Robert Downey Jr. has arrived on the Captain America: Civil War set yesterday!
It appears as though the production is still located in an African marketplace, which will presumably stand in for an area near – or indeed within – Black Panther’s Wakanda. Reports suggest it is here that a global incident forces the world’s elite into action over the superheroes, before rolling out a divisive registration act that essentially seeds the titular battle, headed up on each side by Captain America himself and Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.
Avengers: Age of Ultron has been out for a few weeks now, but it won’t make its way to Japan until July, and so to promote the movie in that market Marvel has dropped a rather splendid Japanese trailer for the superhero sequel, along with a new poster.
Disney and Marvel have another movie in the billion-dollar club. After breaking records in China this week with a $33.9 million opening, Avengers: Age Of Ultron has gone on to pass the $1 billion mark at the global box office on its 24th day of release. Only two other Marvel movies have enjoyed this success (Avengers Assemble and Iron Man 3), but it’s actually the eighth Disney release to surpass the billion dollar threshold. The Joss Whedon directed flick still has a ways to go to catch the latest Fast & Furious instalment though, which is currently sitting on a whopping $1.47 billion.
A new concept artwork has arrived online and shows Iron Man in his Bleeding Edge armor. If you’re unfamiliar with the Bleeding Edge armor from the comic books, the suit makes Iron Man extremely powerful, being powered by a high-yield R.T. node, and is stored inside Tony Stark’s body using nanotechnology until mentally called upon. Of course, there’s no guarantee the movie version would incorporate that element, and could just be using the same design.
Marvel also revealed the official plot synopsis for Captain America’s latest big screen outing:
“Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.”
As Marvel Studios prepares to go into production on the Phase Three launching Captain America: Civil War, we have what may be the first piece of promotional artwork from the May 2016 release, with El Mayimbe posting the following image of Cap and Iron Man going head-to-head in their updates costumes…
Captain America: Civil War is set for release on April 29th 2016 in the UK and May 6th 2016 in the States, with Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) directing a cast that includes Marvel Cinematic Universe veterans Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) and Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow/Crossbones) alongside new additions Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up) as T’Challa/Black Panther and Daniel Bruhl (Rush) as Baron Zemo.
Avengers: Age of Ultron arrived in the States this past Friday, with the film pulling in a whopping $187.7 million domestic opening weekend and pushing its global haul to $627 million after just twelve days.
Despite the impressive U.S. numbers, the film fell short of its predecessor The Avengers, which earned a record $207.4 million back in 2012. Early reports were suggesting that the sequel would go on to set a record with around $220 million over the weekend, but it seems that the Floyd Mayweather / Manny Pacquiao fight took a big chunk out of ticket sales for films across the board.
Age of Ultron may not have set a new record, but Marvel now has the three biggest opening days of all time, with 2013’s Iron Man 3 in third with $174.1 million, while the film has already overtaken the lifetime global earnings of The Incredible Hulk ($263.4 million), Captain America: The First Avenger ($370.6 million), Thor ($449.3 million), Iron Man ($585.2 million) and Iron Man 2 ($623.9 million). Will it have the legs to challenge The Avengers’ $1.518 billion?
After sharing thoughts on Joss Whedon leaving the Avengers series following Age of Ultron, Robert Downey Jr. praises the Russos for taking over the director’s chair(s) on his next Iron Man appearances.
Now that Anthony & Joe Russo are set to helm both Avengers: Infinity War – Part I and Part II, Robert Downey Jr. recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about Avengers: Age of Ultron writer/direct Joss Whedon leaving the blockbuster franchise. “I wasn’t surprised because there was so much onus on can [Avengers: Age of Ultron] be as good as Avengers Assemble?” he said. “I just think it takes so much out of the men and women who are behind the major workload that occurs over a 24-month period, at best, to get one of these movies done. It’s backbreaking.”
With the Russo brothers currently directing Captain America: Civil War in which Iron Man will appear, Robert Downey Jr. was asked what it’s like having the character be directed by different people. “Its different every time,” Downey answered. “I’m also a very kind of loyal person so sometimes there’s a new face and I’m like ‘Wait a minute.’ But the interesting thing is I’ve worked with Jon twice, I’ve worked with Joss twice, and I worked with Shane Black once—and I’d happily do it with any of those three folks again.” He continued, “I really think the Russo Brothers are super sharp and I think they are worthy stewards of carrying it forward.”
At one time long ago, Robert Downey Jr. and Charlize Theron were tossed around as the potential leads in Paul Thomas Anderson’s“Inherent Vice.” It’s an interesting what-if to consider, but according to Iron Man himself, it was never really in the cards.
“I’m really fortunate that, first and foremost, I’m friends with PTA. And he is so much more than a filmmaker. He’s just someone that you go, ‘If I could spend a big chunk of every day with this guy, then I’d be a better person.’ So, that’s great. He and my dad are pals,” he told Grantland about his relationship with the filmmaker. But when it comes to “Inherent Vice” he makes it clear the gig was not his from the start and that Joaquin Phoenix was always the man for the job.
“(a) Nobody should have done that movie besides him, and (b) Paul was never really thinking about me for it, and it’s not because he’s cryptic,” he said. “It’s because they have a Scorsese–De Niro thing. At this point, I’d be happy to offer Mr. Anderson any and every film I do from now on. I love watching what they do.”
Captain America: Civil War (2016) Robert as Tony Stark/Iron Man Genre: Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi Status: Pre-production
Following the events of the Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.
The Judge (2014) Robert as Hank Palmer Genre: Drama Status: On DVD/Blu-ray
Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
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