Several news sites have recently reported that Ben Kingsley has let it slip that he’s just finished shooting a new project that is allegedly for Marvel’s series of One-Shot shorts. Kingsley was last in a Marvel film via Iron Man 3, which has him playing the Mandarin *WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD* which is actually just a decoy for the real villain of the film, Aldrich Killian. A development that was criticized by many comic book fans who feel that a true Mandarin is vital to the Iron Man mythos, movie or comic book.
However, it seems like fans’ complaints about the lack of a real Mandarin in the Marvel movie universe are premature, as the Latino Review reveals that the plot for the short Kingsley is filming will involve the “real” Mandarin:
“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,” claims the site. “The real Mandarin wants to set the record straight. Yes, the REAL Mandarin.”
Of course, despite the Latino Review’s decent track record with Marvel spoilers and leaks, it is still unconfirmed rumor at this point. So take everything with a grain of salt.