This week on The Flickcast, Chris and Matt are back at it again. This week they’ve got a whole bunch of new topics, as well as one or two they just can’t seem to let go of.
This week the boys talk about the latest, greatest movie trailers including Ender’s Game, The World’s End and Captain Phillips. They also talk all-things Marvel and give their takes on Iron Man 3, Robert Downey Jr.’s money problems (hint: he doesn’t have any) and where Marvel goes from here.
They also discussed Sean Bean’s welcome return to TV, the Spock vs. Spock Audi commercial, the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie, the next-gen XBox, the sad passing of special effects pioneer ray Harryhausen and a whole lot more.
One thing you can be sure of, Iron Man 3 is gonna be at least pretty good and, more to the point, make a lot of money. In fact, our prediction is it will make a killing, mostly due to pent up demand for another tase of The Avengers.
That’s not to say Iron Man 3 won’t be able to stand on its own, it’s just that The Avengers was so awesome, fans are hungry for more and will take a bit of Iron Man 3 and, when it hits, the Captain America sequel, until Avengers 2 arrives.
Turing our full attention to Iron Man 3, though, we’ve got another trailer for it to share with you today. It actually came out a couple day sago and yes, we missed it. Sorry about that. We have no excuse.
In this one you get a bit more info on just who The Mandarin really is and what he has in store for our iron-clad hero. Check out the trailer after the break and look for Iron Man 3 in theaters on May 3rd.
As most of you already know, Iron Man 3 will be the first Marvel Studios movie to come out after the mega-hit The Avengers. Of course, that means expectations will be extremely high for this third installment of the franchise. Early word on Iron Man 3 is that director Shane Black is focusing primarily on Iron Man and less on The Avengers and the bigger picture.
With that, and building the buzz, in mind, there’s a new trailer for the movie that’s dropped today. In it we see a bit of that focus as well as a whole bunch of ass-kicking action.
Gotta say it, we’re hooked. Can’t wait to see more. Look for Iron Man 3 in theaters on May 3rd.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is entering into untested grounds. While the first phase of films was groundbreaking in its structure, it still had the familiar grasp of forward momentum. Like a wave crashing onto the beach, the momentum is beginning to recede as Marvel gears up for their next big push.
So it falls on the capable shoulders of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man to embrace the narrowing focus of the universe, while still setting in motion the momentum for the next phase of Marvel films. So considering the pressure this film is under, it makes sense that we are seeing an expanded presence from this film’s marketing as the Super Bowl approaches.
We do not have the new TV spot, or a full trailer just yet, but Marvel Studios has just released a beautiful new poster to stroke everyone’s anticipation glands.
The poster itself is a simple image of Iron Man, or as simple of an image of Iron Man you can get when he is plummeting to his certain doom. A cheery one-sheet that sets the tone for the ringer Tony Stark is set to be sent through.
You can check out the full new poster after the jump.
$500,000,000 in 24 hours. That is just a sickeningly absurd number. That means that on launch day, Call ofDuty: Black Ops II not only shattered sales records but it was making more than $5,000 PER SECOND in its first twenty four hours on sale. To say people still want more Call of Duty in their lives would be an understatement. So, Activision has decided to give them more with the Behind the Scenes trailer for Call of Duty:Black Ops II’s “Surprise” trailer.
The internet celebrity filled trailer (which also included geek hero, Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr.) was directed by Guy Ritchie. In the trailer below, Guy talks about how he only directs one commercial a year. He chose to do Call of Duty: Black Ops II’s commercial because of its technical challenges along with the fact that his son thinks it’s cool. He actually goes as far as saying he’d probably do this job for nothing because it is actually that interesting to do.
If there one thing that Activision has mastered it is knowing how to hype up their Call of Duty franchise releases. Whether it has been pairing with Eminem for an E3 concert or huge advertising budgets, each year they make the franchise bigger and bigger With just two weeks to go, Activision and Treyarch kick things up one more time with the Live Action Trailer follow up to Jonah Hill pushing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 from last year.
In the “Surprise” Trailer below, there is an interesting combination of celebrity cameos combined with various gameplay mechanics to help push Call of Duty: Black Ops II. While we will let you catch the cameos on your own, we will let you know that the air strike, the tank combat mechs and even the horse all make their way into the trailer. For the first time too, the Zombie mode gets a spotlight in the trailer as well. Director Guy Ritchie brings together everyone from Hollywood A-Listers to internet sensations together for this trailer.
Earlier this week, we got a new poster and the first official look at the Mandarin. Now, here it is folks, the first trailer for Iron Man 3 starring Robert Downey, Jr. and written/directed by Shane Black, the guy who wrote Lethal Weapon. In this one Tony Stark “has his back against the wall on a quest to find his enemy. He also discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?”
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say it’s a bit of both. Of course, there’s also another question that needs to be answered: Is he getting too old for this shit?
Iron Man 3, which also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Ben Kinsgley, will be in theaters in Digital 3D and RealD on May 3, 2013.
This week is going to belong to Iron Man and Marvel Studios, today we have the first look at the teaser poster and an actual shot of The Mandarin for you to oogle over. Tomorrow we will get a glimpse of the first teaser trailer for next summer’s blockbuster to be and by Friday all of this will be dissected 1000 times over by the fan community and we will know if the film will suck or not. Things move fast these days.
First up is the teaser poster, which gives away absolutely nothing new. It is just a stylized version of Tony’s hall of armor with an unsuited Stark looking back to stare deeply into the audiences eyes as he ponders ‘what should I wear?’. It is a fine poster and actually ranks as one of the better Iron Man one-sheets to date. Posters is oddly one aspect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has been lacking over the last few years.
The second image for you to feast your eyes on is Sir Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. For those who are not comic fan boys first, The Mandarin is the arch nemesis of Iron Man and has not made an appearance in the films, but his presence has been felt in the guise of the ten rings syndicate which is likely his criminal force.
You’ve seen The Avengers, right? That very cool movie directed by Joss Whedon featuring Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and a whole lot more?
It was pretty great and made a ton of money. Naturally, when your making a huge movie like The Avengers everything doesn’t always go exactly as planned. One (or more) of those things that don’t always go exactly as planed are the performances by the actors.
In short, they occassionaly mess up their lines, or have more problems. Fortunately, the cameras are usually running during these times, which leads us to the new Avengers gag reel. It’s included on the movie’s DVD and Blu-ray release, but is also popping up around the Internets too.
Of course, we’ve got it for you after the break. Pretty funny stuff. Check it out.
Lots of info coming out of Comic-Con in San Diego this week. Of course, we’re pretty interested in anything where comics and movies converge so when Marvel makes some announcements, we’re gonna let you know.
As we predicted yesterday, Marvel’s Kevin Feige confirmed August 1, 2014 as the release date for the next super-hero ensemble: Guardians Of The Galaxy. But wait, there’s more.
Edgar Wright said he and Joe Cornish have written Ant-Man and Wright shot a test that he showed to the crowd. Apparently, people loved it and Wright’s description of the tiny hero who “kicks ass one inch at a time.”
But there’s even more. Captain America: The Winter Solder, the confirmed title of the sequel, is set for an April 4, 2014 release. Alan Taylor is set to direct Thor: The Dark World and it will arrive on November 8, 2013.
Also, as we told you before, Shane Black is still hard at work on Iron Man 3 and working towards its release date of May 3, 2013. They also showed footage from the movie which included Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin and Guy Pearce as an as yet unknown bad guy.
How’s that for a whirlwind of announcements? Anyone else need a minute?
Iron Man 3 will be the first Marvel Studios movie post-The Avengers, so expectations will be higher than ever for a Marvel movie. People have never been more excited about the Marvel Brand and with Marvel Studios blazing a new trail in franchise film-making, every new film is an exciting prospect.
Early word on Iron Man 3 is that Shane Black is pulling back on the shared universe concept and making sure his movie focuses primarily on Iron Man, and not a bigger picture. A dangerous, but ultimately smart choice intended on strengthening the character and his own franchise, much like solo series do in the comic world.
With that internal focus it is appropriate that the first official image from the film is very specific and very iconic to the Iron man franchise, the suits. Tony Stark looking over his seven previous suits, showing just how far he has come since that clunky Mark 1.
We might be reading too much into this, but with the film leaning heavy on the Exremis story line, there is a nice symmetry to this being the first official Iron Man image. Depending on how closely they follow Warren Ellis’ story the 8th suit will be an interesting conceptual departure from what we have seen thus far.
Take a look at the at the full size image after the jump.
I feel bad being so late to this movie—granted this is the opening day, but it seems that for the past two weeks, everyone in the world has seen it already. And so, for the past two weeks, everyone’s been raving about it and saying that it’s the greatest superhero movie ever made; it’s the best movie of the summer; it’s better than a big sex sandwich, and so on.
The premise, if it weren’t already evident from the stingers Marvel’s added to the very end of every one of their movies for the past five years, is that a group of superheroes—Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)–need to recover the Tesseract, a glowing blue cube that generates unlimited energy and also, somehow, opens the portal to the realm of Asgard.
No sooner does S.H.I.E.L.D., a shadowy government agency overseen by a committee whose purpose in the film is somewhat tenuous, discover this than the Tesseract’s stolen by Thor’s adoptive brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who also hypnotizes Hawkeye and one of the scientists from Thor, Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) into doing his nefarious shenanigans, namely, opening a bigger portal to Asgard and invading earth.
OK, so we know it is coming, we know The Avengers looms just a little more than a week away. The early critical reception is very high, the buzz couldn’t be better and many of you already have your tickets in hand for the midnight shows.
That is a lot of anticipation, and we are certainly feeling it here at The Flickcast. One of the biggest things I am looking forward to the most is the score by Alan Silvestri, as the resident film music nerd here, his take on an Avengers theme tickles my fancy way more than most.
When a film of this magnitude is on the horizon, it is hard to keep things like it’s soundtrack under-wraps, and as such the entire score has already leaked online. I am happy to say it is quite great in what little I have allowed myself to listen to, but it only makes my jonesing for the movie that much more intense.
So to alleviate a little of that pressure, here is a video of the main theme by Mr. Silvestri, cut together as a music video featuring all of the as yet released Avengers footage. This video lets you experience the kick assery of the main theme in the context of actual Avengers footage.
Much like myself, every fanboy and fangirl in the world is counting the days to May 4th when they have their childhood dreams realized on film as Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and Hulk join together in one amazing film by the man that made X-Men and a cheerleader who fights vampires cool, Joss Whedon.
Leading up to that, in typical Disney fashion, the genius marketing reps over there have managed to make every day leading up to the 4th like Christmas morning with tons of new clips and treats. First, they treated a special group of superfans to a screening across the country last weekend, and now they’re treating us all to an onslaught of clips.
Some of you have already seen the popular Black Widow clip from the film, but this new one, featuring an all-out brawl between Thor and Iron Man is probably the best one we’ve seen yet.
Take a look after the jump, and catch Avengers in theaters starting Midnight, May 4th.
The ‘first phase’ of the Marvel Studios shared universe comes to a climactic end on May 4th, but the ‘second phase’ continues to chug along and is set to begin one year later. On May 3rd, 2013 Iron Man 3 should be hitting theaters nation wide.
According to Variety, Marvel Studios might have finally found their foe in the Shane Black directed sequel:
Ben Kingsley is in final talks to play the villain in Marvel Studios and Disney’s “Iron Man 3,” but fans of the comicbook character will be disappointed to learn he won’t take on original Tony Stark archenemy the Mandarin.
Instead, Kingsley’s character is involved in the spread of a virus through nanobots, given that “Iron Man 3″ is loosely based on Warren Ellis’ six-issue “Extremis” comicbook series first published in 2005. That arc — which also heavily influenced the first “Iron Man” pic — introduced a new origin story and focused heavily on nanotechnology.
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