Marvel's latest one-shot is "All Hail the King," which follows Trevor Slattery (a.k.a. The Mandarin) from Iron Man 3 into prison. In this exclusive interview, writer/director Drew Pearce (who co-wrote IM3)reveals how this short came about.

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By EdGross - 2/5/2014
While there are some Iron Man fans who had a number of issues with the third entry in the film series, probably the most polarizing was the approach taken to the character of the Mandarin. This feared terrorist turned out to be a British actor named Trevor Slattery (Sir Ben Kingsley), hired as a "face" for the world by Aldrich Killian. Arrested in the film, many were left to wonder what became of Trevor. Now we know.

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"All Hail the King" is a Marvel one-shot that was released on the digital download of Thor: The Dark World on February 4, 2014, and will be a part of the February 25th release of the film on Blu-ray. The short has Kingsley reprising the role of Trevor, who is being interviewed in prison by a documentary filmmaker covering the aftermath of the Mandarin situation. The short is written and directed by Drew Pearce (creator of the British sitcom No Heroics), who wrote a script based on Marvel's Runaways, co-wrote the script for Iron Man 3 with director Shane Black, and is next working with Christopher McQuarrie on Mission: Impossible 5. In this exclusive interview, he discusses all three.

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: How did this short come together and how did you end up directing it?
DREW PEARCE: I'd love to say that Kevin Feige and Louis Esposito spend every day of their life thinking, "What can we get Drew Pearce to direct for Marvel?", but, frankly, it's the other way around. I've worked with the guys on and off for four years, first on Runaways and then on Iron Man 3 and I've been bugging them from the very first time I met them to write and direct one of these shorts. Over the years we've talked about tons of different permutations, lots of different characters, very different worlds to tap into with the shorts. Which is one of the reasons they're so exciting, of course. But then on the first day that Sir Ben was on the set of Iron Man 3, Louis and Kevin and I were eating lunch together, Kevin and I said at almost exactly the same time, "We should do a Trevor Slattery short." I went home and wrote it in my North Carolina hotel room that night.


VOICES FROM KRYPTON: And you shot it during production of Iron Man 3?
DREW PEARCE: No! You know, the best laid plans. Suddenly it didn't happen, we were doing other things, and then out of nowhere last year...I was actually sitting down with the Marvel brain trust to work out what we should do as a one-shot for me to write and direct. It was Joss Whedon who was looking at the white board and the list of things I had up there who said, "Do you think you could actually get Sir Ben to do a Trevor short?" I said, "I don't know. I guess if he ends up liking the script, there's a chance because he likes the character." Joss said, "That's obviously one you should be doing, because you could have Sir Ben Kingsley in a short movie." Luckily Sir Ben loved the script. I'd kept in touch with him since IRON MAN 3, so it came to pass very organically and very quickly. Suddenly Sir Ben had taken three days out of the most hectic seven movie year long schedule that he'd been shooting last year to come and muck around with me in a dis-used women's prison on the east side of Los Angeles.

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: He really seemed to have had a lot of fun doing it.
DREW PEARCE: I think it's really interesting for principally film actors, particularly in someone like Sir Ben, who go to huge lengths and invest tons of thoughts to create a character as risky and indelible as Trevor Slattery, and they never get to revisit them. I think Sir Ben loves being Trevor and so he moved mountains to make sure he was able to do it, for which I am incredibly grateful, of course. And hopefully, I'd like to think he's never been funnier than he is as Trevor Slattery. What's interesting is that Trevor only appears in two scenes in Iron Man 3, it's just Sir Ben's performance casts a huge shadow over the movie. It's brilliant.

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VOICES FROM KRYPTON: "Apology" is probably the wrong word, but is this short some sort of reaching out to the fans who were upset in the changes that were made to the character of the Mandarin as he appeared in the comics?
DREW PEARCE: It's weird. The idea for the short was there before any of the kind of storm in a teacup following our Mandarin reveal. What's actually interesting as well is that the evidence of the "real" Mandarin is laid out in all of the Iron Man movies, as well as all the stuff we said around the release of the movie. The 10 Rings are part of Iron Man 1, they make an appearance in deleted scenes in Iron Man 2, and we're very specific about the fact that he's a real guy that exists in the world. In fact, we talked about it a lot when the movie came out. There was always the sense that this term had been co-opted by Killian's think tank. Obviously the events in the short made that even more explicit. The weird thing is I don't have any regrets with what we did with Iron Man and I feel no reason to apologize for it. The short kind of let me join some dots that were already there. But it wasn't the reason we did it. The reason we did it is that we wanted to play with Trevor Slattery some more.

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VOICES FROM KRYPTON: But you certainly know what I'm talking about in terms of the response from people, right?
DREW PEARCE: Oh, yes, totally, but I would hate for anyone to think I was apologizing for a twist that I'm deeply proud of. I feel like it would have been dishonest to Iron man 3 if we'd made Trevor the real Mandarin after all and it was a double bluff. I think where the short leads to is a more exciting place and hopefully not one that betrays the intention of Iron man 3.

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: Yeah, it goes to a more exciting place that we're never going to see.
DREW PEARCE: [laughs] Or will we?
VOICES FROM KRYPTON: Well, they certainly haven't said that Downey's been signed for a fourth Iron Man film, just Avengers 2 and 3.
DREW PEARCE: This is true, but who knows how the crazy world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe may unfold? I think there's a never say never sense to every part of the MCU. We'll see. The character that comes back in the tag of the one-shot felt like he would never appear again. I think his appearance in the one-shot reminds people that he's in the universe and how exciting he is. Who knows? Maybe we get to see him as well.

To read what Drew Pearce has to say about Iron Man 3 as well as Mission: Impossible 5, just click on the image below.

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OdinsBeard - 2/5/2014, 3:45 PM
kiss my rings bitch.
OdinsBeard - 2/5/2014, 3:46 PM
this should have been the end to Iron Man 3 followed by a smash to black, the title card reads: COMING NEXT SUMMER: IRON MAN 4.
UltimateHunt - 2/5/2014, 3:48 PM
They DO listen to the fans. I feel bad for dc fans.
This one shot is really good I enjoy it
MrCBM - 2/5/2014, 3:52 PM
Meh. It was ok-bad IMO. It only thins the plot of IM3 knowing there's ANOTHER Mandarin out there.
ezio619 - 2/5/2014, 3:53 PM
i dont think it betrays the intention behind the twist in IM3 ,they wanted to do some political commentary with the mandarin in the film and it works imo and this was really good
Tony93 - 2/5/2014, 3:53 PM
what was the point of IM3 then
Jollem - 2/5/2014, 3:54 PM
"The weird thing is I don't have any regrets with what we did with Iron Man and I feel no reason to apologize for it."

solidsnakeeyes - 2/5/2014, 3:54 PM
Haven't seen it yet but I think it's good. Off the topic, I've seen RoboCop yesterday and it's a good remake. For those who whine about the black suit, suck it up, you'll get to see another one! < there I said it! sorry!
DrunkenNukem - 2/5/2014, 3:56 PM
Like Shakespiare wrote...

To be or not to be...
MrCBM - 2/5/2014, 3:56 PM
"The weird thing is I don't have any regrets with what we did with Iron Man and I feel no reason to apologize for it."

This one shot was basically an apology LOL.
JoJo1982 - 2/5/2014, 3:57 PM
"Kiss the rings bitch"
McNyagano - 2/5/2014, 3:59 PM
Wait so they had planned this all along?
Jollem - 2/5/2014, 3:59 PM
you really know how to bring some good answers out of folks, Ed
cipher - 2/5/2014, 3:59 PM

Trevor is my god.
MrCBM - 2/5/2014, 4:00 PM
"It's weird. The idea for the short was there before any of the kind of storm in a teacup following our Mandarin reveal"

LOL, yeah right! If it was, why wasn't it included with Iron Man 3...?
Pheezmatic - 2/5/2014, 4:00 PM
i need to find a way to watch this short movie....any suggestions ppl?
Eustace - 2/5/2014, 4:01 PM
"All Hail the King" was pretty enjoyable, and this is coming from someone who HATES Iron Man 3. I actually did not like Pearce's directing style, though. The style, which seemed to be a homage to 70s and 80s action movies, felt out of place. Although this one-shot was fun, it does not make up for the insult/disappointment that was Iron Man 3.
marvel72 - 2/5/2014, 4:03 PM
can't win with some of you,marvel studios made a mistake with the mandarin twist & a lot of fans hated it,i marvel studios are trying to rectify their mistake & please the fans by saying the mandarin is still out there,you lot still hate on them.
GeekyCheekyChic - 2/5/2014, 4:06 PM
A lot of us argued with haters. Kept saying it was painfully obvious that the Ten Rings in IM3 was not the same as IM 1. I went to the AMC marathon so I had IM 1 fresh on the brain and I knew it but sure haters- you go on believing Marvel retconned just for you and your complaints.

The Real Mandarin is coming. The Real Mandarin has the Infinity stone/gem responsible for TIME. The Real Mandarin- YOU'LL NEVER SEE HIM COMING.

My personal theory- We have already seen The Mandarin and just didn't know it. I think we have seen him twice and I believe is rings are of an Asgardian nature.
ezio619 - 2/5/2014, 4:07 PM
agggghh,i wish we could move on from this whole mandarin thing,ok fine IM3 is a mixed/divisive film and this twists was mixed/divisve and this idea of the real mandarin being out there is mixed/divisive aswell,i get it ,its still recent but can we move on pleasee
MrCBM - 2/5/2014, 4:07 PM

I meant on DVD, instead of the Agent Carter shot.
JoJo1982 - 2/5/2014, 4:08 PM
So it was joss whedon say so to put this as a one shot

*thumbs up joss*
ezio619 - 2/5/2014, 4:10 PM
i kind of knew in the movie that the ten rings had nothing to do with Killian,as trevor says" he uased western and eastern iconography so including the logo for the tenrings for his scheme,plus the mandarin is never mentioned by name in any of the iron man films, we know that the ten rings reference the mandarin but its never really sated in im1 and 2 that there leader is called The Mandarin
MrCBM - 2/5/2014, 4:11 PM

LOL, right. DUH! But All-Hail-The-King was planned too. It just, and this my opinion, would'a made more sense to be part of IM3.
pro346 - 2/5/2014, 4:12 PM
meh just dled off the pirate bay....wont lead to anything it was just marvel sucking up to fans!!
ezio619 - 2/5/2014, 4:13 PM
they did the political commentary idea they wanted to do with the mandarin and are also trying to give us the real one, maybe we wil get that one day, maybe not,plus the point of im3 was to progress tony forward which in some peoples eyes,it did and some peoples eyes,it did not at all, these movies are solo arcs, solo arcs progress te character forward and these movies are for that imo
ezio619 - 2/5/2014, 4:15 PM
Mrcbm-dude it takes months to free up actors schedules and stuff, build up some sets so yeah, it would take them some time
GeekyCheekyChic - 2/5/2014, 4:15 PM
Clues have been sprinkled thru the AOS show and the Iron Man trilogy...what spurred me was Marvel has a history of trying to be tricky with where they place the clues.
IM 3 blu ray- AGENT CARTER ONE SHOT- The Zodiac item that can be used to create an LMD among other things. SHIELD has it. Stark mentioned it. His father had it. Carter's main association is with Captain America. I bet in Cap 2 it comes to play.

Thor 2 ONE SHOT ALL HAIL THE KING Listen to the assassin's description of the real Mandarin, pause and look at the items he places on the table. Why is it on the Thor 2 set? A warlord who transcends time...whose presence dates back a thousand years...those were the words. Would Marvel make him an ANCIENT ASGARDIAN ? a WARLORD from one of the other realms like Svartleheim ?

I don't know but damn Marvel is good.
MrCBM - 2/5/2014, 4:16 PM
I think it funny you believe that this was actually planned before all the Mandarin non-sense. I'm leaving it at that.
MrCBM - 2/5/2014, 4:18 PM
At this point, does anyone really want another Mandarin, whether it be IM4 or something else? I say Ghost, Titanium Man, or Crimson Dynamo for the next film,
marvel72 - 2/5/2014, 4:19 PM
as for "all hail the king" marvel one shot,i thought it was good very funny in places.

still think agent carter one shot is my favorite.
SnowMiser - 2/5/2014, 4:19 PM
Guys. MARVEL IS NOT GOING TO MAKE ANY MORE IRON MAN MOVIES. RDJ is only going to do 2 more Avengers movies and then he is out. Is MARVEL really going to risk a IM without RDJ?
MrCBM - 2/5/2014, 4:20 PM
Phil Coulson trip to Mexico is my favorite One-Shot, with Agent Carter at a close second.
MrCBM - 2/5/2014, 4:21 PM

There's going to be more. Just not for a while. I hope we don't get another one until Phase 5 or late in Phase 4.
ezio619 - 2/5/2014, 4:21 PM
Killian could have heard of the legend, he seemed to be very into eastern culture,asian culture with the dragons on his chest and the wallpaper he had in his office so maybe he made the mandarin out of that and didnt know the real mandarin was out there so when he declared himself the mandarin, firs tof all, he had a BIG ego and second he was finally take credit for his actions that he was doing while in the shadows,plus the tenrings and the mandarin might have went with it in order to not jeopardize their own operations so when they found out the plotwas unocvered and that the imposter was in prison,the mandarin took his shot and took trevor for payback
MrCBM - 2/5/2014, 4:24 PM
That is why I don't like the one-shot. Because it left a giant plot-hole in IM3, and it left even more questions than before. Now, it's up to our imagination to find out where was the real-REAL Mandarin, and exactly what was the plan all along.
SnowMiser - 2/5/2014, 4:24 PM
MrCBM dude. RDJ confirmed he is only gonna do two more movies. I really doubt he will change his mind in 2024. The thing about Iron Man is that RDJ just played himself. That's what made him likable. But no one is going to accept a new Iron Man.
SageMode - 2/5/2014, 4:25 PM
That was a pretty good One Shot.
VisionaryNPA - 2/5/2014, 4:25 PM
This short was fantastic. Really makes me want more.
GeekyCheekyChic - 2/5/2014, 4:25 PM
^second that thought

Kiss my rings bitch.
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