This past fall when Ben Kingsley let it slip he had done a secret shoot for Marvel everyone quickly assumed it was for a One-Shot. Jump ahead to early 2014.
Now we know the name of that One-Shot “All Hail the King”. The short will be an epilogue to Iron Man 3 and see Trevor receiving the acclaim and adulation he’s always wanted albeit from within prison.
“All Hail the King” will tread on some sensitive plot issues from Iron Man 3. In a plot twist that left a lot of fans upset, Tony Stark discovered that the feared leader of the Ten Rings terrorist group was actually a washed-up, drunk, drug addicted British actor named Trevor Slattery who had been playing the role for Dr. Aldrich Killian. Slattery is forced to answer for his role in the Extremis plot and you will see him doing so in“All Hail the King”.
If you wish to see the One-Short with out knowing anything of it, then you may want to stop reading.
Drew Pearce who wrote and directed “All Hail the King”, gives us a bit of an insight as to how Trevor feels his life is now better.
“When we find Trevor at the beginning of this short, other than Tony, he’s the only one out of Iron Man 3 to get what he wanted. And even though he was arrested and beat up and had guns pointed at him, now he’s the celebrity that he always wanted to be and he loves it. He absolutely loves it. He is living a somewhat curtailed version of the celebrity life, but he’s also leading arguably a better life than he did when he was living with, like, four other actors at the age of 52 in some bedsit in the south of London. That’s the other fun thing about the starting point is that when we meet Trevor in the short, Trevor won. The Mandarin didn’t, but Trevor in his own way was victorious.”
Speculation on the plot of “All Hail the King” has the Ten Rings terrorist group extremely upset due to the events of Iron Man 3 as the real Mandarin is seeking retribution against Trevor for stealing his name and making a mockery of it.
Drew Pearce went on to also say.
“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. I think they would be right to be quite angry. There’s lots of exposition in lots of different cuts of Iron Man 3 that, in the end, kind of got snubbed out. 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.”
“All Hail the King” could clear up a few questions from Iron Man 3 or may just muddy it up even worse. Knowing Marvel I wouldn’t be surprised if this One-Short reveals the true Mandarin. Could it really still be Trevor?
I’m sure Marvel will be giving us a clue as to something in the One-Short that could then go in the Marvel universe.
You will be able to watch Marvel’s latest One-Short “All Hail the King” when “Thor: The Dark World” is released on February 25, 2014.