If Agent Carter is any indication, Marvel is figuring out how best to use the “Marvel One-Shots” included on Blu-ray releases for the recent Marvel movies. Steve recently asked Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige if they had already filmed the next One-Shot. Feige came up with a generic response: “The One-Shots come about when we have a fun idea… when we have a fun idea, we put it together and we do it.” Steve pressed for details, and Feige responded, “Well, we’re not talking about it yet.”
Feige would keep just about any “fun idea” under wraps, as per the Marvel code. But this one may be especially juicy. Ben Kingsley‘s revelation that he recently filmed a “secret Marvel project” invited speculation that the next One-Shot is about Kingsley’s character in Iron Man 3. A report surfaced tonight that claims to know the plot of the rumored short. Details after the jump.
Potential spoilers are below the poster (along with definitive spoilers for Iron Man 3).
The marketing leading up to Iron Man 3 sold Kingsley as Iron Man’s greatest foe from the comics, the Mandarin. That turned out to be a red herring. Kingsley played a bumbling actor hired to portray the mystic terrorist persona for the public while evil scientist Killian (Guy Pearce) plotted all the true villainy in the background. So Killian was the Mandarin.
Or… maybe not? Here’s what Latino Review hears about Kingley’s purported One-Shot (emphasis theirs):
“The REAL Mandarin is furious with Aldrich Killian and Ben Kingsley’s character Trevor Slattery for the mockery they made of the real Mandarin’s identity and legacy. The real Mandarin wants to set the record straight. Yes, the REAL Mandarin.”
I thought Iron Man 3 came up with a clever way to bring an important but problematic character from the comics to the movies. Such a One-Shot would walk it back: The legend of the Mandarin is out there and Killian (perhaps believing it’s untrue) misappropriates the iconography for his own purposes.
I don’t know that One-Shots must be canon, but I can’t make much sense of this. Maybe there’s another twist or joke hidden in the premise that I’m missing? Consider it rumor until proven otherwise.
If this is true, do you want to see Marvel try a more faithful portrayal of the Mandarin on screen?