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
The funny folks at How It Should Have Ended have done the impossible. They’ve made Iron Man 3 watchable! Damn if it’s the 5th most successful movie of all time, it was a shit show through and through. Plot holes, fire breathers, misuse of The Mandarin, the head turning ending; it all culminated in IM3 being a massive disappointment. I shake my head to this swan song of Tony Stark. Anyway…
HISHE makes several very funny points about Shane Black‘s Marvel blockbuster. They give us their humorous vision of how of how IM3 should have ended.
WARNING: If you haven’t seen the film (it’s been out for 5 weeks already, what’s wrong with you?), the video below contains massive spoilers.
This just covers everything I was thinking when I watched the film, except The Incredibles thing. The comparison is really changing my opinion on how unoriginal this movie might actually be.
It’s that time again folks, time for we at the great Nerd Bastards to enlighten you with a quick blast of all the super hero news that wasn’t spectacular enough to warrant its own write-up. Yes, it’s Super Hero Round-Up time and this week we have for you some pretty posters, a new video and a little bit of info. on when you can own your own house-hold versions of some super hero media. Read on after the jump for all the hot buttery goodness.
Anyone who’s seen Iron Man 3 falls into one of two camps on the subject of the twist involving main villain, The Mandarin: they either love it or they hate it. Writer/director Shane Black had to know that when he developed the story, but he still pulled the proverbial trigger anyway. So how about Shane, why piss off half the nerd world with this development? Total Film asked him the question, and the answer, obviously, was spoilerish implications. Stop reading now if you want to see Iron Man 3 and not be spoiled. (But really, why haven’t you seen Iron Man 3 already?!)
Here’s what Black had to say:
“I would say that we struggled to find a way to present a mythic terrorist that had something about him that registered after the movie’s over as having been a unique take, or a clever idea, or a way to say something of use. And what was of use about the Mandarin’s portrayal in this movie, to me, is that it offers up a way that you can sort of show how people are complicit in being frightened.
They buy into things in the way that the audience for this movie buys into it. I think that’s a message that’s more interesting for the modern world, because I think there’s a lot of fear that’s generated toward very available and obvious targets, which could perhaps be directed more intelligently at what’s behind them.”
Sounds reasonable. I, frankly, don’t know what all the fuss is about considering that The Mandarin is as much an Asian stereotype as Ming the Merciless, Charlie Chan and Mr. Yunioshi, but I’ll leave it to the Bastard nation to decide: does Black’s explanation satisfy you, or are you still pissed?
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This week on The Bastardcast, Megan Fox bounces on a trampoline, Jeremy and Jason advance the theory that Jurassic Park 4‘s delay was caused by a raptor attack, and then they talk about your Mom when discussing the latest Dungeons and Dragons movie.
Also on the show: Rubber cocks replace carrier pigeons, Marvel bets on black (and also the awesome power of Danny Rand’s V-neck), the IT Crowd tries to turn itself back on again (I’m sorry), and the boys discuss why the term “shot for shot remake” might not be the best choice of words when discussing the new Crow movie.
Do you require more giggle flakes in your bowl? Fine. We’ve also got an ALL NEW Trailergasm, and this time, our two fat assholes are talking about casting Sandra Bullock out into the dark nethers of space, one last lick of cornetto, and a boy named Ender that they don’t care about.
Holy crap this is a full show!… is a thing that you could accurately put in that iTunes review that you’ve been meaning to write, because we’ve also got the (brief) return of Taco Talk 2-Nite in “Taco Talk 2-Nite 2: Taquería Exotica”, and Jason teaches us all a little something about love.
All of that, the Handicapped Cadillac Trumpet Detective, and more on this week’s episode of The Bastardcast!
The Bastardcast: Taking you in a manly yet awkward way since 2012.
In case you have been worried about that fact that those in China got to see a longer version of Iron Man 3 than you, put those cares to rest. As it turns out, the execs in charge have decided that we in the West shall also be graced with the extra footage, albeit sometime in the vague future. They’re taking the cut scenes from the Chinese Iron Man 3 and putting them together in a short film. And – bonus! – they’ll be putting in some other cut footage as well, footage that not even China has been witness to.
Tentatively titled The Prologue, this short film is supposed to show some more back-story for Dr. Wu along with all the other stuff that didn’t make the cut. From what I’ve heard, it’s mostly forgettable, though you never know what other footage they might find lying around that they’ll cram into the film at the last minute to make it even cooler. So cross your fingers.
Unfortunately, there’s no word on the how and when of it. So we may all end up having to wait for a Blu-ray release to see any of it. Whatta scam, you greedy bastards!
Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.
Marvel‘s Cinematic Universe is a big hit, yes? Judging by all the box office records broken by The Avengers, now only to be re-broken by Iron Man 3 with its $700 million+ earned so far, it’s safe to say there’s no franchise bigger or more profitable than Marvel’s. And at this point, you have to wonder how much of this franchise’s success is from love of these characters, or was it the performances of Roberty Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth that made Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor mega-stars?
By now, Marvel’s got themselves a reputation of tying actors into long contracts for little pay – obviously, we’re talking comparatively, whatever an actor makes can never really be called “little pay” – which works out great for Disney and Marvel when they’re looking to make at least two or three sequels. Evans’ is current signed into a six-picture deal, after renegotiating down from nine, and Mark Ruffalo is signed on for six, Avengers being his first. And what their paid is a pitiful fraction of their film’s earnings.
Not so for RDJ. He, smartly, had his agents renegotiate his contract after the first Iron Man which is what allowed him to take home over $50 million from The Avengers‘ haul. And he’s doing so again, because officially RDJ doesn’t have to put on the metal suit even if Tony Stark/Iron Man are an integral part of The Avengers 2. So the question is, how much will Marvel have to pony up to re-sign RDJ? And is that an option? I know, I know, it’s unimaginable to think they’d ever recast Tony Stark but if a company believes they can make a good enough product for cheaper, they will. Let us not forget, as Screen Rant rightly reminds us, Terrance Howard was the highest paid actor in Iron Man and look how quickly they recast him once he asked for more money.
Now, yes, Howard is no RDJ, but what of his Avengers‘ co-stars? How will they fare in their contract negotiations? Deadline is reporting they are rallying behind RDJ, who with his success both at the box office and in negotiations, has become something of a leader.
He’s the only guy with real power in this situation. and balls of steel, too. He’s already sent a message that he’s not going to work for a place where they treat his colleagues like shit.
What if RDJ holds off on resigning in order for his fellow Avengers to get better deals? Will Marvel play that game, or will they simply recast and possibly downsize his role? Honestly, I think it’s tough to tell what they’ll do, but I, like many of you, can’t see anyone besides RDJ in the role. And I’d figure Marvel and Disney will be checking these box office figures, collected again by Screen Rant, showing the gross of the Marvel films with and without RDJ,
$585 million - Iron Man
$624 million – Iron Man 2
$1,512 million – The Avengers
$711 million – Iron Man 3 (in less than two weeks)
$263 million – The Incredible Hulk
$369 million – Captain America: The First Avengers
$449 million – Thor
Soo, where do you think this leaves us? Can Marvel re-assemble The Avengers?
There’s lots of news in the wake of Marvel‘s release of Iron Man 3. Will Robert Downey Jr. be back for more, will there be an Iron Man 4, what other Marvel Superheroes will get a big screen treatment? Marvel’s President of Production, Kevin Feige, recently put a couple of those rumored about which heroes might get a stand alone movie to rest.
When asked by Collider if anyone at Marvel is currently developing or writing a Falcon of War Machine spinoff, Feige simply said:
Now that just means that currently there are no plans for those two heroes, but perhaps as Marvel proceeds through Phase Two and into Phase Three some decisions could be made to bring those two characters to the big screen in their own rights.
Recently, Ms. Marvel, Blade, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Black Panther, and The Runaways have script development projects in the works at Marvel Studios. There’s no production dates for these yet, but scripts are being written (Runaways was already scripted by Iron Man 3‘s Drew Pearce), and concept art is in the works.
These would most likely come after the third Avengers movie, and until there is a release date or green-light announcement, keep your expectations grounded. These things have a way of getting side tracked until the real money starts getting pumped into the project.
Which of these would you like to see the most?
By now, you’ve seen Iron Man 3, right? And you’ve read our review and responded in our talk back thread, right? I damn well hope so. We ain’t posting these things for our health! Okay, maybe we are, because if we didn’t have a place to vent our nerdery we’d likely explode on the spot. But anyway, what did you think of those credit sequences for Iron Man 3? Pretty flashy, right?
Turns out, what we got wasn’t the only option, and since the film’s released alternate beginning and end credit sequences have surfaced. These first two videos featuring alternate end credit sequences were created by Jose Ortiz,
Both very cool looking, but I’m ultimately happier with the end credit sequence they chose. Would you agree? Hit the jump for two alternate title sequences.