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Take another look @ spoiler images of actress Elizabeth Olsen as Marvel Comics' mutant 'Scarlet Witch' on the set of director Joss Whedon's currently shooting "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron":
The Scarlet Witch and her brother 'Quicksilver' were part of the 'second generation' of Marvel's "The Avengers" comic book team.
She is the daughter of 'Magneto', twin sister of Quicksilver and paternal half-sister of 'Polaris'.
The character has featured in four decades of Marvel continuity.
Scarlet Witch starred in two self-titled limited series with husband the 'Vision' and as a regular team member in "Avengers".
Scarlet Witch has also appeared in other Marvel-endorsed products including animated films, arcade/video games, television series and merchandise, »
- Michael Stevens
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Planet Hulk / Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Captain America 3, Iron Man 4, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Sinister Six, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Shazam, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Avengers Assemble, Young Justice and more….
With Comic-Con kicking off tomorrow and a host of superhero news expected, including an announcement on Marvel’s Phase Three movies and – potentially – the future of the DC movie universe, it’s an early (and somewhat abridged) edition of The Week in Spandex this week as we round up all the superhero news from the past few days, with a post-Comic-Con edition set to follow on Monday. Anyway, let’s get cracking…
…Ahead of its release next week, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Gary Collinson
As the Marvel-verse expands, so too does the frequent speculation about what movies will come next, which characters will return and how they'll be incorporated. But undoubtedly, the highest paid actor in Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr., can be credited with much of the comic studio's success. Frankly, if it weren't for "Iron Man" not only being successful, but become a major franchising in its own right, Marvel likely wouldn't be where they are today. But still, he's coy about whether or not "Iron Man 4" will happen. “It’s down to Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and Ike [Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree,” Downey told EW. “When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement.” Basically, it sounds like Rdj still wants to be courted and treated like the star attraction he is, and why not? He's been »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tony Stark himself has been speaking about Iron Man 4 and the possibility of him starring once again as the playboy, billionaire, philanthropist, genius etc. With a release schedule all the ways up to 2019, it’s a distinct possibility that the tin-man figures into the Marvel game plan for the next few years. Audiences would absolutely love a fourth Iron Man, but what about Robert Downey Jr. himself? The actor, speaking to EW says ““It’s down to Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and Ike [Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree,” he said.“When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement.” While it’s a typical play on the media, it’s not like he can play the broke card. Forbes have listed him as the highest paid actor in the world having earned $75 million in the last year alone! »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
On a tentpole film, the visual effects credits often run longer than the trailers that preceded it, but only a few of those names have risen to positions of real power in Hollywood.
One is Victoria Alonso, Marvel’s executive VP of visual effects and post-production. A former vfx producer, Alonso oversees Marvel’s vfx production and serves as executive producer on all of the studio’s films, starting with “The Avengers” and including its upcoming release “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Alonso isn’t just the tech chief at Marvel; she’s a key part of the creative team, helping to keep costs down while making sure the pictures feel huge. She says some of Marvel’s most creative moments have come from grappling with limited resources. Take the scene in “Iron Man 2” where Tony Stark and Nick Fury talk while Stark is sitting in a giant donut. “We »
- David S. Cohen
Between a new Thor and new Captain America, Marvel's comics have been going through some big changes in their superhero lineup of late. But with Guardians of the Galaxy just around the corner, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is winning back our attention with some possible news about upcoming--or returning--movie villains. Speaking with IGN, Feige teased the possibility that Iron Man might meet the real Mandarin, and that Captain America may not have seen the last of Red Skull. Of course fans got a polarizing plot twist in Iron Man 3 when The Mandarin played by Ben Kinglsey was revealed to be a hoax, or more specifically an actor hired by the conniving Aldrich Killian to hide his explosive experiments gone wrong. Some fans of the comic were outraged that Iron Man's greatest villain didn't really get the big screen showdown they'd been promised. But Feige seems to say »
Right now, Robert Downey Jr. is the man with one of the most powerful franchises in his hand. If it were up to Marvel, they would have a new Iron Man film out every year, since the last film was a billion dollar hit. But for now, all parties involved are holding steadfast on Downey Jr.'s contract, which stipulates two more Avengers films and no further solo Iron Man adventures. Could Downey possibly change his mind about not coming back to the solo films? In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (who seriously have the Marvel hookup), Downey reveals that he's absolutely up for more, but that it depends on "negotiations." Which is what people like Downey Jr. call money. "It.s down to Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and Ike [Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that.s »
Last June, Robert Downey Jr. signed a new two-picture deal with Marvel Studios for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which he is currently shooting, and The Avengers 3, hinting that Iron Man 3 would be the last of his stand alone movies as Tony Stark. During a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Robert Downey Jr. teased that he may be coming back for Iron Man 4, although it is up to Marvel's Kevin Feige and Ike Perlmutter to make him an offer.
"It's down to Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and Ike [Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that's on us to agree or disagree. When things are going great, there's a lot of agreement. Right now, this has just been swell, hasn't it? This has been a really good one and it feels good and we're having a good time."
Before Robert Downey Jr. signed his new deal, we reported »
As of right now, Robert Downey Jr. has a contract with Marvel to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3. Beyond that, we don't know what will happen with him. A lot of fans are wondering if he would be willing to come back for a fourth Iron Man film, and you'll be happy to hear that he's still open to the idea of doing it.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed that Iron Man 4 will happen, and Downey Jr. was asked in a recent interview with EW if he would reprise the role or if it would be recast, and this was his reply:
“It’s down to Kevin Feige and Ike Perlmutter and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree. When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement."
The actor »
- Joey Paur
Kevin Feige should be riddled with doubt.
Each time the president of Marvel Studios has greenlit a movie, he’s been barraged by skeptics. “Iron Man” was considered too obscure. “Captain America” too American. And “Thor” too much of a fantasy figure.
With each movie costing in the neighborhood of $200 million to produce, these questions are certainly warranted. But so far Feige has proved his critics wrong, launching some of Hollywood’s biggest franchises: The nine films Marvel Studios has made since 2008’s “Iron Man” have collectively earned more than $6.4 billion at the worldwide box office.
Now comes the 10th, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” debuting Aug. 1 — along with even more raised eyebrows.
The space-set actioner, which will be promoted at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con, revolves around a ragtag group of otherworldly misfits on the run after stealing an orb whose power threatens the cosmos. It stars Chris Pratt, »
- Marc Graser
Though he signed a two-picture deal to appear in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and an upcoming third "Avengers," actor Robert Downey Jr. has previously indicated a reluctance to return for a fourth "Iron Man" outing. Maybe talks are progressing because in a recent interview with EW on the set of 'Ultron', Downey is now optimistic that it could happen so long as a deal can be made.
In a textbook example of what they call "negotiating through the press," the actor says: "It's down to Kevin Feige and Ike Perlmutter and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that's on us to agree or disagree. When things are going great, there's a lot of agreement."
The magazine points out each Marvel sequel has outgrossed its predecessor and Downey knows it: "Right now, this has just been swell, hasn’t it? This ['Ultron'] has been a really good »
- Garth Franklin
Robert Downey Jr., the Mvp of the Marvel movie universe and highest-earning actor in Hollywood, is open to “Iron Man 4,” because, well, why not? “It's that thing of: Why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed?” Downey said when Entertainment Weekly popped the big question on the set of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” See photos: ‘Age of Ultron’ First Look: Robert Downey Jr. and the Avengers Meet Their New Foe After tense salary negotiations in 2013, Marvel announced Downey would return as Tony Stark for two “Avengers” sequels, but did not mention a deal for another “Iron Man” movie. »
- Greg Gilman
"...'Clint Barton', orphaned at an early age, escaped the orphanage with his older brother 'Barney' falling in with a traveling circus.Needing food and shelter, Clint and Barney decided to work for the performers.
"Two performers, 'Swordsman' and 'Trickshot', saw potential in Clint and took him under their wing. Trickshot taught Clint archery while Swordsman taught Clint acrobatics and knife throwing.
"One night Clint overheard that a great sum of money had been stolen from the ringmaster the night before. He finds out it was stolen by the Swordsman. Swordsman was quick to offer Clint a »
- Michael Stevens
It took three whole movies to meet the villainous Mandarin but Iron Man 3 threw fans for a spin and instead offered an adaptation of another Marvel Comics character who took the Mandarin idea and identify for his own nefarious purposes. That left the door open for the introduction of the “real” Mandarin down the road, something that the Marvel One-Shot All Hail The King helped clear up.
If The Mandarin is still out there in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he is, then that gives even more reason beyond the box office appeal to make Iron Man 4. The only issue there is getting franchise star Robert Downey Jr. ...
- Rob Keyes
It comes as no surprise as the actor reportedly earned a whopping $75 million (£45m) between June 2013 to June 2014, that mainly came from his earnings from Iron Man 3. The film made $1.2 billion (£702m) at the box office last year. Not bad going for an actor that started his passion at the age of five-years old playing a puppy in his father’s film, Pound in 1970.
Things are clearly not slowing down for Downey career wise as it has just been announced Sherlock Holmes 3 is in production and not forgetting a sequel to The Avengers Assemble. I predict in 2015 Downey will have another high paying year, and who doesn’t love a dose of Downey?
Source: BBC »
- Louise Tooth
It really all started with Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr. At the time it wasn't a sure thing, but waves were made and now we have an Iron Man trilogy, two Avengers movies and countless other Marvel projects in the works. Fortunately, Rdj seems to be having a ball playing in Marvel's playground, and he knows that his Tony Stark will bring home the bacon. Iron Man 3 ended up making over $1.2 billion worldwide, so there's certainly no signs of that franchise slowing down. We know that Rdj is not »
- Sean Wist
With Marvel announcing five new release dates last week, there’s been much speculation as to what properties could fill the seven currently-unnanounced slots on the studio’s slate. The Avengers 3 will presumably occupy the May 2019 release date, and with Doctor Strange and Thor 3 taking up another two, that leaves us with four mystery movies to debate over.
Considering the runaway box office success of Iron Man 3 (with over $1.2 billion in the bank), it raises the question whether Marvel is ready to give Tony Stark another solo outing for Iron Man 4. Robert Downey Jr. has appeared reluctant to commit to another Iron Man movie (his current deal is for Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3 only), but would he be open to another solo outing if it was on the cards?
“It’s down to Kevin Feige and Ike Perlmutter [CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, »
- Gary Collinson
When Robert Downey Jr took the leading role in "Iron Man," he had no idea that in 2013 he would end up being Hollywood's highest-paid actor with "Iron Man 3" and "The Avengers" both breaking $1 billion at the box office. Forbes has now unveiled their list for 2014, with Downey once again topping the list as the highest-paid actor, earning a whopping $75 million, with the majority coming from just one movie, "Iron Man 3." He earned the same amount in 2013. Taking second place is Dwayne Johnson with earnings of $52 million. The actor was in fifth place last year with $46 million. Rounding out the top five are Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio and Chris Hemsworth. And despite being second last year, Channing Tatum didn't make the list in 2014. 1. Robert Downey Jr. - $75 million 2. Dwayne Johnson - $52 million 3. Bradley Cooper - $46 million 4. Leonardo DiCaprio - $39 million 5. Chris Hemsworth - $37 million 6. Liam Neeson - $36 million 7. Ben Affleck »
After "Iron Man 3" grossed over $1 billion at the box office, Marvel wanted a new contract with Robert Downey Jr. Unfortunately, the studio was only able to secure the actor of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Avengers 3." Marvel would love to make "Iron Man 4," but we have yet to hear anything about it, mostly because Downey either doesn't want to return or is asking for so much money that the fourth installment would be too much of a gamble for the studio. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Downey confirmed that he's interested in "Iron Man 4," stating: "It's down to Kevin Feige and Ike Perlmutter and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that's on us to agree or disagree." When asked if he would be willing to give up the role for another actor to step in. Downey said: "Why give up the belt »
Take another look @ images from the set of the "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron", including actress Elzabeth Olsen as 'Scarlet Witch', actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson as 'Quicksilver', a stunt double for 'Captain America' (who looks like he could play 'Commie Smasher' Cap from the character's 1950's comic books), plus stunt doubles for 'Thor' and 'Iron Man':
Scripted and directed by Joss Whedon, the new film features an ensemble cast that also includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and James Spader:
"...'Age Of Ultron' reportedly opens immediately after the 'Baron Von Strucker' post credit scene in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'.
"'The Avengers' as a team attack the 'Hydra' cell run by Strucker.
"He has the staff of 'Loki', 'Chitauri' weaponry and the corpse of a 'Leviathan'. »
- Michael Stevens
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