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.
1. IRON MAN 3 Interviews with Shane Black and More
I briefly share my thoughts on the pic in the opening paragraph and while there’s definitely more to talk about (including one of the biggest surprise turns I can remember in recent blockbuster fare) I’ll leave a majority of the dissection to Matt’s Iron Man 3 review. Or, if you’re less interested in our thoughts and more on the thoughts of those behind the film itself, then I recommend checking out our video interviews with co-writer/director Shane Black & Marvel President Kevin Feige, the great Sir Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce & Rebecca Hall, and Don Cheadle, as well as a text interview with Pearce, Hall, and Black.
2. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Spoiler-Free Video Blog Review
Know the feeling of excitement you have as you walk out of the theater from a movie you loved? Yeah, me too and, in a way, that’s kind of what it’s all about. Now imagine as you’re leaving with that feeling fresh in your mind that you stop to shoot a quick video blog that you hope will share your excitement while spoiling nothing for those who might watch before experiencing the movie for themselves. That’s pretty much exactly what’s on display here in Steve’s spoiler-free video blog review of Star Trek Into Darkness alongside Peter from Slash Film. A work of film criticism art? Nope. A cool video that encapsulates the reason we do what we do? Yep.
3. PACIFIC RIM WonderCon Trailer
I’m not going to belabor the point on this one. The Pacific Rim trailer from WonderCon looks awesome. The sound design and visuals seem fantastic. The action looks huge and Idris Elba’s leadership qualities have almost single-handedly prepared me to take on giant aliens in defense of mankind without batting an eye. Just do yourself a favor and watch it on the biggest screen you can find.
4. Fox Eyes Michael B. Jordan for Human Torch in FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot
Since news broke on Thursday that Fox is heavily considering casting Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/Human Torch in its Fantastic Four reboot, I’ve read complaints about how Jordan’s race should disqualify him from playing the historically white character. Even for Internet comment sections and thread forums, that’s really stupid. As someone who subjected myself to the terribleness of the first two entries in the franchise, I can only say that if I were a hardcore FF fan (I’m not) then I would be more worried about how the cinematic legacy of my beloved superhero team might be mildly salvaged by this reboot than how the race of one of its characters might deviate from what I’m used to.
5. New Trailer for WHITE HOUSE DOWN
Last on this week’s list is the latest trailer from director Roland Emmerich’s White House Down. I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised with how much different the tone of this cut is from its predecessor which relied heavily on a “the White House is under fire, THIS IS SERIOUS!” approach. Obviously I hope the two tones aren’t as jarring when juxtaposed within the context of the full film. Nevertheless, right now I have a good feeling about this being the entertaining summer action pic that I so want it to be.