All Hail the King is a short film on the Thor: Dark World blue ray. It features Jackson Norris (who in the comics was  a SHIELD agent who then became a TV reporter). Norris is a documentary film maker who’s current project is a documentary on Trevor Slattery, the washed up actor who played the fake Mandarin during Iron Man 3.

We see Slattery enjoying his celebrity status in prison. Some of the other prisoners enjoy having him around and they ask him to do his Mandarin voice. One prisoner even acts like a servant to him. Amusingly he also has tattoo on the back of his neck of the Captain America shield.

A bit about Trevor’s past is revealed. He starred in a failed CBS pilot in the 1980s called Caged Heat, in which he played a avenging Russian police officer in LA. The most ambitious part of this short is they actually shot an opening title sequence to Caged Heat, complete with music by Mike Post, who scored many 80s TV shows.

After some subtle commentary on fandom the real meat of the story comes as Norris asks Slattery if he’s worried about the Ten Rings, the terrorist organization briefly seen in the first Iron Man. Slattery of course is completely oblivious to this. It is also revealed that the Marvel Cinematic Universe in fact does have a Mandarin. Norris warns that the Mandarin and his Ten Rings group might have taken offense to Slattery’s actions.

One could look at this as having your cake and eating it too. Some fans were upset about how Mandarin was portrayed in Iron Man 3. Personally I didn’t like it either, partly because I felt it shifted the tone in Iron Man 3 from seriousness to goofiness. But now we know there is in fact a “real” Mandarin. All Hail the King ends on a sort of cliff hanger. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, as there are currently no plans for more Iron Man films, and the next Avengers movie apparently features Ultron. I would presume they would put him in something with Iron Man, since they are arch foes in the comics. If not there then where? Perhaps in a War Machine spinoff, the Agents of Shield TV show, or maybe even a Captain America sequel? It’s all speculation at this point, but time will tell.

Marvel One Shots keep getting more ambitious, I’d say they’ve topped themselves again. Excelsior.

P.S. There’s also a cameo by Justin Hammer who is in jail with Slattery. He’s hilarious as always in his brief time on screen, and it’s interesting to see his current status.

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