Hey! Remember that twist from Iron Man 3 that was offensive to you, your family, your country and your God, and by that I mean Stan Lee? You know the one I’m talking about. It involves The Mandarin as played by Sir Ben Kingsley. As I’m sure you know, the subject of the Marvel Studios One-Shot that’s to be included in the upcoming Blu-ray release of Thor: The Dark World is Kingsley’s Mandarin, and the short’s writer and Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce wants you to know that there’s a story detail that’s not an apology and it’s not re-writing history either. If you want to know what he means, I assume you know how Iron Man 3 turned out, and if you don’t, beware of spoilers below. (more…)
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One of Marvel Studios’ strengths is keeping interest in its films going long after the credits roll. It began with their now traditional post-credits teasers and continues with the short films they include on their home video releases. What started with brief Agent Coulson clips and the ‘Item 47’ short has grown into full-scale short films with last year’s ‘Agent Carter’ one-shot and the newest entry, ‘All Hail the King‘ starring Sir Ben Kingsley.
Massive spoilers for Iron Man 3 ahead. (more…)
Right now, we are caught in that lackadaisical time between Christmas and New Years Eve — December’s perineum, if you will — and during that time we are duty bound to justify our existence and mine for web traffic by pausing for a moment of reflection on the year that was. And so, this year as a direct result of that mandatory reflective period, we have complied the most important listicle of the year — a listicle about listicles that also features its own lists! It’s Listageddon! It’s Listapalooza!
Oh yes, this list of lists with other lists has every list your pig eyes could ever want to see in a list! Movie lists, meme lists, dildo lists, knit lists, Alan Thicke lists, a podcast list, and a pie list that will buckle your knees! Yes, it’s a veritable cheese wheel of pop culture and a bunch of other nerdy geeky dorkaliscious dweeberific nerdgasmy geekilingus dogshit for you to sift through while you sit on a toilet, play fantasy soccer, or do whatever it is that you do while reading these articles. List!
Warning: Clutch your pearls, there’s some adult material and a fuck-ton of cursing in this article.
It’s the end of the year, and you know what that means: lots and lots of Best and Worst lists! True, but it also means that awards season is just around the corner. Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, AKA: the people who give out the Oscars, announced their short list of 10 potential nominees for the Best Visual Effects category, and you’ll notice a definite nerdy trend amongst the ten films that will be vying for that golden trophy early next year. (more…)
Last week, while doing press for Ender’s Game in England, Ben Kingsley teased Marvel fans with the news that he had just finished work on a super secret Marvel project. Now rumors abound about the project details . . . *Insert Standard Spoiler Warning here. (more…)
While doing the publicity rounds for Ender’s Game, Ben Kingsley hinted at an upcoming super secret Marvel project. What could this mysterious project be? (more…)
Have you ever watched a movie, seen something that just didn’t quite make sense, and thought to yourself, “Honestly?” Of course you have, and you’re not the only one! The gang over at Honest Trailers think that all the time, even better, they make videos about all those nagging little plot points that you just can’t seem to get past.
This time around, Honest Trailers takes a crack at one of this summers biggest blockbusters, Iron Man 3. After watching, and agreeing with all the little issues they found in the movie, I’m wondering, how I missed so many of them while watching the movie. It must be all that Robert Downey Jr. boyish charm. How can anyone stay annoyed with that man?
Don’t get me wrong, I still loved the movie, even though the powers that be decided to neuter the main villain and turn him into a punch line. Take a look at the video below and let us know in the comments section below if Honest Trailers poked all your sensitive areas when you think about Iron Man 3.
Of course, films rarely go from script to screen with absolutely no changes to plot, or character, or dialogue, and Iron Man 3 is no exception. In advance of the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film, several alternative takes of the film’s grand finale at the docks have been posted online. The work by storyboard artist Federico D’Alessandro shows some subtle differences between what was planned and what the finished film turned out to be.
Amongst the changes, an all-new, all-different ending for The Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley. Now I know what Shane Black did with The Mandarin in the film was, uh, contentious to say the least. I was fine with it, but the “new ending” for The Mandarin seems kind of silly to me, which is maybe why it was cut. Anyway, there may be spoilers in the video clips below if you haven’t yet seen Iron Man 3, so you’ve been warned appropriately.
Here’s the alternative ending for The Mandarin:
Expanded Rhodey Role in Finale:
Final Fight, Tony Vs Killian:
Overall I enjoyed Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3, overall… until the big reveal about Ben Kingsley‘s character the Mandarin. If you haven’t seen Iron Man 3 yet and don’t want to know more, then for pete’s sake stop reading and go figure out why you haven’t seen this movie yet. Seriously, you should get whatever stopped you from going to the theater straightened out before it prevents you from seeing Avengers 2, on the big screen.
Can Joseph Gordon Levitt grow convincing facial hair? This is the question on everyone’s mind following the latest Doctor Strange rumor, but as Marvel readies for it’s next phase, some people are wondering when The House of Mouse and The House of Ideas will let the Hulk smash in his own solo adventure film.
Sadly, we’re no close to knowing when that time will come (yet), but there is a new RUMOR today, coming from Comic Book Movie that may shed some light on the possible direction of this film, and if true, that direction should sound very familiar to fans of the current Marvel comic series, Indestructible Hulk.
In the comic, Bruce Banner decides to use himself as a weapon for good, cutting a deal with S.H.I.E.L.D. that will allow him to run a research lab with a staff of his choosing and the goal of innovating. In exchange for this, Banner lends the Hulk to S.H.I.E.L.D. for deployment against the biggest of the bads. It’s a Mark Waid creation, so you know it’s good and meaty, and it really could make for an interesting concept for a film if they go this way.
An Indestructible Hulk film could also open up a few other speculation windows, like: would Maria Hill appear (she’d sorta have to), and could this very S.H.I.E.L.D. based project loop in ABC’s upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show in some way?
We’ll have to wait to find out anything tangible on those questions and if this is really the road that Marvel wants to go down with Mark Ruffalo’s first standalone Hulk film, but for now, we should all just be devastated that Science Bros the cinema film seems so very far away.
Source: Comic Book Movie