Last night, a Los Angeles audience was treated to a special screening of All Hail The King, the latest Marvel One-Shot featured on the Blu-ray release of Thor: The Dark World. We also got a sneak peek at the first 10 minutes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This event marked the first time a Marvel short got its own premiere. This one follows the character of Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) and what happens after the facade of the Mandarin is ripped away.
After the events of Marvel’s Iron Man 3, Trevor Slattery is an infamous icon. He’s also locked up in a high-security prison. Luckily, his newfound profile has brought him celebrity and protection on the inside – and the actor has gladly agreed to an in-depth profile with a documentary filmmaker
On hand the celebrate the short was Kingsley, writer/director Drew Pearce and Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige. They participated in a Q&A with Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican to discuss the production. Pearce described his One-shot as a “follow up to a big movie with a short student film.” It was revealed that All Hail The King is the first short Kingsley’s ever acted in. The actor signed on because he felt the film and Trevor Slattery were “a salute to the struggling actor.” Plus, he was interested to find out what happened to the character after Iron Man 3. “The whole purpose of Trevor is to go off the rails” Feige explained. That’s why they decided to revisit him.
All Hail The King is a fun romp that attempts to uncover Slattery’s past. A highlight is when a gem from his acting past is dug up. It’s a scene about a rejected pilot where he plays an ex-KGB who turns into a beat cop. It was complete with a score by master composer Mike Post, who actually did the music for the montage. Feige revealed that when they approached Post for the music, he’d sold it all but offered to write one for the short. He even brought out his old ’80s equipment for it.
Marvel pulled out all the stops for this nugget in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) Kingsley elaborated that Trevor’s denial of what transpired and his ignorance led to his ability to see the good of it, the fame, “He lives in a palace, nothing is bad news.” Find out what happens to Trevor when you pick up Thor: The Dark World ’s 3D Combo Pack, Single-Disc Blu-ray or DVD. It’s available in stores now.
Captain America: The Winter Solider Footage
The beginning starts off pretty grounded. It explains how Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) meet and it’s not in a battle zone. Both are running at the ungodly hours of dawn around the Capitol. They bond over how their early routine is a way to cope with what they’ve seen in war despite the generational differences. The characters develop a kinship right off the bat with complete ease. They establish a friendship that is honestly a pleasure to see. I mean we all can’t be Tony Stark and Bruce Banner bonding over science. Viewers will identify with the more realistic experiences that set the tone for The Winter Soldier.
After a few minutes of their bromance, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) comes to pick up Steve, whom she lovingly refers to as a “fossil.” This exchange that also involves Wilson shows her–could it be–interest in the man who will be the Falcon. It leads to Natasha’s agenda in allowing herself to have a life outside of work. It’s the clip from the trailer where the two banter before jumping off a plane and she tells Steve, “You know if you ask Kristen out from statistics, she’d probably say yes” and he replies, “I know, it’s why I don’t ask” and Natasha’s all “Too shy?” and he replies “too busy.” He then descends into the first action scene in the movie on a boat.
The sequence is mostly him maiming people with military-esque parkour moves but that’s the Cap’s M.O. He’s an honorable man who won’t really aim to kill. It’s a stark contrast to Black Widow’s deadly antics. Things got way more exciting when Johansson dished out some gratuitous violence without even breaking a sweat. She may very well steal the show.
Captain America: The Winter Solider opens in theaters April 4.