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Ben Kingsley Isn’t Sure What Future Holds For His ‘Iron Man 3′ Character

Ben Kingsley’s unusual take on The Mandarin lives on in the upcoming Marvel One-Shot “All Hail the King,” which debuts later this month on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray. The short follows Trevor Slattery after the events of Iron Man 3, featuring interviews with the eccentric actor as he serves out a prison sentence.

Will “All Hail the King” be the last time we see Kingsley in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? One way or the other, the actor can’t say.

“I honestly don’t know,” Kingsley told The Huffington Post. “I know [Marvel is] keen to seeing how this film goes. They were all there at the screening that they kindly invited me to — all the guys, they love it. I honestly don’t know. Trevor is so unpredictable anyway, I can’t answer for him! He’s mad — he’s probably lying in a pool of blood and Guinness somewhere.”

However Trevor’s future shakes out, Kingsley credits the character’s success to the fact that everyone surrounding Iron Man 3 was able to keep the “Mandarin reveal” a secret, including members of the press.

“It would have been a disaster,” Kingsley said of an early revelation of Trevor’s true identity. “Because the whole side of that film is that he is a real equal, opposite, formidable enemy to Tony. And you have to sustain that belief that that man could press a button and destroy the universe.”


  • JAck

    I respect the twist because it was funny, clever, and ballsy, but I will always wish there had been an Iron Man movie where he got to face off against his arch nemesis in a serious brawl with all the stakes that usually accompany it.
    The comic Mandarin is a terrific villain and Tony’s most threatening and relentless one. Oh well.

  • Melwing

    Speaking as a life-long comics reader, I can’t really say I would be excited to see Downey Jr’s Iron Man battle the classic version of the Mandarin. A cinematic version of Iron Man made in a different way with a different tone, sure. But not this one.

    I know I am in the vocal minority, but I really enjoyed Iron Man 3. It was FUN, and that’s the point (to me).

  • John Harmon

    You’re not in the minority. Most of the world doesn’t know or care about the original Mandarin. The purists who lose their shit when the tiniest thing is changed is the vocal minority.

  • Melwing

    Oh, I agree with you. What I meant was, specifically, the ‘internet geek comment thread minority’. :-)

  • Josh Flory

    I wouldn’t call them purists more like narrow minded spazes. There are so many different version of all the heroes and villains so there is not really such a thing as an original version of them. People get hung up on what they feel is the best version and refuse to look at others. I too like iron man 3. I have enjoyed all the marvel movies so very much.

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