UPDATE 2: The writer of Iron Man 3 has tweeted the title of the One Shot, fueling speculation that the short film will be involved to Iron Man 3’s “villain” in some way. I’m sticking with my Ben Kingsley/Mandarin related short film
UPDATE: Ok, after sitting on this and thinking all day, All Hail the King makes no sense for Ben Kingsley to return as the Mandarin…alone. He was not a king nor had that type of governing rule in China. However, it made me think back to a comment Marvel Studios Co-President Louis D’Esposito made this past summer regarding a Loki One Shot. He stated at the time, it was not cost effective to get that made and opted for the Agent Carter short. Since Thor was in production at the time, perhaps they could use those sets and props to finally get a Loki film made, thus the King reference alluded to at the end of The Dark World. If this is so, perhaps he could be endowing Trevor Slattery, a trickster of Midgard, with his own special powers, thus turning him into a true Mandarin for the Marvel Cinematic universe!
That or I’m completely off my rocker, you tell me.
ORIGINAL STORY: The BBFC has been working hard rating the extra features on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray/DVD that is coming out on February 24. I’m more surprised at the release date for the film, 4 months from release date is pretty solid. However, in the extra feature list for the home release, we have been teased the title of the next Marvel One Shot. Aptly titled All Hail the King, we believe it may have something to do with the return of the Mandarin to the Marvel Universe, and perhaps not just the Trevor Slattery version, although Ben Kingsley has been strongly rumored to be returning for this small piece. I’m glad they’re choosing to revisit this controversial piece of Iron Man 3, rather than ignore it outright (like much of The Incredible Hulk).
The length also is about par with other, recent One Shots coming in at 13 minutes. Agent Carter was a spectacular piece of work that showcased how auxiliary characters can be used to expand upon the Marvel Universe and probably gives us a hint at how their Netflix shows will go down.
Are you ready for the King to return? Check out the other extra features that’ll come with the film below!
ALL HAIL THE KING – A MARVEL ONE-SHOT
A BROTHERS JOURNEY – THOR & LOKI (PART 1)
A BROTHERS JOURNEY – THOR & LOKI (PART 2)
EXCLUSIVE LOOK – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
SCORING THOR: THE DARK WORLD WITH BRYAN TYLER
DELETED & EXTENDED SCENES: EXTENDED CELEBRATION SCENE
DELETED & EXTENDED SCENES: JANE LEARNS ABOUT THE AETHER
DELETED & EXTENDED SCENES: LOKI: THE FIRST AVENGER
DELETED & EXTENDED SCENES: THOR AND FRIGGA DISCUSS LOKI
DELETED & EXTENDED SCENES: DARK ELVES PREPARE FOR BATTLE
DELETED & EXTENDED SCENES: EXTENDED VANAHEIM SCENE
EXTENDED CELEBRATION SCENE COMMENTARY BY ALAN TAYLOR & KRAMER MOREGENTHAU
JANE LEARNS ABOUT THE AETHER COMMENTARY BY ALAN TAYLOR & KRAMER MOREGENTHAU
LOKI: THE FIRST AVENGER COMMENTARY BY TOM HIDDLESTON
THOR AND FRIGGA DISCUSS LOKI COMMENTARY BY KEVIN FEIGE
DARK ELVES PREPARE FOR BATTLE COMMENTARY BY KEVIN FEIGE
THOR THE DARK WORLD (FEATURE WITH AUDIO COMMENTARY)