One of Marvel Studios’ strengths is keeping interest in its films going long after the credits roll. It began with their now traditional post-credits teasers and continues with the short films they include on their home video releases. What started with brief Agent Coulson clips and the ‘Item 47’ short has grown into full-scale short films with last year’s ‘Agent Carter’ one-shot and the newest entry, ‘All Hail the King‘ starring Sir Ben Kingsley.
Massive spoilers for Iron Man 3 ahead.
The 14-minute short film can be found on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray, out Feb. 25. It serves as an epilogue to Iron Man 3, so it’s only fitting that Drew Pearce, writer of Iron Man 3, wrote and directed the short.
All Hail the King continues the story of Trevor Slattery, the Mandarin-impersonating drunk played superbly by Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3. Slattery finds himself in Seagate Prison, enjoying his newfound infamy and the subject of a documentary detailing the fallout from Tony Stark’s battle with Aldrich Killian & The Ten Rings terrorist cell.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Drew Pearce explains “Imagine a real terrorist organization whose beliefs were long held and religious for thousands of years, and imagine a drunk, British actor coming along and essentially telling the world that he’s the face of your organization. I think they would be right to be quite angry.”
The EW interview reveals that other “previously established Marvel Characters” also make apperances in this short film, but won’t spoil details. We’ll all have to wait until February 25th to find out who else is in Seagate Prison.