Robert Downey Jr. landed a huge paycheck for Captain America: Civil War. The actor, whose contract had expired before the Captain America sequel, was reportedly paid $40 million upfront and a significant back end fee. This enormous payday, however, almost didn’t happen, so directors Anthony and Joe Russo and all involved had to consider other stories to tell. What was another story that was a viable option for the filmmakers? Cap taking on zombies or, as Joe puts it, infected people that are similar to zombies.
Below, learn more about an early Captain America 3 zombie storyline.
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With so many characters in the Marvel cinematic universe, it’s a no-brainer that some of them will recur in multiple movies. However, when it comes to characters who are part of the Avengers, having them appear in each others’ standalone franchises is a bit of a bigger deal. And now a new rumor pegs a major Avenger cameo happening in this fall’s release of Doctor Strange, one that will help set up Spider-Man: Homecoming, the next Marvel movie in the pipeline.
There aren’t any Doctor Strange story spoilers below, but if you don’t want to know who may be making this rumored Doctor Strange Avenger cameo, don’t read after the jump. You’ve been warned. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
It remains unclear whether True Detective will return for a third season, following a critically acclaimed first season and a widely panned second one. But in the meantime, it looks like creator Nic Pizzolatto will have a different HBO project to keep him busy. He and Robert Downey Jr. are in talks for a drama series at HBO that’s probably a reworked version of the Perry Mason movie that Downey has been trying to get off the ground for a while. Read More »
The cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming is already pretty crowded. Tom Holland has the role of the new Spidey, Michael Keaton has been presumed to take the role of the villain Vulture, Robert Downey Jr. will be appearing as Tony Stark, Marisa Tomei is back as Aunt May and some of Peter’s classmates will be played by Zendaya, Tony Revolori, Jacob Batalon and Laura Harrier (find out who they’re playing right here).
Now one more name has been added to the cast, and he’s a recent UFC champion. Plus, there’s a rumor circulating from the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming down in Atlanta that another Avenger may be making an appearance. Find out more about each of the additions to the Spider-Man Homecoming cast after the jump. Read More »
While making the publicity rounds for Captain America: Civil War, some surprising news came from Robert Downey Jr. that Sherlock Holmes 3 was still in the works. In fact, there was even a chance that the film could shoot later this year. Shortly thereafter, the sequel landed a writer with James Coyne hired for the gig. Now producer Joel Silver adds more hope that the sequel will happen, and he indicates that this probably won’t be the last one.
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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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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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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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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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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 »