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Ben Kingsley reveals he is working on a secret project for Marvel

Oct. 22, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

Marvel has done an outstanding job with their cinematic universe, but their handling of The Mandarin in IRON MAN 3 definitely bothered some fans. I'll get into those details in a bit (consider this your spoiler warning), but first we need to talk about Sir Ben Kingsley's recent comments to the Belfast Telegraph about working on a secret project for Marvel.

"It's a secret Marvel project. I'm not allowed to say any more, you're going to have to wait and see."

Marvel producer Kevin Feige also said he couldn't say anything either (kind of surprising considering how much we've heard from him lately), but Feige admitting he can't say anything means this isn't just a rumor or speculation that Kingsley will work with Marvel again soon.

But what is the project? Will his Trevor Slattery character return and if so, why? One guess I have is Marvel might turn his character into how The Mandarin was actually portrayed in the comics, and not the bait-and-switch Guy Pearce version we got in IRON MAN 3. Perhaps Trevor Slattery comes across an alien ship and finds the ten cosmic rings? Maybe I'm thinking too big and Ben Kingsley will only be in a one-shot or something similar, but Marvel has some giant plans for their characters in film and television, and at this point anything is possible.

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6:33AM on 10/23/2013

My first thought was the same as Jesse's....

...especially on the heels of the Doctor Strange news recently. Why not do The Mandarin properly, magic and all, as a tie-in to Doctor Strange? Maybe he could ally with Baron Mordo?
...especially on the heels of the Doctor Strange news recently. Why not do The Mandarin properly, magic and all, as a tie-in to Doctor Strange? Maybe he could ally with Baron Mordo?
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4:02AM on 10/23/2013
I'm imagining a deleted scene where Slattery was taken into custody at the end of Iron Man 3, the camera then go in for a close up of his face, and we see him smirking. He fooled everyone. He fooled Aldritch Killian into thinking that he's just a drunk actor. He even fooled Tony Stark. No one knows that he's really the secret leader of the Brotherhood of The Ten Rings. He...
BAMMMM!!!
... got hit by a truck.
I'm imagining a deleted scene where Slattery was taken into custody at the end of Iron Man 3, the camera then go in for a close up of his face, and we see him smirking. He fooled everyone. He fooled Aldritch Killian into thinking that he's just a drunk actor. He even fooled Tony Stark. No one knows that he's really the secret leader of the Brotherhood of The Ten Rings. He...
BAMMMM!!!
... got hit by a truck.
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10:49PM on 10/22/2013
Y'know, looking at the picture of Kingsley as Mandarin, remove the sunglasses and he could be The Ancient One for Dr strange. (sure, he can play older than his real age.
Y'know, looking at the picture of Kingsley as Mandarin, remove the sunglasses and he could be The Ancient One for Dr strange. (sure, he can play older than his real age.
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8:31PM on 10/22/2013
I loved him as the fake Mandarin, so I can't wait to see him in something else! I think the character would make a great addition to any short they have in mind.
I loved him as the fake Mandarin, so I can't wait to see him in something else! I think the character would make a great addition to any short they have in mind.
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7:24PM on 10/22/2013
I'd be more interested in seeing Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer show up again than Kingsley as Trevor. Unless you do them together. Maybe a One Shot of Rockwell and Trevor sharing a cell in jail.
I'd be more interested in seeing Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer show up again than Kingsley as Trevor. Unless you do them together. Maybe a One Shot of Rockwell and Trevor sharing a cell in jail.
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11:04PM on 10/22/2013
Or a humourous One Shot prequel on his 'casting' as The Mandarin...
Or a humourous One Shot prequel on his 'casting' as The Mandarin...
6:53PM on 10/22/2013

Iron Man 3

There was a lot of things wrong Iron Man 3 and the Mandarin twist doesn't top the flaws. I personally like the switch, the actor behind the character and Guy Pearce's Killian was the best part of the movie. I think RDJ over-did Tony Stark and they had way too many off-track one-liners in the movie.
There was a lot of things wrong Iron Man 3 and the Mandarin twist doesn't top the flaws. I personally like the switch, the actor behind the character and Guy Pearce's Killian was the best part of the movie. I think RDJ over-did Tony Stark and they had way too many off-track one-liners in the movie.
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4:56PM on 10/22/2013

He's not The Mandarin. Period.

First, @martinphipps has a pretty brilliant idea down there, a la the whole S.H.I.E.L.D. informant thing. However, I doubt this will play out in the ABC show. Despite being a Marvel series, with most of its audience likely fans of the films, it's still a primetime drama that won't rely solely on viewers who are caught up on all the Marvel flicks. Sure, they throw references in a few times an ep, but Trevor popping up could be a confusing, random beat. (Though I would be curious to see how
First, @martinphipps has a pretty brilliant idea down there, a la the whole S.H.I.E.L.D. informant thing. However, I doubt this will play out in the ABC show. Despite being a Marvel series, with most of its audience likely fans of the films, it's still a primetime drama that won't rely solely on viewers who are caught up on all the Marvel flicks. Sure, they throw references in a few times an ep, but Trevor popping up could be a confusing, random beat. (Though I would be curious to see how the show would handle The Mandarin.)

I think it's either an animated property in which he'll pop up, or back as Trevor. I highly doubt he'll return as the real Mandarin (or segue to meet the real one, Rha's/Batman Begins style). I don't know that Marvel needs to save face on this whole Mandarin-Trevor thing. Yes, fans were upset, but IM3 made $1.2 billion worldwide. Why would they risk a clunky, Etch A Sketch move like this? What's done is done. If anything, it'll be Trevor in some post-credits, shawarma-type scene.
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3:02PM on 10/22/2013

o:

They just need to remake Iron Man 3.
They just need to remake Iron Man 3.
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8:31PM on 10/22/2013
GOD it was great how it was shut up
GOD it was great how it was shut up
2:16PM on 10/22/2013

Fucking Hilariously Perfect

That Video explained exactly how I felt when I left the theatre after seeing IRON MAN 3. If it wasn't for that fucking Mandarin twist, I would have loved the film. But that one thing really fucking erked me. They took Iron Man's Joker and reduced him to a fucking joke, a guy taking a shit in the bathroom.
That Video explained exactly how I felt when I left the theatre after seeing IRON MAN 3. If it wasn't for that fucking Mandarin twist, I would have loved the film. But that one thing really fucking erked me. They took Iron Man's Joker and reduced him to a fucking joke, a guy taking a shit in the bathroom.
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12:10AM on 10/23/2013
Sooo,... what you're saying (or at least, what I'm picking up on), is that you've never seen any of the 'Hitler Reacts' videos... The first one I saw, was when Michael Jackson died, and Hitler was upset, that he was never going to be able to see Neverland, with his idol.
Sooo,... what you're saying (or at least, what I'm picking up on), is that you've never seen any of the 'Hitler Reacts' videos... The first one I saw, was when Michael Jackson died, and Hitler was upset, that he was never going to be able to see Neverland, with his idol.
8:28AM on 10/29/2013
Where do you take your shits? Do terrorists not shit in the bathroom? I'm confused
Where do you take your shits? Do terrorists not shit in the bathroom? I'm confused
2:04PM on 10/22/2013
Hopefully it won't be Trevor Slattery posing as Ultron...
Hopefully it won't be Trevor Slattery posing as Ultron...
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1:11PM on 10/22/2013
It's going to turn out that Tony Stark is not a billionaire industrialist, but rather he's just a dopey actor hired to pretend to oppose Killian Aldritch so that no one would suspect Trevor Slattery is the real Iron Man.
It's going to turn out that Tony Stark is not a billionaire industrialist, but rather he's just a dopey actor hired to pretend to oppose Killian Aldritch so that no one would suspect Trevor Slattery is the real Iron Man.
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12:49PM on 10/22/2013
The sooner everyone stops talking about IM3 and the Mandarin, the better. I'm so hoping this secret project is completely different. Of course, we've already seen Kingsley's face in IM3, so I'm also hoping it's just voice work.
The sooner everyone stops talking about IM3 and the Mandarin, the better. I'm so hoping this secret project is completely different. Of course, we've already seen Kingsley's face in IM3, so I'm also hoping it's just voice work.
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12:34PM on 10/22/2013

i wanna see the real mandarin

Frankly, i really liked the bait-and-switch pulled in IM3. The only problem i had was that they used the Mandarin for it. They couldv'e used any other villain and it wouldve been better. Thats like having Brainiac be the villain in a Superman movie that turn out to have been Lex Luthor on his keyboard. It was a waste of a character and they wasted the wrong guy for it. Other than that, i liked that little plot twist (i had other gripes but i did enjoy the movie overall)

I really hope that
Frankly, i really liked the bait-and-switch pulled in IM3. The only problem i had was that they used the Mandarin for it. They couldv'e used any other villain and it wouldve been better. Thats like having Brainiac be the villain in a Superman movie that turn out to have been Lex Luthor on his keyboard. It was a waste of a character and they wasted the wrong guy for it. Other than that, i liked that little plot twist (i had other gripes but i did enjoy the movie overall)

I really hope that Ben Kensley's character somehow actually becomes the Mandarin. I have no idea how that would work, whether Thanos "creates" him or what. But i would love to see them try it. I just dont know where they would put him. It's unlikely they will be doing an Iron Man 4, and the Avengers villains are pretty set up. So maybe one of the unannounced movies is a War Machine film and Mandarin could be the villain there (with Tony Stark playing second fiddle in that one).

Most likely it will be a one-shot. And a light hearted one at that considering his true character in the film. I'd be excited for it, but i'm praying that it's gonna be more than that.
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8:36PM on 10/22/2013
What kind of villains does Dr. Strange have? The real Mandarin with his dragon-y powers would probably fit a film like that pretty nicely...
What kind of villains does Dr. Strange have? The real Mandarin with his dragon-y powers would probably fit a film like that pretty nicely...
12:30PM on 10/22/2013
I think Travis should get his own movie. The character was pretty damn entertaining in IM3.
I think Travis should get his own movie. The character was pretty damn entertaining in IM3.
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12:29PM on 10/22/2013

Either...

Slattery turns out to be the real deal or there is a real Mandarin he was protraying who doesnt like being made a fool of.
Slattery turns out to be the real deal or there is a real Mandarin he was protraying who doesnt like being made a fool of.
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12:26PM on 10/22/2013
Obviously I'm not against Ben Kingsley being in any movie. I'm just not sure what they could with him. I mean granted they made a really bad call with the Mandarin in IM3, but I don't think Marvel is so bad at making decisions that they would come up with a cheesy idea to keep Trevor Slattery in the MCU. The idea of Trevor Slattery actually becoming the Mandarin just seems like a really pointless and dumb idea, especially where RDJ is in no hurry to make any more Iron Man movies. And it
Obviously I'm not against Ben Kingsley being in any movie. I'm just not sure what they could with him. I mean granted they made a really bad call with the Mandarin in IM3, but I don't think Marvel is so bad at making decisions that they would come up with a cheesy idea to keep Trevor Slattery in the MCU. The idea of Trevor Slattery actually becoming the Mandarin just seems like a really pointless and dumb idea, especially where RDJ is in no hurry to make any more Iron Man movies. And it would come off as too forced to make up for the mistake in IM3. I'm thinking we'll be seeing some voiceover work from Kinglsey. Perhaps he'll be voicing Thanos? (Or has that been confirmed to be someone else already?)
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8:38PM on 10/22/2013
What do you mean "keep Trevor Slattery in the MCU"? He was a character in the MCU, he's IN the MCU. He doesn't stop existing just because some whiny fans didn't like his character
What do you mean "keep Trevor Slattery in the MCU"? He was a character in the MCU, he's IN the MCU. He doesn't stop existing just because some whiny fans didn't like his character
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12:25PM on 10/22/2013

Iron Man 3 is NOT a Marvel Film

Marvel needed Robert Downey Jr to come back for another Iron Man, but RDJ was hesitant. The only way Marvel could have RDJ was to let his good friend Shane Black direct it. So Marvel let RDJ and Shane have their way with the movie. You can easily tell that this was more of a Shane Black movie than a Marvel movie. The movie almost has no ties to any other Marvel movie. The only reason you'd know it was in the same universe of Marvel is because it just mentions the attack on New York.
Marvel needed Robert Downey Jr to come back for another Iron Man, but RDJ was hesitant. The only way Marvel could have RDJ was to let his good friend Shane Black direct it. So Marvel let RDJ and Shane have their way with the movie. You can easily tell that this was more of a Shane Black movie than a Marvel movie. The movie almost has no ties to any other Marvel movie. The only reason you'd know it was in the same universe of Marvel is because it just mentions the attack on New York.
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12:47PM on 10/22/2013
And had Iron-Man in it. But other than that . . .
And had Iron-Man in it. But other than that . . .
8:40PM on 10/22/2013
And it was fantastic because of it. Unlike Iron Man 2, which piggybacked hard on the wider Marvel universe, and was really hurt because of it. Fucking pointless particle accelerator subplot!
And it was fantastic because of it. Unlike Iron Man 2, which piggybacked hard on the wider Marvel universe, and was really hurt because of it. Fucking pointless particle accelerator subplot!
12:13PM on 10/22/2013
So, they're basically gonna pull what was rumored to happen with The Joker; a new one would come along and either prove to be a copycat, or reveal that Ledger's Joker was a copycat. Though in the Mandarin's case we already know what's up.

And I see some IM3 fanatic(s) is thumbing down everyone who's ragging on the Mandarin twist.
So, they're basically gonna pull what was rumored to happen with The Joker; a new one would come along and either prove to be a copycat, or reveal that Ledger's Joker was a copycat. Though in the Mandarin's case we already know what's up.

And I see some IM3 fanatic(s) is thumbing down everyone who's ragging on the Mandarin twist.
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8:42PM on 10/22/2013
Yes because the people who adore to the shitty comic storylines are totally reasonable.
Yes because the people who adore to the shitty comic storylines are totally reasonable.
11:47AM on 10/22/2013
"but their handling of The Mandarin in IRON MAN 3 definitely bothered some fans"
Biggest understatement ever. I don't thing anyone liked that twist even the people that liked the rest of the film.

And I can't see him coming back. As what? Doing the space ship idea you mentioned above would be so cheesy and stupid. But leave it to Marvel/Disney to give us garbage.
"but their handling of The Mandarin in IRON MAN 3 definitely bothered some fans"
Biggest understatement ever. I don't thing anyone liked that twist even the people that liked the rest of the film.

And I can't see him coming back. As what? Doing the space ship idea you mentioned above would be so cheesy and stupid. But leave it to Marvel/Disney to give us garbage.
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11:29AM on 10/22/2013

Upcoming one-shot

The twist in Ironman 3 was damn near unforgivable to me. It came close to ruining the entire cinematic Marvel universe because it just. didn't. fit. I'm not alone which leads me to doubt that Marvel will do too much with this character. I give it a one-shot then move on forever.
The twist in Ironman 3 was damn near unforgivable to me. It came close to ruining the entire cinematic Marvel universe because it just. didn't. fit. I'm not alone which leads me to doubt that Marvel will do too much with this character. I give it a one-shot then move on forever.
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11:27AM on 10/22/2013
Are they gonna give him a good role to make up for totally fucking him over in Iron Man 3?
Are they gonna give him a good role to make up for totally fucking him over in Iron Man 3?
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11:18AM on 10/22/2013

Trevor Slattery. is going to jail for a long time

Seriously, so what if he wasn't the mastermind behind AIM? He had to have known what Killian was doing so the feds have him for conspiracy and racketeering. And with most of his known co-conspirators dead, he will take the fall. In fact, most people Americans in the MCU probably still believe that he is the Mandarin and the government would probably want people to go on believing that and not have it revealed that the Vice President was involved. He will probably get a really nice luxurious
Seriously, so what if he wasn't the mastermind behind AIM? He had to have known what Killian was doing so the feds have him for conspiracy and racketeering. And with most of his known co-conspirators dead, he will take the fall. In fact, most people Americans in the MCU probably still believe that he is the Mandarin and the government would probably want people to go on believing that and not have it revealed that the Vice President was involved. He will probably get a really nice luxurious cell in exchange for continuing his role as the Mandarin for the public. I think I've figured it out: in an episode of Agents of SHIELD we find out that AIM is still active and Coulson asks Trevor what he knows about them.
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11:50AM on 10/22/2013
This is actually good thinking on your part. Comparable to the Bin Laden real life story where you could say the government created him and his group then attacks come and he is used as their boogie man. Maybe using this "fake" Mandarin comes back to haunt them and he gets powers somehow.
This is actually good thinking on your part. Comparable to the Bin Laden real life story where you could say the government created him and his group then attacks come and he is used as their boogie man. Maybe using this "fake" Mandarin comes back to haunt them and he gets powers somehow.
12:28PM on 10/22/2013
That could be a cool idea, maybe he'll be doing a reoccurring role as Trevor Slattery on SHIELD. Kind of like a Hannibal Lecter type thing where he helps take down AIM.
That could be a cool idea, maybe he'll be doing a reoccurring role as Trevor Slattery on SHIELD. Kind of like a Hannibal Lecter type thing where he helps take down AIM.
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11:17AM on 10/22/2013
Looking back at it, I'm still sure that I enjoyed Iron Man 3...but the twist bugs me more each time I think about it...and the lost opportunity of opening the door to the world of Dr Strange in the teaser when Bruce says, I'm not that kind of doctor.
Looking back at it, I'm still sure that I enjoyed Iron Man 3...but the twist bugs me more each time I think about it...and the lost opportunity of opening the door to the world of Dr Strange in the teaser when Bruce says, I'm not that kind of doctor.
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11:15AM on 10/22/2013

WOW!!!

TO THE VIDEO. PRETTY FUNNY! WOULD BE COOL TO SEE THEM "FIX" WHAT WAS A MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE ACTUALLY PLOT OF IRON MAN 3. USE THE RINGS AND USE KINGSLEY THE WAY HE SHOULD BE.
TO THE VIDEO. PRETTY FUNNY! WOULD BE COOL TO SEE THEM "FIX" WHAT WAS A MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE ACTUALLY PLOT OF IRON MAN 3. USE THE RINGS AND USE KINGSLEY THE WAY HE SHOULD BE.
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11:14AM on 10/22/2013
I think it might be another short. Marvel does them with pretty much every release now and all of them have at least one recurring character.
I think it might be another short. Marvel does them with pretty much every release now and all of them have at least one recurring character.
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11:09AM on 10/22/2013
If he comes back as Trevor and it's revealed that he actually is The Mandarin, then I think most haters of Iron Man 3 would change their minds about how insulting Iron Man 3 may have been. I for one enjoyed the twist, but I think it would be pretty brilliant of Marvel (again) to throw us for a loop with making Trevor the REAL Mandarin and not just some actor for hire.
If he comes back as Trevor and it's revealed that he actually is The Mandarin, then I think most haters of Iron Man 3 would change their minds about how insulting Iron Man 3 may have been. I for one enjoyed the twist, but I think it would be pretty brilliant of Marvel (again) to throw us for a loop with making Trevor the REAL Mandarin and not just some actor for hire.
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11:51AM on 10/22/2013
If they did another twist having Trevor as the Mandarin then it would make Iron Man 3 an even worse and pointless film. That film can never be saved. It is dead.
If they did another twist having Trevor as the Mandarin then it would make Iron Man 3 an even worse and pointless film. That film can never be saved. It is dead.
10:47AM on 10/22/2013
I'm glad Ben Kingsley is game for Adam West-ing. I honestly felt that Iron Man 3 treated him with a lot more dignity than something like The Love Guru, and Kingsley was excellent as both the scary, shady Mandarin and good ole Trevor Slattery.
I'm glad Ben Kingsley is game for Adam West-ing. I honestly felt that Iron Man 3 treated him with a lot more dignity than something like The Love Guru, and Kingsley was excellent as both the scary, shady Mandarin and good ole Trevor Slattery.
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10:24AM on 10/22/2013

I'd love another twist

Turns out Trevor wasn't just an actor, but he is in fact the mastermind behind it all and used Killian to avoid suspicion for his true motives (gaining access to the Chitauri technology). Please, I hope this is the case and not some direct-to-dvd origin story about how Trevor was hired by Killian.
Turns out Trevor wasn't just an actor, but he is in fact the mastermind behind it all and used Killian to avoid suspicion for his true motives (gaining access to the Chitauri technology). Please, I hope this is the case and not some direct-to-dvd origin story about how Trevor was hired by Killian.
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10:23AM on 10/22/2013

I Think That They Mislead Mandarin Fans On Purpose

What you mention in the article, that Trevor really is "The Mandarin," is what I think as well. I thought that it was an interesting take on The Mandarin image but that Ben Kingsley is too good an actor to have him play just a caricature of Iron-man's nemesis. I believe that Trevor will emerge as The Mandarin in the next Iron-man film which will throw Tony for a loop as he thinks Trevor is just some tosser. Unless it's just one of those Marvel one shot shorts. That would be cool but not as cool
What you mention in the article, that Trevor really is "The Mandarin," is what I think as well. I thought that it was an interesting take on The Mandarin image but that Ben Kingsley is too good an actor to have him play just a caricature of Iron-man's nemesis. I believe that Trevor will emerge as The Mandarin in the next Iron-man film which will throw Tony for a loop as he thinks Trevor is just some tosser. Unless it's just one of those Marvel one shot shorts. That would be cool but not as cool as him revealing he really is The Mandarin.
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10:17AM on 10/22/2013
Sir Ben Kingsley will reveal that Trevor the actor from Iron Man 3 is Actually The Mandarin and the whole thing was a ruse. Just kidding! He could be talking about Doctor Strange, I hope.
Sir Ben Kingsley will reveal that Trevor the actor from Iron Man 3 is Actually The Mandarin and the whole thing was a ruse. Just kidding! He could be talking about Doctor Strange, I hope.
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1:29PM on 10/22/2013
yeah, that was my first thought.

he has the look, and could definitely bring some gravitas to the character.
yeah, that was my first thought.

he has the look, and could definitely bring some gravitas to the character.
12:17AM on 10/23/2013
Maybe as Baron Mordo.
Maybe as Baron Mordo.
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