As the release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings movers ever closer, the excitement for Marvel Studios’ first kung fu blockbuster is at an all-time high. Not only will fans finally be treated to the debut of Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi, but Tony Leung will also make his first MCU appearance as the villainous Mandarin.
The iconic Marvel villain was first hinted at in Iron Man 3 as Ben Kingsley appeared as the fake Mandarin, Trevor Slattery, to cover up for AIM’s terrorist activities. While many were disappointed in this twist at the time, Marvel Studios quickly corrected its mistake with the 2014 one-shot All Hail the King which saw Slattery broken out of prison by the real Mandarin.
Almost a decade later, this cliffhanger looks set to finally be resolved as Ben Kingsley will officially reprise his role in Shang-Chi’s MCU debut.
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Iron Man 3‘s Ben Kingsley has been officially confirmed to return as Trevor Slattery in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings at the film’s red carpet premiere, according to ComicBook’s Brandon Davis:
“They just confirmed Ben Kingsley is part of the cast of Shang-Chi”
The actor was spotted at the kung fu flick’s premiere event in an image shared on the film’s official Twitter account.
Back in 2013, Kingsley portrayed an actor who was being used as a fake version of the Mandarin to front Aldrich Killian’s terror activities. During Marvel Studios’ All Hail the King short film, Trevor returned incarcerated in prison before being broken out by a group who were working for the real Mandarin.
Now that Tony Leung will finally make his MCU debut as the Mandarin in Shang-Chi, many had previously speculated Kingsley would also return, even if it was simply to send off his character with a dramatic execution.
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Whatever the extent of his role, all will become clear when Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hits theaters on September 3.