First Look: Ben Kingsley Returns in 'All Hail the King' Marvel One-Shot
While some fans are still reeling from how Ben Kingsley was used to bring the arch nemesis known as Mandarin to life on the big screen in Iron Man 3, many still think it was an inspired bit of writing, and really added a fun twist rather than delivering what we all expected. Now Kingsley is back as the villain, or more accurately, the actor who played him for pure theatricality. Marvel has a new One-Shot short film coming with Thor: The Dark World on Blu-Ray and DVD, and as we surmised last October when Kingsley teased a secret Marvel project, the short called All Hail the King does indeed focus on the character of Trevor Slattery (now in a familiar prison), and we have some of the first photos of the new short film. Look!
Here's a couple photos from the Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King (see more at EW):
Drew Pearce, who wrote Iron Man 3, writes and directs the short film which, as you can see, finds Slattery in prison. What's interesting is that he's in Seagate, a maximum security prison off Georgia coast known in the comics for once holding Luke Cage (who is getting a Netflix series along with Daredevil, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, all leading to The Defenders). Pearce explains Trevor's position in this short where he sits down to chat with a documentary filmmaker played by Scoot McNairy:
"When we find Trevor at the beginning of this short, other than Tony [Stark], 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."
As for how this ties into everything else in the Marvel universe, there's some cameos from characters on the big screen, and it could lead to something bigger later. Pearce says, "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." There was some speculation that it could be revealed that Kingsley is the real Mandarin so he could be used later, but that seems very unlikely. We'll find out when Thor: The Dark World hits Blu-Ray and DVD on February 25th next month. Thoughts?