Robert Downey Jr. managed to do what few actors have: overcome his personal demons and even use them to become one of, if not the, most popular actors in the world. Downey was an acting prodigy, and earned early praise, most notably for his astounding performance in 1992’s Chaplin, but then was laid low by drug and alcohol problems. He began his climb back with small parts in great films like Bowfinger and Good Night and Good Luck and the massively overlooked Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, as well as contributing to David Fincher’s masterful Zodiac in 2007. However, it was the next year that his ascent culminated when he took on the role of Tony Stark in 2008’s Iron Man (a character who he essentially IS) and jump-started the most successful franchise in movie history: The Marvel Cinematic Universe. His character has been the fulcrum of that universe (he’s appeared in some capacity in eight of the 15 films at time of writing), and it’s hard to imagine what the MCU will look like when Downey finally hangs up the armor. Before 2008, Iron Man was a B-level hero at Marvel with little public recognition. Now the character is as recognizable worldwide as Spider-Man, Captain America or Wolverine. Continue reading Robert Downey Jr.’s 10 Best Movies→
I’m always amazed when I go to a Marvel movie and people leave when the credits start. DON’T THEY KNOW???? By now, they should know that Marvel uses at least two post-credits scenes to set up future films (or merely to enjoy the deliciousness that is schwarma). Since Nick Fury walked into Tony Stark’s life at the very end of 2008’s Iron Man, post-credit scenes have become a fairly common way of setting up the next film in a franchise or turning your own film right on its head. What Culture put together a list of “10 Post-Credit Scenes That Changed Everything”. Watch. Enjoy. Oh, and when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finished in May, for the love of Pete, stay in your seat!
When I was a little kid, Marvel had just put out their Secret Wars action figure line, and my mom got me a bunch of them. I would have epic battles spanning the basement between heroes and villains and heroes and heroes and heroes and the occasional He-Man figure who wandered by much to their regret. It’s that kind of childlike super hero glee that fills you watching the airport battle in Captain America: Civil War. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Captain America – Civil War (2016) *Avenger Airport Throwdown”→
If you’re not following CLS Videos on YouTube, you’re missing out on some truly fantastic supercuts. Today, in honor of Captain America: Civil War hitting stores, we offer up CLS’ supercut of the best of the MCU. This seven minute trailer incorporates, I believe, every character in the MCU introduced to-date, including some from Doctor Strange (which won’t even open until November. It’s a celebration of all Marvel Studios has done to create this shared cinematic universe and bring to the screen something Marvel fans have loved about the comics for decades. From Issue #1 (Iron Man) to the upcoming issue #14 (Dr. Strange), here’s the very best of the MCU.
August’s poll asked the question, “Who’s the best baddie so far?” when it comes to the 13 films and four TV series that have so far made up the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel bucked the established trend in comic movies before Iron Man, which was that the villain was the centerpiece of the film and the hero’s journey was shaped by their adversary. Marvel’s films and series are very much hero-centric. The readers had no doubt as to whom the top villain was. Tom Hiddleston’s god of mischief was the star of Phase One of the MCU, and continued to expand his character in Phase Two, and I’m sure will have an impact in Phase Three both in Thor: Ragnarok, but in the Infinity War, as well. Continue reading POLL Results: Best MCU Villain→