Agents Of SHIELD: 8 Theories On Skye's Parents' Identity
8. The Mandarin
This isn't a reference to the villain seen in Iron Man 3, who wasn't the real Mandarin but an actor called Trevor Slattery. Any future film or series could do a great deal worse than having Ben Kingsley play the real one too, such was the quality of the Mandarin seen by all before the big reveal/twist. In a one-shot scene with Slattery in Seagate Prison, it was revealed that there is a real Mandarin out there and hes pissed at Slattery for pretending to be him. But if hes all scarred up and oozing some sort of liquid as seen at the end of the first season of AoS, then it would explain why hes kept in the shadows until now. Perhaps he could use Trevor as his public front much as Aldrich Killian did although hopefully a great deal more effectively. At the end of the All Hail The King short, Slattery was dragged out of prison by a member of the Ten Rings terrorist group to be taken to the real Mandarin. As for the potential connection between the real Mandarin and Skye, its probably the loosest youll see on this list she was found in China and the Mandarin comes from the same country. Plus the shot of Skyes father was similar to several panels involving the Mandarin, including the cover of Tales of Suspense #50 where he was first introduced.