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. Please be good!

  2. Sounds like Drew Pearce is trying to show the world how cleaver and smart the twist was, “see, there’s more to it! we were planning this all along!”.

    What’s the old saying, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

  3. Maybe they can pull Dr Sam Beckett and “Put right what once went wrong”.

    I’d love to see Kingsley pulling a double bluff and emerge as the Mandarin after all. Perhaops busting out a whole prison full of Rings recruits. It’d certainly help wash the nasty taste of IM3 away.

    (IMO) (^-^)

  4. This is gonna be pretty wicked.

  5. Will the REAL Mandarin come w/powers.

  6. Jesus christ.

    • gesundheit

  7. I liked the twist in IM3. Well I was a little letdown by the reveal but overall I liked it. I am looking forward to the one shot and see which direction they go with the Mandarin and The Ten Rings.

    • Yeah, this has some very fun potential.

    • I´m glad I´m not the only one who isn´t offended by the twist. Some people act like Marvel raped their mom…

  8. Best thing about Iron Man 3 was this truely funny twist in the plot – who saw that coming ?!?!
    The comic timing between RDj & Ben K was superb and I for one would love to see them all again.
    Trevor Rules OK !

    • +1

      • -2

        • +100

          • - INFINITY

            There…problem solved. :)

            • +$1.5bn at the box office… Now that’s a problem solved.

              • Too late…the “- INFINITY” already solved the problem.

                You sad, sad, little man…

                • Oh, right, I forgot you used the magical word that invalidates whatever Braveheart, John, Scapegoat, I or anyone else for that matter might say… childish…

                  • …says the person who equates profit with quality.


                    • Nope. Profit with “likeability”… perhaps one day you will understand it. I give up now…

  9. So, Slattery/Kingsley is or isn’t the Mandarin? Half of this article explains how Kingsley will reprise his role as The Mandarin, and the other half reminds us that Kingsley/Slattery isn’t The Mandarin. So, is he reprising his role as The Mandarin, or is he reprising his role as Trevor Slattery, the guy who pretended to be the Mandarin? Is The Mandarin someone else? Does Kingsley now become The Mandarin. WTF is going on here?

    • Yes….. :)

    • “Half of this article explains how Kingsley will reprise his role as The Mandarin.”

      Er… does it? I’m pretty sure it says throughout that he’ll be reprising his role as Trevor Slattery, since the Mandarin persona was revealed to be a fake in Iron Man 3.

      As for whether or not The Mandarin actually exists in the Marvel cinematic universe, you’ll have to ask Kevin Feige.

    • Everyone is the Mandarin.

  10. Why does the one-shot have to be through a lens of a documentary? And why is Trevor the only one in an orange jumpsuit?

    As much as I disliked the twist in Iron Man 3, it wasn’t because I was super attached to the Mandarin. Granted I thought his magic vs. Tony Stark’s tech was a good dichotomy.

    What bothered me more is that I think the Mandarin twist was used in Iron Man 3 to avoid upsetting the global audience. The fear is that if we make a non-white villain the antagonist to the white, quintessential American protagonist, all the talking heads will blabber about is how offensive that is to other cultures. But I’m sick of the “white guy is behind it all” cliche. There’s always a twist, and the non-white villain just turns out to be a pawn of the super evil white guy (Rush Hour also comes to mind). How is this better? To me, it suggests non-whites are more easily manipulated by whites. Why not make an awesome Mandarin played by an Asian actor? Few in the global market would have been upset if the Mandarin turned out to be a layered scene-stealer instead of a moustache-twirling buffoon.

  11. A lot of people hated the movie for the Mandarin twist. Feel like I was the only person who just thought the movie was crap. I do hope the real Mandarin shows up though. Been catching up with some comics and I’d love to see him in the universe.

    • No, you’re not the only one…the twist was the LEAST of IM3′s problems.

      • Archaeon, I must admit that you are good at what you do, I’ll give you that, but why don’t you stop pretending and show your true colours?

        After our previous exchange I did something as simple as searching “Archaeon” in the Screen Rant website (what can I say? I am no stalker but your unique personal style got me curious) and in a couple of clicks I draw a straight forward conclusion. You have written so many comments, insulted so many people and used the word troll so many times, that YOU must be a professional troll yourself. God only knows what you must have done in other sites as well. What do they give you to keep the traffic going?

        And as for on whose payroll you are on, if your repeated to exhaustion “MoS is excellent and IM3 is crap” was not hint enough (seriously, how many times have you written that? Do you have a key on your keyboard for that? Don’t you get tired of saying the same thing again and again?), all my doubts went through the window when I saw that you actually said that Green Lantern was a good movie, while the Avengers was just entertaining but easily forgettable as soon as you walked out of the cinema.

        Anyway, I am sure you might have a wonderful jab back at me, but I just wanted you to know that while I am not a “pro” like yourself, you don’t fool me.

        • WOW.. Even the fake geeks on Big Bang Theory knew the Green Lantern film was bad..

          • Well, that’s our friend Archaeon. When I looked it up on SR it made my head spin. For example the amount of comments that Archaeon has posted in the past year alone in defense of MoS is seriously insane and unhealthy.

            It has to be his job because nobody is that passionate or spends so much time on the internet endlessly going on about the same thing. Well, I guess sad anti-social freaks might…

            I am actually hoping he confirms he does this professionally. That way I will at least respect the banter. Otherwise I am just gonna feel sorry for him always picking up fights with virtual friends… and I thought I was special LOL.

            • Sigh…One can, at best, pity sad, silly Ultron…Oh, well. ;)

              • It seems the moderator wants to save the day for you and they won’t let me put my comment… carry on then troll

                • Haven’t you said MORE than enough? Is your mouth really THAT big? Yikes.

                  • I didn’t use any word that you have not used yourself many times in previous comments. Apparently they feel the need to protect you. I understand how this works now. Enjoy your little kingdom.

  12. They could totally redeem themselves and even pull something quite spectacular right here!

    While The Mandarin twist was quite bitter to me and most fans, it was without a doubt a truly remarkable scene in the movie, which critics all around praised as magnificent (if for Kingsley’s talent). IF they could build off of that particular success of the scene with The Trevor character and transform it into something truly remarkable, they could completely add magic like no other into the MCU.

    They often say love and hate are a step away from each other, and as such, this hated twist for many could have a reversing effect if they play their cards right. Because hate it or love it, the twist is still very much fresh in our memories and controversial at heart for everyone.

    Fingers crossed.

  13. It seems as though Trevor loved the attention so much that he continued to play up his character even after the events of IM3. It looks like he will be acting like Mandarin while in prison. Prisoners wil not take to kindly to him.

    Also, I bet there will be members of the actual 10 rings in the prison who will tell him that they want him to continue as the figurehead of the 10 rings or they will kill him…

    • He will become the most feared and respected prisoners and he is going to love it. In the end, he will have been living this persona for so long and enjoying it that he will ultimately BECOME the Mandarin. His persona will evolve into it and his reality will make him think he is Mandarin.

      Fast forward to Loki giving him powerful devices!

      • OR a spaceship from Guardians of Galaxy, after some battles, crashes on earth and Trevor, after mentally believing he is Mandarin, gets some cool technology which sets up the return of his character in IM 4 or another Marvel movie.

        Would be cool if the ship crashes into the prison, setting him free along with his new technology from the ship

  14. I can’t say I hated the movie, but I was disappointed by a number of things, including, but not limited to the Mandarin twist. The thing the bugged me the most I think was the prehensile suit nonsense. Tony spends the first part of the film making, then bragging about his first prehensile suit, then somehow, magically every suit he owns turns out to be a prehensile suit. Even War Machine/Iron Patriot, an MK1 suit is now somehow prehensile, and Rhoadie can hope right in and out of it. Meanwhile, in the last 3 films, Tony needed Jarvis and a lot of heavy machinery to remove the suits. Oh, and Pepper can now somehow also use the suits, and apparently, the mini arc reactor we have been led to believe powers the suit isn’t necessary, because pepper can just slide on the arm from a suit and fire away with no arc reactor what so ever. Its that kind of stuff that brought the film down for me. It was as if Shane Black couldn’t be bothered to know anything about how things worked in the previous films.

  15. Regardless of what happens in this one-shot it won’t make Iron Man 3 a good movie. The damage is done and the faux-Mandarin BS was one of many problems I had with the film. Unless they reveal a real Mandarin specifically for a future Iron Man or Avengers movie (staring Robert Downey jr) there is no point in having a real Mandarin at all and these one-shots have absolutely nothing to do with the main stories of any of the Marvel films, so any ‘reveal’ will just be a waste because there is no guarantee that everyone is going to see it (which is why I don’t want Coulson back in the movies).

    • I thought IM3 was a great movie!

      I do agree though that generally the one shots haven’t led into the mainstream stories of the movies. But, hey, that could change with this one shot!

  16. What they did with the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, was the equivalent of the Deadpool story in Wolverine Origin’s, thank god this short film will clear things up.

  17. i love it….Puppet Master, let’s get Raza to make a appereance or Hammer

    • Ooo…. I never thought about putting Puppet Master in as a villain in this universe…

      He would be a good villain for Agents of Shield if done right (creepy guy who owns a dummy shop and in spare time makes dummies of real people and controls them with string)

      • Now that I think about it, wasn’t he mainly a FF villain? Wonder if MCU/Disney could get the rights or if they have them.

      • no sorry i meant the Ten Rings are pulling the strings since Raza from the first movie not the character from FF

  18. I’m looking forward to seeing the real Mandarin killing Trevor. I only hope the One-Shot isn’t a hoax from the writer towards all of us who complain about the crap he wrote.

  19. What we really want to see is Unicorn or Jack Frost as the villains in Iron Man 4.

    • Dr.Doom please

    • What Iron Man 4??

      RDJ is in for Avengers 2 & 3 so that’s next year and 2017 or 18, the fella will be mid-fifties by then and I can’t see him wanting to continue.

      Only way we get IM4 is either a reboot or they do something to the Stark character during the whole Thanos thing so a younger actor can take on the roll.

    • I could actually go for having the Living Laser as a villain. Or a side villain to someone like the Spymaster.

  20. Motoko I agree with you 100%. In fact, when I saw Iron Man 3 in theaters, I thought that was exactly what they were gonna do. And then they didn’t. Then I thought, “Oh that must be what the post-credits teaser is.” And it wasn’t. All we got was a pointless and wasted Mark Ruffalo cameo in the absolute worst post-credits scene EVER.

    • I saw the Mandarin twist coming, hoping they were going to double trick us. When it dawned on me that, nope, that really is it, it was just the icing on the top of an already terrible movie. Such a waste IMO.

    • Ever. Bar none. Not exaggerating at all. No games.

  21. Some of Pearce’s comments here make me even more angry about the deleted scenes section of the blu-ray. If there’s some important exposition that got cut from the movie, put it in the deleted scenes, ESPECIALLY if you’re planning to build a short out of it. They cut an hour and 15 minutes worth of footage cut from the film, and only 15 minutes of deleted scenes were included on the blu-ray release, half of which are just alternate takes of other scenes featuring RDJ making jokes that could go on the gag reel. In fact, on the actual gag reel, we see a gag from a deleted scene that WASN’T INCLUDED ON THE DISK. Drew Pearce commented that he’s surprised the movie still makes sense with the amount they cut to get the movie to 2 hours. What was cut? Well, apparently that hour and 15 minutes worth of footage featured additional villains Mallen and Simon Krieger, and an extended car chase. Hell, they haven’t even officially released the added scenes from the Chinese version of Iron Man 3 in the West, and as a result, there’s still a major plot hole concerning the removal of the shrapnel from Tony’s heart. Having the best surgeon in the world performing a dangerous under-the-radar surgery that is the only possible way to get them removed without killing him is a still a stupid deus ex machina, but at least it’s more of an explanation than “I just decided to get them removed.” Also, the surgeon who performed the surgery? Dr. Wu, who has been said to have been based on the character Chen-Lu, who eventually becomes Radioactive Man in the comics. The actor even talked about eventually showing up in another Marvel film. There was talk after the release of Iron Man 3 that Marvel would translate and edit together Dr. Wu’s scenes into a one-shot titled “The Prologue,” but now they have this one-shot instead. And while this sounds awesome, I still wish theyd just give us all of these scenes from Iron Man 3 that we’ve never gotten to see. I know they probably didn’t work in the film, but it’s possible we’ll never get the chance to see characters like Mallen and Krieger in the MCU. Is Disney planning on holding back all these scenes to put onto the Avengers: Phase Two box-set or something?

  22. The thing is that the film isn’t even as bad as people truly want it to be. There’s a reason Iron Man wasn’t all that popular before IM1. He’s not THAT interesting of a character in the first place outside of his origin, and the fact that the Extremis storyline is he second biggest storyline somewhat proves that. The little twist people are complaining about wasn’t even it’s biggest problems. The film had a lame villain, like many of Iron Man’s villains, and they half-assed the extremis storyline. However, to say that this film wasn’t enjoyable or better than IM2 is ridiculous IMO.

  23. Well this could be a good one-shot that I won’t see as it won’t be on the DVD
    Trevor was actually one of my favourite parts of Iron Man 3 – although I didn’t appreciate the villain role switching from Kingsley to Guy Pearce’s Killian (the Killian character was just terrible in my mind)
    But the Trevor scenes are still enjoyable and I wouldn’t mind seeing a bit more of his antics

    I am curious as to how worthwhile this one shot will be though, as even if it opens the door for a proper mandarin (I don’t care what he said Killian was not the mandarin) we won’t be seeing the character or the ten rings organisation for a while with RDJ only contracted for the next 2 avengers films the earliest the mandarin will turn up is iron man 4, which as a guess could be coming around 2020 and might even be having a different actor playing stark at that point

  24. Marvel and Shane Black missed the boat on this one. They could have created another larger than life villain like Loki with the right casting and possibly have Loki and Mandarin team up with Avengers 3, but they went with poor writing and slapstick comedy.

  25. M3 writers could have played it straight with Mandarin. People were going to see RDJ anyway. Why not keep the spirit of Mandarin and without being racially offensive. DC did that with Bane, Joker, and Zod.

  26. I hope this is good I really want the real Mandarin

  27. Iron Man 3 was a great movie, one of the best of the year and certainly the best superhero movie of the year, with The Wolverine a distant second. I am really looking forward to the continuation of the Trevor storyline. This sounds great!

  28. Scoot McNairy?!?!? From Herbie Fully Loaded….I mean Argo.

    Sounds like this One-Shot could be interesting.

  29. From the pictures it looks like he now has a real beard/actually looks like the Mandarin. It’d be cool to see him sober/toughen up and gain a following in prison and actually adopt the Mandarin persona. Maybe he’ll get dosed with a perfected form of extremis or something and then IM4 (or Avengers 2…) could have a more true to source Mandarin with some powers as well. Then we can see Tony also have to get extremis. That might help make up for removing his arc reactor.