“Why wouldn’t Tony Stark just call The Avengers if he’s having a problem in Iron Man 3?” It’s a questions fans have been asking for months in anticipation of the first film of Marvel Phase 2, out May 3rd. We all know Tony Stark is friendly with the likes of Captain America, The Hulk, Hawkeye, Thor and Black Widow so it would make sense for him to ask for help when battling The Mandarin. So why doesn’t he?
At a recent roundtable we joined with director Shane Black and Marvel President Kevin Feige (from which we’ll have more soon), Feige explained why he doesn’t think that’s a problem, and confirmed it will be dealt with in the movie. He also discussed how the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show fits into the cinematic Marvel Universe. Read his quotes below.
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Now that the final Iron Man 3 trailer is out, do you find yourself craving even more? How about some details on 15 minutes of footage taken from the film? Disney showed two complete scenes, in context, to journalists a few weeks back and we’re finally ready to tell you about it.
We were shown the entire Malibu house attack, from beginning to end, followed by its immediate effect on Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr. It’s an action-packed scene characterized by scope you’ve come to expect from Marvel, with plenty of surprises. We’ll save those for a spoiler section but, after the jump, read some thoughts and watch a spoiler-free video blog. In it, Steve from Collider and I discuss how, in this brief slice of Shane Black‘s May 3rd film, we get an idea of what Phase 2 will hold, and how the writer of Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout is putting his mark on the Marvel Universe.
Later this week, check back later this week for interviews with Black, Robert Downey Jr., and Marvel President Kevin Feige. Read More »
When will we see the trailer for The Wolverine? Will Iron Man 3 have a Super Bowl spot? Want to see a bunch of toys featuring Superman and Zod from Man of Steel? What did Kevin Feige tease about Joss Whedon‘s script for The Avengers 2? Have several comic book cartoons been cancelled? How did David Goyer approach Man of Steel? Which comedian is trying to get a role in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Is there really a new Batman movie coming out this Summer and what’s the cost of an original Batmobile? Read about all this and more in the triumphant return of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s not every actor that can steal a scene right out from under Philip Seymour Hoffman’s nose, but in The Master, Joaquin Phoenix did just that. No wonder, then, that director Paul Thomas Anderson is eager to reunite with him on his next movie. Phoenix is now in talks to join Anderson’s Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice, replacing long-attached star Robert Downey Jr. Read more about the casting updates after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
The IMAX 3D release of Iron Man 3 was practically a foregone conclusion. These days, most studio blockbusters of that caliber open in IMAX, 3D, or (increasingly) both, sometimes whether the filmmaker likes it or not. But now it’s actually official. IMAX and Marvel have issued a press release announcing that Tony Stark will indeed be flying into the screen in three giant, glorious dimensions this spring.
There are a couple of caveats, however. One is that the film wasn’t actually shot in IMAX or 3D, and the other is that it’s hitting abroad before it does domestically. Hit the jump to keep reading.
UPDATE: We now have some set videos from Iron Man 3 reshoots that were recently done in Hollywood. We’re throwing them in here because of the Iron Man 3 connection, not because the videos have anything to do with IMAX or 3D. But you can feel free to watch them and imagine what the scenes might look like in IMAX 3D, so there is that.
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Thomas Pynchon fans have reason to celebrate this year. The reclusive author (is Pynchon’s name ever mentioned without the word “reclusive”?) has announced the imminent publication of a new novel, for one. And his previous novel, Inherent Vice, is the subject of an adaptation effort by none less than Paul Thomas Anderson.
Pynchon’s novels have never yet been the basis for a major film, though his influence has been felt in small ways in more than a few movies in the past. Inherent Vice will be the first major film based on a Pynchon novel, and it benefits from quite a creative team. Anderson is writing, possibly with the help of Pynchon himself, and Robert Downey Jr. has long been in place as the likely choice to play the central character, burnout detective “Doc” Sportello.
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Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
After whipping out three features in four years in the late ’90s, Paul Thomas Anderson mellowed his pace during the ’00s. It took three years to get from Magnolia to Punch-Drunk Love, five to get from the latter to There Will Be Blood, and then another five after that to complete The Master. But he’s wasting no time moving on his next project, the Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice.
Anderson first signed on to adapt the noir tale in 2010, but then wound up shooting The Master first. Now that that’s behind him, though, Anderson is planning to move into production on Inherent Vice next year. More after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has been through some pretty rough stuff during his tenure as Iron Man, but he’s always managed to pull through with his trademark wit and charm. The marketing materials for Iron Man 3, however, suggest that even he may find he has his limits. A new high-res image shows the titular hero looking not just bloodied and battered, but emotionally defeated as well. Check it out after the jump.
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