The Ten Rings was a terrorist organization in the Middle-East. Stark Industries' second in command, Obadiah Stane sold them weapons illegally to help them achieve their goals, and later made a deal with them: they would kidnap Stark Industries' CEO Tony Stark, force him to create a Jericho missile and then kill him, allowing Obadiah to take over the control of Stark Industries.
After weeks in captivity, Stark created a suit of armor powered by the new invention of a miniaturized arc reactor, rather than the weapon he was tasked to build, and successfully escaped. Stark subsequently designed and built a far more sophisticated suit after his return to the United States, and attacked various camps of the Ten Rings, destroying the stolen Stark Industries weapons.
Days later, the Ten Rings found the rest of the armor Stark used in his desert escape and informed Stane about it. Ten Rings' commander Raza proposed a deal with Obadiah Stane: he would give Stane the armor free of charge only if Stane supplied him with an army of iron soldiers. Obadiah refused, instead paralyzing Raza and taking the suit. Stane's men then executed the remaining Ten Rings soldiers.
Some time after the Battle of New York, the Mandarin sent video messages to TV Stations claiming to be the leader of the terrorist group. It was revealed that this Mandarin's activities were in fact a ruse conjured up by Aldrich Killian and A.I.M. to cover up failed Extremis test subjects, and the 'Mandarin' was really a drug-addicted, narcoleptic actor named Trevor Slattery.
Following the arrest of Slattery for aiding and abetting Killian's crimes, he was abducted from prison by Jackson Norriss, a man claiming to be a member of the real Ten Rings, who had been posing as a reporter. Norriss stated that there was a true Mandarin and that they were going to meet him.
Weapons: Military grade armaments; formerly stolen Stark technology armaments.
- The name "Ten Rings" was originally a nod to the Mandarin.
- In Iron Man 3, Aldrich Killian later exploits symbols once used by the Ten Rings to further his plot against the world powers.
- 7 Ten Rings (Earth-199999) Members
- 12 Appearances of Ten Rings (Earth-199999)
- Minor Appearances of Ten Rings (Earth-199999)
- 2 Media Ten Rings (Earth-199999) was Mentioned in
- 5 Images that include Ten Rings (Earth-199999)
- Team Gallery: Ten Rings (Earth-199999)