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?
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner stopped by Marvel HQ in NYC last week in anticipation of the release of “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron!”
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.”
Robert Downey Jr. Visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at Rockefeller Center on April 27, 2015 in New York City.
Robert Downey Jr. and Jeremy Renner turned up to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange to promote their new blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron on Monday.
Avengers: Age of Ultron has opened with an amazing $201.2 million worldwide after just a few days of release. The sequel is outpacing The Avengers by 44%, and has so far only actually debuted in 44 markets. There are still many more to go, including North America next Friday (where it’s expected to gross upwards of $200 million during its opening weekend). It reaches China on May 12th, another territory which will give the movie a massive boost. The chances of it topping the $1.5 billion haul of The Avengers are looking very good at this point. Avengers: Age of Ultron was #1 in all territories, and those at the top were South Korea ($28.2M), the UK ($27.3M), Russia ($16.2M), Brazil ($13.1M), Australia ($13.1M), and France ($12.4M).
I’ve added 5 scans of Avengers: Age of Ultron featured in the April issue of Czech magazine Svět Filmu to the gallery. Take a look!