First Look at the Return of Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery in the Marvel One-Shot ALL HAIL THE KING

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Last fall, we learned that Ben Kingsley was shooting a “secret Marvel project”, and last week we reported that the upcoming Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray would contain the latest Marvel One-Shot, “All Hail the King”.  Unsurprisingly, that’s the “secret Marvel project”, and now we have the first images and details regarding Kingsley reprising his role as delightful dupe Trevor Slattery.  The short will be an epilogue to Iron Man 3 and see Trevor receiving the acclaim and adulation he’s always wanted albeit from within prison.  However, not everyone is a fan, and writer-director Drew Pearce (who co-wrote Iron Man 3) says this short will actually provide some comfort to the comic book fans who were upset that Kingsley wasn’t actually the Mandarin.

Hit the jump for more including four images from the short.  Click here to pre-order Thor: The Dark World, which will be released on February 25th.

ben-kingsley-all-hail-the-kingAlthough Pearce didn’t lay out the entire plot of the short film, we know that Scoot McNairy (Argo) will play a documentary filmmaker who’s putting together a piece about the aftermath of the Mandarin situation, and that this will allow us to see some of Trevor’s other acting work, including a failed 1980s pilot that Pearce describes as “sort of like Magnum P.I. mixed with the Cold War”.

But for people who want a little more comics mythology, there will be some explanation of how the “Ten Rings” organization that were mentioned in the first Iron Man come back around.  Says Pearce:

“Imagine a real terrorist organization whose beliefs were long held and religious for thousands of years, and imagine a drunk, British actor coming along and essentially telling the world that he’s the face of your organization,” Pearce tells EW. “I think they would be right to be quite angry.”

As far as the ramifications of the short, Pearce teases:

“by the end of the short, there are definitely a lot of exciting other places that are brought up in it that could then go in the Marvel universe. You know, whether that’s an Iron Man movie or another one going into Phase Two or Three.”

I don’t know how far out Marvel is willing to build based on a short film included on a Blu-ray, but I like that “All Hail the King” will at least have the potential to lead to other stories.

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  • Kevin

    From the sounds of this, Marvel may be cowards and I may have to eat my words.

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      Told ya I had a feeling this was their direction. I had a feeling after the backlash that this would be their way of saving face w the fan boys.

      • Kevin

        A movie that makes over $1 billion shouldn’t have to appease anyone who didn’t like it.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        True. $1B means people enjoyed what was presented but it also could show that Marvel know that they may have lost a lot of fan boy trust by turning one of their biggest villians into a punch line. Who knows as maybe this was their plan the entire time and maybe RDJ’s contract had something to do with how they were going to execute it (either as an after credits teaser or a one shot) and if it will be addressed in another Iron Man outing or an Avenger’s sequel.

      • Kevin

        Yeah, they’ll say that the Ten Rings is an actual terrorist organization, but I’m still skeptical that there will be another Mandarin.

      • George

        Wasn’t the Ten Rings the villains in the first Iron Man? Was that not who Obadiah was dealing arms to?

      • EVM

        You’re asserting two things here,and BOTH are flawed:
        - Everyone who paid to see it obviously liked it.
        - If a billion dollars worth of people paid to see it, then it has been proven above criticism on any creative level.
        Care to consider that logic again?

      • Kevin

        No, because if that many people saw it, then it is reasonable to say that a good amount of them liked it. People can criticize any movie they want, but the creators shouldn’t have to apologize because someone didn’t like it.

      • EVM

        Okay,as an opinion that’s fine,man.BUT that’s not what you said.

    • Seanpb

      Certainly seems like they’re revising their initial concept.

  • Sweet Pea

    Iron Man 3 was pretty sh*t, and the Mandarin reveal was in keeping with that. I didn’t like it, but by the time it happened I’d pretty much lost interest anyway.

    • Arthur Dent

      Cool story

      • Sweet Pea

        Not as cool as this essay though:
        I was already annoyed with all the begging for invites with this thing. Now under Yahoo it will just slide into irrelevance. Did they think that by buying this they would somehow get people clamoring for their services? Meh. At least the devs made some cash.
        Oooooo Arthur, you sure told Yahoo… LOL! Dork.

      • Arthur Dent

        OMG, you went into my comment history to look for something to slam! Investigative genius over here, folks!

      • Sweet Pea

        OMG, you use the abbreviation ‘OMG’… Nice one Hannah Montana. Super sharp witty zing-merchant over here, folks! Your comment history does make funny reading tho, you are alot funnier when you don’t try so hard.

      • guest

        get a room

  • Armond White is my master now

    Ben Kingsley should return his Oscar for the Best Actor after his ridiculous role in Iron Man 3. This short is a big F*CK YOU! to the fans of the comic book from Drew Pearce.

    • Col. Tigh-Fighter

      Yes, the entire movie of Gandhi is devalued because of the butthurt he has caused you. LOL

    • Ruprect

      But his turn in The Love Guru is just fine with you?

    • Arthur Dent

      Aw I’m shedding a f**king tear over here over your anguish and pain.

      • Sweet Pea

        You’re feeling yourself tonight innit! Sarcasm is so cool too.

  • Jack le Critic

    I can’t understand the IM3 hate…it must be a minority as it was last years biggest movie and critically well received. The comic book Mandarin is a dated Fu Manchu rip-off, and frankly a racist stereotype that was always going to be troublesome to convey literally on screen. By introducing Slattery, I think Marvel played the cleverest move out of all of their films so far. I wonder if the further twist is he may yet turn out to be The Mandarin – is that twist too far?

    • GrimReaper07

      I agree. The movie was great up until that point too. It did lose some steam after the reveal, but even if I didn’t like the twist, I’ve got to admit that scene is brilliant. Kingsley was amazing in it.

    • JBug

      @Jack, love this comment.

    • belovedwarlord

      Captain America had the Red Skull in it, a villain most famous for being an ultra violent fascist Nazi whose most recent comic book appearance had him stealing a telepaths brain and mentally forcing people to become mega racists. The Mandarin of the modern comics is nothing like the Mandarin of the 90s TV show and the only people who make comments like yours are people who have no idea what they are talking about, but have read hysterical articles on the subject and think they know enough to make the same comments in articles like this where they pretend to be progressive and knowledgeable.

      • doc

        God forbid someone have an opinion that is different than yours.

      • belovedwarlord

        You don’t seem to understand the difference between a different opinion and a misinformed opinion.

      • doc

        But it’s still a different opinion because it’s different than your views. You think it’s misinformed because you don’t agree with it.

      • Sweet Pea

        No. He rightfully knows it is misinformed cause Jack le Critic is wrong about Mandarin, it isn’t a case of personal opinion it is that is just plain incorrect in what he’s stating. As for what he said about the film etc, that is down to his personal tastes and opinion.

      • belovedwarlord

        No, it’s just a factually wrong statement. The modern Mandarin hasn’t been like that for a long time and the point of my original post is that if they can tidy up the Red Skull for a film they can tidy up the Mandarin, they can claim racial sensitivity but they didn’t want to make an asian the villain at the end of the day and harm their profits from China. First time I’ve not heard anyone complain about them whitewashing an ethnic character before.

      • Armond White is my master now

        Red Skull real name is Seth Rogen. And he was a decoy: the real evil mastermind of the movie was Bucky.

      • Jack le Critic

        No, I was brought up on 12 cent Iron Man comics and know the history very well thanks. Red Skull too is anachronistic, I don’t deny it, but he’s included in a period piece which relates to a history that existed – of Nazi persecution. Whether he has a Red Skull or not, Gestapo existed, it is fair to say they were the enemy and can be represented. Not every German soldier was evil, but some were, so it’s fair to represent Nazi’s as villains. Red Skull doesn’t have a Hitler moustache or side parting either. Contrary, he has a “Red Skull” which I think is confusing and corresponds more with Communism – I think when Kirby created him, he was more a representation of all the WWII paranoias. Mandarin is harder to defend, he’s just a spiteful, technology obsessed asian with a long thin moustache. He’s also named “The Mandarin” which is a reference to Chinese imperialism. Who does he represent historically? No one really, but he’s more of a caricature of the West’s interpretation of “powerful evil Chinese men”, and without doubt, and tackier elaboration on Fu Manchu. Marvel I’m sure are totally aware of this, and because they’re wanting to expand business with China, the last thing they needed to do was portray the Mandarin as he traditionally appeared in the comics. They boxed clever, good for them.

      • belovedwarlord

        They were cowards. The modern Mandarin is just the anti-Batman, a wealthy, intelligent, powerful chinese guy, he’s as or more capable than Iron Man even stripped of his rings, but he is far from a caricature and the point of teh Red Skull comparison is that they stripped away the elements that would harm their gross, and the Skull is far worse than the Mandarin considering he helped actively round up and slaughter jews and is a firm believer in white power. The Mandarin could have easily been modified in any necessary way, but they didn’t want to make an asian villain that would harm their chinese gross.

        But this was not your original claim, it was that he needed to be avoided because he was some kind of over the top racial stereotype, and the response to that was that he hasn’t been that way for a long time, and so it was not an excuse for what was done to him.

      • JBug

        I agree with this point, but I also have to imagine that they didn’t think a guy with mystically powerful rings would play well in this world. It’d be introducing an entirely new mythology (makluan) to a universe that already has several other far fetched ideas already evolving. I think it just would have been over the top. Safe to go with science experiment via extremis.

  • Ridge

    Smart move, I think Marvel don’t want to lose more fans so they do this short film to calm down the angry fans (me included). Anyway, IM3 was crap :P

    • Aquartertoseven

      It wasn’t, it’s 2nd only to the Avengers. The backlash is from a tiny, tiny, minority of loud, immature losers that are too dumb to understand that the films don’t have to be duplicates of the comic books.

      • TToughnuts

        Aquartertoseven, I disagree with you. I find it hard to believe that so many people enjoyed the movie. The villain breathed fire (LAME) for god sakes! It was like Michael Bay’s Transformers with how much CGI and “witty” banter there was. Everyone was talking a mile a minute and the plot was ridiculous. You don’t care about who wins (CGI robots vs. lava men) and the stakes just aren’t there. I saw every Marvel movie up until Iron Man 3 in the theater and watched AOS, but I will be waiting for netflix for all of the subsequent movies due to the badness that was Iron Man 3. Marvel still has promise (CA2 and Ant Man), but I am guessing that Thor was terrible (didn’t see it) and that GOTG will be CGI ridiculousness. I have these negative opinions all thanks to Iron Man 3 (and a little bit of Iron Man 2 as well). I also brought my wife to see the movie…and she is finished with all superhero movies now (thanks IM3…). I promise that I am a sane, 30 year old, normal person with my views and not a loud immature dumb loser. Hope that helps you clear up your misconceptions about the movie’s detractors.

      • Nathan

        You actually kinda unintentionally proved his point. It might be your writing style but you sound very butthurt and immature to me. But whatever.

      • Aquartertoseven

        His body was basically comprised of lava, breathing fire isn’t too much of a stretch. The humour was a little excessive and not funny at times, I’ll give you that.

        “I am guessing that Thor was terrible (didn’t see it)”

        Well actually it’s a great, solid, funny film, the best solo Phase 1 film imo, but you’d probably hate it if your opinion on IM3 is any indication.

        Unless you mean Thor 2, which was a bit disappointing.

      • doctor_robot

        i enjoyed it much more than i thought i would, and it’s now actually one of my favorite marvel movies. the only thing that irked me a little was the pepper potts kicking ass at the end thing. and… i thought the mandarin “twist” was awesome. very clever, i thought. well written, plenty of action, nice elements of humor throughout the film. sorry that you didn’t like it… i sure did. and the ending credits were rad as hell.

      • doctor_robot

        i enjoyed it much more than i thought i would, and it’s now actually one of my favorite marvel movies. the only thing that irked me a little was the pepper potts kicking ass at the end thing. and… i thought the mandarin “twist” was awesome. very clever, i thought. well written, plenty of action, nice elements of humor throughout the film. sorry that you didn’t like it… i sure did. and the ending credits were rad as hell.

      • JBug

        I agree, 2nd to the Avengers

      • EVM

        Who’s immature,son? Your post smells like you meant to hit Caps Lock before typing it.Must’ve got distracted when mom hollered at you for dinner.

      • Aquartertoseven

        The immature one, dad, is the one that attempted to make me out to be a loud drama queen despite being calm, rational and, considering your attempt to discredit me, devastating your side of the argument. So your attempt was, ultimately, …… futile.

        *Makes an evil smirk and interlocks fingers in victory*

      • EVM

        “devastating”?…are you for real? It’s too much. I GET IT! You are mocking geektrolls — HILARIOUSLY.

      • Agent777

        I saw this movie with a guy who has never read comics and loved 1 and 2, a guy who’d only seen the cartoon, and a guy who plays video games mainly, and myself, who has read some Iron Man. We all hated it. Only person I know who loved it is a RDJ and Shane Black fan.

        It made money because of the first two Iron Man films, followed the Avengers hype, and there was nothing else to see.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Still premature but I had a feeling that there would still be a “real” Mandarin and not Guy Pearce’s Lava Man character. Marvel pissed off so many of their fan boys that I had a feeling that they were going to find a way to fix it. I still think it would have been a cool twist to reveal that Kingsley really is the Mandarin or working for the 10 Rings and that this was his/their way of getting into some high security prison for the purpose of reaching some locked up inmate (maybe Emil Blonsky in human form/ Dr. Samuel Sterns). I guess I was just hoping that they would tie into the Incredible Hulk film better than they currently have. I was disapointed that William Hurt didn’t even have a small role in the Avengers as part of the military fight against the invading aliens or at least showing that he wants to pursue him after the invasion is over.

    • EVM

      It sucks,but face it,they threw THE INCREDIBLE HULK under the bus,along with Norton. I wish thy hadn’t,but I wish Norton had been in THE AVENGERS instead of Ruffalo,too.

  • TigerFIST

    So fucking happy. I hope he is the real mandarin!

  • Chris

    It would be cool if Kingsley pulled a Kaiser Soze reveal.

  • ScratStitch

    I really hope they don’t kill the character. And no, he’s not going to become “the real Mandarin.” People need to stop b*tching about that already.

  • RecoveR20

    I have a feeling that the ten rings will actually ask Trevor to continue to “play” the Mandarin, then, in a way- He will become the Mandarin everyone wanted him to be

  • Stefan Bonomo

    This sounds like that rumor where they said The Mandarin was gonna be mad at Trevor’s performance of him, but instead it’s the Ten Rings terrorist group from the first IM. Either way, I’m still excited to see this, I actually liked Iron Man 3 and don’t get the hate, so no ,matter what they do, I’ll be okay with.

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  • jk

    Still cracks me up about all the hate IM3 gets for the Mandarin reveal.

  • Strong Enough

    Everyone says IM3 was crap but no one mentions Shane black.

  • milo

    The article headline is kind of a spoiler for IM3, eh? And no, I still haven’t got around to seeing it yet.

    • Arthur Dent

      Your bad …

  • Oolie zool

    Thanos grants him the powers of the comic version to help him and he becomes The Mandarin.

  • scurvy

    I think the prisoners are going to be the proxy for the butthurt fans and we’ll be dizzyingly and mocking Trevor for pretending to be the Mandarin. That would be fantastic.

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  • Adrian

    Ben Kingsley was so good. i was wondering how they were going to handle the mandarin. He’s not the best villain

  • scheebles

    To me, the Mandarin reveal was the best part of Iron Man 3. The Extremis presented on screen just looked plain silly. If they had had a legitimately intimidating villain behind the Mandarin reveal, it would’ve been a much better film. As it is, the film sort of dies after Kingsley is out of the picture.

  • Chris

    IM3 was pretty awful, the only interesting thing about it was Sir Ben’s performance.

  • Colin Christian

    I think a ‘real ‘ Mandarin is a bad idea,his storyline was the only thing I liked about IM3, Americans being led around like a bunch of trigger happy idiots at least seemed plausible to me,you can see evidence of such reactionary thinking everyday in the news.I thought it was clever.Or maybe he should be Scandinavian…..

  • doc

    Is there a mature comment anywhere on this website?

  • Steve

    I didn’t go to watch Iron Man (any of them) to see a great movie. I went to watch Robert Downey Jr. play Tony Stark… And he fucking nailed it.

  • mattinacan

    Marvel is doing the old walk back I see, its for the best IM3 was weak and the mandarin reveal was a total joke.

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