Marvel’s ‘All Hail the King’ Short Images & Details Confirm Ben Kingsley’s Return

Published 1 year ago by , Updated January 10th, 2014 at 12:23 pm,

Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin in Iron Man 3 Marvels All Hail the King Short Images & Details Confirm Ben Kingsleys Return

[Warning: The following article contains SPOILERS for Iron Man 3]

In the long, cold wait between Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel is planning to warm things up with the release of another One-Shot set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As Iron Man 3 star Ben Kingsley let slip last year with a tease, “All Hail the King” will feature the return of “the Mandarin” and reveal where he ended up in the aftermath of the film.

“All Hail the King” will tread on some sensitive territory from Iron Man 3. In a twist that left many Marvel fans seething, Tony Stark discovered that the fearsome leader of the Ten Rings terrorist group was actually just a washed-up, drug-addled British actor called Trevor Slattery who had been playing the role at the behest of Dr. Aldrich Killian. True to Tony’s threats, Slattery is forced answer for his involvement in the Extremis plot and “All Hail the King” finds him doing just that.

EW has the first images from “All Hail the King” and an outline of the plot for the short. If you’d prefer to go into it completely blind then you may want to stop reading. Otherwise, here is Trevor Slattery enjoying his newfound criminal celebrity from the comfort of Seagate Prison.

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“All Hail the King” was written and directed by Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce, and catches up with Trevor in his new life behind the walls of Seagate Prison, being interviewed by a documentary filmmaker (Scoot McNairy) who is putting together a feature about the most recent adventures of Iron Man. According to Pearce, Trevor is living his own version of the high life:

“When we find Trevor at the beginning of this short, other than Tony, 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.”

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But Trevor might not find himself on Easy Street for too much longer. Early rumors about the plot of “All Hail the King” stated that it be about the real Mandarin seeking retribution against Trevor for stealing his name and making a mockery of it, and a version of that is apparently true. While the Mandarin may have been a fake, the Ten Rings terrorist group is apparently real and is very unhappy about the events of Iron Man 3. Pearce explains:

“Imagine a real terrorist organization whose beliefs were long held and religious for thousands of years, and imagine a drunk, British actor coming along and essentially telling the world that he’s the face of your organization. I think they would be right to be quite angry.

“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.”

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This could mean that the real Mandarin will show up in “All Hail the King,” or it could simply be that the real version of The Ten Rings does not have a Mandarin at all. Either way, this seems like a good opportunity for some meta-commentary about the furore that broke out following the release of Iron Man 3. The introduction of Trevor was definitely one of the most divisive moments in cinema last year and people are still talking about it, so it will be interesting to see if “All Hail the King” soothes or reinvigorates the controversy.

There are a few other particularly interesting snippets to be gleaned from the interview, including the fact that “All Hail the King” will include some other previously established characters from the Marvel cinematic universe. Perhaps Trevor is banged up alongside other defeated bad guys, either from the films or from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There’s also the possibility that the One-Shot will drop hints for future movie plotlines.

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Pearce hints that “All Hail the King” will be worth watching for Marvel fans who enjoy speculating about the future of the shared universe, promising that, “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.” These lends credence to the idea of there being potential new villains in Seagate, or of The Ten Rings perhaps making a return in Iron Man 4 and (maybe, just maybe) a real version of the Mandarin showing up.


More: ‘All Hail The King’ Teases Luke Cage Introduction


All Hail the King will be available on the Blu-ray and DVD release of Thor: The Dark World, on February 25, 2014.

Source: EW

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  1. My wild guess, somehow The Mandarin is Yensin

    • Now THAT would be a worthy twist!

      • Whoa!!

        That can open up a whole set of drama. Wow, that needs to happen.

    • I like.

    • Dude, mind blown… I like.

      • Okay, since you think he is dead, here would be my crazy idea for it:

        Back story: The Ten Rings is an offset of the Hydra program from the 1940′s. After the Red Skull was killed, there were factions trying to seize the organization as their own. Red Skull had started recruiting, believing that the race of the individuals he worked with did not matter. There was a middle-eastern/Asian component. Mandarin claimed he was a God, yet remain in anonymity to avoid detection (SOZE).

        Attacks Tony because after the Ultron attack, he thinks that now would be the most appropriate tim to seize the power of the suit, knowing the damage Stark would do.

        Have this as a Saw 1 like flashback at some point in the film

        We actually didn’t see him die. I like the idea of having Yensin as the Mandarin, working in collaboration with Obidiah Stane in the first film. A promised assassination attempt for Tony Stark, but than the Mandarin turns into Keyser Soze and starts toying with the Stark. In the process of realizing its a chest piece, he notices that it is similar to the one that is powering the arc reactor at Stark industries (Scientifically impossible, a rouse to hide the power of the yellow infinity gem). Knowing its scientifically impossible, he keeps toying with Stark to see what he receives, it turns Stark had been able to make a functional replica.

        At that moment the Mandarin realizes that he has a chance to parlay this into a later attack, he needs the power of the reactor technology to be further improved before he can make his ultimate play. While powering up Starks suit he runs outside and notifies his fellow ten ring members to run away and act scared (There was an ahhh scene from those guys). Yensin shoots himself in an area where he knows he would survive, and fakes his own death.

        Believing he is a God amongst Men “All my family is dead now Stark, I am going to go see them”, he is able to quickly retreat back into the cave when Tony starts shooting up all the missiles that killed the most of the Ten Ring forces.

        Find that Mandarin was funding Justin Hammer, was a financier for the Extremsis project, etc.

    • The guy in Iron Man 1 who was in the cave with Tony? Wow that would be crazy,but I wouldn’t count on it.

    • Yensin is dead.

      • so was Coulson… #YensinLives – problem solved ;)

        • Hmm now if Yinsen were to be the true mandarin, rings and all, that would be a great twist and a fantastic way to tie the villain to tony (not ‘Wah you stood me up on the roof 13 years ago’)

          Could have one of the rings be the reason he didn’t die and afterwards motivated him to find (alien origins) or build (using the arc reactor tech) the other nine rings

          • Yensen is Dead
            Mandarin is Chinise

  2. And at the end they reveal they are not the Mandarin either but a double and thus revealing that the guy is the Clairvoyant, LOL

  3. Oh man, I’m calling it now, the big bad guy in Iron Man 4 will be…wait for it…THE MANDARIN!

    And potentially the bad guy in 5 as well if they still don’t get it right. Not like there’s anyone else Iron Man ever fought.

  4. My guess, (sorry if this has been said already, too lazy to read all the other comments) is the Ten Rings Terrorist organisation take Slattery for retribution but along the way he gets a bump on the head and complete memory loss.

    The terrorist decide to show him news footage of him pretending to be The Mandarine and convince him that he actually is that character.

    What starts as a joke shows to be a great move and by the end some kind of powers come his way and a setup for a showdown with Guy Peirce’s Mandarine.

  5. Before the big twist, I was eating up Kingsley’s Mandarin like a bag of chips. I friggin loved it. I thought the Iron Man movies finally had one of Tony Stark’s GOOD villains. Then he showed his true colors and Aldrich Killian (who was only in the comics for two panels before he shot himself) starts breathing fire. The expression “A hero is only as good as his villain” holds truer than most think. Come on, Whiplash? He’s nowhere near villains like the Mandarin or Ultimo or Crimson Dynamo (I know the Cold War’s over, but it could work.) I mean, who wants to watch a Batman movie of him fighting Calendar Man? If this one-shot means a chance at redeeming the MCU’s biggest mistake, I’ll take it. Not to the same extent of popularity or overall quality, but the Mandarin’s magic to Iron Man’s technology is like the Joker’s chaos to Batman’s order.

    • Good Post.

  6. Ken Watanabe for The REAL Mandarin!!!

    • i wish

  7. Ryan, that would be brilliant. My compliments to you sir.

  8. Actually as a batman fan and owner of comics for 40 years I would welcome a good calendar man crime thriller. There is a well know graphic novel you should read with him. Can I get a real silver samurai next?

  9. Why do they keep letting Drew P earce near CBM’s?

  10. I really hope they bring on the REAL Mandarin, but I also hope it’s Trevor himself in the end and that this was all a show he was putting on to manipulate people and play head games with the government and Tony to show how futile and stupid they really are to not suspect him. It certainly would make use of his ‘acting’ ability…

  11. So basically this is Marvel trying to cover up that mess they made in IM3. Should have just used the REAL Mandarin in the first place.

    • agreed but i welcome the band-aid rather than letting it be

    • ?

      depends on your pov, i see it as a underlying theme throughout all 3 Iron Mans, i don’t think they have once said anything about being sorry or redoing a character ala XMen

  12. I’m guessing that we’ll get a glimpse of Luke Cage, who may take pity on Slattery once the 10 Rings go after him with a vengeance.

  13. Its 2014 and people are still bitching about the mandarin ? For what reason and purpose does it serve to continue to throw shade on a movie that set out and did its job which was to be entering and rake in the dollars so by all means I think yall should give this dead ass horse a rest.

  14. SEAGATE PRISON is significant in the comic book origin of Luke Cage – Power Man

  15. I think The Ten Ring Organization is a yes, real Mandarin a no. Unless one of the Org. members become the new Mandarin of course.

  16. My guess (which is how I would do it, and possibly in part how they will):

    Have the Ten Rings terrorist group, which has ten leaders (or is ten separate terrorists cells with one leader and the ten leaders/cells collaborate). Have three or four of these leaders sneak into the prison that Trevor is in to get revenge for tarnishing their name and ideals. Each of the ten leaders has one ring, which are each individually one of the comic book Mandarin’s ten rings.

    During the documentary process of the one-shot you see more of Trevor, and he explains more of his life now and his part in Killian’s plans, but all the while you can also see the Ten Rings leaders, disguised as prisoner, eyeing Trevor from the background of certain shots. The Ten Rings leaders then use their rings to break into Trevor’s prison cell one night and attack him in retribution, leaving him in a semi-catatonic state, ruining the documentary. It would then chronicle that Trevor had been attacked before the documentary had been finished and that several prisoners (the Ten Rings leaders) had mysteriously disappeared.

    This way it would maintain everything that the film makers wanted, and the twist is still maintained. There still isn’t a “real Mandarin”, and the Ten Rings terrorist group doesn’t even need one.

    At the same time all the fans who wanted a Mandarin proper are still infuriated (I don’t care about the Mandarin either way) because you would literally be that close to having a real Mandarin: you would see that the ten alien tech rings do exist, and you have someone that looks and can act like the Mandarin, but you’re still left in the dust at the end.

    But finally, for what it’s worth, you would still have the Ten Rings organization with its ten leaders, and collectively the ten alien tech rings that you could play around with in future movies. Maybe even a mini-series. You could even tie the origins of the Ten Rings organization to the alien ship crashing many years ago.

    • Darn, I didn’t mean to type all that much, but whatever. At least you can’t accuse me of not trying to come up with a thought out idea.

  17. This sounds interesting to me I really am hoping for the real mandarin but at the same time I’m worried about how it’s done because if Marvel is doing this out if guilt or fear then it may not pay off also it’s always hard to backtrack certain things like this and for the audience to like it but based on the descriptionim it doesn’t sound like I can call it back tracking at least I get a different image with this than I do with back tracking, it sounds like they’re introducing a new character (possibly) and he will meet the old one and we’ll have to go from there. Maybe the leader of the ten rings intercepted some citari tech and that leader is the mandarin who knows but we’ll soon find out

    . Quick question is this only gonna be on blue ray discs or can you find it on regular DVD?

  18. After the mess that was IM#3, this will be awkward no matter what they do. About the only (still-awkward) thing they can do to try to save face is have a REAL BIG BAD MANDARIN, just like in the comics, appear to set up a future confrontation with Iron Man, rings zapping away in a one on one big old fashioned comics-style slobber-knocker in a future movie. OK, Marvel, the ball is in your side of the net, do not bobble it, cuz it is your volley, and you’d better make it a game-changing good one!

  19. I think I would want the real mandarin to be played by an unknown actor don’t know why just feel tht way, again it all depends on if he’s in this one-shot or not (hey that rhymes lol) :)

  20. I love this idea,but I also enjoyed the Mandarin twist in IM3 because IM1 was based in Afghanistan, not Vietnam and a Far East Asian heading up an Arab terror organization did not make much sense to me.

    In IM 2&3 – The Ten Rings Terror group, Justin Hammer, A.I.M, and the Vice President had some type of partnership that needs to be flushed out,

  21. Honestly I would love to see Liam Neeson as the real mandarin. I know he gets cast as everything but honestly he could make the story a lot more interesting

  22. Luke Cage for cameo? He has a Hitfix show coming right?

  23. I honestly thought they were going to do the ‘double bluff’ and say that the Mandarin was actually real, and ‘Trevor’ was the act. So in front of SHIELD, Iron Man, and in this case of ‘All Hail the King’ the documentary crew, all they see is this drunk actor, but once noone is looking his personality would just turn and actually be ‘The Mandarin’..

  24. Marvel short films were always just sneak peek about characters that doesn’t have any effect on the overall universe. They are just fun thing to watch

  25. So…are people actually going to end their silly “rage” about a brilliant idea now that we know Killian was using the Ten Rings group for his own selfish reasons to get injured combat veterans and test AIM technology on them, Extremis being the first thing we saw from the company?

    I mean, the twist in IM3 was great and I’d shake Drew’s hand for coming up with it but now this additional stuff is coming up via the One Shot, it’s become even better.

    I’d say a lot of people here owe an apology to those of us who championed the twist from the very beginning.

    • So you think you are owed an apology from those who had a different opinion about the treatment of the mandarin than you and other fans of it
      I’m not seeing your logic – why should people apologise for not liking what was done?

      The use of Trevor in this one shot doesn’t make the twist better or worse it just means that marvel are sticking with it – actually I would suggest that the fact that the one shot supposedly deals with the ten rings organisation and their position in canon and the IM3 movie didn’t touch on this at all would point to marvel realising that they might have missed a trick or two in IM3 but that’s just one way of seeing things. The fact they have l put Drew Pearce and others of the IM3 crew in charge of it could be just giving them another chance to convince some of the audience of the action they chose

      Overall though at this point my view is that some like the twist and some don’t – but the film has been out for long enough now for people to have fully justifiable opinions that are unlikely to change either way

    • Dazz…

      There’s no reason for people to end anything (other than boredom with the subject matter). If they hated the movie, they have every right, just as you have the right to love it. Some of us cared little for the twist and simply thought the movie, as a whole, was bad. Thus, there is also nothing for which we need to apologize. I’m sure Drew would love to shake your hand…personally, I’d rather he (AND Shane) not touch me given how awfully disappointing I found IM3.

      C’est la vie.

    • IM3 is terrible, Killian is terrible villain.
      All heil the King is terrible One Shot.