Iron Man 3 is literally just days away, and of course it’s way too early to be declaring any one sequence the best of the movie, but the newest clip from the film just became my odds on favourite.
Running at just over a minute, the scene is an extension of the one we’ve seen in various trailers: Air Force One has been attacked and helpless passengers plummet to the ground. Thirteen people are in the air and, as Jarvis informs him, Tony can only carry four.
I’m a sucker for jump scenes in movies and this Iron Man clip reminds me of my fave part from Transformers: Dark of the Moon (just to be clear, that’s not an endorsement of the Michael Bay film – other than this one sequence, I pretty much hated it).
Iron Man 3 takes place after the events of The Avengers, with Tony Stark battling The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley). It’s directed by Lethal Weapon-scribe Shane Black, so expect plenty of eye-popping stunts and lotsa humour.
Let us know what you think of this latest clip in the comments.
Thanks to Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. has been on top of the world since 2008.
After an extended stint on Hollywood’s C-list (a rep as a drug-abusing bad boy will do that to you), Marvel gave Downey Jr. the opportunity of a lifetime by casting the unproven star in the title role of the film adaptation of its popular comic.
At the time, it was a gamble because it was the first film in Phase I of Marvel’s cinematic plans. If Iron Man tanked, chances are we might not have seen Captain America, Thor or The Avengers.
The roll of the dice was a success and led to Downey’s $50-million payday for The Avengers.
But with the release of the third instalment next month, and the propensity for Hollywood to recast lead roles in ongoing franchises (Bond, Spider-Man, Batman), he knows the part won’t be his forever.
“At whatever point I’m done with this, I’m going to have a bit of a crisis, because I probably haven’t even fully ingested how much I’ve enjoyed it, how much it’s meant,” Downey Jr. tells GQ.
Downey Jr. doesn’t have a deal in place for Iron Man 4 or Avengers 2.
When asked if he would quit the character at age 50 (he’s 48), Downey Jr. replied, “I don’t know. Right now I don’t have a contract to do anything, and I did for the last five years.”
Downey Jr. is expected back for The Avengers 2 – “I like being a company man… and I still feel there’s a couple other things we’ve gotta do.” he said last month.
Iron Man 3 marks the start of Marvel’s Phase II, which continues with Thor: The Dark World, next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians Of The Galaxy and, in 2015, The Avengers 2.
After that, the company will move on to Phase III, adding new characters Ant-Man and Doctor Strange into the mix.
“So much of the stories we’re telling is about the core ‘Avengers’ characters we’ve now met, and they’ll be evolving in big, surprising ways, in Cap’s next movie and Thor’s next movie and of course in Iron Man 3, as we get them all into the next Avengers film,” Marvel’s movie boss Kevin Feige said in an interview with Empire earlier this year.
“Beyond that… Ant-Man is the only one officially announced, but you probably don’t have to look too far to guess at the next list of characters we’re toying with and beginning to develop.”
So while we might get an Iron Man 4, it doesn’t look like it’ll come anytime soon.
What do you think? Should Downey Jr. turn in his armor after Avengers 2, or do you want to see him play Tony Stark a couple of more times? Let us know in the comments.
You can also check out the latest trailer for Iron Man 3 and a six-minute behind-the-scenes look at the new film below.
In addition to this new Iron Man clip, Marvel also revealed a new image from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The sequel, which is being directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Community), starts filming today in Los Angeles and will also shoot in Cleveland and Washington D.C.
And an official release seems to indicate that Nick Fury (Sam Jackson) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) will play significant parts in the sequel:
“‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ will pick up where Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.”
In an interview with SFX Magazine earlier this year, Marvel studio boss Kevin Feige said that both Captain America 2 and Iron Man 3 will be completely different from their predecessors.
“What’s exciting to me about Cap – sort of about ‘Iron Man 3′ too if you look at it – is it’s tonally almost like a different genre,” said Feige. “Shane Black’s described ‘Iron Man 3′ as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot. We hired our directors on Cap because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a ’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie.”
Other people appearing in Captain America 2 include Robert Redford (whose role has been revealed as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within S.H.I.E.L.D.), Anthony Mackie (The Falcon), Georges St-Pierre (as French foot-fighter, Batroc the Leaper) and Frank Grillo, who will play the villainous Crossbones, a New York gangster who works for the Red Skull criminal organization.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be the third film in Marvel’s Phase 2 series, following Iron Man 3 and November’s Thor: The Dark World.
Ahead of next month’s release of Iron Man 3, Marvel is about to unveil a 10-disc set commemorating its first series of super hero films – Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 1 – Avengers Assembled.
Included in that set is a preview video that discusses plans for Phase 2, which begins with part three in Tony Stark’s ongoing fight against evil.
Marvel studio boss Kevin Feige acknowledged the character’s primary role in Marvel’s ambitious slate of super hero films. “‘Iron Man 1′ was the first in a giant Avengers Assembled Phase 1…’Iron Man 3′ is the start of the new road into Phase 2.”
What becomes clear is that even if you’re more into Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow or Hawkeye, Tony Stark is the central character in Marvel’s world.
“‘Iron Man 3′ is an opportunity to take Tony’s story even further,” says producer Stephen Broussard.
Also included in the clip is new concept art for Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America 2 and new footage from Thor 2.
The third instalment of the franchise will pit Robert Downey’s Iron Man against the villainous Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley), with a storyline coming from Warren Ellis’ ‘Extremis’ comic.
In an interview with SFX Magazine earlier this year, Feige said that both Iron Man 3 and Captain America 2 will be completely different from their predecessors.
“What’s exciting to me about Cap – sort of about ‘Iron Man 3′ too if you look at it – is it’s tonally almost like a different genre,” said Feige. “Shane Black’s described ‘Iron Man 3′ as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot.”
Thor 2: The Dark World follows Iron Man in November, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier next spring and Guardians of the Galaxy in August 2014.
All four will be setting the stage for Joss Whedon’s Avengers 2 sequel which hits theatres in 2015.
It’ll be interesting to see if and when DC gets its Justice League film off the ground. Justice League Dark with Guillermo Del Toro at the helm is forging ahead, but we still have no word on whether Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman will join forces onscreen.
If you haven’t seen the latest trailer for Iron Man 3, check it out below.
Before Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt were huge stars, they had to slug it out like a D-lister. Some of their early audition footage can be yours, but we’re not sure you’d want to own any of it.
UPDATE: Julien’s Auctions withdrew videos of celebrity audition tapes after SAG-AFTRA threatened legal action.
Honestly, who can say their life has been embarrassment-free? Nobody. But luckily for us mere mortals, no one has been around to capture our awkward moments – especially the dreaded job interview you may have bombed.
Unfortunately for Hollywood’s A-listers, their early flubs exist on film somewhere and now, thanks to three forward-thinking casting directors, you can purchase some of their cringe-inducing audition tapes.
Darren Julien and Martin Nolan of Julien’s Auctions told the Today show that the casting agents wanted to remain anonymous because they are very private people.
“It’s for the retirement fund,” Nolan told host Matt Lauer.
Up for grabs are tapes of Leonardo DiCaprio auditioning for the role of Ponyboy in a TV version of The Outsiders. And how about this for a slap in the face. Apparently Robert Downey Jr., Brad Pitt and Keanu Reeves all tried out for the part that was ultimately played by Billy Baldwin in Backdraft. In case anyone wants to keep score, one of Baldwin’s most recent film roles was alongside Edward Furlong in the box-office juggernaut, Remnants.
I love Pitt, but his audition for the role of Brian McCaffrey was really awful.
There are also a slew of try-outs from 1993′s Jurassic Park available, including one from a very young looking Gwyneth Paltrow.
Julien estimates those tapes will fetch $2,000-$4,000.
Check out some of the clips below and let us know whose audition impressed you the least. If anything, it should make you feel a little better about the possibilities of what tomorrow might bring.