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…)
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…)
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.
The big Avengers movie news at SDCC 2013 Saturday was Joss Whedon’s announcement of the new title for the Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ultron is a long time Avengers villain, one Whedon was “amazed” that some fans didn’t expect. Although the sequel has the same title of a storyline used in the comics, Whedon explains that this will be a different story and not a direct adaptation.
Check out the Marvel LIVE! video interview below and join me on the other side to discuss the major points.
Whedon talked about the title “Age of Ultron” and what fans can and can’t expect from the story:
Well, because there was a book called ‘Age of Ultron’ quite recently, a lot of people have assumed that is what we’re doing, but that is not the case. We’re doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron. In the origin story, there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed that he will be in the mix. He’s not. 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.
Does this mean that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)will be the creator of Ultron and not Hank Pym? Will Ultron be an incarnation of the J.A.R.V.I.S. program gone bad? Throw in the armor making capabilities and you’ve got some serious problems on your hands. Whedon danced around it but just read between the lines:
We’re crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from The Avengers we already know about. It’s a little bit darker than the other film because Ultron is in the house. There’s a science fiction theme that wasn’t there in the other one. Ultron is definitely something that evolves, so we’re going to get together a couple of different iterations. Nothing can be translated exactly as it was from the comics; particularly Ultron.
For many fans, Whedon’s words about Hawkeye and the character’s role in Avengers: Age of Ultron is the best news. Many were disappointed, including Jeremy Renner, with the fact that Hawkeye spent the majority of The Avengers movie possessed by Loki. Whedon had this to say about Hawkeye’s screen time:
Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye. He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the movie so now it’s nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys.
No Hank Pym though, I guess it makes sense considering that the Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie is scheduled for release after Avengers: Age of Ultron. Word is that both Hank Pym and Scott Lang (Who stole the Antman suit, then later became the hero.) will appear in the Antman movie. That doesn’t mean we might not get a glimpse of Pym in the Avengers sequel, and we can’t rule out a cameo or Easter egg.
When that teaser bit shown at the Marvel Panel that Whedon talks about in the beginning of the video hits the Internet, we’ll bring it to you here.
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theater screens May 1st, 2015 and stars Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, and Mark Ruffalo.
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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Fans everywhere can can stop holding their breath concerning the question of whether or not Robert Downey Jr will reprise the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in Marvel Studio‘s The Avengers 2 and 3. The latest word is that Downey has signed on the dotted line and is now locked in and ready to armor up.
Marvel Studios released the statement below on their website:
“I am Iron Man.”
Tony Stark’s famous closing line to the very first Iron Man film takes on new life today as Marvel is pleased to announce the signing of Robert Downey, Jr. to reprise the role of the “billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist.”
Under the two-picture agreement, Downey will star as Tony Stark/Iron Man in “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” and “Marvel’s The Avengers 3.” Downey is represented at CAA by Bryan Lourd, Jim Toth and Matt Leaf and by his attorneys Tom Hansen and Stewart Brookman of the firm Hansen Jacobson.
Downey, Jr.’s last two Marvel films, 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers” and this year’s “Iron Man 3,” rank as two of the top five grossing films of all time, collectively earning over $2.7 billion worldwide to date.
“Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is being written and directed by Joss Whedon. Featuring favorites from the first Avengers film and new Marvel characters never before seen on the big screen, “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is slated to begin production in March 2014 and open in theaters May 1, 2015.
Thrilled by this mega announcement, Marvelites? Well, be sure you stay glued to Marvel.com because in the coming days and weeks and months, Marvel.com will be FIRST in the world to reveal additional casting updates, new characters coming to Marvel movies and so much more — directly from the most secret meetings at Marvel! You wouldn’t want to miss out on that now, would you?!
We’ve all had our expectations crushed and learned the harsh sting of disappointment. It’s all a part of growing up. And for one little boy in Massachusetts, that lesson was just learned. Jaxson Denno, aged 1 1/2 years old, was ecstatic when told by his parents he was meeting Iron Man, only to burst into tears when he was introduced not to Iron Man, but the actor Robert Downey Jr.
And from their encounter we get this priceless photograph. RDJ, like a pro, saved the day by talking with little Jaxson, who then recognized his voice and all was well. Come on, kid, didn’t you see Iron Man 3? Ah well, good to see RDJ was able to save face, and thank the gods, old and the new, it wasn’t before this picture was snapped.
When Joss Whedon speaks, nerds everywhere listen. And this article is being written in order to further the reach of the wise man’s words. This time around, our overlord talks about his opinion of a Downey-less Avengers 2, the possibility of a Firefly kickstarter and his un-love of video games. Check it all out after the jump.
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?