Many of the fans are so excited for the release of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the very first wuxia movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The hype is also high with fans excited to see the energetic and charismatic Simu Liu debut onscreen as the titular character. Along with Simu is a wonderful predominantly Asian cast including Crazy Rich Asians’ Awkwafina and Hong Kong superstar Michelle Yeoh.
However, fans are also intrigued to see the legendary Tony Leung and his awe-inspiring performance as seen in the trailers as the villainous Mandarin. Read on as we at the straits times reveal the details of Kingley’s return.
The Mandarin in Iron Man 3
The Mandarin first debuted in Iron Man 3 but was revealed in the end that The Mandarin in the film is fake and portrayed by an actor, Trevor Slattery played by Ben Kingsley. The Mandarin served as a front to cover up the terrorist activities of AIM.
The widely panned twist was lambasted by critics and made fans disappointed at the misuse of the character of what could’ve been Iron Man’s greatest enemy.
After the release of the film, Marvel addressed the issue and released a one-shot short in 2014 All Hail the King to appease the fans. In the short film, Slattery was broken out of prison by the real Mandarin. The twist served as one of the small dents within the greater pristine success of the Marvel juggernaut.
After a decade, it was confirmed that Ben Kingsley reprised the role of Trevor Slattery in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings at the red carpet World Premiere of the film.
The actor was spotted by eager fans and quickly took a pic with the actor and the photo was shared in the official Twitter account of the film.
Back in 2013, Kingsley portrayed Trevor Slattery, an American actor that is being used as a fake version of Mandarin as a front to Aldrich Killian’s terrorist pursuits. Trevor was incarcerated by the group working for Mandarin in prison in All Hail The King.
The Real Mandarin
In Shang-Chi, the real Mandarin will be played by Hong Kong actor Tony Leung. In the movie, The Mandarin’s real name is Wenwu and he is the father of the protagonist, Shang-Chi. The movie is all about how Shang-Chi will come to terms with returning home while knowing the criminal activities of his father.
The return of Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery is a surprise for the fans and we don’t know how important his role will be in the movie until the film will debut in all of the theaters. However, it was speculated that his role will most likely be a cameo.
Given the brutality of the criminal organization the Ten Rings, which is headed by the real Mandarin, he may not like the idea of an American actor impersonating him publicly. Slattery’s return to the MCU could mean he will most likely die in the hands of the brutal Ten Rings organization. This will establish how ruthless and evil the Ten Rings could be the same as its comic counterpart.
Role of Trevor Slattery
Ever since the Mandarin debuted in Iron Man 3, many fans were excited to see the villain fight head to head with Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man. However, since the character was misused as a plot device and the twist was heavily panned by the fans, the move has left many fans to dislike the character.
Now that the real Mandarin will debut in Shang-Chi, we expect that he will be as ruthless as he is in the comics, although even though he is Iron Man’s archenemy, it is most likely that he will not come face-to-face with Iron Man following the penultimate event in Avengers: Endgame.
Shang-Chi will be released in the US on September 3, 2021.