A few years back, when there was first talk about a TV show based on The Flash, I remember hearing people say that the character could get a stronger foothold with the American public in a time when shows like CSI were so popular. The argument was that people would have an easier time getting their heads around the idea that Barry Allen was a police scientist, and that blew my mind. I mean, is the day job really the thing that people should be interested in when they're watching The Flash? Isn't the part where he can run super-fast and fight guys with ice guns the more important part of that whole franchise?
Besides, I think we can all agree that it was way better back in 1991, when the Flash worked for the IRS as the world's first superhero taxman.
All Hail The King is a short movie -- a "one shot," as Marvel calls them -- about what happened to Iron Man 3 character the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) after he went to prison, written and directed by Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce. It's light, it's funny, there are some good lines and a neat twist. For the most part, I liked it.
One thing left a bad taste in my mouth.
If you haven't watched the Marvel one-shot/short movie All Hail The King, released a supplemental feature with Thor: The Dark World on Blu-ray/DVD, and you haven't watched Iron Man 3, and you want to see either of them unspoiled, skip the rest of this post. That's your spoiler warning.
Thor: The Dark World arrives on Blu-ray (and every other form of home video) next week, but for hardcore Marvel movie fans the hook isn't just getting access to Asgard on-demand, it's the all-new All Hail the King short the release includes starring Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin/Trevor. In anticipation of the universe-expanding material, Marvel Studios has released one more clip of Kingsley depicting Trevor during his post Iron Man 3 stay in prison. You can check it out after the cut.
The secret projectSir Ben Kingsley was working with Marvel Entertainment to produce has finally been revealed: It's a 14-minute short film (or as Marvel calls them, "One-Shots") focusing on what happened to The Mandarin in the aftermath of Iron Man 3.
The film, written and directed by Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce, will be titled "All Hail the King" and be included in the Thor: The Dark World Blu-Ray, which is set to come out February 25. Check out a handful of screenshots from the One-Shot after the jump!
Remember a few months before Iron Man 3 arrived in theaters and images of a white "Space Amor" toy popped up online, fueling rumors that ol' Tony Stark would potentially blast into the final frontier (an armor limitation that was a major plot point in previous films) and, I dunno, see The Guardians of the Galaxy in a post-credits scene or something? Well, that didn't happen -- or hasn't happened yet -- so the "Starboost (Mark XXXIX) Armor" is kinda just some toy jazz, but at least it's cool-looking toy jazz. Following releases from Hasbro, the white/gold/black armor will get a 1/6 scale release from Hot Toys in November... well after the GotG movie hits theaters in August.
You might have thought that Hot Toys had hit its Tony Stark quota with the accessory-packed "Mandarin Mansion Assault Version," but it just wouldn't be the holidays without announcing a 1/6 Scale collectible figure of Stark as he appeared in Rose Hill, Tenn. in Iron Man 3.
Hot Toys is set to expand on its Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 Cosbaby lines with a second series of IM3 figures in 2014. While the first series seemed more like an IM2 expansion with figures meant to more or less fill out Tony Stark's Hall of Armors, this second wave is pretty firmly rooted in IM3 with baby-ized versions of Iron Man Mark XLII, Battle Damaged Iron Man XLII, Pepper Potts in the XLII amor, Tony Stark, Iron Patriot and War Machine Mark II.
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