stark initially refused, but was eventually convinced by Yinsen to accept. Bakaar had then ordered the Ten Rings to assist Stark's build.
However, as the build continued, the Ten Rings had suspected that Stark and Yinsen were planning something, so Raza had personally came to question them. Arriving inside their cell with Bakaar and the Ten Rings soldiers, Raza observed the Arc Reactor that Stark had built, before threatening to execute Yinsen with burning coals. Finally, Stark begged Raza to spare Yinsen, calling him a good assistant, as Raza had let him go, and demanded they complete the Jericho.
As the Ten Rings continued to watch over Stark and Yinsen's work, Raza noticed that they had stepped away from the cameras, causing him to send two soldiers to investigate. However, as they opened the cell door, they triggered an explosion that killed them both, causing Raza to send more soldiers to prevent Stark and Yinsen's escape. In order to keep them all at bay, Yinsen then grabbed a gun and began shooting at them, only to soon be stopped by Raza and shot.
Once more of Raza's men entered the cell, Stark appeared, wearing the Mark I Armor, which he proceeded to use to fight his way through the Ten Rings soldiers, who were unable to penetrate the armour, and were swiftly overpowered, with one soldier attempting to shoot him in the head, only for the bullet to ricochet off and kill him. Once Stark neared the Ten Rings Base's exit, he spotted the dying Yinsen, while Raza had tried to use this momentary distraction to shoot Stark with a rocket. However, Stark avoided Raza's shot, and fired his own missile, wounded Raza, while Stark attempted to save Yinsen, who died from his wounds.
The remaining Ten Rings soldiers had then witnessed Stark stepping out of the base in his armour, as they proceeded to shoot at him, with their bullets doing little damage onto the armour. Stark proceeded to unleash his flame throwers, killing several members of the Ten Rings, and destroying the supply of Stark Industries weapons. As a terrorist was about to severely damage the Mark I armor using a mounted, heavy machine gun, Stark escaped by flying away, moments before the Ten Rings' base was destroyed.
Rebuilding Iron Man's Armor
Following Tony Stark's escape, these Ten Rings were then forced to move their operations into a new base, due to the destruction of the Ten Rings Base. Determined to take advantage with the technology that was used in Stark's escape, Raza ordered his men to search the deserts for the remains. Days later in the desert, the Ten Rings found the remains of the armor which Stark had used to escape, as they first found a piece of the helmet, one member from the Ten Rings had called out to Raza, who took the helmet and examined it.
Upon finding all of the pieces of the armor, the Ten Rings returned it to their base, and rebuilt it in an attempt to learn his secrets and build an army of Iron Man suits, which Raza watched over closely. Having rebuilt the armor, Raza decided that he would sell the original design to Obadiah Stane, believing that Stane would be able to use Stark Industries to build an army of Iron Man Armors, which the Ten Rings could then use in their quest to take power over the entire world.
Despite their failure to keep Tony Stark as their captive, the Ten Rings had continued making dealings with Obadiah Stane, as they purchased more weaponry from Stark Industries, including a supply of Jericho missiles. With their weapons, the Ten Rings then began assaulting various villages throughout Afghanistan, including Gulmira, while they attempted to increase their strength. The Ten Rings would capture the women and children from these villages, and execute the men who had stood against them.
With Jericho missiles being fired upon their enemies, the villages had continued to be raided. As Abu Bakaar was arranging the execution of several men within Gulmira, in front of all their horrified wives and children, they were suddenly interrupted by the arrival of Iron Man, in his newly upgraded Mark III Armor. Before their soldiers could react, Iron Man had then used his superior technology to subdue them, firing energy blasts, and being able to absorb all the gunshots.
Despite them threatening to execute the women and children, Iron Man was able to shoot the Ten Rings soldiers with perfect accuracy, allowing all these villagers to be reunited safely. Knowing that he was completely overpowered by Iron Man, Bakaar had then attempted to contact the Ten Rings, only for Iron Man to punch through the wall he was hiding behind, and pull him through, throwing him down to the ground. Iron Man had left Bakaar to face the justice of the villagers.
Iron Man attempted to fly toward the Ten Rings' Jericho missiles, but was shot out of the sky by the Ten Rings' tank. However, this had still failed to stop Iron Man, who simply fired his own small missile at the tank and blew it up. As Iron Man located the Jericho missiles, the Ten Rings soldiers attempted to shoot at him, only for Iron Man to destroy the missiles, while Raza had witnessed the explosion as he drove down the road, realising that they were under attack.
Betrayed by Obadiah Stane
Having managed to rebuild the Mark I armor, Raza then arranged a meeting with Obadiah Stane, who arrived at the Ten Rings' base with a team of armed soldiers. As they greeted each other, Stane observed Raza's injuries, which he noted came from Tony Stark, as Stane noted that if the Ten Rings killed Stark like they was supposed to, it would not have happened. Stepping into his tent, Raza showed Stane the Mark I, noting that the Mark III had already been completed and used against the Ten Rings.
Raza suggested a new deal with Stane, in which he would give him the Mark I armor as a gift, in exchange for Stane using his resources at Stark Industries to build an army of Iron Man armors for the Ten Rings, which Raza intended to then use to rule all of Asia. However, instead of agreeing to the offer, Stane had then betrayed Raza, as he used the Sonic Taser to paralyse him. Stane took the Mark I armor, and had his men execute Raza and his Ten Rings soldiers.
Eventually, the Ten Rings was confronted by S.H.I.E.L.D., as Nick Fury sent United States Navy SEALs team to board a ship controlled by the Ten Rings in the port of Aden. However, Iron Man suddenly appeared and attacked the terrorists. Though the Seals were outnumbered by the terrorists, Iron Man had no problems with killing all the terrorists and saving the Seals. Some time later, a member of the Ten Rings aided Ivan Vanko to travel to Monaco in order to seek revenge on Stark. Around the same time, Natasha Romanoff ruined one Ten Rings operation, sabotaging their plan.
Soon, through various agents, the Ten Rings began buying parts of the Jericho missile from Mikhail Fjodorov. When Fjodorov stopped delivering parts of the missile, Richard Frampton hired Sofia to kill him. Frampton and his men successfully assembled the missile, which they intended to detonate near the border between Russia and North Korea, which would greatly destabilize the world peace. However, Sofia was followed by Black Widow who infiltrated the launch area and destroyed the missile. Both Frampton and Sofia were killed in the explosion, while the remaining Ten Rings agents were arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents led by Phil Coulson.
After Stark became a consultant to S.H.I.E.L.D., the Ten Rings set a trap for James Rhodes, in order to take him and his suit, but failed. The soldiers of the Ten Rings informed the Mandarin that they managed to scan the suit during the Battle of Hong Kong and take enough information that would help them with their revenge on Stark.
- "A terrorist in America needed a boogeyman to bring your country to its knees. So, he appropriated Ten Rings, my Ten Rings, but because he didn't know my actual name, he invented a new one. Do you know what that name he chose? The Mandarin. He gave his figurehead the name of a chicken dish. And it worked! America was terrified... of an orange."
- ―Xu Wenwu to Katy Chen[src]
Once several of his experiments with Extremis began failing, causing massive explosions, which also resulted in the loss of innocent lives, Aldrich Killian had then needed to masquerade his failed experiments as terrorist attacks. His think tank A.I.M. co-opted the iconography of the Ten Rings for their deception. Killian even employed Trevor Slattery to pose as the Mandarin, and to publicly take responsibility for all the "terrorist attacks" against the United States, with President Matthew Ellis demanding that the Mandarin be arrested.
Killian's fake Mandarin would claim responsibility for attacks against the United States Armed Forces, as well as for their bombing of the Chinese Theatre, while in reality the theatre was destroyed due to an accidental overdose of Extremis by Jack Taggart. Slattery would go on set, filming scenes with actors that appeared to show him leading Ten Rings groups in Afghanistan. These false attacks resulted in Iron Patriot being sent to Afghanistan in order to hunt the Ten Rings.
Slattery would also perform the mock execution of Thomas Richards on live television, which was broadcast to President Ellis. However, Killian and Slattery's deception was uncovered by Tony Stark, who discovered Slattery inside Killian's Mansion and learned of Killian's experiments. Despite Killian attempting to execute President Ellis, and also claiming to be the true Mandarin, he was defeated by Stark and Pepper Potts, while Slattery was arrested for his part.
Following the death of Aldrich Killian and the defeat of A.I.M.'s plan, Trevor Slattery had been incarcerated at Seagate Penitentiary, so the Mandarin decided to meet him in person and take back his name. He sent Jackson Norriss, disguised as a documentarian, that went into the prison, seemingly to make an interview with Slattery. However, Norriss' true mission was to kidnap Slattery, so that the Mandarin himself could then punish him for stealing his name.
During their interview, as Norriss had told Slattery that the Ten Rings organization is real, Slattery did not believe him, as he had failed to do any research on the terrorist organisation. Then, Norriss took his pistol hidden in his camera and then killed all of guards in the room. Though Slattery tried to threaten Norriss with a pistol from one of the dead guards, Norriss easily disarmed him. Norriss then notified his colleagues about the situation and ordered them to attack.
Trevor Slattery's Survival
- "Just as his men were tying me up for my execution, I launched into a performance of my Macbeth: 'Whence is that knocking? Wake Duncan with thy knocking. I would thou couldst.' And they couldn't get enough of it. I've been doing weekly gigs for the lads ever since."
- ―Trevor Slattery to Shang-Chi[src]
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Interest in Pym Technologies
Seeking newer technology to weaponise, the Ten Rings sent one of their buyers into the Pym Technologies Headquarters, where Darren Cross would be presenting his latest work with their Pym Particles, which the Ten Rings had an interest in acquiring. The buyer watched as Cross showed off the latest uses for the Pym Particles, which included storage for large containment units. The buyer was then presented with the Yellowjacket Suit, which was intended for military purposes, which the Ten Rings could take advantage of.
Eventually, the Ten Rings and HYDRA struck up an alliance to buy the Yellowjacket Suit and Pym Particles from Cross, as the Ten Rings sent their buyer to join Mitchell Carson to meet with Cross. Upon arriving, the buyer found that the Yellowjacket Suit had almost been stolen by Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne, with the assistance of Ant-Man, only for them to be captured by Cross. Pym then desperately attempted to convince Cross not to sell his technology to terrorists, only for Cross to explain that he already had, for twice the price.
Cross noted that the Ten Rings and HYDRA had been impressed that Ant-Man had been able to infiltrate the New Avengers Facility, which confirmed their interest. However, Cross explained that he would only sell the Yellowjacket, which they would have to return to him to get the Pym Particles. As a tense standoff broke up, the Ten Rings buyer had aimed his gun at van Dyne, who was attempting to stop Cross' plans, before Ant-Man had broken free, knocking out the Ten Rings buyer, who was killed when the entire Headquarters had imploded.
Ta Lo Campaign
Attack on Shang-Chi
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Attack on the Golden Daggers Club
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Battle of Ta Lo
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Xu Xialing's Takeover
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|Xu Wenwu||Founder and Leader||Deceased|
|Cordo Gaines||In Custody|
Since the Ten Rings was one of the most powerful terrorist organizations in the world, their members were equipped with all types of military weapons, even experimental ones. Anything that could be stolen or bought on the black market would eventually find its way to the terrorists' arsenal. All sorts of rifles, machine guns, handguns, heavy weapons, and even tanks, were used by the Ten Rings.
- Heckler & Koch USP: Pistol seen at the Ten Rings Camp in Afghanistan.
- Heckler & Koch UMP45: Submachine gun seen at the Ten Rings Camp in Afghanistan.
- Heckler & Koch G36KV: Carbine seen at the Ten Rings Camp in Afghanistan.
- Heckler & Koch G36K: Carbine seen at the Ten Rings Camp in Afghanistan.
- Heckler & Koch G36C: Subcarbine seen at the Ten Rings Camp in Afghanistan.
- Heckler & Koch AG36: Underbarrel 40mm grenade launcher attachment, seen mounted on G36K carbines.
- SIG SG 552: Assault rifle seen at the Ten Rings Camp in Afghanistan.
- Colt M4A1: Carbine seen at the Ten Rings Camp in Afghanistan.
- M26 MASS: Seen as an underbarrel shotgun attachment on M4A1 carbines.
- M203: Seen as an underbarrel grenade launcher attachment on M4A1 carbines; fires 40mm grenades.
- IMI Galil MAR: Assault rifle seen at the Ten Rings Camp in Afghanistan.
- Browning M2: Machine gun seen at the Ten Rings Camp in Afghanistan.
- FGM-148 Javelin: Missile launcher seen at the Ten Rings Camp in Afghanistan.
- BGM-71 TOW: Missile launcher seen at the Ten Rings Camp in Afghanistan.
- Magnum Research Micro Eagle: Compact pistol seen used by Ten Rings agent Jackson Norriss.
- Stark Industries Fragmentation Shell: A timed-fuse detonated shell which relies on the fragmentation of its casing to kill. The wounds inflicted by the fragmented barbs can take about a week to reach the vital organs. In Afghanistan, casualties struck by this shell are colloquially known as the "walking dead" due to its effects.
- Jericho: A powerful cluster missile which has a massive area of effect by spreading the smaller munitions apart with Stark Industries proprietary repulsor technology.
- Trellor Propellant Rifle: A powerful rifle used to fire Diamond Tipped-Bullets.
- Diamond Tipped-Bullets: Armor-piercing bullets fired from Trellor Propellant Rifles that can penetrate Iron Man armors.
- Enhanced Hook Swords: Swords used by the warriors-in-training at the Ten Rings Headquarters.
- Crossbows: Seen carried around by guards at the Ten Rings Headquarters.
- AM General M-35: The main transport truck used by the Ten Rings.
- 1982 Toyota Truck: A technical used to escort Obadiah Stane and his private security contractors to the Ten Rings Camp in Afghanistan.
- Modified Chieftan MBT: A tank used by Ten Rings insurgents to shoot Iron Man out of the sky after he rescued the Afghan villagers.
- Jeep: The main vehicle used by soldiers and personnel of the Ten Rings.
- Ten Rings Helicopter: A private helicopter formerly used by Xu Wenwu.
Flags & Symbols
- Vladimir Ranskahov had a tattoo of the Ten Rings on his right arm; this is only very briefly seen in the opening minutes of the Daredevil episode In the Blood.
- The Ten Rings, as an organization, was created exclusively for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the mainstream Marvel Comics universe, "Ten Rings" originally referred only to the powerful weapons that were discovered by the Mandarin. A version of the Ten Rings organization was later created in the mainstream Marvel Comics universe, though it lacks any apparent connection to the Mandarin.
- The Ten Rings red flag with the Mongolian script introduced in Iron Man was replaced with the black flag with the Chinese script in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings because the Mongolian government sent an official letter of complaint to Kevin Feige, saying that the film’s use of Mongolian script was offensive and tied the country’s cultural heritage to a terrorist group.
- The Chinese words within each of the Ten Rings read: 权 (quán, authority), 力 (lì, power), 壮 (zhuàng, sturdy), 伟 (wěi, extraordinary), 杰 (jié, outstanding), 势 (shì, influence), 宏 (hóng, grand), 雄 (xióng, mighty), 强 (qiáng, strength), and 威 (wēi, dominate)
- Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King
- Iron Man 3 Prelude
- Iron Man
- Iron Man 2: Nick Fury: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Iron Man 2
- Iron Man 2: Black Widow: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- The Avengers Prelude: Black Widow Strikes
- Iron Man 3
- Ant-Man Deleted Scene
- Why Shang-Chi Movie Changed Ten Rings Logo From Iron Man