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)?
Jack of All Trades ‘Iron Man 3’ Review! 0
Guess what we’ve got for you? A little glimpse of what you’re going to see tonight if you plan on going to see the new Iron Man 3 film (and why wouldn’t you be?). We had a chance to see the film a few days early, and it’s taken us a couple of days to write up this review for you. Why? We had to sit back and take in what we saw – yep; we were that blown away!
WARNING: Spoilers Below!
This time around, Tony Stark is a deeper and jumpier version of his old self. He suffers from insomnia, the inability to concentrate, and a heaping helping of anxiety – can you say PTSD? Not surprising considering the events that went down in New York after the last Avengers. In this installment of Iron Man, Stark seems to be searching for his “true self,” and that makes for a much more dramatic (and richer) film.
Stark’s search for more life meaning leads directly to his love, Pepper Potts, of course. Paltrow is great in this film, and the chemistry between her and RDJ is intense (and far more believable this time around). Potts even gets to “suit up” in more ways than one…She almost burns up the screen! She’s so Hot!
Some Old Characters and Some New
The film also features Iron Patriot/War Machine/Rhodey played by Don Cheadle who was visibly more comfortable in War Machine’s shoes this time around. At one point in the film, Rhodey and Stark team up to form a partnership that’s reminiscent of a cop movie that’s also a lot of fun to watch. Cheadle and RDJ work well together on-screen too.
You’ll see a few new characters this time around as well. Guy Pearce plays a mean Aldrich Killian (ruthless businessman that rivals Tony every chance he gets), and, of course The Mandarin (!). We’ve been waiting a long time to see Sir Ben Kingsley take on the role of The Mandarin, and guess what? Kingsley doesn’t disappoint – it’s like he was born to play this role, and we love him for it.
We’re going to go ahead and bill Kingsley’s character’s storyline as “the craziest and nuttiest and most unpredictable” character in all the Marvel films that have been release so far. Kinglsey’s portrayal of The Mandarin will be talked about for years to come. Mark our words!
What can we say? We’re not even going to try to put the effects into words. We’ll let Joss Whedon (‘Avengers’ director) say it for us: “how the hell and I going to top that?!” Good luck, Joss, good luck.
What? We can’t love everything about this film. The one criticism we have is the development of the Extremis Project and its functions. At some points we were scratching our heads thinking: “oh, they can do that?!” and “wait, what the heck is that?” But, we didn’t agonize over these details for too long, since the movie was so fast paced.
Credits and the Future of Iron Man
Everything about the timing of this film was spot on. We weren’t bored for a moment, and had a hard time remember to eat our popcorn. As expected, the credits included some extra scenes (what would a Marvel film be without those extras?). But, we weren’t sure if those scenes were actually leading to something else, of if they were just created for fan amusement. Either way, we were amused.
The more important question is: will Tony Stark return? We’re sure of it. Will RDJ step into the suit once more? That’s debatable.
There is something fishy that we picked up on, though, and you won’t see this in any other review because we are great sleuths!
JOAT Exclusive Predictions!
What character scent did we pick up on? Leading up to this film, there was a lot of speculation that IM3 would provide some clues and hints relating to a possible 2014 release of a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ film. How many references did we see to a possible Guardians flick? Zero, zip, nada.
What we did see was a character by the name of Harley. Harley is a 10-year old boy that helps Stark out a great deal when Stark is investigating an explosion in Middle America. Stark and Harley (played by Ty Simpkins) have amazing on-screen chemistry, and we get the feeling that Harley’s story is far from being over. We’re predicting it right now: this is not the last time that you’ll see Harley, and he will be appearing in future Marvel films.
Remember: you read it on the Jack of All Trades site first!
Box Office Numbers
We’re glad we got to see IM3 in advance! Box office predictions are that IM3 will gross $600 million worldwide before Sunday! Grab your Iron Man tee and get some tickets – we recommend picking up those tickets as early as possible, it’s going to be a madhouse out there!
First Iron Man Imax 3D Reviews Are Officially In 0
‘Iron Man 3’ debuted in some countries this past week, but sites and blogs that sent spies to check out the film were largely banned from reporting any news until now. Those reviewers are now letting loose. From the reviews posted thus far, it’s clear that this new ‘Iron Man’ isn’t going to be the nitty-gritty sort of film that dances along the thin line of the macabre.
Then again, ‘Iron Man’ was never a ‘Dark Knight’ kind of film, so we weren’t really expecting something dark and gloomy. We have to wonder, though, if this film is playing far too much on the comedic side of things. Given the reviews posted today, it definitely seems as though RDJ’s character is stocked full of one-liners, and some reviewers feel that this detracts from the movie as a whole. We don’t think this will be the case as Stark’s humor is something that adds to the Iron Man Movie franchise.
What you can expect (based on current reviews) is a lot of tension between Stark and Potts, The Mandarin interfering where he can (of course), and a lot of shots featuring Stark tinkering away on various suits in his workshop. Reviewers thus far are calling the new film a lighthearted superhero comedy, so don’t expect to be terrorized.
That said, ‘Iron Man 3’ (in all its lighthearted glory) is a great way to kick off the summertime superhero movie season. Why start the season with something gory, when you can just kick back and watch Stark do what he does best? Make those around him laugh, have a few flashbacks, and continue the snide and snarky character that he’s spent a lot of time building – and that we all love.
The film is going to debut in our neck of the woods (and across North America) on May 3rd – that’s just a few days away. Stay tuned for our take on the film!
Iron Man Goes to South Korea 0
Robert Downey Jr. showed South Korean fans some of his "Gangnam Style" dance moves early this morning in South Korea while standing next to a life-size Iron Man poster. As expected, the crowed went wild.
Downey Jr. is in South Korea kicking off the 'Iron Man 3' world tour. The tour began today in South Korea, and the famed actor wasted no time pointing out how special South Korean audiences were to the film. He publicly emphasized the fact that the world tour for 'Iron Man 3' was starting in South Korea.
During a quick speech, he also stated that Korean audiences are one of the main reasons why the Iron Man franchise took off five years ago. He also went on to say that the current film is "...really worth a couple of hours to spend to go to see at a theatre."
Downey Jr. told fans that this film will focus on the human side of Tony Stark, and that's what makes this installment unique from the rest. He also let fans know that this film won't take place in the big cities that film fans have become so used to.
"I think a lot of what occurs in Iron Man 3 is that he actually goes to the parts of America that aren’t New York or Los Angeles. It is a road trip of sorts, and I think he gets back to an understanding that he is just a worker amongst workers and he is just another person, and I think that's actually very helpful to him,” he said.
Not only did South Korean 'Iron Man' fans get treated to the kick-off of the world tour, but South Korean fans will also be able to view the film one week earlier than North American fans.
'Iron Man 3' debuts in South Korea on April 25th -- that's one whole week earlier than the North American launch date! Next up for the 'Iron Man 3' world tour is Beijing.