Iron Man 3 International Trailer Rules!

Wow, just when I thought Iron Man 3 could not look any more promising, along comes the international trailer — which makes it looks twice again as good as I am anticipating. In fact, right now, I think this could become the best superhero movie ever made (supplanting The Avengers, which was essentially perfect).

Think I’m overreacting? Check out the clip (with Chinese subtitles):


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Even Longer, Even More Fun Iron Man 3 Spot

There is definitely something to be said for brevity — get in, make your point, get out — but then again, when you have Robert Downey Jr. on hand, why not milk it for you can?

So here is the “extended” version of the excellent Iron Man 3 Super Bowl commercial:

Iron Man 3 opens on May 3.

Iron Man 3 Trailer is Solid Gold!

The official trailer for Iron Man 3 was released today, and wow, it was totally worth the wait! The trailer is packed with action, action and still more action — as well as Tony Stark under siege, and lots of Pepper Potts.

Admittedly, I was not overly excited about the prospects for this movie earlier this year, but now I am amped beyond belief and cannot wait for it to open — and if that isn’t the mission of a movie trailer, I don’t know what is. Job well-done.

How about that; some really mind-blowing stuff there — Iron Man rescuing people falling from the sky, the beach house being destroyed, and lots of new and different armor on display. The Mandarin wearing his 10 rings…  What’s not to like?

Welllllllll…

It’s a little hard not to think of The Dark Knight Rises when we see a super being talking about being branded a “terrorist,” and he deliberately sets out to undermine the hero personally — but I have little fear that Iron Man 3 will be as bad as TDKR, because I’m sure they won’t make the same mistakes. Heck, Marvel is off to a 100 percent better start just by using a villain who can be understood by the audience!

This movie looks fantastic, and it opens May 3, 2013.

Iron Man 3 Pics Pave Path for Trailer

Tomorrow will see the release of the first real trailer for next summer’s Iron Man 3 (will they change the title?), and to whet appetites, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has released some cool new images, including the first of Sir Ben Kingsley as the big bad, the Mandarin, and provided some spoilerific commentary.

In the comics, the Mandarin has always been a Chinese character — he dates from the 1960s — but the movie’s casting suggests that the character will be reimagined. (I leave it to others to fight out the politics of not casting a Chinese actor in the role.)


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Joss Whedon Gains Superpowers

Of course there could not be better news for the Avengers sequel than the announcement that Joss Whedon will write and direct it — but it now appears that, as part of his three-year exclusive deal, Marvel will let him shape the Captain America, Thor and Iron Man sequels to set up the characters the way he wants them for The Avengers 2.

Marvel’s statement this week declared:

“As part of that deal, Whedon will write and direct Marvel’s Avengers 2 as well as help develop a new live action series for Marvel Television at ABC. He will also contribute creatively to the next phase of Marvel’s cinematic universe.”

What that TV series will be is anyone’s guess, but I’m more interested in the bit that promises he will “contribute creatively” to other movies — namely, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man. Except for the Guardians, all those characters are closely tied to the Avengers. Maybe Whedon will be able to get Nathan Fillion to sign on as the Hank Pym original version of Ant-Man!
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Cool Art Teasers From Comic-Con

Here are some pretty cool pieces of art from Comic Con International: San Diego 2012, promoting upcoming projects that I am looking forward to…

Guardians of the Galaxy was an excellent recent comic book series that I really enjoyed. It told some really great, huge space-opera stories that had the cosmic heft necessary to be take seriously as epics. I was stunned when this was announced as an upcoming live-action film — but also happy. This concept art shows (from left) Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora.
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Captain America Will Return (Again) in 2014

Cap (Chris Evans) as he will look in The Avengers!

Disney has announced that Captain America 2 (working title) will be released on April 4, 2014, the first Marvel movie slated for that year.

Cap 2’s opening date is only the latest announcement of the further adventures of the members of The Avengers, which opens May 4. Iron Man 3 will open on May 3, 2013, and Thor 2 is scheduled for a Nov. 15, 2013 release.

There is no news on villains, casting, a director or storyline for Captain America 2; just the briefest of teases:

The second installment will pick-up where the highly anticipated Marvel’s The Avengers (May 4, 2012) leaves off, as Steve Rogers continues his affiliation with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world.

So, [Spoiler!] now we know Cap will survive the events of The Avengers! And considering that Captain America: The First Avenger was one of the best superhero movies ever, the sequel will definitely be something to look forward to!
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