Robert Downey Jr. in Talks to Return for THE AVENGERS 2 and 3; No Deal Yet for IRON MAN 4

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The folks at Marvel are no doubt celebrating the massive opening weekend for Iron Man 3—which currently stands as the second highest of all time behind The Avengers—but the studio still has a very large question mark lingering over its future.  With the release of Iron Man 3, star Robert Downey Jr. fulfilled his contract with Marvel.  He is not contractually obligated to appear in any more Marvel films, and thus has a rather sizable amount of leverage over Marvel going forward given that he is, to the moviegoing public, the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Iron Man is the most recognizable character in Marvel Studios’ roster, and the character is now synonymous with Robert Downey Jr.

As such, everyone has been wondering whether RDJ will be back and if there are any more standalone Iron Man films in the future.  The negotiations have now begun, and things are, well, a bit complicated.  Hit the jump for much more.

Watch the Supremely Entertaining IRON MAN 3 End Credits Sequence [Updated]

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Judging by the massive box office take for Iron Man 3, most of you probably caught the latest Marvel film last week.  While the pic’s twists and turns were met with a decidedly mixed response from diehard comics fans, most agree that co-writer/director Shane Black crafted a highly entertaining pic to kick off Marvel’s Phase Two.  The film was capped by a fantastic end credits sequence that plays almost like the intro for a Saturday morning cartoon (“It’s Iron Man and Friends!”), and that sequence has now landed online in full for our viewing pleasure.

Hit the jump to watch the credits sequence, and click here to catch the latest episode of our podcast The Collision in which we talk all things Iron Man 3. [Update: Unfortunately the video has been pulled.  Sorry if you missed it!]

THE COLLISION: Episode 44 – Marvel Phase Two, Shane Black, and IRON MAN 3

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This week on The Collision on a spoiler-filled episode, we are joined by editor Brendan Bettinger, who I thank for filling in for me due to my moderate speech impediment as a result of recent jaw surgery.  Along with regulars Adam and Dave, they discuss Iron Man 3, Marvel Phase Two, the distinct voice of director and co-writer Shane Black, fidelity to the comics, and more.  As always, we wrap up with recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Television, Race, Diversity, and Auteur Showrunners”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Iron Man by the Numbers: IRON MAN, IRON MAN 2, and IRON MAN 3

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Just five years ago, Iron Man was on the fringes of pop culture.  Marvel Studios capitalized on the opportunity to make Iron Man the flagship superhero of Phase 1 on the way to The Avengers, and with the help of a resurgent Robert Downey Jr. and an eager Jon Favreau, turned Tony Stark into a household name.  I try to capture that journey with Iron Man by the Numbers, a feature that provides a numbers-based snapshot of each movie and its place in the filmography by looking at the box office, critical reception, and miscellaneous facts.

Hit the jump for a comprehensive review of Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Iron Man 3.

TOP 5: IRON MAN 3, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Video Blog Review, PACIFIC RIM Trailer, Michael B. Jordan Next Human Torch?, WHITE HOUSE DOWN Trailer

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Marvel makes it look easy. That’s what kept running through my head while watching Iron Man 3 Thursday night. Pumping out one solid standalone film after another with the overall goal of creating a whole that is equally, if not more, entertaining than its formidable parts can’t be that easy. And yet, Marvel makes it seem that way. In a medium outside of their native reach no less. Granted, Iron Man 3 isn’t without its flaws. But it doesn’t have to be. It succeeds on the exact level it’s meant to: in moving both the individual character and universal stories ahead in an entertaining and logical way. If “Marvel makes it looks easy” was my primary takeaway from IM3, “DC has their work cut out for them” isn’t far behind.

But enough Marvel love for one opening paragraph. In this week’s Top 5 we’ve got Iron Man 3 interviews with director Shane Black and more, a video blog review for Star Trek Into Darkness, the Pacific Rim trailer from WonderCon, Fox’s courting of Michael B. Jordan the the role of Human Torch in its upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, and the new trailer for Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx‘s White House Down. A brief recap and link to each is a “Continue Reading” click away.

Don Cheadle Talks IRON MAN 3, Shane Black, Changes on Set, CAPTAIN PLANET, and If Rhodey Might Appear in AVENGERS 2 or CAPTAIN AMERICA 2

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With writer-director Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 now playing around the world, I recently got to speak with the cast and filmmakers here in Los Angeles.  During my video interview with Don Cheadle, we talked about collaborating with Black, the awesome dialogue, filming the action, changes on set, the collaboration with Marvel on Rhodey, if he’s talked to Joss Whedon about The Avengers 2, will he make an appearance in Captain America 2, and the future of Captain Planet.  Hit the jump to watch.

IRON MAN 3 Rakes in $15.6 Million on Opening Night

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To the surprise of no one, Iron Man 3 made a lot of money on its opening night.  According to THR, the estimated tally is $15.6 million from screenings that began at 9pm.  The Avengers grossed $18.7 million on its opening night, so what does this mean?  In the grand scheme of the movie industry: nothing.  Iron Man 3 is a hit, and people expected it to be a hit.  It won’t be as big of a hit as The Avengers which is unsurprising since six superheroes are more profitable than one (seven if you count Nick Fury).  You can also try to water down Iron Man 3‘s success since showings began at 9pm and not midnight, and of course there’s the 3D and IMAX 3D boost.  But that would be pointless because again, everyone considers it a hit, and it’s expected to make a whopping $160-180 million through the weekend.

For more fun with numbers, Iron Man 2 took in $7.5 million from its midnight runs, which isn’t bad when you consider that the film actually debuted at midnight and wasn’t in 3D.  Worldwide, Iron Man 3 has already made $361 million, which is more than Iron Man and Iron Man 2 made in their entire worldwide runs ($268 million and $312 million, respectively).  Witness the true power and real reason for making movies in 3D.

IRON MAN 3 Review

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There are almost as many concepts floating around in Iron Man 3 as there are suits of armor.  The only difference is that the armors have a clearly defined purpose.  In an attempt to bring Tony Stark back to basics, his latest outing is a strangely bloated affair that still manages to be an incredibly fun thanks to the hilarious comedy and exhilarating action.  Without question, it’s the funniest and most exciting of the trilogy, but it’s also surrounded by a host of underdeveloped ideas relating to notions of desperation, augmentation, and obfuscation, not to mention the aftershock of The Avengers.  Like riding in one of the Iron Man suits, it’s a bumpy but highly enjoyable ride.

Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall Talk IRON MAN 3, Collaborating With Shane Black, Script Changes, Family Reactions After Getting Cast, and More

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With writer-director Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 now playing around the world and opening in America this weekend, I recently got to speak with the cast and filmmakers here in Los Angeles.  During my video interview with Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall, we talked about how their families reacted when they were cast, script changes during production, how it’s hard to talk about the movie without giving away some of the twists and turns, what it was like working with Shane Black, and more.  In addition, I tried to get Hall to talk about Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence (it didn’t work), and Pearce talks briefly about The Rover with Robert Pattinson.  Hit the jump to watch.

Kevin Feige Talks THE AVENGERS 2, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

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The wait is almost over for Shane Black’s Iron Man 3, which debuts in the States on Friday, May 3rd.  However, if you’re looking ahead to the rest of Marvel’s Phase Two slate of films, we’ve got a few nibbles of information to pique your interest.  Since there’s currently no Iron Man 4 on Marvel’s lineup, it’s looking like Robert Downey Jr.’s next appearance as the armored Avenger will be in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers 2.  But who else will be joining him?

Hit the jump for more on Iron Man 3 from Downey Jr., Black, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marvel’s Kevin Feige, along with updates on The Avengers 2 and Captain America: The Winter SoldierSpoilers ahead.

IRON MAN 3′s Chinese-Only Scenes Amount to Four Minutes of Throwaway Characters and Product Placement

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Ever since we heard that Disney/Marvel would be releasing a different version of Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 in China, we’ve been keeping an eye out for what exactly those differences would amount to.  Early feedback indicates that the extra four minutes of Chinese-only footage is heavy on product placement, light on character development and more or less absent on plot.  Though Chinese audiences are scratching their heads over the blatant homegrown advertising of Chinese products in their screenings, the film itself – and star Robert Downey Jr. in particular – is being received quite warmly.

Also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau and Sir Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3 opens in 3D Stateside on May 3rd.  Hit the jump for a recap of the Chinese-only footage.

IRON MAN 3 Projectionist Guide Aims to Give Audiences the Optimal Viewing Experience, Plus a Rare IRON MAN 3 Poster from the CapeTown Film Festival

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Think you’ve seen all the promotional material for Marvel’s Iron Man 3?  Nope!  Wrong again!  Today we have a couple different looks at a 3D projectionist’s guide for Shane Black’s threequel starring Robert Downey Jr., plus a rare poster available only to an Entertainment Weekly subscriber who attends tonight’s early screening of Iron Man 3 as part of EW’s CapeTown Film Festival.  Hit the jump to check them out.

Also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau and Sir Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3 opens in 3D on May 3rd.

Kevin Feige and Shane Black Talk IRON MAN 3, Deleted Scenes, If They Ever Considered the Demon in the Bottle Storyline, DOC SAVAGE and More

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With writer-director Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 now playing around the world and opening in America this weekend, I recently got to speak with the cast and filmmakers here in Los Angeles.  During my video interview with Black and Marvel President Kevin Feige, we talked about if they considered doing the demon in the bottle storyline, deleted scenes (they’re going to save some for the eventual Phase 2 box set), what’s the status of Black’s Doc Savage movie, and more.  In addition, Feige reveals that it was Robert Downey Jr. who helped come up with the tag at the end of the credits.  Hit the jump to watch.

Mondo’s IRON MAN 3 Posters by Martin Ansin and Phantom City Creative

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It was almost a sure-thing that Mondo would be whipping up some posters for Iron Man 3.  The Alamo Drafthouse’s art boutique has provided posters for Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and now they’ve got some beauties for Shane Black‘s upcoming third installment.  Phantom City Creative has provided a poster showing off the many armors of the new movie, and I really like the schematic design and level of detail.  There’s also a regular and variant poster from artist Martin Ansin.  It’s reminiscent of his Looper poster in how it how cuts together different images and hues inside and across multiple boundaries.

Hit the jump for sizes and pricing on the posters.  The posters will be available at a random time on Friday, so keep an eye on @MondoNews for the announcement.  Iron Man 3 opens in 3D on May 3rd.

Sir Ben Kingsley Talks IRON MAN 3, the Way Kevin Feige Offered Him the Role, His Portrayal of the Mandarin, and ENDER’S GAME

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With writer-director Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 now playing around the world and opening in America this weekend, I recently got to speak with the cast and filmmakers here in Los Angeles.  During my video interview with Sir Ben Kingsley, we talked about the way Kevin Feige told him about the role and the arc of his character, how it’s tough to talk about the film without giving away some of the twists and turns, the way he prepared for the role, whether he took home the rings, and more.  In addition, Kingsley talked about his work in director Gavin Hood‘s Ender’s Game.  Hit the jump to watch.

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