Iron Man is smashing records and breaking hearts, and it hasn’t even hit the States. Grab your fleece snuggie, oversized soda container, popcorn jug, and get ready for your super hero movie news fix for the week.
The Iron Man franchise has generated $195.3M worldwide, knocking down Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ($193M) from 9th place in the top international weekend openings. The movie and cast have been getting some favorable reviews and high praise. (via hindustantimes)
This will be the largest release for any Hollywood film in India till date. The movie being distributed by UTV Motion Pictures, will be released in about 450 digital screens and almost 350-400 single screens. The normal range for any big budget Hollywood movie is 200-250 screens.
Meanwhile, Marvel Studios head Keven Feige has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that certain mutant siblings will indeed appear in Avengers 2:
Some online rumors turn out to be true, however. A source confirms to EW that the twin characters Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be joining The Avengers 2, which Whedon hinted at recently when he said he was writing a brother-sister duo into the movie. Feige maintains a poker face on that scoop, saying only: “I’m not confirming or denying. The draft could change six months from now.”
Well played, Kevin Feige, well played.
Oscar winner Colin Firth has been cast to play Uncle Jack in the movie adaptation of Mark Millar’s The Secret Service comic. This is exciting news for fans of the series. Firth is a international renaissance man when it comes to acting, he can play anything.
For those not in the know, the comic is about a James Bond superspy who works for MI6 and takes his slacker nephew under his wing. Named ‘Uncle Jack’ in the comic, he mentors his nephew Gary in tradecraft, in the hopes that Gary can change and become an MI6 agent.
Per Mark Millar, “This is James Bond meets My Fair Lady.”
Director Matthew Vaughn also co-wrote the film script with Jane Goldman, the same team that brought you the first Kick Ass film and X-Men First Class. Both say the film will follow the comic closely. The film is expected to to be released November 14, 2014. (via Latino Review)
Production photos of Marvel’s Captain America: Winter Solider surfaced on my Tumblr feed. It looks like Steve Rogers is finding his place in the “new” world by integrating penciled neck suits; and there are also photos of the Black Widow kicking ass. It hasn’t hit me until now, but the cast for the sequel looks pretty impressive:
Starring Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford and Georges St-Pierre, the story picks up where Marvel’s The Avengers left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world.Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014.
Jamie Foxx and his team are currently in negotiations with Sony to play a part in the Annie remake set to release in 2014. Foxx would play Daddy Warbucks, but the character will be renamed to Benjamin Stacks (Get it? Who says Hollywood doesn’t have any original ideas?).
The movie will be under the direction of Will Gluck and the producers list include Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith. The only confirmed cast member is Quvenzhane “Hush Puppy” Wallis to play Annie. I know the girl can act but can she hold a note with Ray Charles? Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna revised the script, but no confirmation if they read or stuck to the comic strip. (via Hollywood Reporter/HEATVISION)
Henry Barajas is the co-creator, writer and letterer for El Loco and Captain Unikorn. He has also written and lettered short stories for two successful Kickstarter SpazDog Press projects: Unite and Take Over: Stories inspired by The Smiths and Break The Walls: Comic Stories inspired by The Pixies. He is the Newsroom Research Assistant for The Arizona Daily Star and was nominated for the Shel Dorf Blogger of the Year award for his work at The Beat. You can follow him on Twitter @HenryBarajas.