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Robert Downey Jr. backtracks on ‘Iron Man 4′ comments

- October 7th, 2014

UPDATED: After confirming Iron Man 4 in an appearance on Ellen earlier in the day, Robert Downey Jr. backpeddled on his comments during an appearance last night on David Letterman.

When the late night host quizzed the actor about appearing in a fourth instalment, he indicated Marvel has a plan for the character — and let’s be clear, he said Iron Man 4 was happening, not that he was necessarily going to be in it.

“They do have a plan… they’re very secretive about it,” he told Letterman.

When Letterman pressed for an answer, he added: “Just between us, no — but I’m going to do other stuff with Marvel. I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s going to be plenty of other fun stuff.”

So, could it be that we’ll see War Machine suit up for Iron Man 4? Speculate in the comments.

My original post follows below.

After teasing last week that he’ll do Iron Man 4 if Mel Gibson agrees to direct, and then teasing some more during a reddit AMA in which he said, “soon the Marvel Roster will be made public and all questions will be answered,” Robert Downey Jr. has confirmed that there will be a fourth instalment in the popular franchise.

RDJ broke the news on the Ellen earlier today after the host asked him point blank about the film. In the clip, which you can see below, Downey talks about Marvel’s plans for several upcoming movies. “We’re in the middle of a negotiation,” he adds. “So yes?” she asks. “Okay, yes,” he replies.

Downey will reprise his role as Iron Man in Avengers: Age of Ultron and he is slated to appear in Avengers 3 (which doesn’t have a release date yet). Speaking of Avengers 3, according to a report on Badass Digest, there is speculation that characters like Captain America and Thor may not appear in the film – or it might be split in two with the first half anchored by Iron Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

“Imagine an Avengers 3 without Thor or Captain America, maybe without Black Widow. It’s a movie where the secondary characters from the MCU get to stand up and prove their worth, possibly even setting up their own spin-offs. With Guardians Marvel has shown that their brand is the star, and by the time we get to A3 clearly people will be on board with the entire universe. Keep Iron Man – Robert Downey Jr’s renegotiated contract seems to specify Avengers 3 as his next film – and you have a new launching pad for characters to take over from the current big guns.”

Again it’s total speculation, but it has some weight given that Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth each have two movies left on their contracts.

In case you want to keep track, here are all the dates for what Marvel has coming in the next five years:

Avengers: Age of Ultron: May 1, 2015
Ant-Man: July 17, 2015
Captain America 3: May 6, 2016
Untitled on July 8, 2016 (most likely Doctor Strange, preferably with Jared Leto or Ethan Hawke)
Untitled on May 5, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy 2: July 28, 2017
Untitled on November 3, 2017
Untitled on July 6, 2018
Untitled on November 2, 2018 (my guess is that this is Avengers 3)
Untitled on May 3, 2019


Spider-Man may be joining the Avengers

- October 7th, 2014

Spider-Man may finally be joining the Avengers on screen.

After years of animosity between Marvel Studios and Sony Studios, Hitfix’s Drew McWeeny is reporting the latter studio’s executives are “opening up” when it comes to a possible collaboration.

“What seems clear from what I’ve heard is that Marvel wants to be able to play with all of their characters, and if they can make that work creatively and on a corporate level, they will, and that means the world gets bigger again,” McWeeny wrote.

If the rumours he’s hearing are true, it’ll be the superhero amalgamation comic book fans have been waiting on for years.

Spider-Man plays an integral part to Marvel’s Avengers comics, and the exclusion of him has left the team relying on Tony Stark for comedic relief, a facet that’s simply not true within the comic book realm.

The biggest possibility that would come out of the potential deal, though, is the prospect of Marvel’s greatest Avengers feat, “Civil War” being brought to the big screen.

Although to pull off that gigantic undertaking, Marvel would have to smooth over differences with their third competitor, Fox Studios.

According to McWeeny, that’s a truce moviegoers are unlikely to see anytime soon. Marvel Comics are reportedly set to kill off Deadpool down the line, an entity that was just purchased for film by Fox studios, and the Fantastic Four are still under the grasp of Fox executives.

Then there was the X-Men debacle. Marvel Comics may have created the legendary X-Men team, but when it comes to the films, not only does Fox own the characters they also own the term “mutant.”

A pain in Marvel Studios sides, it turns out, leading the writers on the upcoming Avengers sequel Age of Ultron to write their version of X-Men Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as miracle babies.

Despite all of the Fox conundrums, though, this is a great start.

Spider-Man joining the Avengers ranks is just the ingredient the Marvel Cinematic universe needs to keep lifelong comic book fans happy.

After all, with great power comes great responsibility.

Watch: Bill Murray covers Bob Dylan’s ‘Shelter From the Storm’

- October 6th, 2014

Bill Murray is a man of many talents, so is it’s no surprise that he can channel Bob Dylan. A clip from Murray’s upcoming film St Vincent, shows the camo shorts-wearing actor chiming along with Dylan’s Shelter From the Storm while puffing on a cigarette and listening to a retro Walkman.

It’s a classic look, really.

This isn’t the first time Murray has sang onscreen, he did a version of Roxy Music’s More Than This in 2001′s Lost in Translation.

In St. Vincent, which had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, Murray plays a curmudgeon who becomes a babysitter of sorts to a young boy after he falls on hard times. The film also stars Melissa Mccarthy and newcomer Jaeden Lieberher.

St Vincent opens in Toronto on Oct. 17, before expanding across the country Oct. 24.

‘Super Troopers’ getting a sequel

- October 4th, 2014

Don’t scarf down the bag of green just yet; Super Troopers is getting a sequel.

Steve Lemme, the actor who played Mac in the original 2001 cop comedy, told US Weekly on Friday that the highly anticipated sequel is just about ready to be fully financed.

“Fox is going to distribute the film, but we needed to raise the money for it,” Lemme told the magazine.

Lemme admitted they needed a minimum of $27 million to make the sequel, and added they may even take the project to Kickstarter to secure the remaining funds.

Lemme disclosed little information about the upcoming sequel in the interview, adamant about not ruining the plot for the cult film’s fans. He did, however, confirm it would pick up a few years after the events of the first film ended, boasting the sequel’s opening scene betters its predecessor’s legendary introduction.

The big question most Super Troopers fans have, though, is about those ludicrous mustaches. Will they be back?

“Everybody who had a mustache in the first one will grow it back.”

The film is scheduled to start filming in 201 with no expected release date as of yet. In the mean time, keep your eyes posted for a Kickstarter campaign.

Robert Downey Jr. will do ‘Iron Man 4′ with Mel Gibson

- October 3rd, 2014

Robert Downey Jr. knows something about redemption and forgiveness and helping his pals.

The highest-paid actor in the world – thanks to his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man – is currently on the promotional circuit for next week’s drama The Judge. (“Please help me prove that films about people can do business,” he pleaded on Facebook.)

Of course, interview after interview leads to inevitable questions about his future as Iron Man. Downey will appear in next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and is inked for a third Avengers film. He hasn’t committed to Iron Man 4.

But in a recent interview with Deadline, Downey did say that he would do another instalment in the bazillion-dollar franchise if – big if – his pal Mel Gibson directs.
For those of you who don’t remember, Mad Mel gave Downey a second shot at stardom in 2003 with The Singing Detective. Mel has been in movie purgatory (not even a scene-stealing turn in The Expendables 3 could resuscitate him) after his personal demons took over – you know what those are so we won’t go over the details again.

Downey mounted a rousing defence for his friend (they worked together on Air America) telling Mike Fleming Jr., “Sometimes with these things, it becomes a matter of time, and it seems like it’s getting a little bit old to hold a grudge.”

And when he was pointedly asked about Iron Man 4 with Mel in the director’s chair he replied, “Why not? That movie would be bananas.”

And in case you are wondering, Downey has pulled this move before. Shane Black – who hired Downey to star in 2005′s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – was given the directing gig on Iron Man 3. So it helps to have a friend like RDJ.

So the question becomes, Iron Man 4 – Downey and Gibson – should it happen? Can it happen? Sound off in the comments below.