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Your Marvel Movie round up for 11/23

By Rob M. Worley     November 23, 2008
Source: Various

First promo pic revealing the new (old) look of WOLVERINE(2009).
© 20th Century Fox

The Marvel movies...they just keep coming. Here's the latest news about 'Iron Man 2', 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' and 'Incredible Hulk 2'...

Theroux on 'IRON MAN 2' and the Whole Cheadle Thing

Actor turned screenwriter Justin Theroux talked with the movie blog about the new 'Tropic Thunder' DVD release, and his work on 'Iron Man 2'.

Theroux says he and Marvel chief Kevin Feige recently traveled to the set of Robert Downey Jr's 'Sherlock Holmes' to take a story meeting with the actor abou tthe first draft of the script.

"He was giving his input and his notes. We’re sort of there. It’s just sort of chugging along. The crews, I think, are now starting to see what they need to make, and the places that we might be going and all the rest within the story.  That’s sort of one of the more exciting times."

Theroux also says he had nothing to do with replacement of Terrence Howard in the sequel. He specifically cmmented on the rumors that the role of War Marchine/Jim Rhodes had been whittled down at the request of director Jon Favreau, an event that supposedly triggered the dust up with Howard and prompted his replacement with actor Don Cheadle in the sequel.

"That’s all nonsense," Theroux insists.  "Whatever their reason is, I’ll leave that up to Marvel.  We’re writing the thing, virtually the same for Rhodey that we would for any actor.  We’re really taking what’s going to be the most interesting story for the fans, and what are they going to enjoy watching.  And whoever's in that part is going to have to play that part and make it work for Jon (Favreau) and the fans who are watching the movie."

Theroux said he hasn't met with Cheadle yet, but will likely tweak the part of Rhodey to suit the actor's voice.

When asked about the villain, Theroux declined to comment, leaving that revelation for the director to make. He also said that nothing has been dictated to him by Marvel about specific seeds that need to be in 'Iron Man 2' to play into 'The Avengers'.

"They haven’t given us any instruction as far as we want you to do this or we want you to do that.  And really it’s not really a they/us kind of environment, the way they work.  It’s just a bunch of guys and girls sitting in a room, trying to come up with stuff and doing what’s right for the movie and what, at the end of the day, is going to be the most interesting film that can be made.  Kind of a fun film.  I think once we’re sort of locked on that we’ll be able to think about how we can thread things through.  There’s a couple little things that we’ve been working on, but it’s not that we’ve been taking meetings with Avengers people.  It’s not like we’re six screenwriters sitting in a room from each movie and thinking about how we’re gonna work on each other’s things."

Click through for Theroux's complete comments about 'Iron Man 2' and 'Tropic Thunder'.

[LINK] - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

Jackman talks 'WOLVERINE' and 'FIRST CLASS'

Hugh Jackman is out making the press rounds for 'Australia' which naturally means he'll have a bunch of reporters asking him about 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' and the newly announced spinoff, 'X-Men: First Class'.

First up, IGN asked him about the sassy youth-oriented movie. Jackman said he's happy that his movie got to be the first spin-off movie, and he has no real involvement in the 'First Class' movie at this point.

At the same press junket, also talked to Jackman, where he made similar comments about the 'First Class' movie but also talked about 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'.

"It's definitely darker than where 'X-Men' finished up. That's for sure, as it should be. It's what I'd call 'bad-ass.' It's Wolverine," the actor said in a video interview.

"He's a complicated man and Devid Benioff wrote a script that I think is beautiful. I've just seen the first cut of it and it's better," he said before trailing off into a digression with the interviewer. He also said that fans are going to enjoy the new mutants like Gambit and Deadpool, the latter of which is played by Ryan Reynolds.

"He's fantastic. He's so funny," Jackman said. "There's gonna be a lot of surprises, particularly for fans."

He also made some comments to IESB that didn't make it into their video interview. He told them he wants to do another 'Wolverine' movie, "but we'll see how things turn out after May 3.”

Should the Wolverine franchise continue with Jackman, he'd want the movies to build off of 'Origins' rather than tie directly to the previous 'X-Men' movies.

Click through for the Jackman interview.

[LINK] - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

Tim Blake Nelson wants to lead us to 'INCREDIBLE HULK 2'

Fans remember actor Tim Blake Nelson as the quirky Dr. Sterns in this past summer's 'Incredible Hulk'. Hopefully at this point it's not a SPOILER to reveal that the film left Nelson with a brain exposed to gamma juice, a hint that he may return to the franchise as the villain The Leader.

Which is just fine with Nelson. “I know Gale Ann was talking to you guys about that recently, and I liked hearing it."

Nelson is keen to return to the role, either in a sequel or in 'The Avengers', with or without leading man Edward Norton.

“Well, I’m signed on to do ‘Hulk 2’ and ‘3’ whether Edward’s there or not, so it’s not even up to me,” he explained. “When I agreed to do ‘Hulk,’ I signed off for two sequels, so it’s a moot question. I certainly hope Edward is on the sequel — but that’s up to Marvel and Edward.”

Nelson is presently editing the film 'Leaves of Grass', which he directed and Norton stars in.

"We talked about [‘Hulk’] a little bit, yeah; we made some jokes about it,” Nelson remembered. “It’s all good, and I really do hope [the sequel] happens, for all sorts of reasons. But yeah, we did, we had a great time on ‘Hulk’ together. I’m eager to do ‘Hulk 2’ if they make it.

“I feel Edward and I are well-suited for one another. It’s really fun collaborating with him, and he made these characters [in ‘Hulk’ and ‘Leaves’] better,” explained Nelson.

Click through for more comments from Tim Blake Nelson...

[LINK] - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

Videos: 'PUNISHER WAR ZONE' interviews has posted a series of video interviews with the cast and crew of 'Punisher War Zone'.

[LINK] - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


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blackshogun420ninja 11/24/2008 6:38:23 AM

Hell yiggity Yeah!!! Super Hero NEWS!!! I'm Still not @ CHeadle's CAsting AS Rhodes. I got tired of Howard Back during his Oscar hunt. When he would take any role HollyWEird threw @ him. I'll stop talkin about how he sounds like a little lady( Moreso, in Iron MAn) His Voice really pissed me off. I also hope they don't chop War MAchine's part down. CHeadle's strong actor, so he'll probably make it work.

Mixed Feeling about Hulk... I Enjoyed myself, for tha most part. But' the luv story kinda got in tha way of tha action. I must stress that if you're on the run from any type of GOvt. force, there's really no time for kissing anybody. YOu should't be rubbin on any picture frames, in slow motion, thinking about memories past. MAn, just get mad and break sum stuff, please!!! Even when he was THe Hulk, he didn't seem that pissed2 me. I do like how he seemed to trigger the Hulk @ tha very end, tho. WAs that a spoiler? Sorry...NOt really..

My Anticipation seems 2 be shrinnking for tha Origins flick. I'm still tryna catch it on opening weekend. But, i don't know... I think it's cause they keep calling it DARKER. We gotta shoot some new Vocab to these HollyWEird types. Any Suggestions follks? I like: Gritty, Hardcore, and my personal favorite,,,DAMN NEAR Rated R!


SgtTechCom 11/24/2008 7:26:50 AM

Don't mind the whole Howard/Cheadle thing. I actually hope the whole Rhodes / War Machine thing is toned down in Part 2 . I don't want to see War Machine i want to see Iron Man red and gold and doing his thing. 

Wolverine will be good. Im ready to see that. Im even more excited to see Ryan Reynolds as DeadPool. Thats a dead on Great Choice and all the rest of the fun surprises in store.

Hulk 2 better have Norton back. The Leader would be a great Villian too !


evilbeagle 11/24/2008 9:09:20 AM

Cheadle will be good for Iron Man.  Howard wasn't bad, but Cheadle is an upgrade.  I too don't want to see War Machine have a big role in the movie.  We have yet to see enough of Iron Man.  War Machine could even wait until the end of the movie to be introduced as far as I'm concerned.

I'm not excited about the Wolverine movie yet.  He was my favorite character back before he became everyone else's as well, and he kind of has been ran into the ground.  Singer's X-movies didn't do his character too poorly, but X-3's Wolverine was crap.  I hope a real trailer will get me excited.

I want more Hulk, and I hope Norton is involved.  I just have to wonder if he is a prima-dona bitch who is way too intelligent for his own good.  Hasn't he had conflict on many of his movies?--not sure about that, but there is no denying the man has talent.  I really enjoyed the reboot and would gladly watch more.  I still like the idea of Hulk being the antagonist of sorts for Iron Man 2.  Just think, people would eat that shit up: Iron Man 2: Iron Man vs. Hulk.  In fact, i'm not sold that this isn't the plan already.  Marvel is keeping Iron Man's next villan under wraps, and there has been no mention of a Hulk sequel.  The above interview stating that there are no real meetings to discuss integrating the movies--bullshit.  Don't tell me this Avengers plan is not being put together like a well-oiled machine.  Iron Man 2 will have the Hulk in it.  Put it down that Evilbeagle said it first!!!!

Wiseguy 11/24/2008 5:47:29 PM

Love all the news, really looking forward to all things Marvel.

I can't freaking wait to see a damn trailer of Wolverine already.

evil, I'm making a note of what you said and will call you on it if you're wrong and forget you said it if right :)

evilbeagle 11/24/2008 6:16:09 PM

Thanks wise : )

Dick Vermeil always said, "If you want credit, go to the bank."



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