Sir Ben Kingsley certainly made waves with his role in Iron Man 3. A good chunk of hardcore comic fans were outraged upon seeing the film and discovering that Kingsley's Mandarin, who was used heavily in the promotion of the film, turned out to be a distraction taking the focus off the real villain, Aldrich Killian. Personally, I thought it was quite clever and, if we weren't dealing with pre-established characters, movie goers would have been talking about the twist in an entirely different light. It seems now that Kingsley is not done working for Marvel Studios. In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Kingsley teases that he is working on "a secret Marvel project." He adds, "I'm not allowed to say any more, you're going to have to wait and see," when asked if the project would find him returning to the role of Trevor Slattery/Mandarin. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige refused to comment on Kingsley's role in the new project when asked.
This bit of news has already stoked the fire that Kingsley was, in fact, the actual Mandarin and that the character of Slattery was the cover. I'm not sure I buy that, but Feige's lack of comment won't do much to douse the flames; however, if, down the road, it turns out Iron Man 3 did give us the real Mandarin, I'll be thrilled to go message board hopping and see what fanboys say then.
The other Bit O'Marvel comes straight from the mouth of Kevin Feige, who remains a busy little bee. During a Google Hangout with Empire Magazine's Chris Hewitt, Feige talked all things Marvel including Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and the studios future plans. While discussing the latter, Feige weighed in on just what the studio has in mind for Daredevil, now that the rights have reverted to the studio.
"Daredevil is back at Marvel, and there are lots of talented people figuring out what to do with him next. We love Daredevil, there are amazing stories--the Bendis run over 5 or 6 years, running into a Brubaker run was amazing. All sorts of things before that era we could use--so I think you can bet on seeing something from Daredevil in the not too distant future."
Now, whether that means we see Daredevil join the MCU on the big screen or if that property is one of the several that we have recently heard Marvel is developing for distribution as TV series is up in the air.
The Hangout has quite a bit of good information, including Feige's funny quip on when Marvel Studios will crossover with the X-Men. For those interested in watching it in its entirety, I've embedded it below.