Photos: Marvel One-Shot Explains The Mandarin

The first photos and details are out for “All Hail the King,” the Marvel ‘one-shot’ 14-minute short film that appears on the upcoming “Thor: The Dark World” DVD & Blu-ray set. “IRON MAN 3” SPOILERS AHEAD

The story sees Ben Kingsley reprising his role from “Iron Man 3” of British actor Trevor Slattery who is now serving time in Seagate prison for his actions as ‘The Mandarin’. Granted his first interview since his incarceration, the interviewer (Scoot McNairy) discusses everything from Slattery’s early acting career to the repercussions that his actions will have on him as the real ‘The Ten Rings’ terrorist organisation is not too happy with this impostor.

EW premiered the photos and spoke with screenwriter Drew Pearce who explains that this will essentially fix some continuity errors brought up by Iron Man 3’s theatrical cut:

“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 organisation. I think they would be right to be quite angry.

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. We kind of knew The Ten Rings were a real terrorist cell.”

Pearce says Joss Whedon was the one that came up with the idea of the one-shot. In doing so it also opens the Marvel Cinematic Universe up in new ways:

“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.”

The short will be available with the DVD & Blu-ray of “Thor: The Dark World” on February 25th.