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Samuel L. Jackson Joins the Cast of Iron Man

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson has signed a deal with Marvel to play Nick Fury in Iron Man 2, the sequel to last summer’s successful blockbuster Iron Man. Read on:

Samuel L. Jackson has buried the hatchet with Marvel Entertainment, making a deal to play the role of Nick Fury in “Iron Man 2,” and potentially many other films.

Jackson’s deal is a long-term commitment to play Fury, the leader of the espionage unit the Shield. His deal contains an option to play the character in nine future Marvel superhero films, efforts that are expected to include “Captain America,” “Thor,” “The Avengers” and “The Shield” as well as potential sequels.

Jackson introduced Fury in the closing moments of “Iron Man,” when the character asked Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark to join his group. Fury is a natural to show up in multiple Marvel franchises, as he crosses paths with many Marvel superheroes in the comicbooks.

Jackson’s Marvel future looked murky, after he reportedly expressed his displeasure with the producer-financier’s initial offer to reprise his role. Jackson was hardly alone: Even though “Iron Man” grossed more than $600 million worldwide, Marvel brass has been sparing in offers to talent like Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell to play villains in the sequel, sources said.

Jackson and his ICM reps have evidently cleared those dealmaking hurdles, and he will take part in the sequel that director Jon Favreau shoots in the spring, with Paramount Pictures distributing in summer 2010.

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Iron Man’s Blunt Force

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Iron Man DS 1 Sheet Movie PosterrEmily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) has been cast as the Black Widow in Iron Man 2.

Tony Stark’s way with the ladies might very well prove lethal in Iron Man 2.

Variety reports that English actress Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, The Wolfman) has “emerged as the frontrunner” to play the femme fatale Black Widow, a.k.a. Natalia Romanova, in the Jon Favreau-directed sequel.

Although Variety refers to Black Widow by the name of Natasha Romanoff, she is also known as Natalia Romanova in the comics. Marvel would not comment on the Blunt/Black Widow rumor for Variety.

Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell have been cast as the movie’s two main villains. Filming begins this spring for a 2010 release.

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Iron Man 2 Update

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

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We’ve got a ton news about the upcoming “Iron Man” sequel.

Mickey Rourke, the so-hot-right-now comeback star of The Wrestler, and Sam Rockwell (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) are in talks to join the upcoming Iron Man sequel as dual villains.

Rockwell, The Hollywood Reporter says, is up for the part of Justin Hammer, “a multibillionaire businessman and a rival of industrialist” of Tony Stark. Incidentally, Rockwell was one of director Jon Favreau’s original choices for the Iron Man role.

As for Rourke’s part, there appears to be some confusion. Variety says that he would play “Tony Stark’s Russian alter ego, a heavily tattooed bruiser who is in the arms trade and battles Iron Man in his own nuclear-powered armored suit.” The trade mag hints that he’s the Crimson Dynamo.

But wait… The Hollywood Reporter describes the character differently. They say Rourke will portray “a tattooed Russian heavy named Ivan who becomes Whiplash, a man with deadly, technologically enhanced coils.” That doesn’t sound like Whiplash at all — that character is a girl, except in the Ultimate universe where he’s only been briefly glimpsed. The description sounds a little bit like Omega Red, but we’re inclined to think that Rourke is actually playing Crimson Dynamo, as Variety states.

Did somebody get their wires crossed here? Is it intentional misinformation? We think the latter is a real possibility given the extremely convoluted nature of today’s announcements.

Finally, THR scoops that another role, that of Tony Stark’s assistant Natasha, has yet to be cast. Confused yet?

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Iron Man Mark 1 Maquette – Preorder

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Iron Man Maquette

As seen in the the 2008 summer blockbuster film Iron Man, we have the Iron Man Mark I Maquette. This awesome piece is a stunning representation of Tony Stark’s first generation of Iron Man armor, complete a working light-up feature, replicating the ‘heart’ of Tony Stark.

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Iron Man 2 First Draft Completed

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

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The first draft for Iron Man 2 is already completed.

Tropic Thunder scribe Justin Theroux is one of the writers to have joined the Iron Man 2 writing team, and he spoke about the superhero sequel to

Apparently the first draft of the script is already done, with Theroux and his fellow scribes discussing further ideas.

“I just got back from London where I was working with [Iron Man star] Robert [Downey Jr.] and [producer] Kevin Feige,” he explained. “We were talking with Robert, who’s out there doing Sherlock Holmes, he was giving his input and his notes. We’re sort of there. It’s just sort of chugging along.”

He also said they hadn’t re-written the role of War Machine in response to Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard as Jim Rhodes, contrary to speculation. “No, that’s all nonsense,” he said. “We’re writing the thing, virtually the same for Rhodey that we would for any actor. We’re really taking what’s going to be the most interesting story for the fans, and what are they going to enjoy watching.”

They also apparently haven’t been making too many provisions for the future Avengers movie: “It is the Marvel universe, but… they haven’t given us any instruction as far as ‘we want you to do this or we want you to do that.’

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Downey Jr. Talks Avengers

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. at Comic Con

Iron Man star, Robert Downey Jr. talks about the “dangers of bring Marvel’s The Avengers to the big screen.”

“If we don’t get it right it’s really, really going to suck.” So says Robert Downey, Jr. about the dangers of bringing Marvel’s The Avengers to the big screen.

“It has to be the crowning blow of Marvel’s best and brightest because it’s the hardest thing to get right. It’s tough to spin all the plates for one of these characters,” Downey recently told MTV from the London set of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes.

The star added, “The danger you run with colliding all these worlds is [director] Jon [Favreau] was very certain that Iron Man should be set in a very realistic world. Nothing that happened in Iron Man is really outside the realm of possibility. Once you start talking about Valhalla and supersized super-soldiers and jolly green giants it warrants much further discussion.”

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Cheadle Replaces Howard in Iron Man 2

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

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Don Cheadle will replace Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2

Howard is out and Cheadle in Iron Man 2.

Back when Iron Man came out, Terrence Howard was very excited about the direction his character – Tony Stark sidekick Jim Rhodes – would take in the sequel, telling us he was already thinking about how he would play the character in Iron Man 2.

Well it seems all that talk was in vain, with the actor now dropping out of the movie due, according to The Hollywood Reporter, to “financial differences, among other reasons.”

Marvel has quickly stepped in, hiring Don Cheadle to replace the departing actor. He’s probably most famous for his awful attempts at a cockney accent in the Ocean films, but has serious acting credentials having nabbed an Oscar nomination for Hotel Rwanda.

The role is set to be greatly expanded in Iron Man 2, with all the sequel buzz suggesting [possible spoiler ahead] that Rhodes will become War Machine next time around.

Filming on the sequel will get under way next year.

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Iron Man 2 Web Chat

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

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Director Jon Favreau participated with in a live web chat today with the readers of the The Los Angeles Times:

Director Jon Favreau participated in a live web chat today with readers of The Los Angeles Times wherein he spilled a few beans about what fans can expect from Iron Man 2.

“We’re playing with who the villain should be and what we should incorporate from the comic book. And how it will lead into The Avengers,” Favreau said, adding later, “I think we need some version of ‘classic villains’ in these movies. Many don’t hold up well to time and to the big screen, but their essence should inspire the characters.”

The Iron Man helmer said the Mandarin “is still an important figure in the Iron Man universe. We have an interesting take on him that allows us to incorporate the whole pantheon of villains. The whole 10 Rings thing in (Iron Man 1) was a good tease for it.” When asked by a fan whether a female adversary such as Madame Masque might be used in the sequel, Favreau replied, “Female villain… Now there’s an interesting notion.”

So what might Iron Man 2 be about? “The sequel is shaping up to incorporate Tony’s vision for the future. What happens after he says ‘I am Iron Man?'” Favreau said. He later added, “Iron Man is indeed a celebrity. He announced who he was and we have now officially departed from the standard secret ID superhero. Tony was already famous before the announcement. What would really happen if this went down? Fun to explore.” As for Tony Stark’s alcoholism, the director said “I don’t think we’ll ever do the Leaving Las Vegas version, but it will be dealt with.”

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New DVD Releases: Tuesday September 30, 2008

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Iron Man Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Iron Man is released this Tuesday. Yeah!!!!!!!

  • Iron Man (Action) – Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Samuel L. Jackson, Leslie Bibb, Clark Gregg, Stan Lee; Directed by: Jon Favreau

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    Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Comedy) – Cast: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Bill Hader; Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

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  • Massive Iron Man Update

    Friday, September 12th, 2008

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    Jon Favreau sits down with a group of journalists to talk, indepth, about the sequel to Iron Man:

    IGN and a small number of journalists were able to sit down with writer/director and Iron Man mastermind Jon Favreau this afternoon for a lengthy and in-depth discussion on the upcoming sequel. The conversation was packed with fresh Iron Man news, including Favreau’s thoughts on War Machine, the Mandarin and the art of the comic-book sequel.

    On Iron Man’s success…

    FAVREAU: I was surprised by everything. I was surprised that the reviews were so strong, that it made so much money. I was surprised that Dark Knight had better reviews and made so much more money. On the one hand, it was a really unexpected, serendipitous summer. Oddly, when Dark Knight finally came out and was received the way it was, it was such a relief for me because I really felt like we went from nobody expecting anything to people starting to expect something…First, it was, “Who the hell cares about Marvel’s b-level heroes,” to Comic-Con where began building momentum, to this fever pitch where we were afraid that we’d disappoint and fail to meet expectations. And then Dark Knight comes in and makes history and all of a sudden, we felt the relief of that spotlight moving off of us from the guard tower. And now we have two years to lay low and work on the movie.

    On what changed the tide of the superhero movie…

    FAVREAU: I think 9/11. I think that was a game changer. I think people were looking for emotional simplicity, for escapism. There were superhero movies before Spider-Man, but Spider-Man hit at just the right time. It was the first way that we could get to those emotions. You couldn’t say anything about politics, about war, but you put somebody in a costume and say, “This is the good guy, this is the bad guy,” and you set that in a fantasy world or the Marvel universe, all of a sudden you allow people and kids and adults to experience those emotions. They’re dealing with real emotions in an escapist way. And that’s become more complex as we’ve become more comfortable seven years later, and you can have a movie like Dark Knight that shows people those things. There’s a line you can’t cross, but that line’s moving. But I’m glad that I was able to hit the crest of the genre and I feel safe now that we have a built in audience. But you wonder how that is going to change. Whoever gets voted in, I think there’s going to be an incredible transformation. I don’t know what it’s going to be, how the economy will affect that, or what the politics will look like. But change is coming, regardless, within our political system and our culture. And I wonder, as a moviemaker, how that’s going to effect audiences and what the national attitude is. It’s not something that turns on a dime.

    On The Avengers movie…

    FAVREAU: It starts off as, “Hey, wouldn’t it be fun if we stuck the Captain America shield in the background,” or “Hey, wouldn’t it be fun if we had Sam Jackson play Nick Fury.” That’s a nod to our fans. But now, between the shield and Nick Fury and the final scene of The Hulk, I’m like, “Wow, we’re really forming a team.” That scene is clearly not the day after Iron Man ended, so where does it fit? I don’t want to ignore it or say, as Marvel does, “It’s an alternate universe.” So how do you make it all work within that world? And Hulk was successful in keeping a tone that was not inconsistent with our film… In this case, you have Kevin Feige who wants to solve this puzzle. All that brain power makes you come up with interesting solutions. We have a pretty good gameplan. And there are conversations I’m having with them about The Avengers, where you’re not just dealing with tech; you’re dealing with inter-dimensional portals and all the shit that makes you jump the shark if you don’t handle it right. We were very restrained in how we used our superhero-ism in our movie, and we did that by keeping it all tech-based. Hulk was fairly tech-based. And then you get to Cap, where it’s a guy frozen in ice and you say, “Yeah, OK., I can buy that.” But then you get to Thor and it’s all out the window. So how you make that all feel of the same world is the challenge.

    On The Mandarin as a live-action movie villain…

    FAVREAU: The Mandarin is such a tricky character because everywhere you turn, it’s a minefield. You get into the mystical, Asian, dark arts and interdimensional travel and all the rings, and you say, “That’s cool; maybe we can make it authentic.” And then you see the trailer for The Mummy movie. That’s as authentic as it’s gonna get, but does it fit our film? I don’t know. What are your rules and how do you stay consistent? Because that’s what happens – people get desperate. How do you up the ante? And people start breaking their own rules and lose their identity. The Mandarin is the main guy, but we always remind ourselves that nobody likes the Emperor compared to Darth Vader. When the Emperor was this figure that you only saw obliquely, you’d say, “Shit, Darth Vader’s bowing to someone?” But then as he talked more, enough was enough. So the Mandarin, to have that kind of weight to him, it’s really a matter of using all the narrative tricks. But if you’re shooting these rings that have powers that could throw off the balance of the universe – how do you keep the whole thing together yet fulfill the expectations from the book? And a little bit goes a long way. There are a lot of other characters and countries that fit very well into our universe. The Iron Man cannon is becoming incredibly cogent and applicable once again.

    On the script for Iron Man 2…

    FAVREAU: The writing is coming along quite well. We’ve got Justin Theroux, who did Tropic Thunder. He echoes Downey’s tastes a lot. He’s an actor. He brings a real sense of fun. He’s never worked in the genre before, so he has that great newcommer’s enthusiasm. Then it’s about, here are the books. We’re breaking the story and pages are coming out, but it’s more of a conversation than actual writing…We’re looking – not so much for story, but for tone – at the Matt Fraction stuff. That series seems to be informed as much by our movie as by what happened with Iron Man before. It’s informed by current events. I’m very impressed by what he’s written.

    On storytelling in comic-book films…

    FAVREAU: There’s always a sense of “let’s save something for another movie.” But I think there’s a way to wade into it. In Spider-Man, he seems to be dealing with different issues in each film because they’re very modular. But we want to stretch our movie out like three chapters of the same story… These are smart audiences now with the capacity to understand long-form, complex storytelling, and you’re starting to see it more in TV and videogames. Movies are kind of what they are. It’s like a rock and roll song – you’ve got your thing, your bridge and your end. So how do you keep making rock and roll songs, but also do the White Album? How do you put it all together with other movies and make it something that’s a larger experience for people who are paying attention, but yet not so complex that if you’re not paying attention you’re going to not have fun? I’m a pretty smart audience member and I just don’t have that attention span, so I want to figure out if I can get a better version of that while still upping the ante of what you’re putting on the screen and the humor and the dialogue.

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