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Ben Kingsley Has Already Filmed A Secret Marvel Project


Sir Ben Kingsley, who played the Mandarin in this year’s Iron Man 3, has confirmed that he has already reprised the role in a project that has been kept under wraps. Kingsley told the Belfast Telegraph:

It’s a secret Marvel project. I’m not allowed to say any more, you’re going to have to wait and see. I was with many members of the crew that were involved in Iron Man 3. It was lovely to see them again. It was great to be with this wonderful family. I think they have enormous taste as creative artists. There’s nothing lazy or gratuitous about their work. They are at the top of their game, and they’re great company to keep.

So all we know about this project is that Ben Kingsley had a nice time making it. It’s probably a supplemental short that will appear on the Blu-Ray release of one of Marvel’s upcoming films, just like Peggy Carter’s solo one-shot Agent Carter. Maybe it has Ben Kingsley’s bumbling fake villain, Trevor Slattery, stumbling his way into another situation he doesn’t know how to handle. Other characters could have surprise cameos, and the whole thing will most likely be a teaser for some upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe plotline, possibly Avengers-related. Although, since Extremis, the unstable superpower-making serum in Iron Man 3, has featured in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., there’s a possibility that the plot of the short will be related to that, tying the television and cinematic universes together more fully.

In all likelihood, Marvel just didn’t want to let such a big-name actor go before they’d done everything they could with him. After all, Kingsley is a busy man. In the next year, he’ll be appearing in Ender’s Game, The Physician, The Boxtrolls, and a number of other projects.

There isn’t much information yet about the short, and whether that’s the last Marvel project in which Kingsley will be taking part. It will probably be released relatively soon, considering it’s already been filmed, and will be pretty high-profile because the studio has gone to such lengths to keep it so secret and not give us any information at all as to what we’ll be seeing and where we’ll be seeing it. This makes me think that this little project might contain some crucial hint as to future plot twists, but maybe that’s a stab in the dark.

(via: Bleeding Cool)

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  • Rob Atkinson

    Fantastic actor. Marvel just keep on getting the best actors.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe it is an epilogue where we find out that “Trevor” is actually the real Mandarin.

  • Anonymous

    While that would have made the story in the movie better, I hope nobody wants to bring the slippery slope concept of retconning into the cinematic universe just yet.

  • Anonymous

    But that’s the thing – no retcon needed. The entire movie plays out exactly as we saw it. Either an additional scene on the DVD or a scene in SHIELD (the better option since it doesn’t require an additional purchase) shows that he was really the true Mandarin all along. That would turn it from a really lame story into the best mindscrew since 6th Sense.

  • Anonymous

    It’ll be the origin story of how Trevor got a really painful Captain Anarchy tattoo on his neck only to be told by Killian that none of the shots of it made it into the final propaganda films.

  • Anonymous

    Aside from Trevor meeting Fin Fang Foom to get alien power rings, can he also see some AIM scientists at work? I can’t believe they finally namedropped AIM but missed an opportunity for easy & sesible fan service with a scene of scientists in yellow cleansuits.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    *sneakily edits* Thank you */whisper*

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  • Anonymous

    This has been my personal headcanon since the end credits rolled.

  • Cy

    Same. I wanted the movie’s stinger to be a smirking Mandarin teleporting out of prison.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    im pretty sure aim will be showing up in that tv show sooner or later

  • Ross Van Loan

    Sir Ben’s Mandarin was fantastic in its hodge podge collection of terrorist, Southern Baptist tele-minister, and affable washed up thespian. He’s almost as messed up as Robert Anthony Downey Stark. Don’t give Trevor any powers other than the one he already possesses, ACT-ING! (Enunciated in full-blown Stratford Shatner audio)

  • Christopher Challice

    I liked the “Mandarin Twist”. Yet, while clever, IMO, it was executed poorly.

    Here’s why:

    1) Early in the movie Killian’s talking to someone on the phone: “The Master will be here soon.”Whose he talking to? If it’s someone outside his inner circle then it’s foolish for him to risk being linked to the Mandarin. If it’s someone in his inner circle why call him ‘The Master’ and not just say “Yes, Trevor is on his way.”

    2) The Mandarin does an epic march into an expensive suburban home. Why? It’d be disastrous if anyone in the neighborhood saw him. Couldn’t Trevor just sneak in the back door?

    3) Why was Trevor moved to suburbia? It’d be way safer to keep him out of the country. He serves no purpose other than to look good, so why does he need to be near Killian?

    4) The security Killian assigned the Mandarin was mediocre. If Tony Stark, with magivered spy kids gear, can take them out then a single, then it would be a cake walk for a novice Shield Agent with a gun. If Trevor’s important why not have one of the Extremis powered solders keep watch over him?

    5) Trevor (not Ben Kingsley) is an idiot. Why not hire a competent, smart, actor?

    All these add up to a disappointing execution. If chuckled and said ‘good show’ when the Mandarin was ‘Tevorized’ but also found that it took the wind out of the rest of the movie.

    The final act was mediocre at best.

    Buut that’s just my opinion, take it with a grain of salt.

  • WinterSoldier

    I see your point from a movie-only perspective. The mandarin is such an important character with real depth in the more modern stories by Matt Fraction (you can check them out). In fact that was an Eisner award winning run. Nobody is saying the mandarin wasn’t exactly what you see originally. But he is to Iron Man what Joker is to Batman. To use such an important character (again, he has developed incredibly throughout the years…) for a rather stupid arc. While I loved just about everything about Shane Black’s stab at Iron Man, what they did to Mandarin, undid all of that for me. They could have gotten a powerful and interesting take on Mandarin from the Bob Layton or Matt Fraction/Larroca years.