First look at Marvel’s All Hail the King featuring Sir Ben Kingsley


Marvel’s One-Shots have started to improve ever since The Consultant was added to the Thor blu-ray release. Marvel’s latest installment, All Hail the King, is set to continue that quality trend as Marvel brings back Sir Ben Kingsley’s Trevor Slattery back for this One-Shot.

Entertainment Weekly revealed that the All Hail the King would immediately follow the events of Iron Man 3 and would find Slattery locked up at Seagate, aka Little Alcatraz, for the crimes he committed while working for Aldrich Killian and AIM. It seems as if Trevor’s role as The Mandarin attracted the attention of the real Ten Rings organization and that they may be none too happy about it.

While many fans were upset about The Mandarin’s reveal in Iron Man 3, screenwriter Drew Pearce tells Entertainment Weekly that All Hail the King will show that the fans aren’t the only ones that are upset. “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,” he says. “I think they would be right to be quite angry.”

When asked what made him want to bring back Trevor Slattery, Drew Pearce says, “I had spoken to Sir Ben a lot on set because Trevor was a tricky character that everyone was involved with right from the beginning. And it was always a huge risk. I was so grateful to him when he pulled it off after a year of truly worrying about whether we could land that turn. So, ‘The Further Adventures of Trevor’ was something we had talked about on set all the time, and when we sat down to talk about what the short would be, it was Stephen [Broussard, executive producer of Iron Man 3] and Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and myself and Joss Whedon and Jeremy Latcham [executive producer of The Avengers.] So we kicked around a bunch of ideas and there were loads of them that we liked, and it was actually Joss who at a certain point went like, “Or you could do the one that has Sir Ben Kingsley in it because you have access to Sir Ben Kingsley.”

Assuring that he wasn’t entirely sure he wanted to do a Trevor short film, “No, no, no, no. There were lots of possibilities from the Iron Man 3 world. Joss that said, “You got Sir Ben” at which point we all went, “Hopefully we get Sir Ben” and then I had to go write a script that would mean Sir Ben would commit. We stayed in touch and I sent it to him. I don’t know if he’s ever, and it’s nothing to do with me, but I don’t know if he’s ever been funnier than he is as Trevor. Like, obviously he’s not as funny as Trevor when he’s Gandhi or in Schindler’s List, but what he does with Trevor is incredible.”

And when asked if All Hail the King could possibly lead into Iron Man 4, “Oh, it couldn’t possibly. [Laughs.] I think short movies in general, whether they’re Marvel ones or not, you kind of want them to feel like they’re opening you up to a bigger world. Yeah, 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.”

Well there you have it, you can find more information about All Hail the King in Entertainment Weekly‘s interview with Drew Pearce. What do you think?

All Hail the King is set to be released with the Thor: The Dark World on February 25.

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