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Robert Downey Jr. will play Iron Man in ‘Avengers 2′ and ’3′

- June 20th, 2013

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It’s official: RDJ is staying put as Iron Man.

Marvel has announced that Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to reprise his role as Iron Man in The Avengers 2 and 3.

While we already knew that The Avengers 2 is coming May 1, 2015, the news about Avengers 3 comes as a bit of a surprise. And a welcome one at that.

It was expected that RDJ would return for the Avengers sequel, with director Joss Whedon telling The Daily Beast he wouldn’t make the film without him.

The actor himself even said, “I like being a company man.”

Marvel promised more casting news soon, adding that Avengers 2 starts production in March 2014.

Absent from today’s news was any info on whether RDJ will return for Iron Man 4. With the third instalment the most successful at the box office, I’m sure Marvel will want to see him back in his own stand-alone feature.

What do you think? Are you happy that he’s back for Avengers 2 and 3? Do you hope this means Iron Man 4 is in the works? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Joss Whedon: I won’t make Avengers 2 without Robert Downey Jr.

- June 6th, 2013

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Even though Iron Man 3 is still raking in the dough at the box office, Robert Downey Jr. hasn’t signed on the dotted line to reprise his role as Tony Stark in The Avengers 2 (he’s still in negotiations).

And now we’re getting word that the one person who is kinda central to the making of that sequel won’t do it unless Downey Jr. returns. In a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Beast, director Joss Whedon said he fully expects RDJ to suit up once again to play his part in Marvel’s marquee superhero movie, and he won’t do it without him.

“He is Iron Man. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond. I have no intention of making Avengers 2 without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that. I don’t think it’s in my interest, Marvel’s interest, or his interest, and I think everything will be fine. But I know that this is Hollywood and you roll with things. You have to be ready for the unexpected. But I loved working with Robert, and everybody knows he embodied that role in a way no one else can.”

Whedon is still working on the script for The Avengers 2, which is scheduled to drop in 2015 following Thor: The Dark World, and next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Speaking of Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadline is reporting Benicio del Toro has joined the James Gunn-directed space opera.

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Due out in August 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy will focus on little-known heroes, like Star-Lord, Gamora and Rocket Raccoon, that debuted back in 1969. In the new film, they join forces to battle an intergalactic enemy.

Del Toro is rumoured to be playing the Collector and has signed a multi-picture deal with Marvel.

I have no doubt Downey will be back. I’m more curious how Whedon will incorporate Quicksilver into the new film now that Bryan Singer has scooped up the character for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Would you mind if Downey was replaced as Iron Man in Avengers 2? Let us know what you think in the comments.

‘Iron Man 3′: Watch Tony Stark attempt a mid-air rescue

- April 30th, 2013

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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.

Robert Downey Jr. ponders life after Iron Man

- April 18th, 2013

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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.

New ‘Iron Man 3′ clip shows Tony Stark taunting Mandarin

- April 8th, 2013

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We’re just under a month away from the release of Iron Man 3 and the fine folks over at Marvel have just released a brand spanking new clip of Tony Stark threatening The Mandarin.

Stark is talking to reporters and he invites his new foe to fight him at his house. “I’ll leave the door unlocked,” he quips.

According to a survey of 4,000 moviegoers by U.S. online ticket retailer Fandango, Iron Man 3 is the movie film fans are most looking forward to this summer.

The third instalment of the franchise pits Robert Downey’s Iron Man against the villainous Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley), with a storyline coming from Warren Ellis’ ‘Extremis’ comic.

The new adventure is the first film in Marvel’s Phase 2.

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.

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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.