Robert Downey Jr. Joins CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; “Civil War” Storyline Pits Iron Man vs. Captain America

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Last week, Robert Downey Jr. went on the record to clarify that Iron Man 4 was not in the cards for him.  Instead, Downey promised, “I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s going to be plenty of other fun stuff.”  Downey also hinted at a secret plan he expected Marvel to announce soon.  That plan was revealed tonight.

Downey is close to signing a deal to co-star in Captain America 3.  The sequel will use the “Civil War” storyline, where the Superhero Registration Act mandates that anyone with superhuman abilities register with the U.S. government and agree to act as law enforcement.  Captain America opposes the legislation, but Iron Man supports it, setting up Downey to play the villain.  More after the jump.

Robert Downey Jr. Hits the Repulsors on IRON MAN 4; Says He’s Not Doing the Movie but Will Continue to Work with Marvel

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Yesterday on Ellen, Robert Downey Jr. said he and Marvel were in the middle of negotiations for Iron Man 4.  However, later that night, he went on The Late Show, and told David Letterman that not only is there no script, but when pressed to give a definitive answer on whether he would do the movie, Downey responded:

“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.”

He also said that Marvel does “have a plan, and I think they’re going to announce — they’re very secretive about it,” which is a statement one could say about Marvel Studios at any point in time.  Hit the jump for more.  Downey will next be seen as Iron Man in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens on May 1, 2015.

Watch: Every Marvel Easter Egg Explained Through THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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When Marvel Studios kicked off its first independent production with Iron Man in 2008, few could have predicted that it would become the juggernaut that it is today.  “Marvel” is no longer just the company, it’s the brand name.  This is why Guardians of the Galaxy is much less of a risk than people might think; a “Marvel Movie” is a massive selling point in and of itself.  One of the benefits of the autonomy that Marvel Studios has enjoyed over the past few years is the ability to pepper its films with Easter Eggs that actually pay off, rather than ones that are just simply sly nods to the source material that never go anywhere (though there are a few of those too).  In celebration of this weekend’s release of Guardians of the Galaxy, a video has been put together that points out every single Easter Egg in the Marvel films through Thor: The Dark World, from obvious ones like Cap’s shield in Iron Man to more obscure comics references.

Hit the jump to watch the Marvel Easter Eggs explained, and sound off in the comments if there are any that were missed. 

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Concept Art Showcases Scarlet Witch and Iron Man at San Diego Comic-Con

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Hot on the heels of Marvel’s reveal of their Comic-Con exclusive Ant-Man poster come two new examples of concept art for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Andy Park, who created the Ant-Man design, also produced this new look at Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), which debuts alongside an equally impressive Iron Man poster from artist Ryan Meinerding.  It suffices as a tease for what’s sure to be a cavalcade of Marvel goodies at San Diego Comic-Con.

Starring Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerJames SpaderPaul Bettany, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Hit the jump to see the full Comic-Con posters and for more on how you can get your own, and click here to see the posters for Black Widow and Captain America.

Over 50 Images of Sideshow Collectibles’ New IRON MAN MARK XXXV – RED SNAPPER 1/6th Scale Figure

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Last week, Sideshow Collectibles’ sent me along their new Iron Man Mark XXXV – Red Snapper 1/6th scale figure.  I figured I should do an “unboxing” series of photos since the toys are celebrated for their level of detail.  Also, I’ve never opened a figure that cost over $250, so that was another reason to mark the occasion.  To be fair, when I started looking at the figure up close, I could see that the price tag is well worth it for die-hard collectors.  It’s not just the high level of detail; it’s also what’s missing.  You won’t see paint smudges or chipping or any signs of rushed mass-production.  It’s a carefully made product.

Hit the jump for more on the Iron Man Mark XXXV – Red Snapper 1/6th scale figure, and click here to pre-order.

First Look at the Return of Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery in the Marvel One-Shot ALL HAIL THE KING

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Last fall, we learned that Ben Kingsley was shooting a “secret Marvel project”, and last week we reported that the upcoming Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray would contain the latest Marvel One-Shot, “All Hail the King”.  Unsurprisingly, that’s the “secret Marvel project”, and now we have the first images and details regarding Kingsley reprising his role as delightful dupe Trevor Slattery.  The short will be an epilogue to Iron Man 3 and see Trevor receiving the acclaim and adulation he’s always wanted albeit from within prison.  However, not everyone is a fan, and writer-director Drew Pearce (who co-wrote Iron Man 3) says this short will actually provide some comfort to the comic book fans who were upset that Kingsley wasn’t actually the Mandarin.

Hit the jump for more including four images from the short.  Click here to pre-order Thor: The Dark World, which will be released on February 25th.

Geek Gifts: 36″ Tall IRON MAN Mark VII Figure from Sideshow Collectibles

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While building your own fully functional Iron Man armor is prohibitively expensive, you can now become the proud owner of a 36″ tall Iron Man Mark VII armor figure for only $1,999.99!   The figure includes detachable jet thruster backpack and removable ammo packs, and each suit is individually hand finished with a high gloss paint application and brilliant light-up features in the eyes, arc reactor, and repulsor units located in the palms and feet.  Hit the jump to see more images of the figure, plus details on how you can get your hands on one.

IRON MAN 3 Gets the Honest Trailer Treatment

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Iron Man 3 is in the books for earning the biggest box office of 2013 (so far), but that doesn’t mean it can escape the wrath of the folks over at Honest Trailers.  It goes without saying that this snarky take is full of spoilers, but we’ll keep those after the jump.  They do go after Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man, Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin, and Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian quite a bit, along with Shane Black’s directing/screenwriting choices and some suspect visual effects.  Iron Man 3 has a number of problems which Honest Trailers latches onto, but sometimes it gets confused by in-movie jokes or makes tired observations that have been picked over by the internet denizens since the film’s May release.  It’s worth a couple of chuckles, especially for alternate names of Stark’s army of odd-looking suits.  Hit the jump to watch.

Deleted Scene from IRON MAN 3 Featuring Ben Kingsley as “The Mandarin” [UPDATED with Gag Reel]

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I almost feel like whenever we refer to Ben Kingsley as “The Mandarin”, quotes are now required to indicate the misleading name of the character.  Some people will never forgive the movie for the bait-and-switch because they wanted to see the Mandarin from the comics, which they were probably never going to get in the movie Iron Man world Marvel had been established.  There wasn’t going to be a guy with ten magic rings, and while I understand Iron Man 3 had a radical reinvention of the character for the screen, it was still highly entertaining.  For those who can’t get enough of co-writer and director Shane Black‘s take on the character, a deleted scene from the upcoming Iron Man 3 Blu-ray has been released online, and it features Kingsley in his hammy Mandarin persona.

Hit the jump to check out the deleted scene.  Iron Man 3 will be release on DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray on September 24th. [Update: We've added a just-released gag reel that will also be on the Blu-ray.]

Preview of Hero Complex Gallery’s “Bleeding Metallics” Show; Pieces Inspired by Wolverine, The Iron Giant, SUBURBAN COMMANDO, and More

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Hero Complex Gallery in LA opens its new show, BLEEDING METALLICS, this Friday night.  There will be art printed with metallic inks, printed on metal, crafted out of metal, using metallic paints and papers…and while this is quickly turning into a Bubba Gump routine, you get it…lots of metal.  Check out more info on the show, 14 preview images, and a surprise for the first 50 customers after the jump.

Kevin Feige Talks Planning Marvel’s Comic-Con Panels, IRON MAN 4, When They’ll Announce the Phase Three Films, AGENT CARTER, and More

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A few hours before Kevin Feige took the stage at Comic-Con, I sat down with him for an exclusive interview.  He talked about the importance of having footage to show at Comic-Con and original movies, what it’s been like working with James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy, how Marvel will still make Iron Man movies even if Robert Downey Jr. retires from the role, Agent Carter (Marvel’s next short film that’s on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray), and more.

However, while the entire interview is worth reading, I did learn two very important things:

  • Marvel is planning on doing something special at D23 next month.
  • The earliest we’re going to hear about which Marvel movies are coming in 2016 and 2017 is a year from now.  The reason is they’re focused on phase two and those slots are phase three movies.

Hit the jump for the full interview and click here for all our Comic-Con coverage.

LEGO Comes to Comic-Con with Life-Size Superman and Iron Man, Daily Minifigure Giveaways and a Set from THE LEGO MOVIE

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Comic-Con plays host to all sorts of superheroes, big and small.  LEGO is getting in on the fun with not only Life-Size models of Man of Steel’s Superman and Iron Man 3′s Iron Man, but also small-scale Minifigures that include Green Arrow, Spider-Man, Superman and Spider-Woman.  These latter figures will be part of LEGO’s daily giveaways.  As for how to obtain one the Life-Size figures, you’re on your own.  Hit the jump to view images of LEGO’s Comic-Con contribution.

Either Die a Hero or See Yourself Become the Villain: Life and Death in the Hands of Movie Superheroes

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For better or worse, the final confrontation between Superman and General Zod in this summer’s Man of Steel set off a firestorm of controversy across the web.  Heroes and villains were once black and white but seem to be getting away from those restrictions with every new comic book movie.  Should comic book heroes be held to a higher standard of morality in today’s world of “gritty and realistic” adaptations?  Is it fair to expect filmmakers to portray movie heroes and villains as paragons of good and evil, or is it time they dabble in the gray areas?  Or is it as simple as looking at a particular character’s origins and tough decisions (made by writers) over the years to decide whether or not the killing of their adversaries makes sense?

We’ve taken a look at comic book movies made over the years and put together a list of combatants, conflicts and resolutions to see if the line made famous by Aaron Eckhart in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight holds true: “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”  Hit the jump to see how other heroes have dealt with their villains over the years.

Shane Black Talks IRON MAN 3, the Mandarin Reveal, THE LAST BOY SCOUT, DOC SAVAGE, and More

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A few days ago, we landed an exclusive video interview with Shane Black backstage at the Saturn Awards.  During the wide-ranging interview, he talked about working with Marvel on Iron Man 3,  the Mandarin, the fan reaction to the surprising twist, a deleted scene with Ashley Hamilton, did he have plans for a sequel to The Last Boy Scout, how the spec market has changed for screenwriters and his advice for writers wanting to get into the business.  In addition, he talked about his very first script, his Doc Savage movie, the brace on his wrist, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Robert Downey Jr. Will Return to Play Iron Man in THE AVENGERS 2 and THE AVENGERS 3

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There was some slight doubt if Robert Downey Jr. would be putting on the Iron Man armor again.  His contract with Marvel had ended, he carried a huge price tag (he told GQ he made about $50 million from The Avengers), and there was the possibility of recasting the role James Bond-style.  But talks began about six weeks ago for Downey to join The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3.  Director Joss Whedon even chimed in saying that he didn’t want to do Avengers 2 if Downey wasn’t on board.

But all those worries can be put to rest.  The Tony Stark we know and love isn’t going anywhere.  Downey has signed a two-picture deal to star in The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3.  Hit the jump for more.

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