The relationship between Iron Man and Captain America has always been the most important in the Avengers. The two figureheads – one an iconic war hero, the other an egomaniac not partial to taking orders – were always destined to butt heads.
We saw that butting of heads in 2012′s ‘Avengers Assemble’ and sequel ‘Age of Ultron’ will further test and strain their relationship to breaking point. Once broken, they will come to blows in next year’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’.
With a lot of focus being given to the two characters ahead of that film, Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr was asked by the Times of India to explain how the pair work.
“There are really only two relationships in Tony [Stark]’s life in which he’s been willing to assume a lower status and one’s with Pepper obviously, equal footing, and the other is with Cap [Chris Evans].
“It’s always whoever does the job best should probably do that job and Tony’s bringing a lot to the table and Cap has the most experience. It’s also nice to feel like there’s someone under whose tutelage you become better at what you have to do and no one’s more battle-seasoned than Cap.”
Of course Downey Jr keeps his words strictly in relation to what we’ll see in ‘Age of Ultron’ but it’s an interesting take, clearly meant to evoke Stark’s deep respect for Cap.
Stark’s father Howard [portrayed on screen by Dominic Cooper and Jon Slattery] worked with Captain America and respected the man also. It’s no leap to assume he told a young Tony stories of Captain America during his childhood.
Tony will do well to remember those tales in ‘Civil War’, when an ideological battle between the two turns into a physical one. How they get there though, that’ll be seen in ‘Age of Ultron’.
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Right as Avengers: Age of Ultron enters hype overdrive ahead of its release on May 1st, another Marvel film dealing with the fallout of that titular team’s impending adventure is ready for its close-up. Captain America: Civil War is pretty much ready to get in front of the cameras. Casting notices for extras (with many ethnicities being sought) have gone out in Atlanta with a shooting date of April 1st pinned down, though filming could commence even earlier than that (whether or not these notices are for first or second unit is unconfirmed). Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, who also helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will return to direct. That film, along with Guardians of the Galaxy, was a high-water mark for quality in the Marvel movies, so it makes sense to be reasonably optimistic that Captain America: Civil War could turn out as well or even better than that entry.
We recently learned that Daniel Brühl would be playing Baron Zemo in the film and that a lot of bad shit will go down in Age of Ultron to get to this point. Robert Downey Jr. recently hinted at that conflict:
“It’s natural to change your views…The main thing to me is, what sort of incident could occur, and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues about where we might find him next are in Ultron. But what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he’s stood for? Joss brings this up all the time. It’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and yet when the movie’s over, nobody minds. What would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?”
With the highly-anticipated summer release of Avengers: Age of Ultron fast approaching, Marvel has just released a brand new television ad online, featuring almost all new footage. Offering an awesome new look at each Avenger in action, the extended TV spot is embedded below!
Cinemax has put in development Baghdad Country Club, a drama from Robert Downey Jr. & Susan Downey’s Team Downey banner.
Written by Dave Andron (Justified), the project is inspired by the digital article of same name by prolific journalist Joshuah Bearman, whose story The Great Escape became the basis for the 2012 Best Picture Oscar winner Argo. Baghdad Country Club centers on a special forces soldier-turned-mercenary who opens the only watering hole in Baghdad’s Green Zone at the height of the post-invasion Iraqi insurgency.
Team Downey is producing in association with Warner Horizon Television. The companies’ collaboration stems from Team Downey’s first-look feature deal at Warner Bros. Team Downey’s Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell executive produce alongside Andron and Bearman. Bearman’s Baghdad Country Club was published by The Atavist and previously optioned by Cinemax sibling HBO.
Television has been a priority for the Downeys, who launched Team Downey in 2010. They have set up several TV projects in the past couple of years, including a 1980s rehab drama at Showtime.
Can an ad be art—and vice versa? Robert Downey Jr. is testing that question with a series of nine 30-second short films, sponsored by a cell phone company to promote their new device.
The color-coded series is called the M9 Project, after sponsor HTC’s new phone, but the only reference to that is a title card at the end. Otherwise, the shorts are product-free with Downey Jr. himself and creative director Russell Scott of Jetset Studios given liberty to devise a series of surreal experiences for their hero and his onscreen friend/nemesis (played by Brian Schaeffer.)
The shorts dabble in a variety of genres: comedy, horror, film noir, and fantasy among them. Taken together, they make one dreamlike story—each one taking its inspiration and tipping its hat to some other film or piece of art, including Downey Jr.’s own father.
“They were inspired by the lifetime of popular culture that we’ve all ingested,” said Scott. “There are film references, there are TV references. There’s a lot of physical comedy, and a whole different, almost silent-movie type of acting. There’s no real messaging or hucksterism.”
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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