Tony Stark

Culture Warrior

Crowding a movie with talent often seems like a good idea only in the abstract sense. In practice, such films can easily feel overstuffed. For example, the basic conceits for both The Expendables and Grown Ups sound like products of wishful thinking held during a drunk conversation between a group of 19-year-olds at 3am. Yes, in theory a movie featuring all of the action stars of the 80s or the most successful SNL cast since the late-70s would be great – however, a bunch of famous people do not a seminal action film or great comedy make. What’s most surprising about Joss Whedon’s The Avengers is that the whole somehow proved greater than its parts. A movie with this quantity of iconic superheroes runs the incredible risk of being overstuffed and only half-cooked. The standards created by previous Hollywood films indicate that studios would be happy enough allowing the conflagration of bankable characters stand in for (or, more accurately, distract from the lack of) actual entertainment value; mammoth opening weekends, after all, are always more a sign of effective marketing than good filmmaking. But The Avengers not only stands as an equal to some of the stronger entries in Marvel’s 4-year, 5-film multiverse-building, but is arguably superior. Some of these characters came across more fully-fleshed and three-dimensional as part of an ensemble than in their respective standalone films.

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Drinking Games

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new superhero movie kicking off the summer movie season. Joss Whedon’s The Avengers assembles Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain American (along with Hawkeye and Black Widow, neither of whom got their own movie). Many superhero fans are preparing for this release by watching the first five films from Marvel Studios, which lead up to this blockbuster: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America. Or, they’re planning on seeing them in a long-form marathon leading up to the midnight release of The Avengers. Both are good ideas. Whether you watch these films on video at home or are doing so at a theater that serves alcohol, assemble some adult beverages for yourself and play along.

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Is Iron Man 2 an escapist, crowd-pleasing piece of big-budget popcorn entertainment, or a two-hour ad for neo-capitalism? Can it be both?

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Favreau isn’t locked in as director yet, but he wants the job, and he wants the biggest bad guy of them all.

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We’re not saying he should take on nine villains in the next film, but here are a few to choose from who are up to the task.

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The big release this week went from Dark Horse to Tentpole, but will you help support that tentpole by being there the minute it opens?

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You’ve been clamoring for non-grainy images, so we’re delivering them to you. Free of charge. (But please tip your waitstaff).

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Marvel just gave away some details about their upcoming slate of films that certain comic fans might just be interested in. Iron Man 2, Captain America, Thor, and more on the inside.

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As a fan of the comics, it looks like Favreau is saying all the right things when it comes to elements of Iron Man 2. Should I continue getting my hopes up about War Machine and Tony Stark losing his mind? I think so.

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With Iron Man 2 a full year away, I’m not sure that releasing a teaser image is the right way to try to retain the dark horse status that Jon Favreau claims to want.

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Get ready for a ton of exposed wiring and scaffolding as the production for Iron Man 2 photographically prove that a set is almost done.

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The mega-star is being realistic about the difficult task the lies before him and Marvel when it comes to a film that’s already gathering buzz even before getting out of the starting blocks.

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Movies that Suck: One Crazy Summer

Thank Buddha because the summer movie season is finally here!

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Iron Man 2 Soon

Release date or not, unless there’s a solid script and film is running through the camera, I don’t trust any movie’s rumored existence. We’ve been burned before.

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Jon Favreau talks Iron Man

Jon Favreau sat down with EW.com to talk about the surprise critical and opening box office success of Iron Man, the risk of casting Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, and what the future hold for Favs, Iron Man, and The Avengers.

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Arclight Cinemas

Marvel has taken over the Arclight Hollywood lobby with pure awesome!

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Yeah, I

The buzz behind Iron Man has created the perfect storm of media hype leading into the summer season. For some, the film simply cannot live up to the hype, but that’s only reserved for sci-fi nerds who have downloaded every scrap of leaked footage and hi-res photo onto their computer. For the casual viewer, the film delivers exactly what the trailer promises.

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Tony Stark Wants to Buy You a Drink!

Tony Stark ain’t like other superheroes. He’s a drunk, and that’s what makes him so fun. So if Tony Stark can fly around in a metal suit to fight crime while he’s drunk, why can’t you sit in a theater and watch Tony Stark fly around in a metal suit to fight crime while you’re drunk. Here are some pointers.

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Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man

As summer quickly approaches, soon the sun will be out in full force and it’ll be time to whip out a pair of sunglasses and face the world.

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The two cutest versions of Iron Man and War Machine were drawn by Jason Quinones, who describes these drawings as more of an “Iron Boy.”

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