Not only does the film have to introduce a brand-new villain (something The Avengers didn’t have to spend time on) and three new supporting characters (with vastly different origins than their comic counterparts), and weave in ongoing events from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. while providing separate in-depth character moments for every single Avenger, Age of Ultron also has to lay the groundwork for the next two Avengers films, Captain America: Civil War, and Thor: Ragnarok. While also throwing in supporting characters from pretty much every Marvel film so far it’s something of a marvel, if you’ll forgive the pun, that Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn’t buckle under its own considerable weight.
After some rather unsubtle foreshadowing involving Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) meeting with a pair of scientists (Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce) back in 1999, we catch up some months after the events of The Avengers with a shaken Stark agonizing over the enormity of how much his world has changed since the alien attack that leveled much of New York.
While struggling with both anxiety attacks and his relationship with the ever-plucky Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Stark’s world is further shaken by an attack that leaves Happy severely injured by the hands of a new terrorist calling himself The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley).
Iron Man 3 finally hits U.S. movie theaters at midnight. Until then you’ll have to make do with this short featurette on the various Iron Man armors you can expect to see in the franchise’s latest installment.
Sideshow’s new Iron Patriot Sixth Scale Figure is available for pre-order. The 12in. figure comes with two interchangeable heads (one head featuring the likeness of Don Cheadle and a second head that lights up), more than 36 points of articulation, LED light up eyes and Arc Reactor, three pair of interchangeable hands, and a figure stand, all of which can be yours for the low, low price of $310.
IMAX has released a new poster for Iron Man 3 which opens in theaters on May 3rd
Spinoff Online is reporting that Elena Satine has been cast for a pilot based on the Oni Press supernatural Civil War comic book Sixth Gun about six pistols embued with dark power
Variety is reporting that Turner Cable is in discussions with MillerCoors for an exclusive contract for their products (beer, signage, neon, logos, etc.) appearing in shows like Franklin & Bash, Rizzoli & Isles, Dallas, Perception, and even new reality programming Turner has in the works for the upcoming season.
2012 turned out to be a pretty darn good year at the movies. There were two films which I gave perfect scores to this year, one of which the majority of the country won’t be seeing until early next year. I’m breaking my own rule of including it on the list, but we’ll get to that in a moment. Between these two films, which naturally open and close the list (as it’s presented alphabetically), are eight other films rounding out the class of 2012.