Sir Ben Kingsley played a very different version of The Mandarin in Iron Man 3 than fans were expecting. Some of the fans loved it, others hated it. I personally thought it was a daring and great move. No one saw it coming. Now it looks like there's a chance that we'll see the Mandarin back in another Marvel project. Perhaps one of their One Shot short films? In a recent interview with Belfast Telegraph, the actor said,
"It’s a secret Marvel project. I’m not allowed to say any more, you’re going to have to wait and see… I was with many members of the crew that were involved in Iron Man 3. It was lovely to see them again. It was great to be with this wonderful family… I think they have enormous taste as creative artists. There’s nothing lazy or gratuitous about their work. They are at the top of their game, and they’re great company to keep."
If the project is a One Shot short film then it will most likely appear on the DVD/Blu-ray release of Thor: The Dark World. But then, of course, there's the possibility that he will show up in one of the other films, and if that's the case it would either be Thor: The Dark Worl, or Captain America: The Winter Soldier because they have been shot already. I know Guardians of the Galaxy is done shooting as well, but I don't see how the Mandarin would fit into that world, unless they have him playing a completely different character which I doubt. I guess we'll find out soon enough.
Do you have any other ideas of what Kingsley might be in?