Drew Pearce talks 'Iron Man 3' epilogue 'All Hail the King'

Sir Ben Kingsley in a scene from the Marvel One-Shot, All Hail the King.'

Sir Ben Kingsley in a scene from the Marvel One-Shot, All Hail the King.'

Bruce Kirkland, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:44 PM ET

Sir Ben Kingsley, who has an Oscar and 40 years of acclaim to go with his knighthood, takes the piss out of his profession in Iron Man 3 and its cheeky spinoff, All Hail the King.

“Amazingly so!” filmmaker Drew Pearce says of Kingsley’s willingness to mock himself and fellow actors — especially in All Hail the King, the Marvel One-Shot short that Pearce directed. It is among the Blu-ray extras added to Thor: The Dark World, which debuted for home viewing this week.

“That is one of the brilliant things about Sir Ben,” Pearce continues. “You would imagine that he would be the person who would be resistant to this level of humour. But I think that he is the very best version of a British actor. He can pierce the bubble of pomposity whilst at the same time having all of the great attributes.”

Pearce, who was born in Scotland, raised in England and further cultured in France, is calling from his home in Los Angeles. He is talking up All Hail the King, his directorial debut in Hollywood. It could be his calling card to land his first feature film as director. Meanwhile, Pearce is part of the Marvel universe as co-writer of Iron Man 3 with director Shane Black.

Pearce has also just handed off his script for Mission: Impossible 5 to writer-director Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher), who will reshape it for producer J.J. Abrams and producer-star Tom Cruise. Pearce is clever enough not to reveal plot points but confesses he does not expect his imprint to remain because, “I have handed it over to a far more creatively brilliant person than myself.”

Meanwhile, in All Hail the King, Kingsley reprises his role as actor-criminal Trevor Slattery. He is now jailed for transgressions in Iron Man 3 — and he is still imperious. The short significantly pushes the Iron Man story forward in its brisk and thrilling 14 minutes.

“What’s intriguing about All Hail the King is that none of the intention behind it was to ever to do that,” Pearce admits. “It was genuinely just the chance to revisit Trevor, who frankly has only had about five minutes of screen time. It would have been very easy for this to just be a comedy skit. That would have been fine but Trevor is actually funniest when he is put in dramatic jeopardy, and there is stuff going on around him that absolutely could kill him and yet he still seems oblivious. Part of what is fun about the character of Trevor Slattery is how he is a cockroach that appears to be able to survive anything, even within the heightened terror of a superhero universe.”

All Hail the King touches on the Ten Rings terrorist organization and ends in a cliffhanger. Pearce says he does not know what will happen next to Slattery in future Marvel movies. “Though the short may leave some threads dangling going forward in the Marvel cinematic universe, it is way above my pay grade to ever know if they will be tied up.”

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