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Writer Drew Pearce discusses the story of Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King

Jan. 17, 2014by: Niki Stephens

The other day I was thinking about all the gripes overall with characters that have leapt from the pages of comic books to the big screen. There's nitpicking for every single character. There's no one perfect adaptation. Okay, maybe Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man but that's the exception to the rule.

For example, Ben Kingsley is an excellent actor. He brought Trevor Slattery, the man behind the Mandarin to life. Though you may not have liked the direction that writer Drew Pearce took the character, Kingsley is pretty solid. But will we be able to see the Mandarin in a different light with the Marvel One-Shot: ALL HAIL THE KING?

Pearce discussed getting to know Trevor better, and how the one shot started off as a short:

I wrote a Trevor [short], actually, during shooting of 'Iron Man 3' down in North Carolina. And we all liked it, but it was kind of dealing with a different part of Trevor's life. It was more of a straight-up retrospective of who Trevor was, and it felt like the One-Shots work best when there's action and intrigue and a real story to tell in the short, rather than just filling in the blanks. Though the One-Shots are technically a Blu-ray extra, I think they're kind of the most elaborate, richly put together Blu-ray extras in history. I think they work best when they don't just function as an extra scene, but they expand [the story].

Regardless of how good or bad the ideas were, Joss Whedon told Pearce that he needed to utilize Kingsley:

We kicked about a whole bunch of my ideas, [and] some of them stuck, some of them didn't," explains Pearce. "[Then] I said 'Oh, Sir Ben loves Trevor, so I think there's a chance we could do a Trevor short.' Joss was literally incredulous, and just said, 'Look, you've got access to one of the world's very best actors, why are we even having this discussion?' And so it was born.

The idea here with Trevor was to bring out what's best about the character in the worst situation according to Pearce:

What's interesting about Trevor, is he's only funny if everything around him is real. He's almost funnier the more real and threatening the stuff around him is. So my whole thing all along [was], if we're going to do a short about Trevor, everything else in it has to be real and brutal and kind of scary, because that's kind of the amazing thing about Trevor--in the face of true and actual terror, he still acts like a mental case. And actually, it's almost where he thrives. So that's why we shot in a real prison, [and] a whole bunch of the extras we used were real ex-cons. I really wanted it to feel like we were shooting an early-'70s, late-'60s prison movie that Trevor Slattery had just happened to wander into.

Does any of this chatter from Pearce make the One-Shot more intriguing to you? What would you want to see? 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.

Source: Marvel

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4:58PM on 01/18/2014
Am I *literally* the only person who liked Trevor???
Am I *literally* the only person who liked Trevor???
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10:29AM on 01/18/2014
'Though the One-Shots are technically a Blu-ray extra, I think they're kind of the most elaborate, richly put together Blu-ray extras in history'
STFU. Now he's just thumbing his nose at everyone.
'Though the One-Shots are technically a Blu-ray extra, I think they're kind of the most elaborate, richly put together Blu-ray extras in history'
STFU. Now he's just thumbing his nose at everyone.
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11:06PM on 01/17/2014

Hurry up and release the blu ray, so someone can upload the short to YouTube

Enough o' this "Blah blah blah. Bob Loblaw law bomb. Buy this" hype. Srsly.
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Enough o' this "Blah blah blah. Bob Loblaw law bomb. Buy this" hype. Srsly.
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7:42PM on 01/17/2014

There's such a thing as being too honest

What would sell more Blu rays?
"We had this great idea for a short that we just had to do!"
or
"We had to do a short but we didn't have a really good idea so we did this."
What would sell more Blu rays?
"We had this great idea for a short that we just had to do!"
or
"We had to do a short but we didn't have a really good idea so we did this."
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6:15PM on 01/17/2014
Pearce is acting as if "Trevor" is the greatest character ever created. Why waste all efforts to flesh out a bad joke even further unless he's really The Mandarin, which in that case I'll eat some heavy crow. If not, then kudos on him for wasting everyone's time.
Pearce is acting as if "Trevor" is the greatest character ever created. Why waste all efforts to flesh out a bad joke even further unless he's really The Mandarin, which in that case I'll eat some heavy crow. If not, then kudos on him for wasting everyone's time.
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5:06PM on 01/17/2014

To be Mandarin or not to be....

It seems like amidst all the back and forth there is allusion to Trevor being more than originally intended...as an afterthought. This is something at first I was a little annoyed with but came to the realization that its very much like a comic book in its on right. Considering all the backpeddling done in comics ala 'lets make Spidey's costume black! Damn, no one likes it...lets make it an evil symbiote and turn it into a villain! Score!' then revisiting Trevor and elaborating on it is
It seems like amidst all the back and forth there is allusion to Trevor being more than originally intended...as an afterthought. This is something at first I was a little annoyed with but came to the realization that its very much like a comic book in its on right. Considering all the backpeddling done in comics ala 'lets make Spidey's costume black! Damn, no one likes it...lets make it an evil symbiote and turn it into a villain! Score!' then revisiting Trevor and elaborating on it is something I actually welcome. Maybe the Mandarin, maybe Mandarin beta, maybe a Ras twist sort of thing...they can go alot of places. It isn't alien in the world of comic books, and a type of damage control to keep fans satiated. Doc Strange is coming up after all...Thor is doing well with magical genres....wouldn't be surprised if this is just a screen genesis stemming from a very popular turn from the comics to create a different villain archetype.
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2:41PM on 01/17/2014

None of the one shots have done anything at all for me so far.

And neither does this news. Now, if they would use their one-shots in introduce peripheral characters in the Marvel Universe, either ones who would wind up in later movies, or even characters that might appear on their TV series THEN I would be excited. Seriously, how cool would it be to get a Matt Murdock or Jessica Jones one shot before their TV series come out? Or a Janet Van Dyne one shot before Ant-Man, or one chronicling the adventures of Hank Pym when he was younger (since he'll be older
And neither does this news. Now, if they would use their one-shots in introduce peripheral characters in the Marvel Universe, either ones who would wind up in later movies, or even characters that might appear on their TV series THEN I would be excited. Seriously, how cool would it be to get a Matt Murdock or Jessica Jones one shot before their TV series come out? Or a Janet Van Dyne one shot before Ant-Man, or one chronicling the adventures of Hank Pym when he was younger (since he'll be older in the film)? So far they've just really been wasted opportunities.
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1:52PM on 01/17/2014
Trevor... joke of a character. Worst than Jar Jar binks!
Trevor... joke of a character. Worst than Jar Jar binks!
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12:49PM on 01/17/2014
Still sounds like Ben isn't going to Mandarin, so this is going to be a waste of time, thanks again Drew.
Still sounds like Ben isn't going to Mandarin, so this is going to be a waste of time, thanks again Drew.
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12:49PM on 01/17/2014
To be*
To be*
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12:42PM on 01/17/2014
Apparently Marvel doesn't know the attention Trevor got wasn't because we liked him. Kingsley was Marvel's villainous Ace and they folded - simple as that. I understand adaptation, I do, in that not everything will be like the source - but Kingsley was on par to be one the most intimidating Marvel villain put on screen (to date).
Apparently Marvel doesn't know the attention Trevor got wasn't because we liked him. Kingsley was Marvel's villainous Ace and they folded - simple as that. I understand adaptation, I do, in that not everything will be like the source - but Kingsley was on par to be one the most intimidating Marvel villain put on screen (to date).
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12:24PM on 01/17/2014
This whole Trevor-Mandarin twist is getting too out of hand at this point.
This whole Trevor-Mandarin twist is getting too out of hand at this point.
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12:23PM on 01/17/2014

Honestly.....

Big deal! I don't really see the point of these one-shots other than to boost Blu-Ray sales. The one-shot would be cool if we ever see repercussions from it affect the rest of the MCU. But so far we've had to other one-shots that have done nothing. The "Item 47" one-shot, nothing from that showed up in anything else within the MCU, I think a character from it showed up on SHIELD. And then the Peggy Carter one-shot was pointless considering Peggy Carter doesn't really play that crucial of a
Big deal! I don't really see the point of these one-shots other than to boost Blu-Ray sales. The one-shot would be cool if we ever see repercussions from it affect the rest of the MCU. But so far we've had to other one-shots that have done nothing. The "Item 47" one-shot, nothing from that showed up in anything else within the MCU, I think a character from it showed up on SHIELD. And then the Peggy Carter one-shot was pointless considering Peggy Carter doesn't really play that crucial of a role to the MCU without Captain America. So what does this one-shot add to anything? The character already alienated some fans of the franchise and he's not really villainous enough to be a major player in the MCU going forward, so what does it matter what happens to him after IM3? Unless we find out in Phase 3 that Trevor Slattery decides to become the real Mandarin because of this one-shot, then maybe it will have worth. But for now, MEH!
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1:27PM on 01/17/2014
The Peggy Carter one shot actually lead to them to create a tv series that's currently in development.
The Peggy Carter one shot actually lead to them to create a tv series that's currently in development.
2:49PM on 01/17/2014
Item 47 led to the creation of agents of shield
Item 47 led to the creation of agents of shield