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Kevin Feige Says Iron Man Can Live On Without Robert Downey Jr. & Continue Like James Bond Or Batman With New Actors

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 8, 2013 3:06 PM
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Very interesting, in light of last night’s potential negotiations impasse at Marvel Studios, are telling comments that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and the Big Kahuna (Marvel Head Kevin Feige) made to Entertainment Weekly in this past weekend’s cover story. In case you missed the brouhaha yesterday evening, it goes like this: Marvel is notoriously cheap with their salary offers to actors. This is how the company has always operated since they jumped into the feature film game in 2008 with the first “Iron Man.” But “The Avengers” was a billion dollar hit, “Iron Man 3” will soon be a billion dollar hit and the Marvel casts are still being paid lowball figures. With deals not in place for the upcoming 2015 tentpole, “The Avengers 2,” this could prove to be problematic for Marvel. The Avengers want to get paid.

Discuss: Can Marvel Keep Lowballing Their Actors? 'The Avengers 2' Negotiations Get Heated

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2013 6:36 PM
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As Marvel enters Phase Two of their cinematic universe, their business universe is also getting a bit of a shake up. No one could have really predicted that Phase One would end with the billion dollar earning "The Avengers," and that really changed the game. Wisely, Robert Downey Jr. had negotiated a deal for a cut of the profits which saw him pocket a cool $50 million. Not bad, right? Well, now imagine you're one of the actors that only got $200,000 for the movie. As you might guess, that is causing some serious friction as Marvel tries to lock everyone in for "The Avengers 2."

The Best & Worst Moments Of 'Iron Man 3'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 6, 2013 1:29 PM
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If you were in prison, comatose or pinned to the ground by a fallen armoire this weekend, it's possible you didn't see "Iron Man 3." All the rest of us, it seems, ignored our mothers' protestations and spent a couple of hours of this fine sunny summer weekend indoors in the dark, watching Robert Downey Jr. suit up as Tony Stark/Iron Man for his third solo outing. In fact, judging by these numbers, so did Mom. The "Iron Man" threequel (read about some others here) is already in the history books as the second biggest domestic opening of all time, right behind sister film "The Avengers," and looks on track to be another billion-dollar movie for the unprecedentedly successful Marvel Universe project. But with Shane Black a new recruit for the director's chair (Iron Throne?) and expectations vertiginously high for the launch of Phase Two, the finished film could be expected to show at least a few stretch marks. Our early review is here and since then, many of The Playlist have managed to catch up with it, so here's what we thought worked and what did not. **Spoilers abound.**

Weekend Box Office: 'Iron Man 3' Scores Second Biggest Opening In Box Office History

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 5, 2013 11:53 AM
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Who really needs any other studios when you’ve got Marvel around? About a year after Marvel’s “The Avengers” set the record for biggest weekend in box office history, “Iron Man 3” comes along to provide the second best. There’s not much precedence for this sort of thing – spinning a successful franchise (“Iron Man”) into another, more lucrative brand (“The Avengers”) and then back out. So while some expected “Iron Man 3” to be seen by the exact same audience as “The Avengers,” that simply wasn’t a realistic proposition. Maybe some people are “Captain America” fans, and some are “Hulk” fans. And most love “Iron Man.”

Blade, Ghost Rider & Punisher Return To Marvel; Kevin Feige Says Doctor Strange Is "Next Up" For Phase Three

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2013 11:52 AM
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With "Iron Man 3" set to make, approximately, a kajillion dollars this weekend and Marvel's Phase Two already mapped out, Phase Three is now the focus of their attention. We already know "The Avengers 2" and "Ant-Man" will kick off what will be a banner year for Disney in 2015, but what's next after that? Of course, there's all kinds of speculation and options, particularly with "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." giving the comic company the chance to introduce even more characters to the Marvel-verse, and with the rights to even more of their catalog returning it's giving Kevin Feige plenty to play with.

Kevin Feige Says Rocket Raccoon & Groot Will Steal 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'; 'Ant-Man' Needs A Rewrite

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2013 1:39 PM
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Like a leaky nerd faucet, Marvel keeps the information flowing, albeit in servings that would strain to be called child's size. And yet, here we are, because the Marvel-verse is one of the most interesting gambles in recent memory at the movies that is only growing bigger and more successful with each passing year (leading up to a whopper of a 2015 for Disney). But before we get ahead of ourselves and talk Phase Three, there is still lots to come with Phase Two, starting with "Iron Man 3," which opens tomorrow, and EW sat down with Kevin Feige and grilled him on all things Marvel.

Quicksilver & The Scarlet Witch Confirmed For 'The Avengers 2' (For Now)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 8:09 PM
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So, remember just over a week ago when Joss Whedon not-so-subtly teased that his script for "The Avengers 2" script contained, "two of my favorite characters from the comic book, a brother/sister act"? While he didn't come right out and say it, speculation centered on Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch -- sibling twin superheroes -- that thanks to complicated rights issues, are able to be used by both Marvel and 20th Century Fox. And it looks like the guesswork was spot on.

'42' Star Chadwick Boseman Shortlisted For 'Black Panther'; Kevin Feige Suggests 'Daredevil' A Long Way Off

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 2:57 PM
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Okay, here are some geeky, comic movie updates for your afternoon. So strap in, get ready and let's start some speculatin'....

How Marvel's Movie Risks Paid Off & How The Studio System Could Stand To Pay Attention To Them

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 1, 2013 11:00 AM
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In Steven Soderbergh's state of cinema address earlier this week, he remarked that, "Art is a very elegant problem solving model." He went on to describe his ideal model for a studio: "I think if I were going to run a studio I’d just be gathering the best filmmakers I could find and sort of let them do their thing within certain economic parameters." Now, the point of his impassioned address, which included such other applicable witticisms as "it's about horses, not races," is about what the studios should be doing versus what they are doing. But there is a studio that has followed his exact advice and it's not one you would expect: it's Marvel Studios.

Review: 'Iron Man 3' Is A Solid, Sometimes Surprising Start To Marvel's Phase Two Movies

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 23, 2013 10:38 PM
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After just about as successful a start as you could ask for (three new franchises, and one mega-franchise that kicked off with the third biggest movie of all time), the Marvel movie machine is moving into its next phase. And with it comes the risk of dilution; we're getting at least two movies a year (plus TV series "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D"), and with countless other superheroes also in the marketplace, there's a chance that diminishing returns could set in; what was once a special chance to see much-loved characters on the big screen might simply become a bi-annual check in to see much of what we've seen before.

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