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Kevin Feige isn't as famous as Robert Downey Jr., and probably doesn't even make nearly as much money, but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe there's nobody more important. Feige is essentially the one brain that's mapping out the future for superheroes onscreen, the guy bold enough to think, way back in 2006, that Iron Man and Captain America and Thor could have not only their own movies, but unite for one big one.
In retrospect, last year was an absolutely amazing year for genre films. Both The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises exploded at the box office; The Hunger Games birthed a new beloved big screen sci-fi franchise, Skyfall ended up being one of the best James Bond movies in the history of the series...
The easiest and most simplistic answer is that they’ve hired the right writers and directors, geniuses like Joss Whedon, and given them the money to create special movies that have been hits with both critics and fans. Unfortunately, the truth is far more complicated than that.
As you can see via the chart, Robert Downey Jr. earned the $50 million that has been reported in multiple sources – and confirmed by the star. And the rest of the Avengers earned anywhere between $2- and $6 million for their contributions,
There’s no way that they’d willingly kill off the stream of success by ending the Iron Man franchise, especially while Robert Downey Jr. is still willing to get back into the suit for further adventures. Iron Man 4 is a lock...Or is it?
Being the next film out of the gate, Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 had the most to gain or lose from comparisons to Whedon’s movie, with the 2012 blockbuster still fresh in everybody’s mind, and the buzz still pulsating around the internet.
By looking at the bottom of this list-- say, everything below 40%-- you can feel vindicated. The worst of the worst gets rejected by critics, and audiences follow suit. The top of the list, until you get to Hellboy II at least, tells the other side of that story-- when movies like The Dark Knight and the Avengers and Iron Man debut to enormous acclaim, they're way more likely to become even bigger hits
Here in the U.S. we're waiting patiently for Iron Man 3 to finally kick off summer movie season, but overseas, the latest Marvel movie is already off like a rocket. It opened in 42 international territories this weekend and made an incredible $195.3 million, beating even the $185.1 million that The Avengers made it in its first international weekend last year.
The poster is credited to EW staffer Jef Castro, and it merges virtually every major player in future sci-fi and fantasy franchises. It’s kind of a clever joke, but it’s also a chilling reality that characters like Thanos, Boba Fett, Iron Man, Wolverine and more will be dominating multiplexes for years to come.
As you'll notice this happens entirely in a single take, and Oswalt name checks an astonishing amount of names and statistics from the Star Wars universe-- while also taking the time to knock Hawkeye and Black Widow for not being top-tier Avengers characters. I'll leave it to the Star Wars diehards to pick through all the insane ideas Oswalt suggests for what might happen in Star Wars: Episode VII
We were on the scene back when Robert Downey Jr. broke the “news” at an Avengers press conference that the ensemble was planning on shooting one last scene for inclusion in the movie. It ended up being the shawarma restaurant scene – a joke shoehorned into the Avengers credit sequence.
Remember how a waitress in a single shot of The Avengers looked awfully familiar, and then we discovered she played Chrissy on Growing Pains as a child? We then wondered why she had wound up in the film in such a small part, only to hear that she'd had a bigger role before getting edited down in the final cut. Now, thanks to the wonders of deleted scenes and the new Marvel Phase One box set, we can see how her character's arc would have gone had it made the final cut
It contains what's become familiar chatter from Marvel President Kevin Feige, talking about how he and the directors of all the Phase One films have been coordinating to set up a giant universe, and how Iron Man 3 marks the start of Phase Two. The footage contained here is mostly familiar from previous trailers, showing Tony Stark coming face to face with an Iron Man suit that contains somebody else
Voting is officially open for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. The nominations for the past year's crop of movies were announced tonight, with Django Unchained and Ted tied for the most nominations, with seven each. Coming in just behind those two are Silver Linings Playbook with six nominations and The Dark Knight Rises with 5. The Avengers, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Pitch Perfect and Skyfall received four nominations a piece.
While talking with the L.A. Times on behalf of The Package (now out on DVD), Lundgren guaranteed himself a few headlines by going after the highest-grossing movie of 2012, claiming that it’s PG-13 approach to guns and violence does more harm to an audience than good.