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Good morning Towelites!!! It’s time once again to round up all the latest news and rumors surrounding Marvel Studios Phase 2!!

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From the set in Beijing, China here is a photo of Wang Xuequi and Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man. The picture was taken at the Chinese capital’s southern city gate of Yongdingmen. Wang Xuequi plays Dr. Lu,  an original character created specifically for the film.


Robert Downey Jr has nothing but praise for everything and everyone involved in Iron Man 3:

“I adore him. I’ve been a fan of Shane Black since I saw Lethal Weapon. When we were doing the first Iron Man, Jon Favreau and I used to call up Shane Black. We had two lifeline calls; one was to [Star Trek Into Darkness director] J.J. Abrams, which was about the third act [of Iron Man]. And for the other call, we went to Shane’s house. We couldn’t afford him, so in exchange for helping us with a few key scenes, he asked for a piece of Salmon and fresh blueberries. For instance, in the Iron Man scene where Tony Stark comes back from captivity and calls a press conference, and then asked everybody to sit down, the speech Stark gives all came from Shane Black. So to get him to do Iron Man 3, it has just been this awesome experience and one of my favorite working experiences. Iron Man 3 is going to be a very, very bold genre film, from the storytelling. Jon Favreau reprises his role as Happy Hogun, Happy has an amazing arc in this movie. In fact, probably the best two bits of acting in the movie, so far from what I can tell…which sucks because I’m in every frame, are Favreau as Happy Hogun…I can’t give away much, but it’s ridiculous. And also Sir Ben Kingsley [as the Mandarin]. Kingsley is amazing. And a lot of that had to do with the way that Shane crafted the role for Sir Ben. I think that people are gonna be not [totally] surprised, but they’re gonna be just reinvested in what a brilliant actor Kinglsey is. Shane Black really knows the superhero genre, but I think the main thing [that’s great about him] is that he’s always looking at complexities within complexities [and so on]. And he always likes it when a film kinda stops for a reason you can’t understand and then kinda picks up and goes in a direction you’ve never imagined. Usually when you have a straight-forward narrative, if at act 1, 2 or 3, ‘There’s Tony, Tony’s in trouble, where’s Pepper, Tony wins, by the time we were doing the 2nd one, I was like ‘where’s Pepper.’ Shane is just a genius!”


James Badge Dale had this to say about his experience on the set:

“I had a great time. I went from riding a horse in the desert for The Lone Ranger, tossed my dogs in a car and went to Iron Man 3 with guys in robot suits. IM3 is really a dark comedy with a little bit of farce. The trick is to be able to have the audience relate to you. Director Shane Black gave me a long leash. We had a great time. Robert Downey Jr. loves the process of acting and loves to be creative with a director and his fellow actors.”

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We are all awaiting confirmation of the uncast female lead in the upcoming Captain America sequel, here is what Mary Elizabeth Winstead had to say to in a recent interview about rumors that she would be joining the cast:

“To be honest, that was kind of a rumor that I don’t know where it came from. I honestly don’t know, but it’s great,I would love to if it was the right part. That’s what everything is about; finding the right role. And I think especially those kind of movies are such a big commitment. They’re fantastic, but if you find yourself in a role that you don’t feel suits you…you could be playing that role for the rest of your career and that wouldn’t be the happiest outcome. So, for me I think I’m just very pragmatic and careful about those things because I wanna make sure I make the right choices for myself. And not just for the Agents, the fans or whoever.”


Everyone is wondering if there will ever be a standalone Nick Fury movie, I for one am all about it and I am still holding out hope that he makes an appearance or two in the upcoming SHIELD TV show! Here’s what Sam Jackson had to say to in a recent interview:

“Everybody likes a franchise character. Bruce (Willis) had his and Sylvester Stallone had Rocky, so I like coming back to Nick Fury. Nick Fury’s a great guy. I think a lot of people know that. I know him as something else because I’ve been alive longer than most of the fans that watch the movies so I know Nick Fury as the World War II veteran and all that stuff. It might be interesting to do one day but we find out little bits and pieces about Nick and we’re going into ‘Captain America 2’ in late March.”

SHIELD the TV show looks like it may be hitting the air some time in the fall of 2013! Check out this quote from Jeph Loeb courtesy of

“Well…we have a ‘little’ pilot for television that you might have heard about called Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. co-written, directed, and Executive Produced by none other than Joss Whedon! Working with Joss, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell on the show is a blast!  And bringing in Clark Gregg to play Agent Phil Coulson — the best!  Hopefully we will be on in the Fall of 2013 on ABC!

Catch up on all the news and rumors from Marvel’s Phase 2 here!


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