From the moment he stepped into frame as Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes in Iron Man 2 and told Robert Downey Jr.‘s Tony Stark (and essentially moviegoers, as well) “It’s me and I’m here, so get over it and move on,” fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been 100% behind Don Cheadle as War Machine. He was great in Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3, and the worst part of his performance in Avengers: Age of Ultron is that it was all too brief. Now, fans are looking forward to seeing him in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and, according to Cheadle, Rhodey plays a “pivotal” role in the film. You can find out what he had to say recently at the Sundance Film Festival, but first a word of caution: While this article doesn’t contain any confirmed spoilers from Civil War, those wishing to remain completely oblivious to the film until they see it should stop reading now.
Maybe you’ve seen Ant-Man by now and have lingering questions about exactly what goes down in the mid-credits and post-credits scenes. Maybe you haven’t seen the film yet and would like some more knowledge to arm yourself with going in. Maybe you’re like me and have seen the movie twice already and just think it’s really, really good (in my review of Ant-Man, I mentioned that these two scenes exist, but kept it spoiler-free). Whatever the case, here’s some deeper info you might not know about the “secret” Ant-Man scenes – and it should go without saying here, but you’re entering MAJOR SPOILER TERRITORY, so consider yourself warned.
It’s not very often that an actor embodies the spirit of the character that he’s playing so well, that it becomes hard to picture that actor as anyone else later. Since Iron Man, we’ve seen Robert Downey Jr. play a journalist, an Australian actor who plays a black soldier, a father-to-be trying to cross the country in time to see the birth of his child, he’s even played Sherlock Holmes but, whether he’s up on the big screen, or on TV getting interviewed on Late Night, sans the arc reactor, RDJ is still, and always will be, Tony Stark.
Downey has always been one of Hollywood’s good-looking bad boys. He’s got the looks, the money, the swag, the “Do whatever I want now, and apologize later, I don’t give a f#*k attitude,” as well as the charm to get away with it all. Who is more Tony Stark than that? Nobody. Not even Tony Stark, go figure that out.
Most superheroes have boring alter-egos. They try to blend into society, as to not have their true identity revealed. Clark Kent is a ho-hum reporter for the Daily Planet. Bruce Wayne is rich, but he’s a drag, and his only friend is his butler. However, Tony Stark’s ego has no f**ks to give. Even without the suit, he’s still a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, and he wants you to know it, dammit!
And, that’s why Hot Toys actually got away with making a Tony Stark figure. Minus the suit, he’s still cool as hell. He builds arc reactors, sleeps with super hot women, and even invents new elements. That’s right, he comes with no high-tech suits, no weapons, not even a power glove. Hot Toys made a 1/6th replica of the alter-ego of a superhero, which comes with some lab equipment. And it’s super cool!
Thankfully, Sideshow Collectibles has graciously sent us one of the figures, so that you don’t have to take my word for it. Let’s check it out!
Joss Whedon. Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about Avengers: Age of Ultron, which, as I’m sure you already know, comes out in a theater near you in just over two months time. Apparently, some of you are a little miffed that Whedon in his infinite wisdom decided to tweak the titular villain’s origin for the film by making him a creation of Iron Man Tony Stark as opposed to using his comic book creator Dr. Henry Pym. Well, it turns out that Whedon feels your pain. Ultron’s origins was one of many questions addressed by Whedon in an interview done during the production of the Avengers sequel. (more…)
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…)