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Robert Downey Jr.

Indie cinema’s bad boy who blasted his way into the mainstream movie scene as Marvel‘s billionaire playboy genius Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr is the cool kid that everyone in the playground wants to hang out with. As generous as he is suave and apparently limitlessly talented, there are people out there who would give a lot just to hang out with him for one day. But, with a new fundraising initiative aiming to raise money for Random Act Funding, the charity co-founded by Robert and Susan Downey, you now have the opportunity to spend a day with the actor on the set of the next Avengers movie. (more…)

Contemporary Hollywood is indulging its fetish for remakes a lot right now. Disney has already begun its extensive series of live action remakes of classic movies. An almost unrecognizable version of Jumanji is well on its way to the big screen, with new incarnations of classics spanning everything from The Labyrinth to Scarface planned to follow in the future. And it’s not just remakes toying with the stories we love – sequels, prequels and extended universe movies are constantly adding to the lore and histories of contemporary culture’s most popular cinematic worlds. (more…)

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When Netflix outbid Channel 4 for Charlie Brooker‘s cult phenomenon of a dark comedy television series Black Mirror, it promised great things for the future of the show. Brooker and Annabel Jones, the shows’ other executive producer, were given total creative control over the content of the series, as well as a much bigger budget to play with than Channel 4 could offer. The show explores the nature of the modern world, how the rampaging advence of technology impacts the human experience. It invites you to watch as the end of the world unfolds, not through some aggressive outside force, but through insidious means that people welcome with open arms… (more…)

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A lot of Spider-Man movies have been released in the past fifteen years. Andrew Garfield’s incarnation of the web-slinger launched just four years after Tobey Maguire hung up the cobwebbed cowl. Instead of finishing The Amazing Spider-Man series, the iconic character has instead swung into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with yet another reboot now due for 2017. While it’s easy to see why some fans would be reluctant to get excited about another retelling of the same story so soon, a lot of the criticism already levelled at Spiderman: Homecoming has nothing to do with the potential lack of originality. (more…)

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Just in time to start your weekend comes the Captain America: Civil War blooper reel. There’s plenty to laugh about as just about everyone flubs a line sometime. Paul Bettney‘s Vision getting tongue-tied is absolutely fabulous. Apparently Paul Rudd is the consummate professional on set because he didn’t make the blooper cut although one would expect there are more bloopers on the DVD box set. Take a quick break from your Friday at work to have a laugh, your boss won’t mind, he’s too busy working up the nerve to ask you to work this weekend. (more…)

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Unless you’ve been living off the grid in a cave or something, you’ve heard that Tony Stark is quitting the Superhero business after Civil War II wraps and is handing the Iron Man mantle to a 15-year-old mechanical genius Riri Williams. The first question in many folks minds was, “What is she gonna call herself… Iron Girl…Iron Maiden…?” Now writer Brian Michael Bendis has revealed the new super hero code name that Riri will adopt when she takes the reins in The Invincible Iron Man #1 later this Fall. (more…)

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Word is making the Internet rounds that Donald Glover (Community, The Martian) is in early talks to join the cast of Marvel and Sony‘s upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tom Holland made his first appearance as the new Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War alongside Iron-Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans), which placed Spider-man firmly in the Marvel Universe. Glover has ties to the Spider-Man mythos, he was an Internet favorite to play Ultimate’s Spider-Man Miles Morales, if the character ever made it to the big screen. He eventually voiced that character in the animated Ultimate Spider-Man series. What character might he play in Spider-Man: Homecoming? (more…)

After 3 Iron Man movies, 2 Avengers blockbusters, the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, and Marvel’s phase 3 Infinity War it has seemed like Robert Downey Jr. has a full enough plate. Downey has stated in multiple interviews over the past few years that an Iron Man 4 was not in the works – and honestly after the disappointing Iron Man 3 who could blame him? However, it seems the tide may have turned and we just may have a fourth solo film ahead for one of Marvel’s most beloved icons. (more…)

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It seems as if every day there is another piece of news coming out of Marvel Studios regarding one of its many projects, as the MCU moves into phase three and beyond.  Yet again Marvel dropped another few bits of information on the public and like all news… With the good, always comes the bad! Earlier today Robert Downey Jr. was revealed to have signed a contract, confirming his appearance as Iron Man (obviously!) in Spider-Man: Homecoming (you can read the NerdBastards article here.) But as Thanos opens a door, he closes a window. It seems that talks between Michael Keaton and Marvel have broken down in relation to his part in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Rumours spread like wildfire after Michael Keaton had been confirmed to be in talks to be part of Spider-Man: Homecoming and the Marvel fanbase lost their minds. Keaton is well known for portraying the lead roles in both Batman (1989) and Beetlejuice (1988) and came was thrown back into the limelight with the insanely brilliant Birdman (2015,)  where he received an Oscar nomination. Keaton’s cult following means he is an ideal addition to any superhero film. Unfortunately it seems that the talks stalled at the offer stage.

Keaton could still be involved in Spider-Man: Homecoming but his current stance is that he is out of the proceedings. It would be incredibly interesting to see where Keaton would fit into the MCU and their upcoming Spider-Man film. Only time will tell who will play what in the film but I think it is safe to say Keaton would be welcome to the Spideyverse with open arms, particularly by the fans.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled for release July 7th, 2017.