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So some good news and possible bad news for Iron Man fans. “Iron Man 3” has earned more than a billion dollars worldwide already. But Robert Downey Jr. was in the middle of negotiations with Disney/Marvel to return as Tony Stark. Now comes news that he has a deal in place that will ensure his return in “The Avengers 2” and “The Avengers 3”. But back before IM3 came out Gwyneth Paltrow said she wasn’t sure there would be another stand alone Iron Man film. This news seems to support that cause as the contract is only for the Avengers sequels, not another Iron Man film. Are you OK with “Iron Man 3” from Shane Black being the send off to Tony’s stand alone films?

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

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This is getting a lot like sorting through the “Star Wars Episode VII” saga, which eventually went to J.J. Abrams. First came news that Nicolas Winding Refn, Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee, Shane Black and Tom Hooper were all in the running for Bond 24, the follow up to “Skyfall” with Daniel Craig. Then came news that Sam Mendes was in talks to return. Now new reports say that Mendes is directing Bond 24 AND Bond 25. That’s the length of Craig’s contract for the record, so maybe this will be Craig’s big finale.

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

A day after reports came that directors like Shane Black, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper and Nicolas Winding Refn were up to direct “Bond 24” comes news that Sam Mendes IS in talks to return. Mendes directed “Skyfall” starring Daniel Craig as 007/James Bond and Javier Bardem. Apparently they’re willing to wait until Mendes becomes available to direct the film.

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

Sam Mendes did a great job with “Skyfall” helping Daniel Craig and James Bond reach new heights. With Mendes gone the search is on for a new director. According to reports the list includes Shane Black (“Iron Man 3”) David Yates (“Harry Potter”), Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) and  Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”).

Who would you want to see get the job?

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.

Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3” has some huge expectations. The first film after “The Avengers” and starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Kingsley, the film has teased epic battles and a lot of set pieces. Joss Whedon saw the film and reportedly asked afterwards “What am I supposed to do now? What am I going to do in “The Avengers 2″? ”

Not exactly the most promising quote. Hopefully it was self-deprecating humor.

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

New “Iron Man 3” trailer

Here’s the newest theatrical trailer for “Iron Man 3”.

Directed by Shane Black the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and more. What did you think?

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

Something Cinemablend has pointed out, if you look closely of this still from the “Iron Man 3” trailer, you’ll see something very interesting on the back of Mandarin’s (Ben Kingsley) neck.

Looks an awful lot like Captain America’s shield with an “A” in the middle. Though, the site does point out the hands aren’t wearing any of the 10 rings, meaning it could be someone else. But, could Mandarin and Captain America (Chris Evans) have some sort of connection in the past? Could he play a role in “Captain America: Winter Soldier”? Could he be the first step in a villains group for “The Avengers 2”?

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

The full “Iron Man 3” trailer

Here it is, the first trailer for “Iron Man 3” directed by Shane Black.

Looks pretty intense and a lot darker than the previous films. The anticipated sequel stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley and more.

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

Teaser poster for “Iron Man 3”

Here’s a poster for “Iron Man 3” directed by Shane Black and starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley and more.

The first trailer comes out tomorrow!

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