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.

Robert Downey Jr. and Kevin Feige Talk IRON MAN 4; Downey Says He Wants to Launch a New Non-IRON MAN Franchise

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Though Iron Man 3 only just hit theaters a couple of weeks ago (and crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office today), many of the conversations surrounding the film have revolved around the prospect of Iron Man 4.  A fourth film in Marvel’s most prominent—and successful—franchise seems like a no-brainer, but there’s the tiny matter of star Robert Downey Jr.’s contract.  His agreement with Marvel is currently up for renegotiation, meaning there is no guarantee that he’ll don the Iron Man suit again.  The actor is said to be in negotiations to return for The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3, but an agreement has yet to be made regarding another standalone Iron Man film.

Downey and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently talked a bit about the prospect of seeing Iron Man 4 pop up in Marvel’s Phase Three slate of films, and while Feige is confident that the character will live on no matter what happens, Downey seems keen on taking a break from Tony Stark for a bit.  Hit the jump for more.

Joss Whedon Confirms Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch for THE AVENGERS 2; Talks about Iron Man’s Return

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The twin brother-sister superheroes Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch have been likely contenders to join The Avengers 2 since April when Joss Whedon teased, “I’ve got these two characters, two of my favorite characters from the comic book, a brother-sister act. They’re in the movie.”  Kevin Feige followed that even though the characters fall into a legal grey area (The characters are mutants, Magneto is their father, and Fox could have possession since they own X-Men), they would be available.  Today, Whedon has confirmed that the characters will be in The Avengers 2.

Hit the jump for more including what Whedon had to say about bringing Iron Man into The Avengers 2.

Geek Gifts: Hot Toys’ IRON MAN 3 Sixth-Scale Figures War Machine Mark II and Iron Man Mark XXXV “Red Snapper” Armor

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Want to reenact your favorite scenes from Iron Man 3 but can’t afford to build your own suit of armor?  Well, you’re in luck!  Two new figures from Hot Toys will bring the fun and action of the Marvel movie into your home at just a fraction of the price.  The special edition of the War Machine Mark II figure will set you back US $284.99 with an expected shipping date in February 2014.  This is the same price for the non-exclusive edition.  The Iron Man Mark XXXV “Red Snapper” armor is available to pre-order for US $254.99, with delivery expected by December of this year.  Hit the jump for more details and images for each of the figures.

Marvel to Turn China-Only Scenes in IRON MAN 3 into Short Film for American Audiences

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In response to fan outrage that some of the footage in Iron Man 3 was exclusive to the Chinese release, the studios have decided to recut said footage into a short film and release it.  The short focuses on Dr. Wu, a character who only gets ten seconds of screen time in the American theatrical release.  Titled The Prologue, the short film will reveal more about Wu, who is played by the Chinese actor Wang Xueqi.  Hit the jump for more information.

TOP 5: First Trailer and Poster for GRAVITY, NINJA TURTLES Set Pics Galore, Kevin Feige Interview, ENDER’S GAME Trailer, IRON MAN by the Numbers

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Last night I turned to Xbox Live to check out Shane Carruth‘s Upstream Color for the first time. While not quite as impenetrable after one viewing as its predecessor, 2004′s Primer, Upstream still demands the utmost attention of its viewers in exchange for the slightest hint of clarity. The dialogue is sparse, the setting is ever-changing, the editing is heavily dependent on juxtaposition as a way of creating meaning, and the sound design/foley work is turned up to “11″ at times. Whereas Primer played more to the intellect behind making time travel a reality, Upstream is an extremely visceral experience that is more interested, or at least more successful, in eliciting an emotional response than explaining how a rare organism can be harvested, used as a method of mind control, and ultimately link humans to pigs. The exact degree to which it succeeds will vary from viewer to viewer but it’s ultimately an experience I recommend taking in.

Of course a movie like Upstream lends itself to more than a few lines of my humble analysis, but that’s not actually why we’re here. In this week’s Top 5 you can check out the first trailer and poster for Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, a generous number of set pics from director Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, Steve’s exclusive phone interview with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, the first trailer for Ender’s Game, and a look at Iron Man by the Numbers. A brief recap and link to each will greet you after the jump.

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