Last week, information got out about Marvel Studios’ next One-Shot short film called ‘All Hail The King’. We learned that it would be included on the ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Blu-ray scheduled to be released on February 25th, but other than that, we didn’t get much else. There was speculation about whether it would shed some light on the ending of the God of Thunder’s most recent film and follow up with Loki or if it had something to do with Ben Kingsley’s super secret Marvel project that was teased back in October. Well, now we can confirm that the short will indeed see the return of “The Mandarin” from ‘Iron Man 3’.
Entertainment Weekly revealed that the 14-minute film written by Drew Pearce will pick up with Trevor Slattery, the actor hired by Aldrich Killian to portray the terrorist mastermind from the Armored Avenger’s most recent cinematic adventure, as he enjoys his new celebrity status while he’s locked up at the Seagate maximum security prison. The writer shares some details about the self-involved actor’s new status quo:
“When we find Trevor at the beginning of this short, other than Tony, he’s the only one out of ‘Iron Man 3’ to get what he wanted. And even though he was arrested and beat up and had guns pointed at him, now he’s the celebrity that he always wanted to be and he loves it. He absolutely loves it. He is living a somewhat curtailed version of the celebrity life, but he’s also leading arguably a better life than he did when he was living with, like, four other actors at the age of 52 in some bedsit in the south of London. That’s the other fun thing about the starting point is that when we meet Trevor in the short, Trevor won. The Mandarin didn’t, but Trevor in his own way was victorious.”
One day during his stint in the big house, a documentary filmmaker played by ‘Argo’ star Scoot McNairy comes to chat with Trevor about Tony Stark’s most recent antics and whether or not he knows if the organization known as The Ten Rings is real and out there looking for him. Pearce basically sums up the whole thing by saying this:
“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. I think they would be right to be quite angry.”
And not only is the group The Ten Rings angry about the mockery, but if previous rumors are to be believed, then the REAL Mandarin isn’t too happy either. If this is the case, then the short might be setting up for future stories in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that could manifest in ‘Iron Man 4’ or ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ or the recently announced Netflix shows featuring Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage (since Seagate Prison is related to the origin of Cage). But while we ponder on that, Pearce does a bit more teasing about future implications in this film:
“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.”
For the first look at ‘All Hail The King’ starring Ben Kingsley, check out the gallery below:
What do you think about these new details regarding Marvel’s next One-Shot? Are you excited to see Sir Ben Kingsley return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Do you think that the real Ten Rings is out there and planning their revenge on poor old Trevor? Share your thoughts in the comment section.