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More IRON MAN 2 Build Up


By Rob M. Worley     April 26, 2010
Source: Mania

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More videos and teases as 'Iron Man 2' builds up to opening day. PLUS: Sony in a rush to make 'Ghost Rider 2'. 'The Losers' lose at box office.  'Captain America 'chatter and more. With the smell of wine and cheap perfume, it's your Comics2Film 10.4.26!




Box Office: LOSERS Lose, KICK-ASS Drops

Even though C2F didn't love 'The Losers', we are quite surprised by the poor opening for the film. The comic-based flick debuted at #4, ringing in a paltry $9.6 million in receipts according to weekend estimates. This in spite of an aggressive marketing campaign from Warner Bros and a number of appealing trailers.

In fact, it barely raised enough cash to edge out 'Kick-Ass', which took in $9.5 million in its second week. Matthew Vaughn's violent, R-rated adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's comic lost 52% of its audience, which is a fairly average week two drop. It's total domestic gross is now about $34.9 million.

Proving to have better staying power is the amazing, upwardly-mobile 'How to Train Your Dragon', which decisively claimed the #1 spot for the second time in its five-week run. Also contributing to the 'Losers' loss are the newly-opened 'Back-up Plan' at #2 and the appealing comedy 'Date Night' holding firm at #3.



Sony Rushing GHOST RIDER 2 Without Cage?

The New York Magazine gossip blog Vulture reports that Sony is in a race against time on its 'Ghost Rider' sequel and may rush it into production without leading man Nicolas Cage.

The reason? Their licensing deal with Marvel apparently requires them to feature the character in a film that must start production by November 14, or they lose the film rights. Even though the previous flick was a middling performer, no studio in Hollywood wants to give up whatever rights they may have to a potentially lucrative Marvel character.

While Cage wants to do the movie, he may not be available before the deadline. He's tied up in the 'National Treasure' series which is ramping up for a third go-round.

Sony has a script from Scott Gimple and Seth Hoffman that was overseen by 'Batman' architect David S. Goyer. No director is presently attached.

Sony has apparently asked Marvel to extend their deal to make room for Cage, but if that tactic fails then they franchise may be forced to ride on without him.

Thanks to Wiseguy and Calibur454 for the submission.



Millar Hypes NEMESIS

Mark Millar is doing what he does best, whipping up intrigue about the movie version of his new comic 'Nemesis'. Last week he tipped that there was a director that was very close to signing on for the feature.

Now he says that he's holding casting conversations with that still-unnamed director. A posting on Millarworld reads:

Subheading: I'm emailing the director now...

..and he has some amazing plans. I can't wait til this gets announced. Very, very exciting. The mods already know who's being considered for Nemesis, but the director just made a great suggestion for Blake Morrow. Fortunately, all the biggest stars right now are in their late forties so there's several great ones to choose from.

This is going to be great!

Blake Morrow is the aging, brilliant detective who becomes the target of the title character's schemes in the comics mini-series.



C2F Quick Hits

  • Marvel Chief Kevin Feige is quoted all over yon interwebs after this weekend's 'Iron Man 2' press junket.
  • Feige told CHUD that fans can look for members of Nick Fury's Howling Commandos to appear in the 'Captain America' movie. However, the team man not be overtly referred to by their comic book name. 
  • The man also commented to SCI FI Wire that a solo feature for Scarlett Johansson's 'Black Widow' is, "definitely possible," which is as vague a proclamation as you can get. Still, we know that Marvel had taken several stabs at developing a solo feature for the character over the years, with the most recent attempt putting David Hayter in the director's chair. That fizzled and she was rolled into 'Iron Man 2' instead.
  • Feige told Superhero Hype that he met with director Edgar Wright last week to talk about the 'Ant Man' movie. "We started working on a calendar of when to get him back into it once he finishes promoting 'Scott Pilgrim,' so I think towards the end of this year, early next year we'd start looking at early prep for that, but certainly for a release date after 'The Avengers.'"
  • Feige also shared his thoughts on the casting of Chris Evans as 'Captain America' with Movieweb. He admitted that Evans wasn't on the radar early on. But a viewing of Danny Boyle's 'Sunshine' and some conversations with Edgar Wright renewed the Marvel Chief's interest in the actor.
  • Finally, Superhero Hype has an in-depth interview with the man about all things Marvel.
  • Screenwriter Justin Theroux told that fans will want to stay seated through the 'Iron Man 2' credits for another Easter Egg scene. Journalists who screened the move on Thursday did not see the end-cap, but that mirrors the experience of the first movie where the now-famous Nick Fury appearance was held for the movie's actual release.
  • Actor Mickey Rourke is also out promoting the film, but he also made some rather cryptic remarks to Moviehole about returning to his other comic-based franchise in 'Sin City 2'. "If it happens - I mean, that's another movie that's three hours of make-up - as long as Robert Rodriguez's wife isn't involved in it," Rourke said. It's not clear what his specific issue is with Rodriguez's former wife, producer, Elizabeth Avellan
  • In some non-Iron Man news, Kryptonsite reports that Phil Morris will return as the Martian Manhunter in the season finale of 'Smallville' airing May 14.
  • Over at ThinkMcFlyThink, you'll find an interview with Bruce Timm regarding the 'Batman:Under The Red Hood' animated feature.
  • Thanks to Wiseguy and AntoBlueberry for the submissions



IRON MAN 2 Videos

We can expect waves of video releases for 'Iron Man 2' building up to the May 7 bow.

Here's TV Spot #10

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.


IGN Exclusively reveals the post-Monaco conversation between Tony Stark and Whiplash


And Moviefone shows us Tony Stark Oogling and Googling "Natalie" Romanoff


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wraith729 4/26/2010 8:01:31 AM

I love Scarlett Johannson!

Wiseguy 4/26/2010 8:12:26 AM

The Howling Commandos in Capt. America? I'm sure there will be plenty of changes, unfortunately, but I'm still psyched about the prospect. Maybe down the line they give us a true adaptation

My guess is that the cameo at the end of IM will be by none other than Pym/Ant-Man himself. There's already a rumor that the Wasp/VanDyne will appear here so Pym seems like an obvious choice to me. Plus if the intent is for a release after the Avengers, hopefully in 2012 also since Marvel said they want 2 movies per year, then it makes perfect sense IMO. Any Marvel character would be cool though

Sony should do the right thing and let Ghost Rider revert back to his daddy. I know that's unlikely but it would be nice to have a complete Marvel movieverse. Maybe Sony should do a Danny Ketch movie then for part 3 have a showdown with Ketch and Blaze if they want Cage back so bad

I admit to being a Marvel zombie but I just don't see a Black Widow movie having huge appeal unless it includes some cameos from other Marvel biggies. Of course I'd pay to see it but other than some fan boys would anyone else.

Sounds like Rodriguez' ex was a bitch, well at least in Rourke's opinion.

I already like Evans as Captain America but my confidence is grows everytime I see him in something

Marvel doing smaller budget films with second and third tier characters sounds like a great idea. Not everything needs to be a 100mil movie. And after a movie like District 9 we know is possible to have quality with fiscal responsibility. I vote for Doc. Strange and Deathlok mto be among the first to get their own movies. And I'd love to see a Moon Knight film down the road too

Rheul_home 4/26/2010 8:43:16 AM

1. Thats a good idea for Ghost Rider. Honestly I thought Cages take on Blaze was awful and am happy about the prospect of him being replaced. I was always more of a Ketch fan anyway.

2. Black Widow could make a cool film but she would have to be teamed up with some other characters... maybe Hawkeye or some other second stringer and do a Marvel Knights film.

Darkknight2280 4/26/2010 8:51:49 AM

Black Window movie...BORING!!! Just keep her in as a small role/cameo's in other marvel movies.

I think the end scene is going to have soemthing to do with them sayign soemthign about finding Captain America.

SONY let ghost rider go! You didnt make a bunch of money with it what makes you think you can this time?!?! Let Marvel have its property back!

monkeyfoot 4/26/2010 8:55:54 AM

For Marvel making smaller budget movies of second & third tier characters I vote for She-Hulk. Do it in the tone of her most popular comic incarnations with alot of humor and breaking the 3rd wall with the audience. General audiences already know the Hulk so a female version with the appropriate humor could work..  Deal with the funny situation of a lawyer transformed into a beautiful amazonian green-skinned super woman and let equal parts drama, action and hilarity ensue. Like a combo of Ally McBeal/romantic action comedy. 

wessmith1966 4/26/2010 9:27:47 AM

Another Ghost Rider movie? The first one had a few cool scenes, but that's it. Even if Marvel gets the rights back I doubt they'd want to bankroll another film. And while I'm all for seeing Scarlett on the big screen, I doubt I'd be all that excited for a Black Widow feature. There are some characters that are just better as supporting characters. Ant Man is one of them. I have zero interest in an Ant Man movie. I don't care who's at the helm.

What I would love to see is a Black Panther movie starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (from Serenity and Redbelt...I had to look up his name). He would make a perfect Panther. The movie would focus on T'Challa's journey from prince to King of Wakanda and his claiming the mantle and responsibilities of the Black Panther. He'd make a great addition to the cast of The Avengers (my cast: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Wasp, Hawkeye, Black Panther and professor Pym who becomes Giant Man at the climax of the movie).

I'm glad Cage is making another National Treasure movie; they're fun and I'm a sucker for historical mystery adventures.

Millar is self-promoting again? I'm shocked! ha ha. How does he ever get any writing done. If he gets tired of writing he could always open a PR long as he was its only client. Seriously though, I can't blame the guy. This must be an exciting time for comic book writers. They actually have the opportunity to see their creations on the big screen. Twenty-something fans don't realize how great they have it today. When I was a kid my friends and I used to talk about super heroes on the big screen. Superman was a mind-blower when it premiered. Even the old made-for-TV Doctor Strange, Captain America and Incredible Hulk movies made us drool! There was disappointment too like the TV versions of Thor and Daredevil in the Hulk movies. We could never figure out why they changed the costumes to much. But today we're getting big budget super hero movies every year, and on the big screen not TV. So I can't blame Millar for his excitement and self-promotion. He's living the dream these days.

KillerTomato 4/26/2010 9:43:01 AM

Sony just needs to let Ghost Rider go, Marvel will probably play hardball, I'm pretty sure they want ALL the franchises back.  Plus Ghost Rider could totally be one of those lower budget films Marvel wants to make.  And with a smaller budget it would be wholly plausible to make a R-Rated film.

Hey's Mark Millar...he's self-promoting who would have ever seen that one coming...


DeeJay4ADay 4/26/2010 9:50:24 AM

Regarding Black Widow... I think the possibilty of the character spinning off into its own movie is linked to how interesting her hybrid fighting style will look in Iron Man.

For the Iron Man cameo... they can play this any number of ways, but I suspect that there will be more than one cameo involved. It may even make sense to showcase the Invaders (as they may not make it past act I in the Captain America film), or to start having the villains come together a la Masters of Evil. Come to think of it, the later option might be exactly where they're going with this.

Marvel's lower budget projects should all be experiments.  Why not have "Tales of Suspense" "Marvel Team-Up" or "Epic" as series?  Sin City and 300 proved that some of these projects can be pulled-off entirely in the studio--- and they may even be able to do so while incoporating 3-D and--- okay, okay.  Let me stop while I'm ahead.

With the Avengers movie... did Marvel ever say that the movie will only focus on the East Coast team? With War Machine in play, you "almost" have to wonder about the West Coast squad.

Finally, I've got a sneaky suspicion that, with so much filming activitiy going on, Marvel is secretly working on a project that they've not yet announced. Being tied to Disney (an organization that can provide cover) and already having fans directed towards Iron Man, Capt. America and Thor, they could pull this off in a relatively easy fashion.  Maybe I'm dreaming, here... but they'd make history, were they to do so.

GSSCHAN2000 4/26/2010 9:57:57 AM

so cage might not be in the next GR.


well folks looks like... wait for it......ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!

GSSCHAN2000 4/26/2010 10:00:55 AM

oh forgot for the record GR should be rated R.SATAN DOESN'T DO PG-13 kiddies.!

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