Friday, April 27, 2007

The Real MARVEL Phoenix: IRONMAN

UPDATE: From Mr. Favreau's Myspace Page (here)
Posted: Apr 28, 2007 7:58 PM
I just got back in town. The company has been on the road for many weeks. We started off in the mountains of Lone Pine which doubled for Afghanistan. We then moved to Edwards Air Force Base. We finally closed out the out of town work with Fontana, CA.

Let me confirm a few things: The movie will contain both the gray suit and the gold and red. The light you see in the photo on Robert's chest in the USA Today article is the chest piece glowing through his shirt. He is in captivity and forging the mask of the Mark 1. Both suits have been built practically by Winston Studios and are busily at work as we speak. We are exploring ideas for teaser trailers, though no date has been decided. We are planning to attend San Diego Comicon. Bridges is bald and plays Stane. The movie is on schedule and could not be going better.

We know Spider-man 3 will, at worst, be better than anything else Marvel's come up with this year, but what do we really have to look forward to in a sea of GhostRider/Elektra/Fantastic Four/Punisher/DareDevil mediocrity?

MARVEL is finally helming it's own films. With cash in hand and a deal with Paramount Pictures to distribute, Marvel will call the shots alone and will reap the rewards or failure by itself. So what's on tap?

Let's stick with the certainties for now.

A new Hulk movie, more action, more savage, more hitting, but starring Edward Norton, so we know the acting will be an important factor. MARVEL regained the rights to the Hulk when Universal opted out of making a sequel to Ang Lee's controversial father/son epic "Hulk," which I liked a lot personally, but which was apparently to cerebral and boring for most.

But first we have Jon Favreau's IRONMAN, (the Howard Hughes of Superheroes) the first solely MARVEL produced feature, and on paper, it is a dream come true.

The Cast (as you might already know):

Robert Downey Jr. ... Tony Stark/Iron Man
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Virginia 'Pepper' Potts

Jeff Bridges ... Obadiah Stane
Terrence Howard ... Jim Rhodes

This is the real barometer for the future success of MARVEL. If this is successful, and I mean really successful, then MARVEL may become the next Disney and we are hopefully in for great things. So make it count guys!

Below USA TODAY has a peak at Downey forging the metal tuxedo (here) and the full suit picture is from all over the net.

First look: Downey forges a bond with 'Iron Man' role
By Scott Bowles, USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — Robert Downey Jr. is hardly the obvious choice to play an iconic crime fighter.

After all, this is the guy who became a poster boy for Hollywood excess, serving a year in prison on drug and alcohol-related charges and checking in and out of rehab like it was the Four Seasons.
But it is exactly that past, says director Jon Favreau (Elf), that makes Downey the only choice to play playboy millionaire and recovering alcoholic Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, the comic-book superhero who hits multiplexes next year.

"We didn't want to just go with a safe choice," Favreau says from the set of the film, due in theaters May 2, 2008. "The best and worst moments of Robert's life have been in the public eye. He had to find an inner balance to overcome obstacles that went far beyond his career. That's Tony Stark. Robert brings a depth that goes beyond a comic-book character who is having trouble in high school, or can't get the girl. Plus, he's simply one of the best actors around."

"I'm more diligent than I used to be," Downey says. "I want to show Jon he was right to have faith in me. Whatever questions might have arisen about my life weren't issues with him." It wasn't until Downey matured that he came to appreciate the man in the iron suit. "He struggles with his lifestyle, he struggles with the drinking," Downey says of Stark. "He faces the same issues a lot of people do."


kell trenzer said...

The Ironman stuff does look pretty cool so far. I guess wait and see.

Stuff Daddy said...

I'm hopeful, but I'm cautious. Casting is brilliant!

Superdave said...

I'm worried about IM having what I hereby dub the Spider Man effect - that the scenes out of costume are more interesting than those in it. SM # 1 and 2 work because of Toby (and despite Kirsten Dumbst) and because Petey Parker's a likable nerd. But the CG made what should have been a high-flying grand old web swinging time look lifeless and artificial. Not loving what I see of the suit so far, hopefully the gold will look cooler and less like a giant sarcophagus.

Stuff Daddy said...

I really like the "home made" look of the grey suit. It looks so far from CG it's almost a knight's armor. I think Ironman will have an easier time merging CG and real action. After all, he is a metal industrial object with sharp edges and lines, not a soft form person in a suit. If they make him seem like a F16 shrunk into formal wear, it will work.