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Title for new Marvel one-shot revealed; evidence still points to Mandarin

Jan. 3, 2014by: Niki Stephens

I know several people who had an issue with IRON MAN 3's main "villain" the Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley. We recently posted that all signs were pointing at Mandarin for the next one-shot. Now with the title reveal, the support for this claim is becoming even stronger.

The British Board of Film Classification posted the extras for the THOR: THE DARK WORLD DVD release. Right up top was "ALL HAIL THE KING A MARVEL ONE-SHOT". Now you might be thinking? Wait, won't it have to do with THOR? No. None of the previous one-shots were related to the film they were released with.

Kingsley also revealed that he was working on a "secret project" for Marvel the same month that the rumor spread that the one-shot was focused on his character.

A tweet from IRON MAN 3 writer Drew Pearce only furthered the evidence:

Oh, and the final thing if you remember:

Trevor Slatterys King Lear was the talk of Croydon.

Very interesting

Extra Tidbit: As a BREAKING BAD fan when I saw "All Hail the King" I thought Heisenberg.

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5:53AM on 01/05/2014
Sounds like salt in the wound. Pass.
Sounds like salt in the wound. Pass.
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8:35PM on 01/05/2014
Boo hoo.
Boo hoo.
8:52PM on 01/04/2014
Am i only one who thought the twist wasn't actually a twist but a twist on your preconceived notions. Let me clarify. I still think Ben Kingsley is the Mandarine. Killian was a patsy. That's how i saw it. It's perfect to keep his identity secret. Pretending to be someone else and Tony just leaves him alone. We never see him in the film again. We don't see him arrested or anything. Perfect switcheroo.
Am i only one who thought the twist wasn't actually a twist but a twist on your preconceived notions. Let me clarify. I still think Ben Kingsley is the Mandarine. Killian was a patsy. That's how i saw it. It's perfect to keep his identity secret. Pretending to be someone else and Tony just leaves him alone. We never see him in the film again. We don't see him arrested or anything. Perfect switcheroo.
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3:55AM on 01/05/2014
Ummm, Shane Black has come out publicly talking about how he sold the idea to Marvel.
Ummm, Shane Black has come out publicly talking about how he sold the idea to Marvel.
5:16PM on 01/04/2014
Am I ok with the "Mandarin twist" from Iron Man 3? Yes I am. Would I have liked for the Mandarin to really be THE Mandarin? Of course. I'm fine with the first, I think it worked well in the movie and in a more "real life" setting, but I would rather have had something truer to the comic books. So, am I ok if by "rectifying" the Mandarin in some way with a short one-shot Marvel is admitting they dropped the ball on Iron Man with the Mandarin? Of course I am, and I admire Marvel/Disney even more
Am I ok with the "Mandarin twist" from Iron Man 3? Yes I am. Would I have liked for the Mandarin to really be THE Mandarin? Of course. I'm fine with the first, I think it worked well in the movie and in a more "real life" setting, but I would rather have had something truer to the comic books. So, am I ok if by "rectifying" the Mandarin in some way with a short one-shot Marvel is admitting they dropped the ball on Iron Man with the Mandarin? Of course I am, and I admire Marvel/Disney even more than I already do if they are able to "ask for forgiveness" in way and try and make their fans happy (or happier). There are not too many studios who would do such a thing. There is nothing wrong in admitting you've been wrong, and you only better yourself in doing so.
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4:32PM on 01/04/2014

Ok guys can we move on already?

Comic book fans probably contributed about 1% of the 1.2 billion gross that the movie made. Enough with the complaining about the Manderin already it's getting so friggin' old. Move on.
Comic book fans probably contributed about 1% of the 1.2 billion gross that the movie made. Enough with the complaining about the Manderin already it's getting so friggin' old. Move on.
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4:27PM on 01/04/2014

Ok guys can we move on already?

Comic book fans probably contributed about 1% of the 1.2 billion gross that the movie made. Enough with the complaining about the Manderin already it's getting so friggin' old. Move on.
Comic book fans probably contributed about 1% of the 1.2 billion gross that the movie made. Enough with the complaining about the Manderin already it's getting so friggin' old. Move on.
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2:00PM on 01/04/2014
"None of the previous one-shots were related to the film they were released with".

Slight correction there, the one shot released with Avengers ('Item 47') was related to the movie.
"None of the previous one-shots were related to the film they were released with".

Slight correction there, the one shot released with Avengers ('Item 47') was related to the movie.
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1:24PM on 01/04/2014
So, if they really end up making Kingsley the Mandarin, isn't that the equivalent of the studio admitting the Mandarin plot in Iron Man 3 was a bad idea? With no solo Iron Man movie planned, and the Avengers sequels using Ultron and Thranos as villains, there really is no point to do more with the Mandarin character.
However, if this short is about Kingsley, I'd like it to be him sharing a prison cell with Rockwell's Justin Hammer. That would be cool.
So, if they really end up making Kingsley the Mandarin, isn't that the equivalent of the studio admitting the Mandarin plot in Iron Man 3 was a bad idea? With no solo Iron Man movie planned, and the Avengers sequels using Ultron and Thranos as villains, there really is no point to do more with the Mandarin character.
However, if this short is about Kingsley, I'd like it to be him sharing a prison cell with Rockwell's Justin Hammer. That would be cool.
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1:16AM on 01/05/2014
Hammer: "So I've got my lawyers working day and night trying to prove that I was duped and had no idea that this Russian guy had programmed the drones."
Trevor: "Very clever. Me, I put on a British accent and convinced Tony Stark that I was just an actor from England."
Hammer: "Oh, man, that's @#$%ing brilliant!"
Hammer: "So I've got my lawyers working day and night trying to prove that I was duped and had no idea that this Russian guy had programmed the drones."
Trevor: "Very clever. Me, I put on a British accent and convinced Tony Stark that I was just an actor from England."
Hammer: "Oh, man, that's @#$%ing brilliant!"
12:58PM on 01/04/2014
I think I saw somewhere here awhile back ago with the idea that some sort of dark being or entity takes over Kingsley's character. His voice was hella awesome. Love it in the trailers, perfect overlay
I think I saw somewhere here awhile back ago with the idea that some sort of dark being or entity takes over Kingsley's character. His voice was hella awesome. Love it in the trailers, perfect overlay
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10:53AM on 01/04/2014

It could be a chance to correct the plot twist,

It sounds like the creatives at Marvel regretted the backlash over the "twist" so they could be trying to correct it with this one-shot. If that's the case, it would be interesting to see how they do it . . .
It sounds like the creatives at Marvel regretted the backlash over the "twist" so they could be trying to correct it with this one-shot. If that's the case, it would be interesting to see how they do it . . .
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5:17AM on 01/04/2014
TWD corrected the anti climax that was season 3's finale with season 4's mid season finale. No reason...this one shot shouldn't try to amend the misfire that was Iron Man 3's "twist". I still maintain I enjoyed Iron Man 3...a lot...but I'm still very disappointed we weren't given the type of badass Mandarin that the epic trailer depicted.
TWD corrected the anti climax that was season 3's finale with season 4's mid season finale. No reason...this one shot shouldn't try to amend the misfire that was Iron Man 3's "twist". I still maintain I enjoyed Iron Man 3...a lot...but I'm still very disappointed we weren't given the type of badass Mandarin that the epic trailer depicted.
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4:26AM on 01/04/2014
The toast of Croydon, not talk. I still can't believe there was a joke about Croydon.
In regards to the Mandarin...
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Just look at the ring called The Liar.
There's an in-built deus ex machina right there.


The toast of Croydon, not talk. I still can't believe there was a joke about Croydon.
In regards to the Mandarin...
[link]s_Rings
Just look at the ring called The Liar.
There's an in-built deus ex machina right there.


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3:44AM on 01/04/2014
I'm re watching Iron Man 3 IMMEDIATELY
I'm re watching Iron Man 3 IMMEDIATELY
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3:25AM on 01/04/2014

Die Hard Twist

Let's hope they do a Hans Gruber twist where he is actually the Mandarin but was acting as Trevor around Tony Stark to throw him off.
Let's hope they do a Hans Gruber twist where he is actually the Mandarin but was acting as Trevor around Tony Stark to throw him off.
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1:03AM on 01/04/2014
My first thought was the same as Cerealkill182, that it involved a certain plot point from Thor 2. I suppose that if it really does involve Kingsley that maybe they are going to "correct" the twist by having the real Mandarin show up. More than likely not to happy with Trevor and his performance.
My first thought was the same as Cerealkill182, that it involved a certain plot point from Thor 2. I suppose that if it really does involve Kingsley that maybe they are going to "correct" the twist by having the real Mandarin show up. More than likely not to happy with Trevor and his performance.
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12:09AM on 01/04/2014

hmmmm...

i wonder if they're gonna make it so that his big plot twist in iron man 3 that it was all a "performance", was actually in itself "a performance", and turns out to be closer to the actual mandarin in the comics, aside from being british (haha... maybe one of his parents was asian?? haha)....
i wonder if they're gonna make it so that his big plot twist in iron man 3 that it was all a "performance", was actually in itself "a performance", and turns out to be closer to the actual mandarin in the comics, aside from being british (haha... maybe one of his parents was asian?? haha)....
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10:08PM on 01/03/2014
I thought it would be about a certain Thor 2 spoiler
I thought it would be about a certain Thor 2 spoiler
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10:06PM on 01/03/2014

i loved Kingsley

I know it is fun thing to bash the twist but he still gave an interesting performance. I mean you had an amazing actor in a comic book movie, who would have that possible.
I know it is fun thing to bash the twist but he still gave an interesting performance. I mean you had an amazing actor in a comic book movie, who would have that possible.
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9:54PM on 01/03/2014
I'd like a Shawshank Redemption with Trevor. Maybe the fellow inmates are B-list Marvel villains.
I'd like a Shawshank Redemption with Trevor. Maybe the fellow inmates are B-list Marvel villains.
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9:38PM on 01/03/2014
My guess is it will have Trevor becoming the toast of his prison's theater group, probably doing a version of King Lear. As much as I want him to be the real Mandarin, that likely ain't gonna happen.
My guess is it will have Trevor becoming the toast of his prison's theater group, probably doing a version of King Lear. As much as I want him to be the real Mandarin, that likely ain't gonna happen.
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9:35PM on 01/03/2014
Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness? It was a fun as hell comic!
Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness? It was a fun as hell comic!
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9:25PM on 01/03/2014
Evil Dead? Hehe, kidding. They might further the story of The Mandarin by having someone breaking him out of jail, just a thought.
Evil Dead? Hehe, kidding. They might further the story of The Mandarin by having someone breaking him out of jail, just a thought.
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