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The summer’s first blockbuster has reached a major milestone. “Iron Man 3” became the 16th movie to cross $1 billion on Thursday after 24 days with more than $700 million of that coming from foreign markets. This is Marvel’s second movie to cross the threshold. “The Avengers” became the highest non-James Cameron movie ever last summer. Disney now has six billion dollar movies. “Iron Man 3” stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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“Iron Man 3”, staring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley and more, raked in the second highest opening weekend ever. But with RDJ’s contract coming up for negotiations, Marvel Studios couldn’t possibly part with its most popular actor right? Here’s what producer Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly:

“I believe there will be a fourth ‘Iron Man’ and a fifth, sixth and a 10th and a 20th. I see no reason why Tony Stark can’t be as evergreen as James Bond, Batman, or for that matter, Spider-Man.”

Of course Bond has had numerous actors play the character, most recently being Daniel Craig. We now have two Spideys in Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield and a variety of Batmans from George Clooney to Christian Bale. Would you be OK with a new Tony Stark? Who do you want to see? And do you really want to see 20 Iron Man films?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the first trailer for “Ender’s Game” based on the novel by Orson Scott Card.

The film stars  Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The first summer blockbuster of the year is here. Does “Iron Man 3” starring Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle and more live up to “The Avengers” or this an “Iron Man 2” sized disappointment?

The Good 

First, let me just say that the change in director from Jon Favreau to Shane Black was a great choice. Not that Favreau did a bad job, but Black infuses some much needed freshness to the series without re-inventing the wheel. As always, RDJ shines as Tony Stark/Iron Man with some hilarious quips. Black ups the ante on the action and Kingsley is clearly having a good time playing the Mandarin, though I’m still not a huge fan of his accent (and yes I listened to interviews describing why the accent is that way). Cheadle and Paltrow are serviceable, though nothing particularly impressive in their performances.

But for all the explosions, fight scenes and special effects, my favorite moments, though extremely brief, is Stark’s relationship with the young boy whose father deserted him, which I find very fascinating that in a movie built to be a big summer movie, it’s the small moment that really creates the most magic. That’s not to say the action is bad, particularly the much hyped plane scene and Stark’s mansion being attacked are pretty darn cool. Those looking for a good summer action film won’t be disappointed. There’s a few plot twists in here that, in the moment, seem somewhat surprising, though others are fairly predictable. The film is also a lot better because, unlike “Iron Man 2”, there s an interesting villain in the Mandarin and it’s not setting up “The Avengers”. The film is allowed to stand on its own without too much worry about phase 2.

All in all, the humor works, there are no bad performances and the action is fun to watch. It’s everything you want in a summer action blockbuster.

The Bad 

I couldn’t help but notice some big, kind of jarring, tonal shifts. One second the movie asks us to care deeply about what’s going on. The next, it returns to a live-action cartoon and almost laughs at us for caring about what happens in the movie. Now, this is Black’s style, giving you all the tough guy cliches and then making fun of people for loving those cliches. But it’s just somewhat off putting to see such serious shifts in tone.

I also wish Maya (Rebecca Hall) got much more screen time. She has one of the best scenes in the film, bar none, with Pepper Potts that is one of the most touching scenes in the film. I imagine it’d be even more effective if she was given more time to develop.

The Final Word

This is a great kick-off to summer. This is everything you expect from an “Iron Man” film and, arguably, is my favorite of the three films. Black has a great script and RDJ is on his game. If you can look past the jarring tonal shifts in the film, “Iron Man 3” takes its place among Marvel Studio’s best films to date.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

I know, this is to create more good publicity for Robert Downey Jr. and for Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”. But it’s still cool. The Police Athletic League did a screening of “Iron Man 3” for teens who volunteered to help with Hurricane Sandy clean up. Tony Stark himself made an appearance, sending the crowd into a frenzy. You can read the story and see the video of his appearance, which is pretty cool, here.

The third film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow,Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Joss Whedon talks Thanos

When Thanos appeared in “The Avengers”, to comic book fans it was huge. He’s one of the gold standard villains. To non-comic fans, they were likely left thinking “Who the heck is that?” Joss Whedon isn’t shying about talking about Thanos. Here’s what he told Screen Rant:

“Well, Thanos is more powerful. He is so powerful; he is not someone you can just trot out and punch him. Like he did in the comics, you want him threading through the universe and to save the big finale for the big finale. He is definitely a part of what I have got going on. The thing about The Avengers is that they are very powerful but not very stable. So, there will definitely be some people that will shake them up in the next installment.”

It makes you think perhaps Thanos is being set up for “The Avengers 3” and not “The Avengers 2”. Anyways, “Iron Man 3” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley and more kicks off phase 2 this weekend.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Don’t get too worked up. With “Iron Man 3” expected to earn more than $100 million its opening weekend, there’s likely way too much money at stake for this dispute to continue. But Regal and AMC Theaters, two of the biggest theater chains in the U.S. have a dispute with Disney, which owns Marvel Studios. The theater chains have stopped selling tickets to “Iron Man 3” because of a dispute between the companies. Disney wants to renegotiate the deal, meaning the company wants a significant higher amount of the box office revenue split.

AMC CEO Gerry Lopez had this to say to zergnet:

“It goes well beyond anything I have seen in my time in the industry. It’s enough for us to pause and push back.”

If for some reason a new agreement isn’t reached, “Iron Man 3” may not be played at the two chains’ combined 800+ theaters nationwide and that could seriously affect the movie’s box office take.

The anticipated sequel stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Marvel Studios and Disney are preparing for the massive launch of “Iron Man 3” starring Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow and more. But that doesn’t mean it’s not already thinking about the future. “Thor: Dark World” is coming out later this year and the first trailer is set to debut tomorrow! I’ll have it up as soon as I can. The anticipated sequel stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston and more.  

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Marvel is gearing up for the release of “Iron Man 3” in May starring Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow and a host of others. Of course you’ve got Captain America and Thor coming up. Heck even Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man” is moving forward. One character that has seemingly gone nowhere is “Dr. Strange” but that may be changing. Reports are that Justin Theroux is in the running to play Dr. Strange. No word on whether he would be appearing in a future film, getting his own film or even that Theroux is in the running. He did write “Iron Man 2” so he has an in to Marvel Studios.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

One thing that hasn’t come up a whole lot yet is that with “Iron Man 3”, Robert Downey Jr.’s contract with Marvel Studios is done. It seems like a no brainer that Marvel would resign him right? Here’s what RDJ, aka Tony Stark told GQ:

“It got me thinking about how big the message from your cosmic sponsor needs to be before you pick it up. How many genre movies can I do? How many follow-ups to a successful follow-up are actually fun? Because, as quiet as it’s kept, I come from a family of very innovative writers and directors and actors and artists, and the circle of friends. they were in were the people I heard having pun-offs playing poker at two in the morning, and it was just the most comforting aspect of my childhood. So there’s this kind of legacy of souls from what I consider to be a very particular time in entertainment, and I’m sensing a return to that—it’s what me and the missus are doing next. It’s not unlike: I heard Brady signed on for three more years with New England, and then he’s done being a QB, because he’ll be 40. I’m 47, and I’ll be 50.”
Hmmm…I think this is likely a ploy to get more money…though since 2008 he’s been saying he doesn’t want to be the old aging action star….

The anticipated sequel also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.