Nothing amuses me more when the celebrities remind us they don’t live in Olympus and pay tribute to the only reason they can do what they do for a living.
At the Alamo Drafthouse, the location of many fan friendly film events Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr left a video introduction. And then it gets fun.
Now THAT is what excites me. These guys GET the fans, respect them and they do what they do because of them.
Edgar Wright Could Make 'Ant-Man' Next, After The Avengers
ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype had a chance to talk to Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige about the upcoming release of Iron Man 2 on May 7 and other things related to what's been dubbed the "Marvel Cinematic Universe."
We were particularly curious about the status of Edgar Wright's Ant-Man. Some may remember that Wright was announced to direct that movie way back in 2006, and he was present at that year's Comic-Con at the same time as Jon Favreau and Louis Letterier were just getting going on the first Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. Four years later, and Marvel's four-year plan seems to be on track, but there's been no confirmation that Ant-Man would be Wright's next priority after finishing up Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, so that was one thing we wanted to ask Marvel Studios' top man about.
He told us, "Edgar was in L.A. last week, we sat down, and we started working on a calendar of when to get him back into it once he finishes promoting 'Scott Pilgrim,' so I think towards the end of this year, early next year we'd start looking at early prep for that, but certainly for a release date after 'The Avengers.'"
Nathan Fillion Talks Joss Whedon And 'Avengers,' Jokes About Playing Hank Pym
With celebrated creator Joss Whedon reported to be the leading contender to direct "The Avengers" (and possibly re-writing "The First Avenger: Captain America"), it's only natural to wonder which of his favorite actors might find themselves cast in Marvel's superhero team-up extravaganza.
Earlier this month, we had some fun casting the remaining Avengers with some of Whedon's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Firefly" and "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" regulars, but what do they think about the possibility of playing one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes? We brought the question to "Castle" star Nathan Fillion, whose name has often been mentioned as a great choice for Hawkeye or Hank Pym.
"I appreciate that," said Fillion of suggestions that he'd be perfect for the role of Pym. "Maybe it's because of my diminutive size?"
The size-changing scientist of the Avengers, Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym began his career as the insect controlling Ant-Man, though he would later change his superhero identity several times, including stints as Giant-Man, Goliath, and Yellowjacket, among others. An "Ant-Man" movie is currently in development under "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" filmmaker Edgar Wright, though Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige recently indicated that it will likely not happen until after "The Avengers" hits theaters.
"I'm familiar with the character," said Fillion. "I think Hank's powers come in really handy when you have to slip into a crack to defuse a bomb somewhere that no one else can reach. ... Or spying in girls' locker rooms."
"But knowing Joss, he'd give him something very clever, and very cool to do — something that no one can do without," he laughed.
Fillion said he hadn't spoken with Whedon since the "Avengers" news, and at this point in his career, the "Buffy" creator has already done so much for him that he wouldn't feel right asking for a role in the Marvel movie.
"There comes a point in time where one single man does so much for you that you can't ask him to do anything more for you," he said.
But what if Whedon offered him a part?
"Boom!" he shouted. "I'm in!"
Joss Whedon still not confirmed as 'Avengers' director
When the news broke a couple of weeks ago that Joss Whedon was in final negotiations to direct Marvel's "The Avengers," the fanboy community rejoiced. Within hours of a few Web sites stating that it seemed likely this would happen, it began to be reported as a done deal. Blogs started to refer to the movie as Joss Whedon's "Avengers." IMDB.com updated their "Avengers" page to indicate Whedon -- the man behind "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Firefly" and several revered issues of "Astonishing X-Men" -- was now onboard. And nerd champagne flowed happily throughout the land.
But maybe we all need to curb our enthusiasm a little because Whedon still has not been confirmed as "Avengers" director.
During a conversation this week with "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau -- who has been tapped to executive produce "Avengers," which brings together multiple Marvel heroes, from Iron Man to Captain America -- he noted that Whedon is not officially in that director's chair yet.
"They’ve asked me to be executive producer, but they’ve got to get their director on board first," he said. When I noted that I thought Whedon was supposed to be directing, he continued: "I would love it to be, but I don't think that's been confirmed yet." He also repeated that same information at a Q&A following last night's fan screening of "Iron Man 2" at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Tex.
When I asked press reps for Marvel Studios where the negotiations stand, I received an e-mail that simply stated: "Nothing is confirmed at this time."
It's unclear if this is just a matter of Whedon and Marvel crossing Ts (for Thor) and dotting Is (for Iron Man), or whether negotiations have broken down entirely. Favreau, for his part, seems very supportive of Whedon taking on directing duties, and wants to make it clear that Whedon would be able to carry out his own vision for "The Avengers."
"I know that he would be a wonderful choice. He’s got a good flair for dialogue and a nice sense of humor. He’s written comic books, so he understands the Marvel universe very well. And I really liked his film, 'Serenity.' Watched that, watched 'Firefly.' So it’s good stuff. I think he would be a good choice.
"Marvel seems to be continuing the tradition, with Kenneth Branagh [who will direct the upcoming 'Thor'], of making a real director’s medium and allowing each director to bring their personality to their particular franchise," Favreau later added. "As executive producer, I would hope [the 'Avengers'] director would have the same courtesy I was afforded.”
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