After much speculation, Marvel Studios today send word that Robert Downey Jr has signed a two-picture agreement to reprise the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in Marvel’s ‘The Avengers 2′ and Marvel’s ‘The Avengers 3.’ Downey Jr’s last two Marvel films, 2012’s ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ and this year’s ‘Iron Man 3,’ rank as two of the top five grossing films of all time, collectively earning over $2.7 billion worldwide to date.
Over the next three years Marvel Studios has a lot in store for fans with their wave of “Phase Two” films: ‘Iron Man 3′ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’ in 2013, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in 2014, and the tentatively titled ’The Avengers 2′ in 2015. It was recently announced that ‘The Avengers 2′ is set to shoot at Pinewood-Shepperton in early 2014, with production due to get underway later this year. ‘The Avengers’ sequel marks the latest collaboration between Marvel and the Buckinghamshire hub, with the studio recently wrapping shoot at the studios on ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and gearing up for shoot on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ this summer.
As a teaser for their third poster posse project, the good people over at Blurppy have revealed this ‘Pacific Rim’ poster by Matt Ferguson, and as you can see, it is HEAVILY inspired by a certain 1975 classic film. Blurrpy have gathered another diverse group of artists for the ‘Pacific Rim’ project, including: Adam Rabalais, Marie Bergeron, Paul Shipper, Alice Lin, Doaly, Erin Gallagher, Joe Vetoe, Johnny Dombrowski, Marko Manev, Mat Weller, Matt Needle, Patrick Connan, Peter Gutierrez, Richard Davies, Rodolfo Reyes, Sam Ho, Tim Anderson, Ben Whitesell, Ben McLeod, Sharm Murugiah, Nick Comparone, Luke Butland, Jonathan Santoro, Berkay Daglar and a couple of others that may make a surprise appearance. Blurppy will reveal the full collection on July 1st – can’t wait! Their ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ and ‘World War Z’ posse projects can be viewed here and here, respectively.
Set for a July 12th 2D and 3D release, Guillermo del Toro’s ’Pacific Rim’ is set in 2025, the 12th year of a war against giant malevolent alien creatures who reside in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. To combat its annihilation, the planet must band together and use highly advanced weapons technology to eradicate the growing threat. Undoubtedly one of my most anticipated movies of 2013, ‘Pacific Rim’ boasts a stellar cast of Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rob Kazinsky, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman and Max Martini.
MTL Blog have got their mitts on this new collection of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ set images featuring Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine – in his 1970s grab – alongside director Bryan Singer. ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ the seventh installment in the ‘X-Men’ film series, commenced filming in March in Montreal, Canada. It will be the first film in the ‘X-Men’ film series to be filmed in 3D.
Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario & Brandon T Jackson Highlighted In New ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ Posters
Yahoo! Movies and Emileeid have debuted these new theatrical posters for ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.’ Directed by Thor Freudenthal with a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the sequel stars Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Brandon T Jackson, Mary Birdsong, Yvette Nicole Brown, Missi Pyle, Nathan Fillion, Anthony Head, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Leven Rambin, Stanley Tucci, Robert Maillet and Zoe Aggeliki.
The first film in the franchise, ‘Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief,’ grossed $226.5 million at the worldwide box office in 2010. The sequel finds Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, continuing his epic journey to fulfill his destiny, as he teams with his demigod friends to retrieve the Golden Fleece, which has the power to save their home and training ground, Camp Half-Blood. ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ is set for a August 7th release.
Talking to Digital Spy at a BAFTA screening last night (June 19th), Idris Elba revealed that the planned ‘Luther’ movie will be an “origin story”. A big-screen spinoff from the awesome psychological crime-drama would be adapted from show creator Neil Cross’ 2011 prequel novel, ‘Luther: The Calling,’ Elba explained. “If we do decide to make this film, the spine of the film will probably come from The Calling – which is the book – and that starts at the beginning of who Luther is and where he’s come from.”
Idris Elba added that he hopes the origin movie will bring, “A new audience for Luther but… also… keep the fans interested. [The movie is] a goal, it’s a goal for Neil and I, for sure – we’ve talked about it at length. We haven’t got into any sort of deal stage or anything like that, but it’s certainly a goal. We did six episodes [on television], then we did four, then we waited a year and a half and then we did another four. That’s training our fans to gear up towards what could be either a film or maybe a television special and then a film.” ‘Luther’ returns for its third series on Tuesday, July 2nd at 9pm on BBC One. Elba has won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of DCI Luther.
While Joss Whedon was out and about on the promotional campaign for ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ the writer-director was asked a couple ‘The Avengers 2′ related question by Total Film. On whether or not he has had chance to catch ‘Man of Steel’ yet, Whedon said, ”I have not had a chance to catch Man of Steel yet, but I’m going to.” As for whether or not he thinks the Superman reboot will influence what he does with ‘The Avengers 2,’ he added, ”When you’re making a large scale superhero film and a large scale superhero film comes out, you have to go and see it to make sure you’re not imitating it. That you don’t have a giant plot point or set piece that is exactly the same as yours. And it does happen a lot and we say, ‘Oh, we better zig instead of zag.’ You have to watch it for that, but also, to get a big of inspiration. You either have a great time or you think, ‘Well, I can top that’, but I’m definitely going to have a great time.”
Joss Whedon was also asked if he cares about Bryan Singer casting his own Quicksilver in next year’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ “I don’t. I really, you know what, I’m doing my thing and I’m very excited about my thing.” When Total Film touched on the recent reports that Aaron Taylor-Johnson is favourite to play Quicksilver in ‘The Avengers 2,’ Whedon wouldn’t give anything away (but check out his body language). “I’m VERY excited about my thing,” was all he would say. Quotes via CBM.