If you have seen Iron Man 2 (opening today in the States) you will know that Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr) father is in it. He shows up briefly on some old films that Tony watches.
As you may also know, the Captain America movie is going to be set mainly during World War 2. This means that Howard Stark (John Slattery) would have been in his prime back then. Plus being a mover and shaker in the technology world he would probably have been involved in some way with the Super Soldier project. Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) even mentions that Howard was involved in the formation of SHIELD.
MTV news spoke to director Jon Favreau about the possibility of Howard Stark showing up in the Captain America movie.
“Yeah, because he was around then,” confirmed Favreau.
“['Captain America'] is World War II,” he explained. “It wouldn’t be that same actor, probably, because he would be much younger.”
“[Howard Stark] was starting out during that time, and [he] was involved with the war effort, much like Howard Hughes,” said the filmmaker.
Director: Jon Favreau Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Clark Gregg, Samuel L Jackson
This review by Ben Mortimer
Two years ago, as the first Iron Man film was being showered in almost universal praise, there was one criticism levelled at it in review after review – that it lacked action set pieces. It’s safe to say this won’t be a sticking point for viewers of the sequel, as it is packed to the gills with fight sequences.
The problem with this new action-packed take on Iron Man, however, is that much of the action feels like it’s been crow bared in. At each crash of a super-suited fist the film trips over itself, as story and characters are temporarily sidelined to satisfy Another Pointless Super Scrap. This is particularly true early on in the film, with the introduction of Whiplash.
Taking place about twenty minutes in, we know too much about the character for him to feel mysterious, but not enough to particularly care about why he’s fighting Stark. This is unfortunate, because, with the exception of a couple of fairly slapstick moments, this is one of the better executed action sequences in the film (more on that later).
In the midst of all of this unnecessary action, are some very strong elements. The characters are generally well rounded, even if the story itself lacks any real thrust, and as with the first film, the performances are almost universally excellent. The main exception to this is Mickey Rourke as Whiplash. With a loosely-sketched back story, and a very linear arc, he simply isn’t interesting enough to be the film’s key villain, and Rourke struggles to imbue the character with any real personality.
In addition to the well rounded characters, there were several references back to small but memorable elements of the first film that pay-off some of the support players, although these references are small potatoes compared with the wealth of references to films to come, from Black Widow’s blue SHIELD catsuit to Agent Coulson being sent to deal with Thor. There is also a reference to Tony Stark’s future alcoholism, although it seems unlikely that an audience could really sit through a third ‘wayward Tony Stark makes good’-story.
In spite of these positive elements, the film has some serious down sides. The plot is functional but empty, and Tony’s quest to find a hidden message from his father is logic defying. If the subject of the message were so important why is it hidden, and more to the point, why was it not mentioned in the first film?
The biggest issue the film has, however, is that watching two men fight with masks on is ultimately unsatisfying. No matter how much damage we see the suit take, and how little energy/control the occupant has, it’s nearly impossible to connect with them when we can’t see their face. Iron Man solved this by having Stark and Stane remove their helmets for the final battle. The sequel ignores this technique, but fails to come up with an alternative, resulting in several dull fights, including what should have been the climactic battle.
Ultimately, and despite its flaws, Iron Man 2 is still a fun and enjoyable film, filled with a great deal to like. It might not be a patch on its predecessor, but it is considerably better than many of the other films within its genre.
Now, according to CHUD, the Howling Commandos may be in it.
I just spoke to Marvel Studios own Odin, Kevin Feige. Running after Kevin in a hallway in the Four Seasons Hotel I got him to confirm that the Howling Commandos will show up in the Captain America movie.
The first group of Howling Commandos was an elite special unit formed in World War II. The original team consisted of Nick Fury, Corporal Thaddeus Aloysius Cadwallander “Dum Dum” Dugan, Private Gabriel Jones, Private Robert “Rebel” Ralston, Private Dino Manelli, Private Isadore “Izzy” Cohen and Private Jonathan “Junior” Juniper who was killed in action after the first few issues. He was replaced by Private Percival “Pinky” Pinkerton, a British soldier – Wiki
They’ll be fighting alongside him in The First Avenger: Captain America, but they may not be specifically called ‘The Howling Commandos.’
“The characters will be there as part of the larger Marvel Universe,” Feige said. One character he would confirm was Gabe Jones. Why have the Howling Commandos in the film and not refer to them by name? Surely you should have that little fan boy nod.
They wouldn’t even have to be in it much maybe just a ten minute deal. I want to know if they will have Nick Fury in it. As we know Samuel L Jackson is the Fury of the Marvel Movieverse (and the Ultimate Marvel Universe), however he was originally the grizzled old white dude with the cigars and attitude. His longevity in the comics was down to the Infinity Formula, hence the reason he didn’t have to go into the future by the suspended animation route as Cap did.
I am not sure whether they will want to have Fury mixed up in it from all those years ago in the film so Jackson may well just be in modern times. Now what would be cool is if they had someone playing the Nick Fury from the original comics so we get to see both versions. They wouldn’t have to mention him by name, just get someone who obviously looks like him.
I am made up that Marvel are using their many years of stories to flesh out the movieverse. What other aspects of the World War II era Marvel stories would you like to see? Who could they get to play the Commandos?
While chatting to various people about his new indie film Mother and Child Samuel L Jackson got onto the subject of his work as Nick Fury for Marvel Studios.
He is signed up for nine films as Fury and sounds as if the role will get bigger as the films move on.
“I got started on it when I did the end of Iron Man 1. My foot was on the path. Now, my foot is a little deeper on the path ’cause we’ve got Iron Man 2. I’m not in Thor. I’m supposed to do Captain America this summer in London.”
It is a surprise that he is not in Thor. Even Jackson didn’t know why Fury wouldn’t be featuring.
“I have no idea. I’m not in charge of making those decisions. I thought I was. They said I was in the trades, and I was like, “Oh, I’ve got a job!” And then, I called my agent and she said, “Nah, you’re not in it. They misprinted.” I was like, “Well shit, they need to pay me just ’cause they put my name in it.”
They asked Jackson if he does in fact get to “kick some major ass” in Iron Man 2 and if we will finally get to see his badass Fury in full action? “No, I get to talk really harshly with Robert Downey Jr., but that is about it,” answered Jackson. “So far that’s all I’m doing.”
As for The Avengers how big a role will Fury have in that team film?
“The Avengers is my own starring vehicle for that character, pretty much. That’s not that far away. It’s in February. It’s just February. I’ve got time to get in shape and everything.”
“[He will] shoot somebody,” he said. “I’d like for him to do something eventually.”
“I’m totally looking forward to finally getting Nick Fury into action,” he added.
They finished by asking Jackson if he was happy that Whedon would be directing the The Avengers and if he was excited to be working with him on the project? “Yes I am,” replied Jackson. “I’m looking forward to that.”
Glad to hear that Whedon is definitely on for The Avengers and good to see more Jackson as Fury. Would you want to see a Nick Fury movie?
Samuel L. Jackson and Kellan Lutz are in negotiations to star in “Deathgames,” an indie action movie from Motion Picture Corporation of America according to Heat Vision.
Jonah Loop, a visual effects supervisor on such pics as “Collateral” and “A Perfect Getaway,” is making his directorial debut with the film, which begins shooting next month in Louisiana.
The story centers on a young man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced into the savage world of a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for entertainment of the online masses. Jackson orchestrates the games, overseeing them from his computer lair with the help of twin ladies who see to his every desire.
I kind of imagine Samuel L Jackson has that kind of set up in real life. Sounds corny as hell but could be a bit of fun.
If you are a fan of the Iron Man movie you will remember that after the closing credits, Tony Start (Robert Downey Jr) went home and was met by Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) who mentioned the Avengers Initiative. It was a very cool fanboy moment and it looks as if something similar could happen at the end of Iron Man 2.
To avoid spoilers I have put it in inviso-text (just press the mouse button and drag across below to see the text from BadTaste via /Film. Update: Can’t get the damn text to change colour so apologies.
A 100% trusted source (NOT from the production/distribution, but very familiar with the movie) confirmed us today that there will be an easter egg in IM2. It’s an extra scene, just like the one in the first movie, after the end credits. We are able to tell you what’s about! It’s a scene about… Captain America and Thor! Maybe this doesn’t seem a big reveal, but it’s nice to have a confirmation.
Pretty cool if it is true. I won’t say anymore here, but feel free to discuss further in the comments which are now designated spoiler territory for this post.
Great news for fans of Joss Whedon (oh Firefly!) but a rumour from a few weeks ago that said he was in the running to direct The Avengers for Marvel Studios could well be true.
Deadline (who are usually spot on with these things) have the news that Joss Whedon is in final negotiations to direct The Avengers.
That means he would be in control of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), as well as SHIELD leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and whoever else they decide to include – possibly the Hulk, the Wasp, Hawkeye.
After Iron Man 2, Marvel has three pictures left on a distribution deal with Paramount before it moves to Disney, and the studio has been churning them out. Iron Man 2 gets released in May, Captain America will begin shooting this summer in Europe, Thor is in production, and Marvel Studios just set Pete Sollett to direct Runaways, based on the comic book series created by Lost writer Brian K. Vaughan. Whedon also wrote for that last one along with Astonishing X-Men so he knows how these things work.
True, Serenity is his only feature film, but all of his shows involve an ensemble cast of people with various abilities so his transition to directing the team of Avengers should work quite well.
I really think he is an excellent choice for the film although it is still not set in stone. Do you agree that Whedon is the one to direct the Avengers or is it a terrible choice? Who else should they have on the team?
The Avengers is due out in May 2012.
UPDATE: Variety have picked up on the news that Whedon is in final negotiations to direct and if it does go ahead he will also rework the screenplay by screenwriter Zak Penn.
It will be nice if this all happens. Now another question – if he could bring in some of his crew what characters would you like to see the following play?
Nathan Fillion – Neil Patrick Harris – Charisma Carpenter – Felicia Day – Summer Glau
This all looks very tense and for some reason I get an Arlington Road type vibe from it.
Somewhere in the United States, three nuclear weapons are about to detonate. Younger (Michael Sheen) has hidden the devices and the authorities lead by FBI agent Brody (Carrie-Anne Moss) with the help of H (Samuel L. Jackson), an interrogation specialist, must find them before time runs out. How far will they go to get the information they need and will they do the unthinkable?
Directed by Gregor Jordan and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen, Brandon Routh, Martin Donovan, Gil Bellows, Lora Kojovic.
“If you could make God bleed, people would cease to believe in him.”
More Downey Jr as Stark, more Rourke as Whiplash, more Cheadle as War Machine, more Johansson as Black Widow, more suits, more robots and it just looks awesome.
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero Iron Man, reuniting director Jon Favreau and Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. In Iron Man 2, the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James Rhodey Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.
Not so long ago I mentioned that Olivia Munn – an American model, presenter and actress – was in Iron Man 2. She was listed as playing Iron Maiden (Melina Vostakoff) who is an enemy of Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson).
Like then I’m still not too sure of her acting abilities and her geek cred. I know she’s dressed up as a Na’Vi and Slave Leia. Presumably her role in Iron Man 2 will be a little bit more of a cameo, but that would be it.
However, it is possible that she may be getting lined up to have a bigger part of the Marvel universe on the big screen.
Fanboy Web have the news that she could in fact be playing the Scarlet Witch.
First a quick rundown on the Scarlet Witch aka Wanda Maximoff – she is a mutant with probability altering powers, is the daughter of Magneto, sister of Quicksilver, married the Vision who was a robot, had kids, went mental, destroyed the Avengers, altered the planet so that Mutants were the dominant species, when the heroes beat her she wished there were no more mutants and only a hundred or so were left. Oh and in the Ultimate universe she got a little bit close to her brother on an icky level. Wiki have a more detailed synopsis but I think I covered many of the major beats in her life.
As for this rumour I have to say I do think it is just that. I’ve not idea how reliable Fanboy Web is or whether Marvel Studios have any plans to bring the Scarlet Witch into the films. Then again, you just never know with the studios. Samuel L Jackson was rumoured to be Nick Fury in the first Iron Man and the studio kept saying that wasn’t the case then lo and behold Sam was Nick Fury.
Do you think the rumour could be true? If so would Munn be a good choice to play her? Is she a good actress?