Marvel’s Mightiest Avenger just dropped the hammer on DC Comics.
While making the promotional rounds for his upcoming racing drama Rush, Chris Hemsworth was asked by Jake Hamilton (via CBM) about the rivalry between Marvel and DC.
“We’re just winning aren’t we?” said Hemsworth. “That’s not really a rivalry.”
When Hamilton told the Thor star that last summer’s Avengers trumped The Dark Knight Rises at the box office, Hemsworth took another dig adding, “Did we? Good.”
He became more measured as he continued: “Look you can’t not be excited about your film being part of something that does that well, but it all kind of benefits each other. If one film opens big, then most likely people want to come back to the movies and see something else. So it all feeds into each other.”
Still Hemsworth did raise an uncomfortable point for DC fans. So far, when it comes to dollars and cents, Marvel owns the comic book movie box office. Seven of the 10 highest grossing films are Marvel, with The Avengers sitting in first place.
This summer’s Man of Steel just managed to squeak into the top 10, and outside of Batman and Superman, DC doesn’t have another comic book property that has been a hit on the big screen.
That all might change with Man of Steel 2, and Justice League, but right now, Hemsworth is right. It isn’t a rivalry, Marvel is just winning.
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When it comes to comic book characters, you can kill ‘em, but whether they stay dead or not, that’s a completely different story (Remember Agent Phil Coulson, who was killed in The Avengers? He’ll be back on the small screen this fall in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
EW talked to Joss Whedon about his upcoming Avengers sequel and broached the possibility of the writer-director killing off one of Marvel’s heroes in Age of Ultron.
“I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, ‘We’ll cut off a potential franchise, that’s fine!’” he tells EW. “They know, as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get? We don’t just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement ‘Who can we kill?’ We try to build the story organically and go, ‘How hard can we make it on these people?’”
Whedon also confirmed what he has already said about a 150 times: Loki won’t be back in Age of Ultron.
“Every movie is going to be a different villain,” he said. “Loki’s awesome, and he is awesome in Thor 2. But The Avengers is a different thing.”
Honestly, I love it when films throw audiences for a loop. Remember how crazy it was when John Doe killed Mills’ wife in Se7en? So I think it would be cool if Whedon killed off a B-list hero during Age of Ultron. Just saying.
In additional news, newly released storyboards for The Avengers reveal a scene featuring The Wasp.
“There was a very Wasp-y draft that I wrote,” Whedon told Cinema Blend last year.
The animatics by artist Federico D’Alessandro show The Wasp with the other Avengers in the climactic finale in New York City.
Several other animatics leaked online over the weekend showing a different introduction for Iron Man in the movie and what Comicbookmovie.com theorizes is our first glimpse of an evil Jarvis, which could hint at the Ultron storyline in The Avengers 2.
Would you like to see Marvel off one of its heroes in The Avengers: Age of Ultron? Vote below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Over the last few months, there has been plenty of talk of how Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel will hint at a larger DC Universe and be the launchpad for an eventual Justice League movie. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last month, Warner Bros. boss Jeff Robinov confirmed that the Superman reboot would be, “Setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward.”
Snyder also acknowledged that Warner Bros. expected him to “keep them on course” for a Justice League team-up.
Since then, rumours have swirled about a Lex Luthor appearance – evidenced by a building bearing the Lex Corp brand in an early trailer and a report on Ain’t It Cool – and perhaps a cameo from the Dark Knight himself.
Now we’re getting word from Collider that Man of Steel will be making a direct reference to Batman.
Quoting from an interview their partners at Omelete did with Snyder, Collider reveals that, “The Wayne Enterprises logo is on a satellite that Zod destroys.”
So there you have it. Batman, Bruce Wayne, Joker, Robin, Penguin and Scarecrow all exist within the same universe as Supes.
After he made this big reveal, Snyder was asked if he wants to see Batman and Superman in Man of Steel 2, to which he answered: “I don’t know. Everything is interesting at this point. And don’t forget that Lex is out there, doing who knows what…”
In a separate interview with Collider’s Steve Weintraub, Snyder does say that any potential Justice League movie should follow Man of Steel 2, much like how Marvel positioned The Avengers.
“Look … completely hypothetically, I feel like you need … to get Superman a little further down the road, I think, before you can do a Justice League movie.”
So what do you think? Would you want to see a Batman/Superman movie? Should DC copy Marvel’s playbook to help set up a Justice League film? Let us know in the comments. You can also check out the most recent trailer and featurette below.
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.
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.