Iron Man 3: Burning Down the House

by Ethan Alter May 3, 2013 8:00 am
<i>Iron Man 3</i>: Burning Down the House

Over the course of building Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios developed a house style for their blockbuster comic book movies that included a bright color palette, a light tone (particularly compared to their Distinguished Competition's more somber wares like Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy and Bryan Singer's self-serious Superman) that made room for plenty of humor amidst the derring-do, villains with a lot of firepower (but not much menace) and straightforward stories that lobbed few curveballs at the audience. What's interesting about Iron Man 3, which kicks off Phase 2 of the MCU, is that it very deliberately goes about blowing up Marvel's house style... along with the house of its signature hero, Tony Stark -- played, as always, by Robert Downey Jr. That particular point isn't a spoiler, since it's been heavily featured in the movie's many trailers and teasers. However, in order to really get into why IM3 represents such a departure (at least for a little while) from the Marvel status quo, I'm going to have to get into more specific detail about what incoming writer/director Shane Black (taking over from franchise starter, Jon Favreau) has in store for Tony and his armored alter ego without, of course, giving the whole game away. So here's a Spoiler Warning for anyone who has an ironclad resolve to go into the theater without hints of any kind.

Iron Man Dons Lawsuit of Armor

by Kasey McDonald September 18, 2008 11:14 am
<i>Iron Man</i> Dons Lawsuit of Armor

On my commute to work this morning, I was behind a guy with one of those bumper stickers that says "If you can read this, I could slam on my brakes and sue you." It's funny, sure, but the sentiment behind it, that these days you can sue anyone you want for the slightest wrong, was only reinforced by the bus that I was stuck behind 10 minutes later with one of those awesome "ACCIDENTES!" ads on the back where they pretty much go right out and say they'll sue anyone you want for anything you want, and not only won't they charge you for it, but they'll do the whole thing in Spanish. The pervasive litigiousness of our society persists everywhere, from the back of a Metro bus, right into the DVDs you have on your Christmas list. Number one on my list is Iron Man, and if you think it has avoided being touched by the busy wand of the lawsuit fairy, you're wrong.

Tony Stark Proves his Iron Manhood

by Zach Oat August 18, 2008 5:26 pm
Tony Stark Proves his Iron Manhood

Access Hollywood has scored a first look at a deleted scene from the upcoming Iron Man DVD, and while it doesn't exactly have Iron Man in it, it does have Tony Stark demonstrating his reputation for being a man of steal. Stark pulls a Bruce Wayne and creates a decadently expensive cover story for his mission to the Middle East by throwing a massive party at his house in Dubai. Sequestering himself in his room with two bikini-clad ladies, he then steals a third girl from somebody else on the way -- kinda mean, especially since he then ditches them all to fly off under cover of fireworks. And here we just thought he flew there from California. Check out the clip after the jump.

Say What? <I>Chronicles of Narnia</I> Pushed <I>Iron Man</I> Out of Top Spot

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, the second film based on C.S. Lewis's beloved books, topped Iron Man for first place at the weekend box office. Caspian managed a somewhat disappointing $56.6 on 3,929 screens. The film's predecessor, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe made $65.6 in its opening weekend, and analysts had expected Caspian to best that number.

Iron Man's three-week total reached $222.5 million as it raked in another $31.2 million on 4,154 screens.

In a Heavy Metal Showdown, Iron Man Comes Out on Top

by DeAnn Welker May 12, 2008 9:50 am
In a Heavy Metal Showdown, <I>Iron Man</I> Comes Out on Top

If it weren't such a terrible movie, I might actually feel a little bad for Speed Racer being such a terrible flop at the box office. But it is, so I don't. And, to top it off, Iron Man was so great that it's easy for me to find immense joy in its second straight week at the top.

Iron Man Review

by DeAnn Welker May 1, 2008 2:55 pm
<i>Iron Man</i> Review

I have always liked Robert Downey Jr., but Iron Man turned my like into a full-on fangirl crush. He plays the movie's title character, arms dealer Tony Stark, with the perfect blend of badass, hero, goof, and cad. The best part is that even when he starts to become heroic, he never stops being a bit of a cad. Even when he's kicking ass, he's still kind of a goof.

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The Cool Nerd’s Guide to Iron Man

by Michael Neal May 1, 2008 2:32 pm
The Cool Nerd’s Guide to <i>Iron Man</i>

In most ways a comic book movie is like any other movie: If you have a good story with good acting and good direction, then the film will be good. But let's say your story is about Superman crusading for nuclear disarmament (in the '80s no less), or you've cast Ben Affleck in the lead, or, God forbid, Brett Ratner sits at the helm of it with his giant diamond encrusted megaphone...not good.

The essential part of making a good movie that is based on a comic book is, simply put, to get it right. Getting it right means you nail the hero, the costume and the story so well even Jeff Albertson can't complain. For the studio that means a movie supported by both the mainstream cool kids and comic book schlubs like me -- the multitude of multiple ticket-buying nerds who feed the hype machine and then clamor for more.

So I thought since there are so many new comic book movies on the horizon, and I have such a unique perspective being part nerd and part mainstream cool kid, I would bridge this demographic gap by judging new comic book movies according to my four touchstones of authenticity. Consider me the Obama-figure of unimportant difference, straddling the divide like the Colossus of Rhodes.

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I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

by Ethan Alter September 24, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Spend another two hours with the Man of Steel Iron.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, April 2, 2013

by Ethan Alter April 2, 2013 8:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Why bother with other new release when you can just revisit the Marvel Cinematic Universe one more time?

Super Bowl XLVII: Judging the Movie Trailers

by Ethan Alter February 4, 2013 12:47 pm
Super Bowl XLVII: Judging the Movie Trailers

We critique all the big movie ads that aired during last night's big game, from Iron Man 3 to World War Z.

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