Ben Kingsley’s Super Secret Marvel Project Revealed? (Apparently So)


The Mandarin Comic Book“Iron Man 3’s” Ben Kingsley has been talking up a “secret” Marvel project for some time now, but so far no one has any idea what he’s talking about. And I’m Marvel would like to keep it that way. Right?

As everyone already knows, Kingsley played the Mandarin in “Iron Man 3″, but his Mandarin wasn’t exactly, well, the Mandarin that people were expecting.

So does that relate in some way to this secret Marvel project? Turns out, Yes.

Via the boys at Latino-Review, Kingley’s secret Marvel project is in fact a sequel of sorts to “Iron Man 3″. According to LR:

According to sources, Marvel wants to make it up to fans so in the one shot, the REAL Mandarin is furious with Aldrich Killian and Ben Kingsley’s character Trevor Slattery for the mockery they made of the real Mandarin’s identity and legacy. The real Mandarin wants to set the record straight.

Hunh. That’s kind of an interesting take. I know a lot of reviewers thought the reveal about Kingsley’s Mandarin was uber cool, but I thought it was kind of dumb myself. But then again, I found much of “Iron Man 3″ to be a bit dumb, but maybe that’s just me. Frankly, my favorite part was actually everything with the kid. I thought he was pretty funny.

Anyways, so a Marvel One Shot short film starring Kingsley, with the “real” Mandarin showing up? That seems like quite a major storyline for a limited thing like a one-shot, unless, of course, they plan on spinning it off into, say, “Iron Man 4″?

Could be interesting, if true.

Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3 (2013) Movie Image

Will the real Mandarin please stand up?

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  • Kal-El-1983

    Oh I hope that is true..I had this thought coming from the film as the only way it could be redeemed.

  • sin isfree

    iron man 3 = dragon breath = stupid

  • AndromedaHit

    His actions were a ruse to escape punishment. He is/was who he really was displaying on film.

    • Dedpool

      That I could see. Sit in prison for a month before being broken out and showing who he really is.

      • Juggernaut

        That is one way that they can do it. I personally liked the idea of having him be an actor who had plastic surgery to look like the real Mandarin better. There is also another character from the comics named The Actor which could lead some credence to the whole scenario. I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see.

  • Dedpool

    As a fan that was shocked but then okay with the reveal only because of Sir Ben Kingsley’s performance, I can only say I need to see how this plays out, and who they’ll get. And then again what’s the point if we’re not getting anymore IM films. And even if they do, they can’t bring him into the public eye, the characvter would confuse most not terrorize after what we got here.

    • That Boy Nate

      I’m sure we’ll get more Iron Man films….with a proper Mandarin if this rumor pans out.

      • Dedpool

        But see that may just make fans madder! Like why didn’t they just do that in the first place.

        • Kal-El-1983

          most of the fans I know, including my self are happy about this rumor. It’s fixing a dumb ass mistake.

  • Juggernaut

    I like the idea but it just seems like back-peddling to me at this point rather than what Marvel originally had planned.

    Leading up to Ironman 3’s release it was said in countless interviews from the crew and cast that to avoid a stale, racial stereotype that a direct duplication of the Mandarin from the comics, Shane Black and Marvel Studios decided to go a different route with the character. I understood that divergence personally but of course it lead to a bit of backlash by the fans. I didn’t mind the change but did feel that it was a wasted opportunity to give Stark a worthy opponent and a real man behind the ten rings. However, with this one-shot, they may finally elaborate on the fact that there was a real terrorist organization that was responsible for the events of the first film!
    The ten rings were a real group and it would make sense that a group like that would have a leader. I thought that was what they would do with Kingsley in IM3 but then they swerved us and we got the Slattery character backed by Killian who was revealed to be the mastermind behind AIM and ultimately, with the help of Maya Hansen, the extremis project. However they never really clear up whether or not Killian was the leader of the ten rings! Even with the reveal of Killian being the “true” Mandarin” at the end of the film he is only taking responsibility for the events seen in Ironman 3.
    Killian was a bad guy yes. He created AIM and was intellectually on the same level as Tony but was more greedy and power hungry than evil. I wanted to see a Mandarin who could have actually led the ten rings. Maybe we’ll finally get to see that in this one-shot!

    • Dedpool

      See I actually thought that with the whole “I’ve always been the Mandarin” line he meant he had been the one orchestrating things from the start. Now if they’re saying that Killian and AIM were just pawns as well i guess I can deal, but again what does that mean? Will we get a true Mandarin? And if so if it’s not setting it up the way we all thought it’d go will we get a Mandarin with rings or will we get the head of the Ten Rings Organization?

      • Juggernaut

        There is a lot of grey area with that line. It could mean that he has been The Mandarin since the first film and was actually behind Tony’s abduction in the first Ironman. It may just mean that he has been orchestrating the events of Ironman 3 since that was when the character was introduced. I liked the theory of one comment on another site that mentioned Slattery’s cosmetic surgery which could mean that he was made to look like the “real” Mandarin. The comment suggested that Killian was looking for a powerful ally and enlisted Mandarin, leader of the ten rings organization who had imprisoned Tony in the first film. Mandarin does not want to be partners with Killian so Killian hiired Slattery and gave him plastic surgery to look like the actual Mandarin to illicit fear. Once the real Mandarin finds out about the ruse he tracks down Slattery setting up the one-shot. At this point there are more questions than answers.

        • Dedpool

          That’s actually pretty damned good!!

        • Kal-El-1983

          possibly The Mandarin backed out of any partnership when Obidiah killed some of his men to steal the mark one…

          • Juggernaut

            Great point! He was burnt by Stane and thus did not want to patrtner with Killian when he proposed the idea.
            If that is possible I have another theory! Okay, so there was also the sonic device used by Stane in the first film. At that time we didn’t have any clue as to the later films or any of this inclusion of the real or fake Mandarin. I had originally just thought that it was created by Stark Industries BUT it could have been AIM tech! If so it could have either been given to Obediah by The Mandarin who got it from Killian OR maybe the tech used by both Stane and Killian is the bi-product of The Mandarin’s alien or enhanced powers!

          • Kal-El-1983

            Interesting theory But I believe it was Stark Tech…when Stane used it he said to Tony “Remeber this…Shame the Government didn’t approve….”

          • Juggernaut

            Ah! Yes! You are correct. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the first Ironman.

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Well they cannot possibly fuck up the Mandarin or Ben Kingsley any more than they already did. So why not?

  • That Boy Nate

    Probably got his rings from Thanos also.

    • Juggernaut

      I thought that too. My thought was maybe the coveted object that is a central part of the story in Guardians Of The Galaxy would be the source of the rings. After all the rings were derived from the power source of of an intergalactic ship so it could work. The timelines for the one-shot and the GOTG film are still unknown so ya’ never know!

  • ErickKwon

    Only way to salvage the reputation of The Mandarin within the Marvel Cinematic Universe at this point: Xueqi Wang AKA Dr Wu IS The Mandarin!! Bum-bum-BUM!

    • Juggernaut

      That would be cool! I did find it odd that they took the time to deliberately introduce that character and never revisited until the end when he performs the surgery on Tony. I was thinking that he would be set up as Radioactive man but that was just a wild theory that I had. In the comics the alter ego of Radioactive Man is Chen Lu not Wu but whatever.

      But now i found this:

      “Dr. WuAppeared inIron Man 3ActorWang Xueqi

      Dr. Wu is a scientist and an old friend of Tony Stark.Contents[show]


      Iron Man 3

      On New Years Eve in 1999, Ho Yinsen introduced Tony Stark to Dr. Wu.

      Years later, shortly after Stark publicly threatened the Mandarin, Dr. Wu called Tony’s house only to be received by J.A.R.V.I.S., who addressed him in his native Mandarin Chinese. Wu attempted to make J.A.R.V.I.S. understand that Tony would have the backing of his country – “Tony isn’t alone, China can help”.

      Later, Wu was called on to perform the surgery that would rid Tony of the shrapnel in his chest and free him from relying on the arc reactor to keep himself alive.”

      Now, I don’t remember any scene where Dr. Wu called Tony’s house and spoke to JARVIS. That must have been included in the international release only. There is also something called the Ironman 3 : Prologue which stars Yinsen Wu and another Chinese character???
      It is interesting though that JARVIS is noted as addressing Wu in his native mandarin Chinese. Could Wu have been the real Mandarin the whole time?! It would add an heir of irony that Yinsen introduced him to Tony before the events of the first film and was ultimately behind the deaths of Yinsen’s family as well.
      If it is true then removing the shrapnel, along with the arc reactor (Ton’s supposed source of power), at the end of the film could also be a part of his master plan. He could have done it not as a way to save Tony’s life but as a way to rid The Mandarin and The Ten Rings terrorist cell’s number one enemy, Ironman!

      • Dedpool

        That’d be cool as well, though the point of that scene was to say that it’s his ingenuity and brains that make him Iron Man not the arc reator, and that he was STILL Iron Man without it. All of this could easily work though. We’ll just have to wait and see.

        • Juggernaut

          I did get that. Wu’s inclusion also shows how in the past the selfish Stark blew off meeting the man who would one day save his life.
          Also, the theory of Wu being The Mandarin makes the bit about Slattery having plastic surgery pointless.