For weeks, a friend of mine had been asking if I’d attend Marvel Universe Live with him. For weeks I had been saying “no,” because I had little interest in attending a two-hour production geared for kids that mainly consists of people running around in costumes on the floor of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The mistake I made was mentioning this to my editor, who then insisted it would be a good idea for me to attend.
Part of the fun of watching a Marvel movie is looking out for all those Easter eggs strewn throughout, and you can be sure 'Guardians of the Galaxy' has a handful, as well. But in case you missed any of them, from the first 'Iron Man' movie all the way up to 'Thor: The Dark World,' MTV compiled a handy video running down all of them, explaining their significance.
At one point during this interview, Jeff Bridges leaned back in his chair, laughed, then broke into an impression of Jeffrey Lebowski, his character from 'The Big Lebowski' who is also famously known as The Dude. It was at this moment that I decided that the trip from New York City to San Diego for Comic-Con was worth it.
We've known for a little while that Marvel is taking a break from 'Iron Man' after three films with star Robert Downey Jr. And while they will likely make another 'Iron Man' in the future, it hasn't been clear if Downey Jr. would don the suit again. In a new interview, the actor and star of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' hints that he's not quite ready to give it up.
On May 30, Marvel Entertainment and Victory Hill Exhibitions launched Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Discovery Time Square, the same NYC location that housed such immersive experiences as 'Harry Potter: The Exhibition' and LEGO's 'Art of the Brick.' This time around Marvel fans of all ages will be able to dive into this cinematic universe like never before by becoming S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and witnessing the science behind these superheroes through interactive activities and props, costumes and set pieces from the movies.
Stan Lee walks out from behind a curtain and emerges into Tony Stark's laboratory, now set up to accommodate cameras and press. Iron Man's suit is encased in the background, the floor is lit up as an enlarged replica of his electromagnetic chest implant, and his inventions, like J.A.R.V.I.S. and his particle accelerator, adorn the far wall. "I don't know how they did it," remarked the famed Marvel creator. "I can't wait to see the rest."
Stan "The Man" was in New York City to promote the latest brain child of Marvel Studios -- the Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., an interactive exhibit for Marvelites at Discovery Time Square that allows fans to immerse themselves in the world of 'The Avengers' films and S.H.I.E.L.D. Filled with movie props and costumes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- including the Chitauri chariot and weapons from 'The Avengers,' Loki's scepter and vintage Captain America memorabilia -- this S.T.A.T.I.O.N. transforms attendants into S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and dives into the science behind the famed superheroes and their abilities.
After checking out this exhibit for ourselves -- but not before Stan, of course -- we sat down with the true believer to chat about this one-of-a-kind experience and what's coming up next in the Marvel movie canon.
While we'll likely never see Spider-Man fighting side by side on the big screen with the Avengers, you can see all your favorite heroes teaming up in a different arena with Marvel Universe LIVE!, a new traveling production set to hit the road this summer. And now you can go behind the scenes with this new featurette on the upcoming production, which unites all your favorite Marvel heroes and villains for one spectacular show.
With the release of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ we now have our ninth film of the Marvel Studios continuity since the first ‘Iron Man’ debuted in 2008. It’s a weird thing, these movies have happened so relatively fast, re-watching them now, it’s hard not to have that, Oh, that’s right, Jeff Bridges was actually in ‘Iron Man’ moment. The Marvel movies come so quickly, it almost feels like an analogy to the current state of hyper-accelerated culture itself.
Anyway, here’s a ranking of all of the one-movie-only peripheral Marvel characters played by known actors that we haven’t quite forgotten, but at least deserve to be remembered as part of an Internet list. (Marvel One-Shot short films do not count.)
President Barack Obama spoke at a Manufacturing Innovation event on Tuesday and announced two new public-private manufacturing innovation institutes – in Chicago and Detroit - with a surprising revelation: "I'm here to announce that we're building Iron Man."