Thor The Dark World 0

Who is not anticipating this Movie? At this point we are hoping that if Marvel is going to do an action movie and a love story they are going to get it right before we move into the next collection of Marvel Movies slated for 2014. This one may be the one that has the winning formula that will please the audiences and hopefully the hard core fan who has been, let's say a little more than disturbed about the last few movies, where a few too many liberties were taken from the original essence of how the hard core fan believed things should have gone. Anyway we digress the point of this is Thor and the new trailer that seems to have received a positive reaction for those we have spoken with that have seen it. Here's to hoping that the year ends on a positive Movie note with audiences pleased everywhere! Also remember membership has it's privileges so join our Weekly Jack Newsletter and you can be taking advantage of this weeks discounts on all Thor gear right here on our site! 

Seeing the Signs 0

When Zack Synder referenced the Wayne Enterprise logo on the satellite last month it was not the only Easter egg to get Batman Fans going. Recently in an interview Snyder referred to another Batman reference that we are sure many Batman fans missed.

Remember when Zod was tearing the building apart with his heat vision, there was a “Be Calm and Call Batman” sign on the wall really small just big enough to see it. When you are watching it again at the theatres or at home take a closer look. You may have to stop the film to see it but it is there. It’s really cool to see Batman references in the movie and better yet that Zack Snyder allowed them to stay in the movie after the final cut of Man of Steel.

Is this a sign that Warner Bros. is setting up a universe where both Batman and Superman will exist together? We can certainly hope that will be the case.

 

Are Charles Roven and Zack Snyder Reading Your Comments? 0

In a recent interview with SFX Magazine, 'Man of Steel' producer, Charles Roven, mentioned that he's reading fan comments related to a potential Superman sequel. If this doesn't send chills down your spine, maybe the actual quote will: 

"I think you can go anywhere beyond this film that the mind can take you, and certainly we’ve been reading online all of the various possibilities being laid out there by both fan sites and fans." 

Roven doesn't say who "we" is, but WE can guess that he's talking about Zack Snyder. That means that Zack Snyder and Charles Roven want to know what you think about the direction of future films. Haven't commented yet? You might want to do that. 

There were some other interesting bits in the SFX Magazine interview too. When asked about the upcoming 'Man of Steel' film, Roven confirmed that we can expect it to be as grounded as the previews make it seem. 

"As he [Snyder] said, this is the most realistic film, even though it’s about a superhero, that he’s ever shot. His whole style, everything that we did, was designed to bring that to the fore."

You can expect less of a fantastical movie and more of a look into the actual life of Superman. This movie isn't going to be of the usual superhero sort with the fresh spin that Snyder is putting on it – and that’s going to be a great thing. 

We're excited to see this film - and to see whether or not Roven and Snyder pick up any of our comments (or YOUR comments) and run with them the next time around! Got any fresh ideas? Make sure to let your voice be heard! 

 

Avengers Rumours Might Not Be True 0

Last week we reported that Marvel was battling with Avengers actors. Rumour had it that Marvel wouldn't fork over more cash, and this might result in some original Avenger folk not returning to the next installment of the film. Mark Ruffalo seems to think differently. 

A member of the press that asked him point blank whether or not the rumours were true recently cornered Ruffalo. Ruffalo had this to say: "I haven't caught wind of any of that. I was surprised to hear it, because I don't even think anyone's really started negotiating yet...but sometimes actors are the last people to know what's going on."

Very true, Mark, very true. Often, agents and companies act on behalf of actors. So, it might be that Marvel is arguing over salaries with agents and representatives of various actors, and not actually with the actors themselves. 

Is Marvel really arguing over money with the stars from the Avengers? It's hard to say for sure, but it's now clear that Mark Ruffalo doesn't know about the scuffle. He also stated that he does plan to come back as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, so not to worry if you're a hulk fan. 

What about the rest of The Avengers cast? Who knows; but it will all come to the surface soon enough. 

On another note: who'd like to see Edward Norton come back as 'The Hulk?' Norton was quickly replaced by Ruffalo, though some Hulk fans still prefer the job that Norton did. 

It makes you wonder, though, if Ruffalo easily replaced Norton as 'The Hulk,' how easy would it be to replace RDJ as Iron Man? It might seem impossible now, but just look at how most people have already forgotten that Norton played the part!

Will IM3's 'Harley' Become ‘Nova’? 0

Remember when we told you that the 10-year old kid in Iron Man 3 (Harley) had something up his sleeve (other than a potato gun)? Well, that kid (Ty Simpkin) has been talking to press -- never advisable, Ty. 

What he had to say (in an over-zealous kid kind of way) is this: 

"Have you ever heard about the comic book Nova? We read an article about how Harley might be my middle name, and Keener could be my mom’s maiden name, and my dad could have joined the Nova Corps. 

Then my real name’s Richie and I actually figure it out because my mom gets killed by an alien, then I figure out that my dad joined the Nova Corps, and I join the Nova Corps and I become Nova." 

You have to love how this quote reads all kid-like, right? Well, Ty might be onto something. Maybe 'Harley' is his middle name, and maybe his mom is actually killed by an alien, and maybe he does become Nova. Maybe. Or, maybe he's just an excited kid that's been reading too much of his own press (again, not advisable, Ty!). 

But, you also have to think about this: studios don't like it when actors (no matter how old they are) talk. Most of the time, actors have to check with a whole bunch of people before making any kind of public statement. Are we saying that Ty was put up to the task of letting the public know about his future role as Nova? Not necessarily. 

We are saying this, though: you haven't seen the last of Harley. Not by a long shot. Now that he's officially been set up with his own Stark Studio (courtesy of his well-off mentor, Tony Stark), Harley has nowhere to go but up. Thoughts?

Has Marvel Lost Its Marbles? 0

Can we talk for a minute about the RDJ/Marvel dispute? There are rumors flying around that RDJ might not return to reprise his role as Iron Man in the next installment of the film due to contract differences. Really? Is there any debate here? Can anyone else step into RDJ's shoes? It's not likely. 

But it is likely that Marvel (now owned by Disney) will take the Iron Man franchise as far as possible. Disney reps have been quoted as stating that the company is seeking to push Iron Man to Harry Potter proportions. In short: Disney isn't going to stop producing Iron Man films with or without RDJ. 

It's amazing to think that Disney purchased Marvel for $4 billion, and the Iron Man franchise alone has already grossed $3 billion including 'The Avengers' - which might not include any of the former cast if Disney keeps haggling over contracts (we wrote about this yesterday here). 

Analysts estimate that Disney could lose around 9% of its total earnings if RDJ walks away. That’s a lot of money when you’re talking billions. Does Disney have any real negotiating power here?

Here's a Marvel/Disney wake up call: Iron Man cannot exist without RDJ! RDJ is Tony Stark. The part was practically made for him. 

Has Marvel lost its marbles? Maybe; or, maybe Marvel is willing to take the risk. Just look at the number of James Bonds we’ve gone through in the past. Is RDJ replaceable? 

Comments? Thoughts? Can you really see someone else playing the part of Tony Stark? Heck, can you see someone else stepping into Pepper Pott's shoes (heels)?  

“Avengers 2 : Diss-Assembled ?!?” 0

Trouble is brewing before ‘The Avengers 2’ has even made it to pre-production. Over what? Money, of course! Sources say that the cast of ‘The Avengers 2’ wants more money, but the studio isn't budging.

The devil, as they say, is in the details, and this is the case with ‘The Avengers 2.’ 

According to ‘Deadline Magazine’ the "…upfront pay, backend compensation, break even points and box office bonuses aren’t pinned down yet for several big stars and castmates…" Not knowing where the money will be coming from is a big deal to any contractor, including actors.  

Each cast member of ‘The Avengers 2’ is asking around $5 million upfront, and more on the back end. But, Marvel isn't backing down on this one. Just like the studio didn’t let Chris Hemsworth out of his role as Thor in ‘Thor: The Dark World.’ Rumor has it that Hemsworth didn’t want to reprise the role, but the studio reminded him of his contract resulting in a new Thor movie that will debut on November 8th.

It has also been stated that Marvel has threated to sue the cast of ‘The Avengers 2’ if they don’t honor contract details. Some sources state that the collective response to this threat was a “so what?” Whether or not these rumors are true remains to be seen.

What will happen to the cast of ‘The Avengers 2’ if they don't receive payment details soon? Marvel might replace the cast if they strong-arm the company further. Or, the cast might quit. Either way, an ‘Avengers 2’ may never surface if money gets in the way. 

Sources also state that the entire case of ‘The Avengers 2’ is looking up to RDJ. Iron Man 3 has already made RDJ around $35 million and climbing, and RDJ is said to be leading this fight, with his fellow cast members standing behind him. 

Will there be an ‘Avengers 2?’ Not if Marvel and the cast of this film can't come to some kind of compromise! We'll keep you posted!

 

Two Versions of Iron Man 3 To Be Released 0

Listen up Iron Man 3 collectors and serious fans: two versions of the upcoming film will officially be released. A Chinese version of the film will appear in addition to the version showcased throughout the rest of the world. What's different about the Chinese version? 

The Chinese version will include a cameo appearance by one of China's top actresses, Fan Bingbing; and the Chinese film will include footage that's specifically catering to Chinese audiences. Otherwise, the film stays almost the same. 

Chinese star, Wang Xueqi, is set to appear in both films, and both films also include scenery from across China. Marvel has told press that working in China has been a great experience, and the company plans to shoot in China again in the future. 

There's no word as to when the Chinese version of the film will be released (or if this version will be available on DVD throughout North America), but it's bound to be a highly sought after collector's item. Why so much emphasis on an extended version of the Chinese film? 

There are a few good reasons why China is getting a different version of Iron Man 3. The first is that the Chinese market is a massive one, and Marvel makes a lot of its coin from merchandise. Billions of Chinese buyers can’t be a bad thing – buyers that believe this was made specifically for them. 

Second, American film companies want to film in China again, and this can only happen if the Chinese government is happy with what went on the last time around. 

The additional scenes that will be added to the film will likely be pro-China, but will be interesting to see all the same (if North Americans have access to the film, that is).