Here’s the reason Marvel signs actors to long contracts whenever possible. After the success of Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr.‘s agents worked out a deal with Marvel in which the actor would receive a percentage of the first-day gross for future films. That’s what led him to nabbing between $50m and $75m for The Avengers. Studios hate paying anyone up front like that whenever it can be avoided, and even Downey has laughed about the unusual pay rate he got to play Tony Stark.
Now, after the release of Iron Man 3, Downey has no contract with Marvel. In fact, a few actors have no contract to appear in The Avengers 2, and after the billion-dollar-plus success of the first film, bringing them back together won’t be cheap. Marvel likes cheap, and so actors have begun to master the art of negotiating in public by letting us know that there’s a chance Marvel will make films without them. How’s that going to work out?
Well, Downey is reportedly in talks for two more Avengers films, but there’s no plan set in stone just yet, and no public talk of Iron Man 4. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will begin playing out in theaters next month, but meanwhile the studio is already getting their plans in place for Phase Three. Earlier this year, Kevin Feige confirmed that Doctor Strange would “definitely” be involved in the next stage of the Marvel franchise. No director or star has been announced just yet, but rumors about who might fill those roles are starting to spring up.
According to a new report, actor/writer Justin Theroux is being eyed for the Doctor Strange role, and may even be working on the script already. Meanwhile, Evil Dead remake helmer Fede Alvarez is said to have met with Marvel Studios to discuss the Doctor Strange directing gig. Alvarez himself denies it, but it’s not like we’ve never seen a filmmaker lie about this kind of thing before. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Want to see some cool teases of the action in Man of Steel, or a rumored trailer description? Which major group might appear in Guardians of the Galaxy? What did Kevin Feige say about a Doctor Strange movie? Why did a Marvel fighting game fall apart? When will details of the mysterious upcoming Marvel Comics event be announced? Who left the Orson Scott Card Superman comic book? Want to see a new trailer for the Deadpool video game? Has the Iron Man 3 trailer get sueded already? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Phase Two of Marvel’s Cinematic Unvierse gets underway this spring with Iron Man 3, but Marvel Studios didn’t get where it was by looking only at the short term. So Kevin Feige is already looking to Phase Three, which will kick off after The Avengers 2 is released in 2015. The only film confirmed so far for that next step has been Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man, but Feige revealed in a recent interview that a Doctor Strange film would “definitely” also be part of it. Read his comments about both films after the jump.
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After The Avengers hit theaters, I had the idea to record a short discussion about the potential future and possibilites for the Marvel movie universe. I consider myself a comic book reader and have a couple shelves of graphic novels to prove it. But I’ve found that know very little about the Marvel universe besides the origin stories and the more acclaimed story arcs of many of our heroes.
Infinity Gauntlet? Thanos? Guardians of the Galaxy? I obviously needed someone who had a better background in the mythology of the Marvel comic universe. So I invited Jeff Cannata, best known as a host on the popculture video web series The Totally Rad Show. I also invited /Film’s own Germain Lussier to the table as he puts together the daily Superhero Bits feature round-up, and knows a lot about the rumors and what has been said or leaked publicly.
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Marvel’s Phase Two is coming together. That was the message presented at New York Comic-Con this past weekend as Marvel President Kevin Feige was on hand to promote next summer’s The Avengers. Of course, he was also bombarded with questions about what’s happening after that. Among the revelations were that the first post-Avengers movie, Iron Man 3, is the beginning of a new phase that will ultimately lead to The Avengers 2 and that film will likely feature a new team. Doctor Strange could factor into that plan and the Hulk TV show might even link up. It’s all explained after the jump along with the full Avengers panel for your viewing pleasure. Read More »
Marvel’s post-Avengers plans have been a point of contention for sometime. Obviously, they’re planning on continuing with their already successful characters in Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 and a last week Kevin Feige revealed that Ant Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Inhumans were all in various stages of development. Where does that leave Doctor Strange?
Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer were hired to write a script in 2010 and, reportedly, it was completed and turned into Marvel a few months ago. Now, just like what happened with the new James Bond film, a clue has been uncovered that Marvel is indeed moving forward with the film. Domains have been registered. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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We’ve talked a bit recently about the fact that Marvel Studios’ post-Iron Man 3 plans have been unknown to the general public. We’ve known that Thor 2 is a 2013 release, and the news late last week that Brian Kirk is likely to direct Thor 2 helped solidify Marvel’s slate a bit. And now Disney has staked out two mystery Marvel movie release dates for 2014. As it planted those flags, Disney also claimed another 2014 date for a new Pixar film. A few more details, and some speculation, are after the break. Read More »