It's not a secret that filmmaker Shane Black helped Jon Favreau behind-the-scenes on the first "Iron Man" movie. Now, the roles are reversed: Black is the director of "Iron Man 3," and Favreau is the advisor in the shadows.
But Favreau's participation in Tony Stark's next adventure isn't just behind the camera; to hear Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige tell it, he's very much in front of the camera as Happy Hogan, Stark's bodyguard and old friend — and a very important player in "Iron Man 3."
"This is by far the biggest part that Happy has had in any of the films," Feige told MTV News during our recent chat with the Marvel chief. "He's just great in this."
The Mandarin is one of Iron Man's most recognizable villains, but the ring-clad terrorist almost sat out of the "Iron Man" film franchise completely. It wasn't until director Shane Black officially boarded the project that the Mandarin got a new lease on life, according to Marvel's Kevin Feige.
"He had a take on the Mandarin that fit with where we wanted to take Tony in this movie," Feige told MTV News. "Shane is as much about tone as he is about any specific dialogue that he writes. He brings such a love of cinema and of this character in particular to the movie that I hope will make it feel fresh all over again."
by Ryan Rigley
Like Gotham City, Starling City has its fair share of deadly secrets. Not to mention a vigilante willing to do whatever it takes to uncover them. With the mid-season finale of "Arrow" ending on a huge cliffhanger, there still remains many unanswered questions that will undoubtedly be addressed in upcoming episodes. Why did Moira salvage the Queen's Gambit? How will Oliver defeat the Dark Archer? Who is Deathstroke? The list goes on.
"My hope is that all of the mysteries will be answered; at least all of the major ones," states "Arrow" writer and producer Marc Guggenheim on the second half of this season, premiering tonight (January 16). "There's certain mysteries that Oliver is holding in himself and then there's other mysteries like, for example, what his mother is up to that Oliver needs to start to unravel."
Years ago, "Lost" and "Oz" actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje declared himself a competitor for the role of T'Challa in an eventual "Black Panther" movie. Since then, Triple A has been a fan-favorite for the part, though his recent casting as Kurse in "Thor: The Dark World" seems to suggest that his shot at "Black Panther" is over.
Then again, Akinnuoye-Agbaje seems very confident that he has a bright future with Marvel still to come. Speaking with MTV News at HBO's Golden Globes party, the one-time Mr. Eko spoke candidly and extensively about his work on the latest "Thor" movie, and his designs on making more Marvel movies.
Starling City's own billionaire playboy turned vigilante, Oliver Queen, is a man of many mysteries. Whether it's sneaking off during family dinners or breaking his ribs in a "motorcycle accident," there's a lot more to Mr. Queen than initially meets the eye. Fans of The CW's "Arrow" will attest to the many hidden intricacies brought to light since the pilot episode premiered last year, but nobody knows the true nature of these secrets quite like Stephen Amell.
At the People's Choice Awards earlier this week, we got a chance to talk Amell about the later half of the first season of "Arrow" (which returns next Wednesday, January 16) and his own personal views on his character, Oliver Queen. Read on for his thoughts on Helena Bartinelli (aka The Huntress), Oliver's wicked mother, and more.
Joss Whedon is two months away from finishing the script for "The Avengers 2," but his most pressing concern at the moment is Marvel and ABC's "S.H.I.E.L.D." TV pilot.
Shooting begins on January 22, based on what Whedon told MTV News at the Critics' Choice Awards. And even if the main characters of "S.H.I.E.L.D." aren't all recognizable names for die-hard Marvel fans, there will still be plenty of "spectacle" and "super powers" to keep you happy.
"You have to bring a bit of spectacle to it; it's got to be bigger than your average cop show," he said. "But at the end of the day, it's about the peripheral people. It's about the people on the edges of the grand adventures."
Calling all comic book movie fans: the MTV Movie Brawl is officially on, and your most-anticipated flicks need your support!
Our annual tournament seeks to find out which movie you guys are most excited to see this year — and in 2013, there are a whole lot of comic book and superhero movies to choose from. Marvel Studios offers up "Iron Man 3" and "Thor: The Dark World" while Fox churns out "The Wolverine." DC Entertainment takes to the skies with "Man of Steel." And those are just the heavy-hitters. Vote now and make your voice heard!
FROM MTV NEWS:
The second annual MTV Movie Brawl is upon us! This year, there are plenty of superhero and comic book movies up for consideration — everything from the Marvel Studios offerings of "Iron Man 3" and "Thor: The Dark World" to DC Entertainment's Superman comeback, "Man of Steel," to Fox's "The Wolverine" and beyond.
Voting begins on January 7; the full schedule is below.
MTV Movie Brawl 2013 Voting Schedule:
1/7: Play-in Round Begins
1/14: Sweet 16
1/17: Elite 8
1/21: Final 4
1/25: Final 2
1/28: The Winner Revealed!
Get ready to support your hero of choice, Splash Page readers!
In 2012, "The Avengers" finally assembled. "The Dark Knight" closed down shop, and "Spider-Man" started anew. But that's all behind us now — it's time to start looking forward.
Make no mistake about it: 2013 is going to be a huge year for comic book movies. Superman takes flight again, two of the Avengers get back in the solo grind, Wolverine pops his claws once more, and the denizens of Sin City return at long last. And those are just the highlights.
Which 2013 release are you most excited for? Vote in our poll, and keep the conversation going in the comments section below or on Twitter!
You voted for the Best Supervillain and the Best Superhero of 2012. Now it's time to reveal the results of the Best Comic Book Movie of 2012 poll. With thousands of votes cast, here are your picks for the top five flicks of the year...
5. "The Amazing Spider-Man"
Peter Parker's return to the big screen had a lot going for it — an excellent cast led by Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, most of all. With two more movies in the "Amazing" series on the way, it's an exciting new time for Spider-film fans … which isn't to say that Marc Webb's first foray into the franchise wasn't without its shortcomings.