Elsewhere in the Marvel universe, while execs are in the midst of a tizzy with all the 'Avengers' stars wanting more zeros on their 'Avengers 2' paychecks, rumors of possible spinoffs have been circulating -- an 'Iron Man' spinoff for Don Cheadle's Rhodey or perhaps even a 'Captain America' spinoff for Anthony Mackie's Falcon. So what's the latest on this front? A resounding no, that's what.
Our Marvel Cinematic Universe contest may be long gone, but don't forget that 'Iron Man 3' is still killing it in theaters. How could you forget when we're giving away the perfect companion for the film -- an 'Iron Man 3' LEGO prize pack!
In one of the most public contract negotiations of the modern era, Robert Downey Jr. has let it be known that he finished his contractual obligations to Marvel and to playing Tony Stark and Iron Man. Which means his future involvement with both 'The Avengers' and 'Iron Man' will depend on how much Marvel is willing to pony up.
Last year at this time, the world was preparing itself for the opening of 'The Avengers,' which would gross $207 million domestically in three days, shattering the record held by 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2' ($169 million). Now here comes 'Iron Man 3,' the inaugural film in Phase Two of Marvel's superhero series. So can Tony Stark top 'The Avengers' all on his own?
The 'Iron Man 3' post-credits scene has been revealed following a screening of the film in Paris and if you don't want to know any details about the top secret scene and which other Marvel character is involved, be warned, there are spoilers ahead. But if you're dying to know how it all plays out, we've got the details for you below.
From the earliest days of his appearances in Marvel Comics' 'Tales of Suspense,' Tony Stark has always been modeled after aviator/inventor/industrialist Howard Hughes. With 'Iron Man 3,' Stark assumes a new dimension of Hughes' persona: that of the paranoid shut-in who, in his later years, became notorious for roaming his private floor of the Desert Inn Hotel in Las Vegas, freaking out about invisible germs and collecting jars of his own urine. 'Iron Man 3's' Tony Stark, played once again by the inimitable Robert Downey Jr.isn't quite that bad, but he's getting there.
After the events chronicled in 'The Avengers,' where Manhattan was nearly leveled by invading aliens and Tony himself was almost killed, he's become obsessed with upgrading his armor -- leaping all the way from the Mark VII to the Mark 42 in a matter of months. When anyone mentions New York or aliens, Tony gets panic attacks. There's a reason Daredevil, not Iron Man, is the Marvel hero known as "The Man Without Fear." Poor Tony is terrified.
'Iron Man 3' may not have opened in the United States yet, but it's already a smash hit overseas, earning more money in its opening weekend than 'The Avengers' did. There's a reason why movie studios are starting to think internationally when it comes to their blockbusters -- people in other countries want to see these movies just as much as Americans and a successful international release can double or triple a domestic gross.