With news that Ben Kingsley has been cast in the upcoming Wonder Man superhero series, we’re looking at the story of the character he’ll be playing in the Marvel show: actor Trevor Slattery.
Ben Kingsley played Trevor Slattery a total of three times: in the films Iron Man 3 and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and in the spin-off short All Hail the King.
Slattery was a successful stage actor whose Lear became “Croydon’s toast”, but he later fell on hard times and developed a drinking and drug problem.
Needing the money, he accepted a mysterious offer, which is how actor Trevor Slattery became the terrorist The Mandarin…
Trevor Slattery in Iron Man 3
Mandarin is introduced as the leader of the Ten Rings during Iron Man 3. However, the big reveal comes later in the film when we learn that The Mandarin is a performance, with the character being played by actor Trevor Slattery.
This is because Slattery was hired by the real villain of the play – Aldrich Killian – to take responsibility for his failed experiments by claiming them to be terrorist attacks.
Killian supplies Slattery with drugs and alcohol to keep him happy, and in return, the actor appears on television in Mandarin after each accident, to say they are lessons for the American people.
Slattery is eventually arrested and sent to prison for his part in the terrorist plot.
All hail the king
In the short film All Hail the King, Trevor Slattery is serving time in Seagate prison and enjoying the infamy that comes with being The Mandarin. It even has a butler.
The “Marvel One-Shot” finds him being interviewed by documentarian Jackson Norriss, and still fails to grasp the gravity of his crimes.
Then the twist – Norriss is really a member of the real Ten Rings, and is there to break Slattery out and take him to the organization real chief.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Slattery was delivered to Ten Rings boss Wenwu, who decides to keep him alive, and employed him as his “court jester”, reciting Shakespearean monologues to entertain the terrorist group.
Slattery is isolated, with only a hundred people named Morris for company. He also becomes sober and takes an unexpected turn, escaping the compound with the help of Shang-Chi and defending a village from both the Ten Rings and the Dweller in Darkness. With Trevor ending the film as a hero.
This might be the last we saw of Trevor Slattery, but this week’s report suggests he’ll be returning in the upcoming Marvel Wonder Man series. The show is being directed by Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton, and filming is set to begin in 2023.