Shang-Chi Writer Knew Early On the Story Would Involve the Fake Mandarin

Dave Callaham, a writer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, discusses how they knew that Trevor Slattery, the fake Madarin, would appear.

Dave Callaham, a writer for Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, has recently discussed how early the writing team knew that Trevor Slattery/the fake Mandarin (played by Ben Kingsley) would appear in the movie. Shang-Chi released in September to critical and financial success. It recently became the first film in the COVID-19 era to cross the $200 million mark domestically, with its worldwide total nearing $370 million, making it the highest-grossing movie domestically so far this year. This was Marvel Studios’ 25th theatrical release, and they have no plans on slowing down with their movie and Disney+ show releases.

The Mandarin is a popular Iron Man villain, so fans were excited to hear that he would appear as the main antagonist in Iron Man 3. However, there was a twist to the character, and the real Mandarin never made an appearance. Rather, he was actually an actor named Trevor Slattery approached by the true villain, Aldrich Killian, to pose as the Mandarin. In the short All Hail the King, it is revealed that Wenwu, the real Mandarin (who appears in Shang-Chi and played by Tony Leung), is mad at Slattery and captures him from prison. Slattery then makes an appearance in Shang-Chi and has a surprising amount of screen time, becoming a side character.

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