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Another day, another set photo from X-Men: Days of Future Past from director Bryan Singer. This one doesn't reveal anything that we haven't seen before, but there's just something special about seeing Jennifer Lawrence go blue as Mystique. It looks like there's a lot of green screen work in this particular scene, and while she was quite fit in X-Men: First Class, it looks like Lawrence is even more trim. This time around we've heard there's not as much full body make-up and she has a body suit on so preparing to shoot is less arduous. It's cool to see a shot like this without any Photoshop work to see the real make-up quality.
Right now Iron Man 3 is just $50 million shy of hitting $1 billion worldwide, and it should hit that milestone by the end of the week. In the meantime, for those who have already seen the film (and even those who haven't), we have a few cool looks behind the scenes at the visual effects put to use in the Marvel blockbuster. One video dives behind the scenes of an effects heavy action sequence while another shows how part of the plane sequence featured in previous promotional materials was pieced together. But one of the more surprising sequences is a short and sweet shot of James Badge Dale that didn't even look like a visual effects shot on the big screen. That last video has a minor spoiler, so be wary. Watch them below!
Shane Black's Iron Man 3 pays homage to the grittier Iron Man found in comic books by forcing him to use all of his talents in order to save the day. Instead of solely relying on pure power and awesomeness, Black's Iron Man focuses on a multi-dimensional Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) inside the suit — one who can draw on his mechanical genius, super-powered technology, and detective skills to defeat the enemy. But the film plagues him with several human problems such as regret, anxiety, and relationship issues. These help the film present the fullest Iron Man yet - which couldn't make this Marvel nut any happier. More below!
Before the release of Iron Man 3 last week, news surfaced that China would be getting their own cut of the film featuring extended scenes utilizing the country's actors Wang Xueqi and Fan Bingbing. While their characters appeared only about 10 seconds in the cut of the film in the rest of the world, they were given three minutes of screentime in China's cut. Xueqi played Dr. Wu, and in the special cut, meets Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in the opening flashback in 1999, having a conversation with Jarvis, and then he shows up towards the end of the film to heal Stark's injuries with acupuncture aided surgery. More below!
Just last summer, there were rumblings that Disney Animation would be making their first foray into Marvel territory with an adaptation of the lesser known comic book Big Hero 6. The series followed a team of state-sanctioned superheroes at the disposal of the Japanese government with a top-secret consortium of politicians and business entities known as the Giri formed to recruit and train potential superhuman operatives. Now Disney has announced the film with a 3D release on November 7th, 2014 along with concept art, and a gorgeous first look at the setting: the mythical mash-up city San Fransokyo.
During the press rounds for Iron Man 3, the charismatic Robert Downey Jr., was hinting that it might be time for him to retire from Iron Man as he nears age 50, and his contract with Marvel expires, prompting a need for renegotiations. As of now Downey is not signed on for The Avengers 2, but Heat Vision reports he has entered negotiations to join the sequel in addition to The Avengers 3. However, there is no discussion about Iron Man 4 right now, which goes hand-in-hand with what Gwyneth Paltrow said last week. However, these negotiations are pretty tense, because the rest of the cast of the ensemble superhero movie doesn't want to be lowballed by Marvel anymore, and Downey is making sure that doesn't happen.
It's Free Comic Book Day! Someone please tell me they're handing these posters out at comic book stores. We've been building up hype for James Mangold's The Wolverine, based on the Frank Miller comic book arc, which continues with this new poster for the villain - Silver Samurai. The big, bad samurai super villain that Wolvie goes up against was first revealed in the CinemaCon footage earlier in the week, showing him in a fight with the indestructible Marvel superhero. The new art is in the same beautiful watercolor style as the first teaser poster showing Wolverine. I like the look, and I'm getting more excited to see this movie.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Prepare for a heavy metal! He's back. The Iron Man. Tony Stark, returning for Round 3 after teaming up in The Avengers. In theaters nationwide this weekend is Marvel Studio's latest sequel, Iron Man 3, once again bringing back Robert Downey Jr. as Stark. They set the stakes with Avengers, can Shane Black take the character to new heights? Key characters this time include Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper, Don Cheadle as Rhodey, and Guy Pearce as Killian. Best one yet or worse than Iron Man 2? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Shane's Iron Man 3.
"I'm just going to say two words: bullet train." 20th Century Fox has been doing some rather impressive and smart web marketing for James Mangold's The Wolverine. They've held live streaming chats and big trailer debuts, now Hugh Jackman himself participated in a Twitter Q&A with fans. Jackman answered 11 different questions from fans in short 30 second videos about The Wolverine, including one about X-Men: Days of Future Past at the very end. He talks about everything from the action sequences, to training, to working with director James Mangold. They're short but sweet, and Hugh is such an eternally charming guy.
You have to give Marvel credit. They've allowed their franchises, though all taking place in the same, Avengers-centric world, to fall into hands of auteurs, film makers who have something more to say than "Just point and shoot." Though the results have been varied, certain cinematic voices have been allowed to be heard. And so it goes that summer 2013 kicks off with Shane Black's take on Iron Man. Iron Man 3, written and directed by the man who created Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, is as entertaining as it is unique, a comic book one-off with a little mystery and a little edge, something Black is all too gifted for.
After making a splash with the surprise, found footage, superhero, hit Chronicle, director Josh Trank took his success to the big time and is now attached to direct 20th Century Fox's reboot of Fantastic Four which is slated to hit theaters in 2015. Now it sounds like he might be bringing one of his Chronicle stars with him as The Wrap has learned Michael B. Jordan is in contention to play Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch, in the hopeful new comic book franchise. As of right now Jordan has had several meetings at Fox for the role, but the ultimate decision comes down to his chemistry with the other actors. More below!
Just a little while ago, Kick-Ass 2 and The Call star Morris Chestnut was a little vocal on Twitter and Facebook with implications that he might be up for the lead role in Marvel's potential adaptation of Black Panther. There were rumblings last summer that the adaptation of the comic might be coming sooner than later, but there have been no solid developments on that front yet, so Chestnut's now-deleted comments seemed interesting but uncertain. Now another name has been mentioned for the same role as Latino Review has heard that 42 star Chadwick Boseman is at the top of a short list to take the part. Read on!
The Warrior. The Survivor. The Legend. Ready for more? Fox released what they're calling the CinemaCon Footage for James Mangold's The Wolverine, Logan's solo adventure in Japan, once again starring Hugh Jackman. We've seen at least one set of trailers so far, and while I raved about this footage when I saw it at CinemaCon, this is only 60 seconds and is missing more of the train fight after the title (which isn't in this). That said, this is still badass and shows us a bit more of what to expect this summer. While Man of Steel and Pacific Rim look great, don't forget about The Wolverine, this is going to be insanely awesome. See it here!
Having just seen Shane Black's Iron Man 3, one of my favorite things about is the Christmas-time setting, which both works as a plot element (a ticking clock to Christmas) as well as an indirect connect to Black's past work. While this was well hidden in the trailers, once audiences started seeing it, initial thoughts were that Shane Black had something to do with it as part of rewriting the script and making it his own. That is somewhat true, but the complete story has now come out, thanks to SlashFilm, who compiled a series of quotes from the recent press events. Black does confirm it helped the plot, but that it wasn't even his idea.