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Trevor Slattery is back in the Marvel One-Shot: All Hail The King, which stars Sir Ben Kingsley (as well as ARGO's Scoot McNairy as a documentary filmmaker) as the controversial "villain." IRON MAN 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the 14-minute short, including how they decided to focus on Kingsley's IRON MAN 3 character and just what that means for future Marvel films.

Pearce on why they chose to bring back such a "polarizing" character:

I had spoken to Sir Ben a lot on set because Trevor was a tricky character that everyone was involved with right from the beginning. And it was always a huge risk. I was so grateful to him when he pulled it off after a year of truly worrying about whether we could land that turn. So, 'The Further Adventures of Trevor' was something we had talked about on set all the time, and when we sat down to talk about what the short would be, it was Stephen [Broussard, executive producer of Iron Man 3] and Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and myself and Joss Whedon and Jeremy Latcham [executive producer of The Avengers.] So we kicked around a bunch of ideas and there were loads of them that we liked, and it was actually Joss who at a certain point went like, “Or you could do the one that has Sir Ben Kingsley in it because you have access to Sir Ben Kingsley.

Pearce on Slattery dealing with the "real" Ten Rings terrorist organization once in prison:

What it’s doing on that level is, it reiterates a bunch of stuff that actually Shane [Black, director and co-writer of Iron Man 3] and I said in our interviews around the movie. There’s lots of exposition in lots of different cuts of Iron Man 3 that, in the end, kind of got snubbed out. It’s kind of said in Iron Man 3 but very briefly, Aldrich essentially took a thing that was real, historically real and culturally real, and co-opted it for his own means — essentially co-opting an ancient terrorist concept. What [All Hail the King] does is show that everything in Iron Man 1 [involving the terrorist group] was canon all along any way. We kind of knew The Ten Rings were a real terrorist cell.

Pearce on the possibility of the short leading into IRON MAN 4:

Oh, it couldn’t possibly. [Laughs.] I think short movies in general, whether they’re Marvel ones or not, you kind of want them to feel like they’re opening you up to a bigger world. Yeah, I definitely think there are – the non-spoiler way for me to say it — 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.

Some cool bits here. I think that the reveal of a "real" Mandarin could very much be in the cards here, particularly since Pearce mentioned how Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) pulled from historically real things, which is basically saying that he stole his identity as the Mandarin. The theory has been floating around, but this is the first time it feels like that might actually hold some weight, based on Pearce's comments. Either that or we're going to get a 14-minute comedy sketch from Kingsley, which I doubt.

Marvel One-Shot: All Hail The King will be attached to the THOR: THE DARK WORLD blu-ray/DVD, which hits shelves on February 25, 2014. PREORDER HERE!
 

Extra Tidbit: What do you think? Do you still want to see a "proper" Mandarin?

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6:14PM on 01/10/2014
WTF, who cares about doing a 14 minute short about a character who wasnt all that good....dont get me wrong, I have respect for Sir Ben Kingsley...just not the character in Iron Man 3
WTF, who cares about doing a 14 minute short about a character who wasnt all that good....dont get me wrong, I have respect for Sir Ben Kingsley...just not the character in Iron Man 3
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4:46AM on 01/10/2014

You know what?

If you guys think that this One Shot was made just they'll make up for the twist in Iron Man 3 by bringing the real Mandarin in, it's not going to happen. So you might as well get use it cause I bet any money he won't show up.
If you guys think that this One Shot was made just they'll make up for the twist in Iron Man 3 by bringing the real Mandarin in, it's not going to happen. So you might as well get use it cause I bet any money he won't show up.
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10:12PM on 01/09/2014

Ball's in your court now, Marvel...

Fix this.
Fix this.
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12:23AM on 01/10/2014
Not going to happen. Good thing it doesn't need to be fixed.
Not going to happen. Good thing it doesn't need to be fixed.
8:39PM on 01/09/2014
I really hope they redeem themselves with this, but so help me if they try to be cute again and have the Mandarin turn out to be Mr. Bean.
I really hope they redeem themselves with this, but so help me if they try to be cute again and have the Mandarin turn out to be Mr. Bean.
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7:34PM on 01/09/2014
Yes, it does look like it could be a Shawshank Redemption-type deal with Trevor!
Yes, it does look like it could be a Shawshank Redemption-type deal with Trevor!
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4:17PM on 01/09/2014
I really hope that people, who didn't like Iron Man 3, was not becuse of the Mandarin-twist.
Adaptations sometimes have to make changes. And for someone like me, who was only familiar with Iron Man's cinematic adventures, I liked this twist.
I really hope that people, who didn't like Iron Man 3, was not becuse of the Mandarin-twist.
Adaptations sometimes have to make changes. And for someone like me, who was only familiar with Iron Man's cinematic adventures, I liked this twist.
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7:20PM on 01/09/2014
Its a major reason I disliked the film. Not the only reason though. The twist was so childish and stupid. As someone below said the twist itself was fine, but its how they executed it. They had him walking out of a bathroom making stupid jokes when the twist was revealed. Sorry, but that is not good writing at all. Its really just lazy garbage.
Its a major reason I disliked the film. Not the only reason though. The twist was so childish and stupid. As someone below said the twist itself was fine, but its how they executed it. They had him walking out of a bathroom making stupid jokes when the twist was revealed. Sorry, but that is not good writing at all. Its really just lazy garbage.
7:46PM on 01/09/2014
I don't understand. Childish? In a comic book movie we find out that the bad guy is only a display villain? I think it's pretty smart. Okay, so the writing of that scene wasn't that good but still, Ben Kingsley's performance there was hillarious. It was so good to see him in that unusual way, because I was expecting him to act like in Prince of Persia or in any other movie, where he played the villain.
I don't understand. Childish? In a comic book movie we find out that the bad guy is only a display villain? I think it's pretty smart. Okay, so the writing of that scene wasn't that good but still, Ben Kingsley's performance there was hillarious. It was so good to see him in that unusual way, because I was expecting him to act like in Prince of Persia or in any other movie, where he played the villain.
8:37PM on 01/09/2014
The idea of a twist was indeed smart. Again the execution was the stupid and childish part. It was basically a fart joke scene. Sorry, but again that is awful writing.
The idea of a twist was indeed smart. Again the execution was the stupid and childish part. It was basically a fart joke scene. Sorry, but again that is awful writing.
8:41PM on 01/09/2014
Just image watching The Dark Knight and the Joker turned out to be a birthday clown...how would you like that cinematic change?
Just image watching The Dark Knight and the Joker turned out to be a birthday clown...how would you like that cinematic change?
6:23AM on 01/10/2014
Stevemoto: Mandarin is nowhere near as iconic or famous as the Joker. (Even Iron Man wasn't that famous outside the US untill the films). And Nolan actually did a twist like that with Ra's Al Ghul in Batman Begins.
But more so: The Dark Knight films were serious while the Iron Man movies were always light-hearted, and funny. Not comedies, of course, but action films with humor - and I think that's the factor why Tony Stark is more popular on screen than all the other Avengers.
Stevemoto: Mandarin is nowhere near as iconic or famous as the Joker. (Even Iron Man wasn't that famous outside the US untill the films). And Nolan actually did a twist like that with Ra's Al Ghul in Batman Begins.
But more so: The Dark Knight films were serious while the Iron Man movies were always light-hearted, and funny. Not comedies, of course, but action films with humor - and I think that's the factor why Tony Stark is more popular on screen than all the other Avengers.
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3:52PM on 01/09/2014
At the time...I was too busy enjoying the movie to realise that Marvel screwed us over with regard to giving us the badass Mandarin that the epic trailer promised. Whilst the movie made loads of money and was a success whatever way you look at it...I can't help feel Marvel know they made a bad call on this twist...a hollow victory, I guess. I would class this as Marvel's first real mistake...and I'm sure that's a view held by a lot of people...and it's probably got to them. Hence, this
At the time...I was too busy enjoying the movie to realise that Marvel screwed us over with regard to giving us the badass Mandarin that the epic trailer promised. Whilst the movie made loads of money and was a success whatever way you look at it...I can't help feel Marvel know they made a bad call on this twist...a hollow victory, I guess. I would class this as Marvel's first real mistake...and I'm sure that's a view held by a lot of people...and it's probably got to them. Hence, this short...where they're going to try and fix it. I hope I'm right...and I hope they pull it off. Gotta saythe people at Marvel are all playing it unitedsharing out who had the ideaswho supported itpatting everyone on the back. Behind closed doorsI envisaged Shane Black getting his hand punched Batman style in an interrogation roomwhy you do this to us Shanewhy????
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2:38PM on 01/09/2014
Sorcerer Mandarin or Ex-Con Mandarin. Whatever.

Iron Man 3 was just boring any way you slice it. I'd rather watch Iron Man 2, and that's saying something.

I'm not sure that anything would interest me less than this short.
Sorcerer Mandarin or Ex-Con Mandarin. Whatever.

Iron Man 3 was just boring any way you slice it. I'd rather watch Iron Man 2, and that's saying something.

I'm not sure that anything would interest me less than this short.
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2:04PM on 01/09/2014
I really hope they don't give the crying fanboys of the internet their bottle which would be them giving in and making him The Mandarin. They made a choice to make the character a certain way so stick with it don't give in to these people who would have probably hated how Kingsly would have portrayed him anyway. Stick to your guns and choices!
I really hope they don't give the crying fanboys of the internet their bottle which would be them giving in and making him The Mandarin. They made a choice to make the character a certain way so stick with it don't give in to these people who would have probably hated how Kingsly would have portrayed him anyway. Stick to your guns and choices!
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8:43PM on 01/09/2014
If it wasn't for the crying fanboys you wouldn't have had a movie to watch in the first place.
If it wasn't for the crying fanboys you wouldn't have had a movie to watch in the first place.
1:52PM on 01/09/2014
This sounds like a good idea. But this history of how they came up with the one-shot sounds fake. It seems more like they're trying to retcon the mistake they made in IM3 by causing such controversy with The Mandarin character.
I think Marvel took a gamble with the story in IM3, it didn't pay off the way they wanted it to. Now they're going "Shit! How do we fix this?....I know! A Marvel One-Shot". All of that said, I wouldn't be surprised if by the end of the one-shot it's set up that The
This sounds like a good idea. But this history of how they came up with the one-shot sounds fake. It seems more like they're trying to retcon the mistake they made in IM3 by causing such controversy with The Mandarin character.
I think Marvel took a gamble with the story in IM3, it didn't pay off the way they wanted it to. Now they're going "Shit! How do we fix this?....I know! A Marvel One-Shot". All of that said, I wouldn't be surprised if by the end of the one-shot it's set up that The Ten Rings are going to use Trevor as the real Mandarin. And thus we have the real Mandarin populating the MCU.
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12:56PM on 01/09/2014

To be fair

It really looks like we are going to get 14 minutes of Trevor in Prison. Which is okay. I'd like to know how they explained to the general public in Marvel Universe America that the "Mandarin" was actually operating out of Florida. We saw the Vice President being arrested in Iron Man 3. Did the general public know why? From the publicity stills it looks like Trevor is being interviewed by a reporter so this will give us an idea how much the general public knows about what happened.
It really looks like we are going to get 14 minutes of Trevor in Prison. Which is okay. I'd like to know how they explained to the general public in Marvel Universe America that the "Mandarin" was actually operating out of Florida. We saw the Vice President being arrested in Iron Man 3. Did the general public know why? From the publicity stills it looks like Trevor is being interviewed by a reporter so this will give us an idea how much the general public knows about what happened.
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12:48PM on 01/09/2014

The twist did exactly what it was supposed to do...

...completely fool us. And it did, so I absolutely have to give them props for that. My gripe is the way they did it. The entire scene was played for laughs, and not even the clever kind. Trevor literally walked out of the bathroom spouting poop/fart jokes. It was way too much of an in-your-face, "look what we did" kind of humor, and I couldn't help but roll my eyes and become severely disconnected from whatever else happened in the movie from that point on. And all of this is coming from a
...completely fool us. And it did, so I absolutely have to give them props for that. My gripe is the way they did it. The entire scene was played for laughs, and not even the clever kind. Trevor literally walked out of the bathroom spouting poop/fart jokes. It was way too much of an in-your-face, "look what we did" kind of humor, and I couldn't help but roll my eyes and become severely disconnected from whatever else happened in the movie from that point on. And all of this is coming from a non-comic book reader! Still, I'm just curious if Marvel really had this one-shot planned all along, or if it's there just to appease the more hardcore fans that were insulted.
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12:40PM on 01/09/2014
"I was so grateful to him when he pulled it off -"

When did that happen?
"I was so grateful to him when he pulled it off -"

When did that happen?
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12:10PM on 01/09/2014
Or the Real Mandarin could be visiting Trevor Slattery in prison!
Or the Real Mandarin could be visiting Trevor Slattery in prison!
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11:50AM on 01/09/2014
I enjoyed the twist in Iron Man 3 and thought it was a bold move by Marvel. But it would be cool to actually see Kingsley turn out to be the real Mandarin since he did such a great job with the role before the whole twist occurred.
I enjoyed the twist in Iron Man 3 and thought it was a bold move by Marvel. But it would be cool to actually see Kingsley turn out to be the real Mandarin since he did such a great job with the role before the whole twist occurred.
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11:44AM on 01/09/2014

Wasn't a fan of the twist

I hope the short involves Trevor either revealing himself to be the real Mandarin or the real Mandarin showing up in Trevor's cell to fuse with his body or something similar. Perhaps the Phase Three Mandarin will lead into is Dr. Strange.
I hope the short involves Trevor either revealing himself to be the real Mandarin or the real Mandarin showing up in Trevor's cell to fuse with his body or something similar. Perhaps the Phase Three Mandarin will lead into is Dr. Strange.
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11:34AM on 01/09/2014
I never hated the twist. It doesn't work for me, but I never saw the point in coming down on Marvel as a bunch of assholes for attempting it. I think from my own interpretation and from what I have seen others say the idea that the Ten Rings was a real thing steeped in enough mystery that Killian could rip them off and blame false flags on them definitely did not make it to the audience. It came off that the Ten Rings and The Mandarin have been illusions of Killian's from the very beginning.
I never hated the twist. It doesn't work for me, but I never saw the point in coming down on Marvel as a bunch of assholes for attempting it. I think from my own interpretation and from what I have seen others say the idea that the Ten Rings was a real thing steeped in enough mystery that Killian could rip them off and blame false flags on them definitely did not make it to the audience. It came off that the Ten Rings and The Mandarin have been illusions of Killian's from the very beginning.
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11:27AM on 01/09/2014

i'm still pushing for the Trevor Slattery = Smeagol idea

he's tormented in prison, he somehow discovers an object (ring?) that grant mystical powers. the power makes him go crazy with vengeance. he adopts his "mandarin persona" as his true self.
he's tormented in prison, he somehow discovers an object (ring?) that grant mystical powers. the power makes him go crazy with vengeance. he adopts his "mandarin persona" as his true self.
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11:26AM on 01/09/2014
The decision to do this in the first place was stupid, but its time to move on. Sure that ruined the entire film for me, but that film is behind me and I'm glad Marvel rebounded so well with Thor: The Dark World. If Marvel can get back on track and keep making films like TDW then I'll be happy.
The decision to do this in the first place was stupid, but its time to move on. Sure that ruined the entire film for me, but that film is behind me and I'm glad Marvel rebounded so well with Thor: The Dark World. If Marvel can get back on track and keep making films like TDW then I'll be happy.
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11:25AM on 01/09/2014
Also, I find the Marvel/D.C. hypocrisy of realism vs. fantastical kinda strange. Iron Man is fine, but the Mandarin in too goofy? In a world with Thor, Loki, Chitauri, etc.? Give me a break.
Also, I find the Marvel/D.C. hypocrisy of realism vs. fantastical kinda strange. Iron Man is fine, but the Mandarin in too goofy? In a world with Thor, Loki, Chitauri, etc.? Give me a break.
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2:40PM on 01/09/2014
Yeah, and aren't they looking to do a Dr. Strange movie? How are they going to pull that off?
Yeah, and aren't they looking to do a Dr. Strange movie? How are they going to pull that off?
11:24AM on 01/09/2014

They're trying to save face after filling up on crow

I think they thought the whole "Mandarin is a failed actor named Trevor" thing was brilliant until people hated it and felt jipped. I don't think they initially had this so-called bigger plan. They're giving us a 15-minute film to make up for Iron Man 3's deceptive and pointless advertising campaign. They're using this to 'reboot' the Mandarin as a character. Watch out for Ken Watanbe or someone like that showing up at the end of 'Ultron' or in another one-shot to set up the inevitable Iron Man
I think they thought the whole "Mandarin is a failed actor named Trevor" thing was brilliant until people hated it and felt jipped. I don't think they initially had this so-called bigger plan. They're giving us a 15-minute film to make up for Iron Man 3's deceptive and pointless advertising campaign. They're using this to 'reboot' the Mandarin as a character. Watch out for Ken Watanbe or someone like that showing up at the end of 'Ultron' or in another one-shot to set up the inevitable Iron Man 4 where we truly get Tony Stark's ultimate nemesis, replete with the ten rings.
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11:31AM on 01/09/2014
Ken Watanabe as the REAL Mandarin!

that'd be awesome!!

the Fake Ras Al Ghul was actually the REAL Mandarin, while the fake Mandarin worked for the REAL Ras Al Ghul (in Schindler's List)
Ken Watanabe as the REAL Mandarin!

that'd be awesome!!

the Fake Ras Al Ghul was actually the REAL Mandarin, while the fake Mandarin worked for the REAL Ras Al Ghul (in Schindler's List)
11:35AM on 01/09/2014
Iron Man 4 doesnt sound very inevitable. It sounded like they could only get Downey for 2 more Avengers movies.
Iron Man 4 doesnt sound very inevitable. It sounded like they could only get Downey for 2 more Avengers movies.
12:22AM on 01/10/2014
You make it sound like anybody besides a small percentage of comic book nerds hated it.
You make it sound like anybody besides a small percentage of comic book nerds hated it.
9:10AM on 01/10/2014
To Deadly Sinner: To me Iron Man 3 will join the pantheon of top grossing movies people forget about very quickly. Tom Cruise's highest grossing film is War of the Worlds, which seems to be collectively dismissed as a pretty weak movie. I watched it recently for the first time in years: It's not very good.

I think IM3 will join those ranks.
To Deadly Sinner: To me Iron Man 3 will join the pantheon of top grossing movies people forget about very quickly. Tom Cruise's highest grossing film is War of the Worlds, which seems to be collectively dismissed as a pretty weak movie. I watched it recently for the first time in years: It's not very good.

I think IM3 will join those ranks.
11:21AM on 01/09/2014
As much as I hated the twist- this is pretty cool, not going to lie. I like that they're going with Kingsley being the Mandarin after-all.
As much as I hated the twist- this is pretty cool, not going to lie. I like that they're going with Kingsley being the Mandarin after-all.
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