“Iron Man” Simply a Taste of Things to Come – Movie Review Follow-UpTuesday, May 6, 2008
Iron Man, the film, was flat-out great but by now that is probably old news. Sideshow’s own upstart movie critic SideshowDusty raved about it in her review last Friday [Click Here], and the film has notched an impressive 94 percent fresh rating at RottenTomatoes.com, which conglomerates critics’ reviews from around the United States.
Critical reviews are one thing but the $100 million (estimate) it pulled in at the box office over the weekend shows that the film also managed to put butts in seats. With high critical and financial success, Marvel Studios (part of Marvel Entertainment) is off and running. As SideshowCollectibles.com and I reported way back in 2006 from the San Diego Comic-Con, the group put together a long-term plan to release several movies from the Marvel Universe that could do super-cool things with cross-over plot lines and shared characters.
Monday, after rejoicing in the earnings of its first big weekend, details of future plans for the Marvel Universe were revealed. One of the tragedies of the Spider-Man, (Sony) X-Men, (Fox) and Fantastic Four, (Fox) film franchises is that they all sit at different studios. Because of studios carefully protecting business interests, we never get to see shared wisecracks between Spidey and The Thing. Daredevil and Wolverine will never match enhanced senses and smell each other across the rooftops.
But with Marvel Studios hosting Iron Man and rumored cinematic takes on the way for Thor, Ant-Man, and Captain America, and a second Incredible Hulk movie ready to release, big things are afoot.
In fact, not only does the just-opened flagship film have the greatest closing lines in the history of super-hero cinema (that cuts right to the song you know you want to hear during the closing credits) it also has the best post-credits cameo in recent memory. After sitting and learning that ILM did a lot of the film’s effects, my patience paid off.
If you didn’t stay to the end of the film, smack your hands with a ruler and go buy another ticket. There is a short but significant scene involving Samuel L. Jackson that opens a whole array of possibilities. I don’t want to play spoiler, but it feels too good to be true when Stark and the guy Jackson plays have a little chit-chat. Did you know Iron Man isn’t the only superhero in the world?
On a similar note, word is that the Ed Norton / Liv Tyler The Incredible Hulk, film that opens June 13, features a Tony Stark cameo as well as another appearance by Samuel L. as the same character as his just released cameo that ties those two together. There really is a master plan at work here.
As announced this week, the next Marvel film will not be in 2009 because the studio was put off by fear of an actor’s strike and didn’t want to rush a production and ruin a character or turn in a sub-par film. Because of the incredible success of the first-three days of Iron Man, the next film, already locked into an April 30, 2010 release will be an Iron Man sequel. Expect more details from the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2008.
Following that will be a Thor movie (the Norse mythological God-of-Thunder for those not in the know) set two months later with a June 4, 2010 release. Things get really crazy the following year with a two-parter that will certainly involve Iron Man and Thor as well. May 6, 2011 will be tentatively titled The First Avenger: Captain America, followed after a two month break by, The Avengers, in July. I don’t know about all the other fans but for me that causes a big religious type of praise and rejoicing. For my money, that is some sweet, sweet cinema. I envision the Captain America movie ending with a shot of Steve Rodgers falling into icy-cold water during World War II and then just two months later being found frozen in ice by S.H.I.E.L.D. or Iron Man, picking up the story 60 years later. We will still feel the loss of Captain America but he will surely be needed to save something or somebody and the promise of such a flick tickles my fanboy fancy.
I can’t wait.
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