There aren’t many chinks in the Marvel Studios armor, they please nerds, fans, moviegoers, producers, and studio heads by delivering a good product while making a ton of money. In this way it’s nice to be reminded that there’s a human side to Marvel, a time where things weren’t so smooth and easy-going, the time of Terrence Howard as James “Rhodey” Rhodes. As you may or may not recall, Howard played the character in the first Iron Man movie before Don Cheadle took over for Iron Man 2 and 3, but more than five years later now Howard is talking about how he lost the gig for the first time, and he puts the blame on some very unheroic actions by his co-star. (more…)
New York Comic Con has come to a close but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop. If you were tied to your couch or some other place that was not the Jacob Javitz Center this weekend, then we have the perfect consolation prize for you: more cosplay, toy, and floor pics from the convention. (more…)
Above is an image from the concept art for the Iron Man Experience (like the headline done told you), a ride to be featured at Hong Kong Disneyland and due to open in 2016, according to Disney.
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ABOVE: Masters of the Universe Orko hoodie. Your friends already think you’re lovable but obnoxious, why not wear something to prove them right? The hood has his big blue ears sewn right in and a mesh face mask for his eyes that can be tucked back into the hood. The orange hat and purple scarf can be removed completely. You know, just in case you wanted to look less fabulous. [80stees.com]
Joss Whedon has mentioned it before, but we finally have visual confirmation that early animatics and scripts for The Avengers did in fact feature the female superhero, Wasp. Among other major changes from the animatics, it seems Wasp was cut completely from the film, and only seemed to have a minor part as it was, along with a more comic-like costume for Hawkeye, and the fact that Loki was sent the “wrong army.”
In addition to the early write up of the “Avenger Assemble” scene, there are also a few other animatics; one demonstrating a different introduction of Iron Man, that used some of the same scenes as the Iron Man- Thor fight scene (the tree spot, in particular), another putting Tony in the opening “tunnel collapse” scene, and the last is a slightly altered version of the scene between Stark and Loki in Stark Tower.
These scenes are definitely Iron Man centric, so I understand why they were cut from the final script, but these are fun watches nonetheless. It’s clear that the best of each clip made it into the movie, but it’s always fun to wonder how the movie would have turned out, had they actually included these scenes in the movie. Do you see anything that you wish would have been used in the final film?
Joss Whedon answered some questions about the upcoming blockbuster The Avengers: Age of Ultron where he talked about his love of the Ultron character and how Ultron fits into the Avengers movie universe.
I was pitching Ultron before I took the job on the first movie. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this, but for the second one, you should totally do Ultron, because he’s been a thorn in their side as much as any other character over the years and particularly back in my history.
There are going to be some changes though, starting with what that title really means.
“A lot of people—because we called it Age of Ultron and there was a book, Age of Ultron just recently—assumed that was the storyline we are doing, which is not the case. We’re doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron. The other thing is, in the origin story, there was Hank Pym. So a lot of people assumed that he was going to be in the mix, but he’s not. Because we’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside. Ultron was their chief villain. He’s been the Avengers villain for so long. I was amazed anybody was surprised that it was going to be him in the movie. We are crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from the Avengers we already know about.
How is Whedon planning on bringing the character of Ultron to life on the big screen?
I knew right away what I wanted to do with him, he’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, godd@%n it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who’s a witch.
So Whedon will be powering down Ultron a bit, face it, some of those powers wouldn’t translate to the big screen very well. I’m sure Jeremy Renner is probably breathing a sigh of relief, most likely he won’t spend 3/4 the movie mind controlled by Ultron.
What do you think about Whedon’s Vision for Ultron (I made a funny there)? Is he on the right track? Ultron is a good choice, he’s a tough customer that, one on one, could easily take on and defeat each Avenger. Only together will the Avengers have a chance to stop Ultron.
I’m still betting Ultron being a corrupted or abandoned early version of Tony’s computer butler J.A.R.V.I.S. combined with Stark armor tech with abandonment issues and a huge chip on his shoulder against his creator, Tony Stark.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron blasts its way onto the big screen May 1st, 2015.
Just let that sink in a little.
Tony Stark with a Bawston accent. Ok, now breath a sigh of relief since our current Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr., has signed on for at least two more Avengers movies. Still, Marvel Studios top dog (I almost typed dawg… the accent is infectious) Kevin Feige has said that the character is sorta like James Bond, able to be cast and re-cast till the end of time. At some point someone new will be in those red and gold robot pants.
While doing the press junket thing for his next movie, 2 Guns, Mark Wahlberg made a throwaway statement about how he prefers playing ‘real people’ over donning a cape and tights but he wouldn’t be against taking over for RDJ if someone asked him to. If you watch the interview, he is clearly joking (dear god I hope he’s joking.) You can check the video out below. (more…)
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Above: We’ve seen Man of Steel on the big screen… maybe Warner Bros should think about reintroducing his cousin to movie audiences. Artist Froitz updated Supergirl’s costume to fit the current Kryptonian look, and it looks pretty damn sweet. [XombieDIRGE]
Hit the jump for The World’s End, beavers and more. (more…)
The parenthetic question mark in the headline is meant to imply “take the following with a grain of salt.” But according to Comic Book Movie.com, a highly placed Marvel Source has given them some compelling leaks from the supposed Phase 3 script of Doctor Strange, one of the new projects that Marvel is expected to tackle following the release of The Avengers 2 in the summer of 2015.
So what’s the origin of this insight? CBM calls them a, “Marvel source who is close to the development of the film.” Still, one must wonder the veracity of this source and this information: wouldn’t pages from a script like this be on lockdown, numbered to each specific individual who has access to it? And say there was some tacit approval to share? What’s the upside? We’re not likely to see this movie for three or four years.
I know, I know, you’re all chomping at the bit to see what insight into the film is revealed from these three leaked script pages. That’s fine. As paraphrased by CBM, this is what the first three minutes of Doctor Strange might look like:
“Nick Fury and SHIELD locate a strong power reading from a mountain in Tibet. Another person is in the same room with Fury and also sees a green-like radiation pulsing from the mountain and asks Fury is it’s terrestrial. Fury says it is being analyzed but he hasn’t seen such a power surge since Bruce Banner had an accident with Gamma Rays. Fury concludes by saying the Black Widow is in the vicinity and will investigate but until she sends a report, SHIELD is not sure what the proper response is at the moment.
“Then, the third page starts with Doctor Strange begin tired and goes to lay down for the night and in the morning is awakened by his trusted partner Wong. Strange is brought some coffee. Strange sits up and has some menial banter with Wong and grabs a newspaper. The first headline on the paper talks about a giant earthquake in New York, while the second headline says that Tony Stark is officially Iron Man. His response to the Stark headline is, ‘Lucky bastard.’”
So the film opens in ’08? Is that the gist here? Do we have to now tie every single, last Marvel film together in a neat little package? Easter eggs are fine, but I hope this whole thing where Stephen Strange reads the paper about Tony Stark’s coming out as Iron Man gets lost in re-writers. What else do I hope gets lost? The proposed subtitle “Eye See You.” Get it? As in the Eye of Agamotto amulet. Take that subtlety! Calling the film “Doctor Strange: Eye See You” sounds more like a low-budget direct-to-video effort than a major studio release, at least to me.
So far, kind of unimpressed. But that’s just my opinion. What do you Bastards think?
Source: Comic Book Movie.com
This week on The BastardCast, Jeremy and Jason grieve over a suddenly apologetic Dan Harmon, discuss why we want Ryan Reynolds to play another sword-wielding badass, and go over the Star Wars casting breakdown and the solo Solo film.
Also on the show: Mary Jane and Loki both get ditched, Microsoft remembers that they need to appease consumers, the boys trailergasm over The Wolf of Wall Street, Jason does a quick review of The Last of Us, and Dirty Nerdy Confessions makes a comeback.
You want more? Fine, is your breakfast cereal being completely honest with you, or is their something in your cupboard that is filled with whole grains and bald lies? We’ve got a special report in our very special segment: TWO SCOOPS OF FALLACY.
All that, and Paula Deen teaches us all how to get roasted…
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