It is no secret that Vin Diesel likes teasing his fans with potential future film roles via social media. Thusly, ever since Guardians of the Galaxy went into pre-production, Diesel was constantly dropping hints that he was having meetings with Marvel. This led to numerous websites, blogs, and fans speculating as to which character he could possibly be in discussions to play within the Marvel Universe – and in particular, Guardians of the Galaxy, with the role eventually turning out to be Rocket Racoon’s partner in crime Groot. (more…)
Looks like Frank Grillo is going to return to the Marvel Universe as Brock Rumlow, a.k.a. Crossbones (…hail hydra folk) in Captain America: Civil War. Grillo recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly and confirmed that Marvel Studios have summoned him back to cause more mayhem, taking extreme measures in making sure his character “fits like a glove,”: (more…)
Frank Grillo has come along way career wise in such a short space of time. From a partially unknown regular in season one of Fox’s hit show Prison Break to great supporting roles (End of Watch, The Grey, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and leading roles in movies and TV shows (Kingdom, The Purge 2: Anarchy). His name is really starting to get out there and this has been facilitated by his high profile standout performance as Brock Lumlow (Crossbones), which has essentially trajected his career from a tropospheric plateau to the stratospheric. Furthermore, given what we know about the history or Captain America and Crossbones, this speculation does not come as a total surprise. (more…)
While many fans might argue that there haven’t been enough Avengers cameos in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s impossible to argue that Marvel is keeping their Cinematic Universe and Television Universes separate. Captain America: The Winter Soldier blew up Agent Coulson’s world right in front of him. Now it’s time for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to return the favor by airing the first trailer for director Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron during next week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. (more…)
The last few days we’ve been caught in an avalanche of new details and official releases about Avengers: Age of Ultron, yet, in the midst of everything we know about the film, both new and old, there’s one new character we haven’t heard that much about, the android Vision. The part’s been cast, so we know he’ll show up in the film, and we also know that Vision’s origins are tied with Ultron’s, which makes his inclusion in the film not so surprising. But now, for the first time, we’re learning that movie Vision, and comic book Vision will have very similar backgrounds. (more…)
We got the news yesterday night that Paul Bettany, the voice of Iron Man’s AI J.A.R.V.I.S., would be getting a much bigger role in The Avengers‘ sequel as The Vision. While we don’t know just how The Vision fits into all of the Age of Ultron madness, we do have a description of what his costume could possibly look like when he does show up. (more…)
When they announced the title for Avengers 2 was, Avengers: Age of Ultron, of course we all assumed the story they’d be adapting would be, “Age of Ultron.” I mean, duh, right? Wrong, says Marvel Studios president, Kevin Fiege. They just like the title, thought it sounded cool, and would make for a good sequel name. Soo… no Ultron? That’s pretty weird.
Now Feature Film Casting (a legit casting news source, but an iffier source when it comes to plot details) has posted this scoop about the role of Tony Stark in Age of Ultron,
In “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” Loki is gone and the new villain will be the evil robot Ultron, who has the ability to keep upgrading his own strength, making him extremely fearsome. Tony Stark/Iron Man becomes the unwitting creator of Ultron. The brother-and-sister team of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch become the seventh and eighth members of The Avengers. Quicksilver has extreme speed, while Scarlet Witch can cast spells and has telekinesis ability. Black Widow and Hawkeye will be key figures in the film.
Most of this isn’t really news, as we knew Loki won’t be involved, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are appearing, and Hawkeye and Black Widow will get to do more. But what of that bit where Tony Stark is, “the unwitting creator of Ultron”? That’s brand-fuckin’-new. And if I recall, kind of the complete opposite of how things went in the comic. Wasn’t Tony against the whole Ultron thing? That was all Hank Pym’s deal (someone we’re expected to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe very soon).
To be safe, take this with a huge grain of salt, because it could just be someone connecting dots where things aren’t meant to connect. Then again, the MCU has developed their characters in slightly different ways than their comic book counterparts, and all those autonomous suits in Iron Man 3 were very Ultron-y. What do you think? Will Stark be Ultron’s creator?
You like that? It could be yours if you go to the midnight IMAX screening of Iron Man 3 at your local IMAX theater, according to Screen Rant. The poster was designed by comic book artist Jock (The Losers, Hellblazer), and is the latest in 12:01 poster series, which previous has included unique works honoring the release Real Steel, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Frankenweenie.
In other Iron Man 3 new, Marvel Studios head honcho and Iron Man 3 producer Kevin Feige recently talked to the LA Times about Tony Stark’s mind set going into the movie, and where the character’s head is at this point in his story arc. Here’s what Feige had to say:
“He’s experienced things now that frankly was a wake-up call. You don’t have gamma-powered strength that anger can bring about. You don’t have super-soldier serum flowing through your veins. You’re not a thunder god from Asgard. You’re just a guy. And Tony doesn’t necessarily like to be reminded of those kinds of things because he likes to be at the top of the food chain.
“Where we meet Tony, he wants to be in that suit all the time, and he wants a lot of suits around him. And just as we sort of learn that’s his issue, we blow them all up and take him out of that comfort zone.
“We wanted to take Tony to a place that he hadn’t been since the first half of the first ‘Iron Man’ film, which is, essentially, by himself without his money, without his toys, without his gadgets, with just his mind, his intellect. We wanted to do that in a big climactic fashion by literally taking away everything that is near and dear to him, as symbolized in that mansion crumbling down into the Pacific.”
In other Iron Man 3 developments, a new featurette has been released, and it outlines just how Extremis comes into play in the film and how it factors into The Mandarin’s (Ben Kingsley) master plan. Included is commentary by director Shane Black, star Robert Downey Jr., and new head henchman James Badge Dale. Press play below (courtesy of Collider):
Finally, from the people who have more time on their hands than I do (and Geeks Are Sexy), a break down of just how much it costs to be Tony Stark. Enjoy!
Although much of Marvel‘s success at the box office can be credited with their attention to detail concerning translating their characters and stories from comic book pages to the big screen, there’s an integral and much acclaimed Iron Man storyline that Marvel won’t be taking to the movies.
“Demon in a Bottle,” a storyline from the late 70s, focused on Tony Stark’s struggle with alcoholism and the personal destruction it causes. Tony faces his own demons and drags himself back to health and sanity in a long hard road. Word is that this iconic Iron man story is off limits when it comes to the big screen.
Disney and Marvel think it’s a little too dark and in an interview with Comic Book Movie, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, when asked if there was any Iron Man storyline Marvel drew the line at, said:
“The drinking. Even if you look at the websites of the mommy bloggers they say, you know, ‘Watch out, mom’s! Tony drinks in this movie!’ It’s amazing. There’s one or two scenes in this movie where he picks up a drink and it’ll be in those blogs…
I think we were just told by the studio that we should probably paint Tony Stark as being kind of an industrialist and a crazy guy, or even a bad guy at some points, but the Demon in a Bottle stuff of him being an alcoholic wouldn’t really fly. I don’t blame that.”
It’s understandable, Disney and Marvel want these movies to appeal to as wide an audience as possible and alcoholism is a dark and troubling subject to tackle in a superhero movie that tends toward light-hearted comedy and plenty of super hero action.
I’d love to see the Demon in a Bottle storyline done. Robert Downey Jr‘s own trouble’s with addiction and his success in containing those personal demons would be gripping to see on the big screen, but would any parent want younger children to see it? What do you think?
For those unfamiliar with Science Bros., it’s one of those Internet things, created by fans of the science tag-team that is Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. Naturally, since Robert Downey, Jr. and Mark Ruffalo played those iconic characters in the films, they’ve ended up as the staple faces of said Science Bros. phenomenon. This fan-love graces the digital airwaves in many forms, from depicting the pair as science-wielding bad-asses to…er, showing some more intimate moments between the two (mainly with each other). Apparently, Mark Ruffalo knew nothing about the trend and was asked about it in an interview with vulture.com. Check out the actor’s rather amused response below.
As quoted from vulture.com, Ruffalo’s response was as follows:
“Are you joking?” he asked as he began scrolling through the images. “There’s all this art of me and Robert?” Giggles gave way to full belly laughter. A concerned publicist came over, though Ruffalo was laughing so hard that he could barely explain himself to her.
“Is that a cartoon of you?” she asked.
“Yes! It’s me and Robert! Look at this! There’s thousands of them!” Ruffalo tried to contain himself. “It’s called the Science Bros. This is awesome. I’ve never heard of it. Why hasn’t anyone told me about that?”
So, what was Ruffalo’s final judgment?
Yeah! I love it; it’s awesome. I endorse it 100 percent. You know what it is? It’s open-source creativity. I’m going to call him [Robert Downey, Jr.] and tell him, and he’s going to laugh his ass off. He’ll love that.
Well, it’s always nice to know that the actors portraying our super hero favorites have a sense of humor. Hopefully we’ll get to see more of Ruffalo as The Hulk in the near future. And hopefully the Science Bros. trend can avoid any homoerotic pairing between Stark and Banner in his big green form. I mean, ouch.
Thanks to vulture for the interview.