As fans and viewers will clearly remember, the Mandarin as portrayed by Sir Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3 turned out to be a red herring. He was nothing more than bumbling Trevor Slattery, an “ac-tor” hired to portray a terrorist and criminal mastermind. And a convincing one at that.
It was recently reported (via the Belfast Telegraph) that Sir Ben Kingsley had reprised his role as the faux-Mandarin and as Trevor Slattery for a secret Marvel project, most likely a Marvel One-Shot.
[box] “It’s a secret Marvel project. I’m not allowed to say any more, you’re going to have to wait and see… I was with many members of the crew that were involved in Iron Man 3. It was lovely to see them again. It was great to be with this wonderful family… I think they have enormous taste as creative artists. There’s nothing lazy or gratuitous about their work. They are at the top of their game, and they’re great company to keep.” – Sir Ben Kingsley. [/box]
But this was all we had. Latino Review, however, are claiming to have new and exclusive information. Here is what they’re saying:
[box] “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. Yes, the REAL Mandarin.”[/box]
Personally, I loved Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin, and though was a little disappointed in the plot twist thought it was still a smart way to bring back such an iconic, yet problematic, character from the Marvel archives.
Nothing has been confirmed by Marvel or Kevin Feige, as per normal, and it’s likely we won’t hear anything for a while.
So, what do you think? Should Marvel pay their respects to the Mandarin by giving him a more accurate on-screen portrayal?