An article published yesterday shed some light on the potentially tense contract negotiations that are looming between Marvel Studios and Robert Downey Jr. and the 'Avengers' cast. Hard to believe as it is, there seems to be a possibility that the studio would opt to recast Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the rest of the crew instead of upping their paychecks. So how would that affect your decision to see Marvel's upcoming films?
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.
'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.
Great news, folks! While we still have plenty more of the waiting game to play until we see 'The Avengers 2' in 2015, Joss Whedon has indeed finished a draft of the script and he says "it's in a very good place." That said, how would you like your first taste of what to expect from the far-from-finished storyline?
This Thursday, stand up comedian (and one of the funniest men alive) Patton Oswalt guest stars on NBC's beloved 'Parks and Recreation' as a Pawnee, Indiana citizen who attempts to block a city council vote with a lengthy filibuster. Asked to talk at length about whatever he wanted by the producers, Oswalt decided to rant about 'Star Wars Episode 7' and the results are bizarre and glorious as he spins off into 'The Avengers' and 'X-Men' and much much more. Check it out below.
'The Avengers' made over $1.5 billion (with a b) at the box office, which is enough to make it one of the biggest films of all-time. But Marvel executives weren't the only ones making money off the film. Star Robert Downey, Jr. confirms he made over $50 million to star in 'The Avengers' adding, "Isn't that crazy?" Yeah, pretty much.
Plenty of ink has been spilled concerning the extraordinary success of 'The Avengers' but with "Phase 2" of Marvel's cinematic slate about to begin, we're going to be spilling even more. Although 'Iron Man 3' hasn't even hit theaters yet, all eyes are already on 2015, 'The Avengers 2' and writer/director Joss Whedon, who recently discussed the pressures of making the sequel to one of the biggest movies of all time.
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