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A decade ago, the two films Anthony and Joe Russo had under their belts were Welcome to Collinwood and You, Me and Dupree. Now they’re the filmmakers behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. The Russo brothers were initially a surprising choice to direct The Winter Soldier for some Marvel fans, in particular for those unfamiliar with their background in television, but they ultimately proved any skeptics wrong.

Obviously, Marvel is quite pleased with what the directors have done with their heroes, as the duo are currently gearing up to shoot Avengers: Infinity War later this year. Delivering “culmination films of everything that has happened in the Marvel universe” is no small task — indeed, it’s an incredible amount of pressure — but Civil War shows they’re up for the challenge, considering the massive balancing act they’ve accomplished with Marvel’s latest.

In our Anthony and Joe Russo interview, the brothers discuss deconstructing the superhero genre, the film’s central conflict, and Avengers: Infinity War. They both jump into spoiler territory right at the start, so, like our interview with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, you may want to wait to read this SPOILER-heavy discussion until after you’ve seen Captain America: Civil War.

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Captain America Civil War Review

After the collateral damage caused by the previous efforts of the Avengers proves to be too much for the world’s governments, the United Nations comes together to introduce the Sokovia Accords, a resolution that will turn the superheroes into a task force supervised and directed by the UN itself. But not all our heroes are ready to blindly follow the commands of an organization that could just as easily have an agenda like S.H.I.E.L.D. (or Hydra) before it, and that’s what leads to the titular superhero conflict in Captain America: Civil War.

The result is a sharp, astounding, action-packed summer blockbuster that’s the kind of superhero movie you’ve been waiting to see your whole life. This is a comic book film where the action is just as harrowing as it is entertaining due to the care and respect that we’ve come to have for these superheroes after spending a total of 11 films (not counting Guardians of the Galaxy) with them in the Marvel cinematic universe. Directors Anthony & Joe Russo have pulled together a movie that brings as much hard-hitting drama to the table as much as it does astounding action. It’s the perfect model for what serial comic book movies can be.

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Robert Downey Jr Leaves Iron Man

When Robert Downey Jr. signed his current contract extension with Marvel Studios, it was widely reported that a fourth Iron Man solo film was not included, and that he was committed instead to returning for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War and the two-part Avengers: Infinity War. Downey also made public comments suggesting that the series, with him as Tony Stark, concluded with Iron Man 3. But now that it’s been confirmed that Robert Downey Jr. will make an appearance in the Spider-Man solo film Spider-Man: Homecoming, might the actor have changed his mind about a possible Iron Man 4? New comments from the actor suggest this is the case.

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sherlock holmes 3 writer

Just last week, Robert Downey Jr. offered an update on the next Sherlock Holmes movie, suggesting that a third film in the series could start filming later this year. Considering the apparent lack of momentum on the project, it sounded unlikely. If nothing else, it sounded like Downey trying to keep people interested in a project that was still nowhere close to existing. After all, the last serious piece of news about the film had arrived in 2011, when Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce was hired to work on a screenplay.

However, it seems that he may have been more serious about this than expected, because a new writer has officially boarded Sherlock Holmes 3.

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Robert Downey Jr in Spider-Man Homecoming

After teasing the possibility of an appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming while making a stop at Jimmy Kimmel Live last week, Robert Downey Jr. has been confirmed to reprise his role as Tony Stark in the Marvel Studios collaboration with Sony Pictures. The casting move continues to solidify Spider-Man’s new place in the Marvel cinematic universe following his forthcoming debut, being played by Tom Holland, in Captain America: Civil War next month. Read More »

sherlock holmes 3

Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes was one of 2009’s more pleasant surprises, a slick, silly, and surprisingly faithful cinematic re-imagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary “consulting detective.” It’s 2011 sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, wasn’t nearly as good, replacing much of the original’s charming bombast with very loud bombast. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the rapport between Robert Downey Jr.‘s insufferable genius investigator and Jude Law‘s put-upon Dr. Watson. I’d be lying again if I said I wouldn’t plunk down the cost of a movie ticket to watch those two bicker and banter one more time.

And while we haven’t heard any solid news about Sherlock Holmes 3 for a few years, Downey Jr. himself says the film is still in development, even hinting that it may shoot later this year.

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Iron Man in Spider-Man Homecoming

We’re still a few weeks away from the debut of Captain America: Civil War, but tonight brings screenings for fans in 25 major cities around the United States. That means you should probably start to get a little more leery about spoilers on social media, but the good news is that the early buzz has already indicated that the movie is pretty damn spectacular.

However, the cast of Captain America: Civil War is already starting their promotional tour, and they kicked things off with a takeover of Jimmy Kimmel Live this week. Team Captain America appeared on the show on Monday, the Doctor Strange trailer premiered there on Tuesday and last night Team Iron Man paid a visit to the show.

But before his team came out to speak with Jimmy Kimmel, it was just Robert Downey Jr. as the first guest, where he talked about his potential involvement in Spider-Man: Homecoming (which is the official title now) and the giant prop that he took from the set of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Find out what he had to say about the possibility of Iron Man in Spider-Man Homecoming after the jump. Read More »

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Back in 2008, Iron Man, for some, was a surprising hit. Marvel’s first film not only exceeded box office predictions, but it also surpassed fans and general audiences’ expectations. If the comic book movie didn’t do as well as it did, then Marvel’s plans, most likely, would’ve been squashed.

Besides helping to set up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, director Jon Favreau accomplished more than just that with his film. Below, Marvel president Kevin Feige reflects on Iron Man and how it influenced the rest of the MCU.

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Captain America Civil War Clip

After some early buzz this weekend indicated that Captain America: Civil War seems to deliver the goods when it comes to an enjoyable and outstanding comic book blockbuster, Marvel Studios is keeping the hype train going with a new clip from the movie.

Pushing the comic book sequel to the coveted young demographic watching the MTV Movie Awards, the Captain America Civil War clip features Captain America (Steve Rogers) and two of his new Avengers, Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), infiltrating some kind of facility. The trio seems to make a great team, cooperating and using each others abilities to their advantage.

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Robert Downey Jr Leaves Iron Man

Earlier this week, Robert Downey Jr. said that he didn’t think an Iron Man 4 was in the cards, calling the forthcoming Captain America: Civil War something akin to his own little Iron Man sequel. That prompted us to think about just how much longer we’ll have the actor around to play Tony Stark, the role that he was simply born to play.

Downey is contracted for The Avengers 3, but when that contract was signed, the movie wasn’t split into two parts. So we’re not sure yet if he’ll be partaking in both parts of The Avengers: Infinity War. But beyond that, Downey doesn’t have any more Marvel Studios movies left in his contract. So what happens after Robert Downey Jr leaves Iron Man? Captain America: Civil War co-director Joe Russo has given us one possibility. Read More »