Ben Kingsley Says He Recently Finished Filming on a Secret Marvel Project

     October 22, 2013


[If you haven't seen Iron Man 3 yet, stop reading this article] One of the best film twists in recent years was how Shane Black handled the reveal of the Iron Man’s arch-nemesis, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley).  It wasn’t just a hilarious surprise, but also a clear sign that Marvel was going to do what was best for their movie rather than try to work around fidelity to the comics (also, there wasn’t much complaining when Ben Kingsley was cast even though he’s not Chinese).  Black and Marvel decided to have their Mandarin turn out to be an adorably clueless actor/drug-addict named Trevor Slattery.  The character was originally supposed to die at the end of Iron Man 3, but thankfully they kept him around, and now it appears we’ll be seeing him again.

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Kingsley is currently doing the press rounds for Ender’s Game, and in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph [via The Playlist], he said he’s already shot “a secret Marvel project. I’m not allowed to say any more, you’re going to have to wait and see,” adding that many members of the Iron Man 3 crew were involved.

So let the speculation begin.  My money is on a Marvel “One-Shot” short film since those are reasonably light, or at least lighter than the movies.  The adventures of Trevor Slattery could work both before or after he got the Mandarin gig, and it would be fun to see him again either way.  Sure, it’s a goofy supporting character, but that’s why the One-Shots are Blu-ray extras.


There’s also the possibility he could appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or a brief cameo in a future Marvel movie, but those put him back in the larger, on-going Marvel universe.  But wherever he goes, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is keeping tight-lipped on the future.  “I think it’ll be the middle of next year before we announce officially what the post-Ant Man films will be,” he told  What’s in the middle of next year?  Oh, right.  Comic-Con.  Let’s just get in line now.

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  • The Flobbit

    It’s possible that Marvel will give him a cameo in Agents of SHIELD, to save its dropping numbers, slack storytelling, and awful cheesiness.

    • MIXTER

      agreed! Shield is awful! Didn’t expet that after all the hype. Its like Smallville meats xfiles.

      • Robby Richmond

        I think its more like Buffy without Vampires when you look at it and its also very obviously aimed at 12 year olds. Another reason why folks on the boards seem so desperate for Punisher and Daredevil to get shows on AMC or Showtime…

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        Night twist that we got instead.

      • The Flobbit

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  • DNAsplitter

    Let’s hope that it’s revealed that he actually is the Mandarin and that it was part of his plan to be captured – maybe sent to some off the grid prison where another villian has been kept (The Abomination?). Wishful thinking as I would have loved to have seen the Mandarin come true as it was a cool interpretation of the character before the big reveal instead of the M. Night twist that we got instead.

    • The Flobbit

      That villain-getting-captured-as-part-of-his-greater-plan-thing is so 2012: Bane, Silva, Loki, and more. Though yeah. I don’t have a problem with the great Guy Pearce, just with the fact that Ben was so much more visually appealing and interesting, character wise. That accent was to die for. Aldrich didn’t even have a costume.

      • DNAsplitter

        Yea the idea was used a lot in ’12.

    • AdeoAdversary

      Ya I wouldn’t mind that either, could definitely be cool. I didn’t have a problem with the twist as it was definitely a complete surprise and was in keeping with the entertaining, comical Iron Man funniness. But I mean Ben Kingsley as the real, serious Mandarin, just gotta watch the trailers again to be reminded of how cool that could’ve been.

    • fatboy35

      I’ve been thinking that since the movie came out and again when I viewed the blueray. Killian was the one who said he was really the Mandarin. I’m hoping against hope that Trevor Slattery was an ingenious ruse. That he wanted to be captured and that the real Mandarin returns – in force. They definitely left room for that possibility.

      • joeybot

        Don’t wish too hard, cause you’ll be sad.

  • Lance

    I disagree with Matt (and a bunch of people here, apparently) that the twist with Ben Kingsley’s character was so awesome. I mean, it was good for a laugh the first time you saw the movie, but after that it just feels like a wasted possibility.

    As Marvel continues through Phase 2 and into Phase 3, I really hope they don’t give into the temptation of going for quick laughs when they should be working on building great characters and dramatic situations. Basically, all the problems with any of the Marvel movies or even Agents of Shield boils down to going for the quick laugh, the zingers and the clever punch lines, as opposed to doing the hard work of building great stories.

  • Batzombie

    I wouldn’t go in there for twenty minutes!

    • WAldenIV

      Fancy one of the birds?

      • The Flobbit

        Who the hell is this?

  • Harry

    Matt Goldberg is actually my favorite writer for Collider, but damn, calling the worst twist ever a good one proves Matt’s opinion is still valid, but not when discussing Marvel films. Matt praises these Marvel films as if they are The Lord of the Rings for the new generation. They are entertaining solid popcorn flicks (except Iron Man 3 which was just bad all around) but he builds them up like Fiege has created the best film series ever.

  • Hulkbuster

    The Madarin twist ruined Ironman 3 for me, it was just a bad film overall and my least favorite movie of this summer. What a letdown.

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  • Marineboy

    Is he our Dr. Strange? :)


    I enjoyed Iron Man 3, till that dumb twist! I even expeted that Mandarin and Guy piere may have been the same person, and used that extremis as some disguise. But an ator? Didnt see that oming!

    Only was i an see them fixing this, is if the ator portrayed Mandarin, and the real Mandarin is still out there. If anyone even ares anymore.

    Also, thos other Iron man suits, were hardly even in it, and why were they blasted to piees easier than Star Wars prequels Droids? Good job Stark wasn’t in one at the time. What a let down! Yet still better than IM2.

    • C guy

      Dude, you should get the ‘c’ on your keyboard fixed.

      • MIXTER

        tell me about it! Driving me nuts! But its my windows at fault. Have to Copy n paste my C everytime. skrew that!

      • The Flobbit

        I can just picture Trevor Slattery reading your post – “ator” and going, “I’m an AC-TOHR.”

  • Kota Lancaster

    Here’s my opinion, I’ve been reading Marvel since I was a kid, and have never really cared Mandarin. So I actually thoroughly enjoyed the twist, it was a genuine surprise, and just keeping him a straight, boring villain would have made even a fantastic actor a less interesting Bane, except without the strength and only the agenda.

    • Kevin

      Agreed. Its funny how people here are still hoping that he is the “real” Mandarin.

      • Drew Douglas

        Almost as funny as you dreaming you’ll get laid one of these days.

      • Kevin

        I don’t get it. Are you disagreeing with your childish insult?

  • Preemptive_Thinking

    It will be revealed that Kingsley is the real Mandarin! twist again. . . or he’ll get his powers in prison. . . “or after been modified by Kang”. . . twist again

  • TigerFIST

    I’m super excited to hear about this. While I did enjoy IM3 overall, I did have a few problems. One being the reveal of trevor. Now I’m thinking that since Ben k mocked America that he really still is the real mandarin and this was part of his whole plan for more terror. Think about it. He purposely gets arrested under American government to infiltrate whatever just to make more problems for Iron Man and Avengers. In the comics the mandarin showed himself a great # of times so why not now. After he done his damage by infiltrating the American gov/prison system he can break out re – reveal himself for another surprise. Then mock America more for their supposed stupidity by arresting a terrorist and believing his word that he’s a drug addicting actor. How embarrassing would that be for america and tony. What u think Matt? Am I crazy?


    The Mandarin was a crap character. Kingsley (Trevor Slattery) made it great and far more interesting than the silly stereotype from the comic.

    • mattinacan

      lol sure sure

  • RoguePilot

    Iron Man 3 was a crap movie. Nuff said.

    • Lovecraftlives

      It was great and the best of the three. Too many of you morons out there!

      • ʝoe Cûddleš ßloggs

        Sorry ‘moron’ but the first movie was and still is the best.

      • Drew Douglas



    Iron Man 3 was a terrible movie.

    • Lovecraftlives

      Iron Man 3 was a great movie! Man, got so many little ants to step on!

      • Drew Douglas

        Clean that last sentence up and try again.

  • Greyson

    I really liked IM3. It got a little weak towards the end, but otherwise it was awesome.

  • Guest

    His performance was mind blowing, too bad the movie was shit!

    • Lovecraftlives

      Too bad the movie was great, dickhead!

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    If Kingsley is in it, the project has nothing to do with the Mandarin.

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  • The Flobbit

    Yeah! This is the 400th Comment of mine!

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