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Marvel Edits ‘Iron Man’ Spin-Off to Remove Offensive Content

Even though the Walt Disney Company has received some negative attention lately for revising old content in an effort to be less “problematic”, Disney is continuing to examine and alter its previous movies or shows. The most recent show to be edited years later is the Iron Man One-Shot called All Hail the King, starring Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery.

Marvel One-Shots were short movies that ran under 15 minutes and that were released directly to video between 2011 and 2014 (due to the immense popularity of the Marvel movies and the Marvel Cinematic Universe). These One-Shots were considered to be “special features”, and Ben Kingsley’s character Trevor Slattery starred in the All Hail the King One-Shot after Iron Man 3 came out in 2013.

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Actor Ben Kingsley starred in the short film All Hail the King. Credit: The Guardian

You can now find some of these One-Shots on Disney+, and some Marvel fans have noticed that the All the Hail the King One-Shot (which shows Trevor’s arrival in prison after he played the Iron Man 3 villain known as the Mandarin) has been changed since the short film’s original release.

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Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man / Tony Stark Credit: Marvel

Apparently, in the original footage from the short film, the term “cracker” was used to address a character. Since this term is seen as a derogatory one by some, that moment seems to have been removed. Some fans found the change to be a sign that Disney was too “woke”, while other fans found it odd that that word was removed even though another offensive word is also used in the same scene.

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The Avengers, including Iron Man. Credit: Marvel

Disney has been reviewing many of its previous releases to see which scenes are no longer appropriate and which characters (i.e. Tinker Bell) are sending less-than-ideal messages to viewers. The world of digital streaming services also makes it particularly easy for Disney to edit its content, as the company did when adjusting the violence levels in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Do you think that Marvel and Disney should revise their old films or shows to suit modern audiences?

Do you remember Trevor Slattery and Mandarin (especially after his appearance in Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings) or have you been focusing on Marvel headliners in the Marvel Cinematic Universe such as Captain America, Doctor Strange, Agent Carter (aka Peggy Carter), the Scarlet Witch, Thor, and the upcoming Ms. Marvel?

If you’re Team Thor, head to theaters in July to see his next Marvel movie — and if you prefer Doctor Strange, what are you waiting for? Head to theaters to see why everyone is talking about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness!

 

 

About Sharon

Sharon is from New England. She's a writer, animal lover, and, of course, a Disney Fanatic! Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures.