Ben Kingsley returns as the Mandarin in new Marvel One-Shot clip

Jan. 16, 2014 | 11:47 a.m.
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Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) makes a friend in young Harley (Ty Simpkins) in "Iron Man 3." (Disney / Marvel Studios)

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Ben Kingsley is back as the Mandarin in a new clip from Marvel’s upcoming One-Shot, “All Hail the King.”

The Oscar winner originated the comic book villain for last summer’s blockbuster “Iron Man 3,” turning up as a dangerous terrorist determined to bring down billionaire playboy Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) — of course, as the story advanced, the Mandarin was revealed to be something other than what he initially seemed (and if you somehow have yet to see “Iron Man 3,” you probably should stop reading now).

Created by Stan Lee and designed by Don Heck, the Mandarin first appeared on the paneled page in 1964’s “Tales of Suspense” No. 50. A scientist and martial artist who derived his power from 10 rings that harness alien technology, the character has been criticized as a “racist caricature.”

“In the old comics, he’s this sort of screeching Chinese warlord with his fist in the air all the time saying, ‘Fools! Come back when you have information, I’ll have your heads!’” director Shane Black said.

Black took a decidedly different approach for the Mandarin in “Iron Man 3,” in which Kingsley played a man who appeared to be a warrior philosopher with a driving hatred for America, but who turned out to be an actor hired to play the part of a terrorist.

In “All Hail the King,” written by Drew Pearce, actor Scoot McNairy plays a documentary filmmaker set to interview Kingsley’s Trevor Slattery from prison about his great charade. While the failed actor has enjoyed newfound notoriety from his turn as the Mandarin, the stunt also has had potentially life-threatening consequences.

Watch an early clip from the short below.

The 14-minute short will be available on the “Thor: The Dark World” DVD and Blu-ray, out Feb. 25.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex


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