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Old May 3rd, 2008, 08:39 PM   #1
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It should have been called 'Tony Stark', not 'Iron Man'

Having said that, not a bad flick.

For $5.50.
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Re: It should have been called 'Tony Stark', not 'Iron Man'

does the alcohol issue appear in the story? i started following the comic around that time
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 09:34 PM   #3
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Re: It should have been called 'Tony Stark', not 'Iron Man'

Agreed. I saw it today. Average at best. But then, I saw Bobby Z and P2. So, Iron Man didn't seem so bad after all.
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does the alcohol issue appear in the story? i started following the comic around that time
I haven't seen the movie, but with a recovering addict playing the lead role, I would think not.
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does the alcohol issue appear in the story? i started following the comic around that time
No. It's basically an introduction to the characters, and making it way more current.

Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Jim Rhodes more or less true to the comic, and Obediah Stain as way more integral to Stark Industries. Happy Hogan is there but they don't explain him.

It's basically 'The Re-birth of Tony Stark', more movies to follow.
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Old May 4th, 2008, 03:38 PM   #6
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Re: It should have been called 'Tony Stark', not 'Iron Man'

I thought it was really good, but I have to admit I went because my kid wanted to see it. I didn't follow Iron Man, being pretty much a Spiderman kind of guy so I didn't have anything to compare it to in terms of following the original.
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I've never read the comic book, but thought the movie was great. Can't wait to see what the sequels are like.
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Well, both my fanboy sons have now given it high marks.
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I can't wait to see it. The trailers look really good. I was a fan of the comic book.
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Marvels Comics fanboy here...and LOVED the film.
The wife and kids did too.
Great translation from comic to big screen. In fact, I'd say that it was arguably the best so far.
Plus my best friend was one of the CG Animators so that was kewl too.
The film had us all shocked during the opening bloodbath scenes, and then laughing till our stomachs hurt during the mid-film build-up prototyping. And I never though faceless, one-armed, industrial robots could be so funny and entertaining!
Going to see it again either Monday or Tuesday, plus I'll be purchasing a copy for the DVD library.
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"Iron Man" producer Marvel mulling next movie

Fri May 2, 2008 3:31am EDT

By Steven Zeitchik

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - With "Iron Man" set to explode this weekend, the next question for producer Marvel Entertainment is: What now?

One big variable is who does the distribution. When its financing deal was announced in summer 2005, Marvel said the deal "guarantees distribution for 10 films" through Paramount.

But that guarantee means the Melrose Avenue studio must distribute movies Marvel brings to it. For Marvel, the pact is simply a two-picture deal, with "Iron Man" the first and Marvel obligated only to distribute its next movie through Paramount. (Universal's "The Incredible Hulk" is exempt.)

An additional provision requires that movies based on "Captain America" and "Nick Fury" go through Paramount should they be made, with either film also counting toward the two-picture deal. Sequels of Paramount-distributed movies also will remain with the studio.

As a result, Marvel properties including "The Avengers," "Thor" and "Ant Man" could conceivably end up with other distributors.

Three years ago, the company wanted to stress the Paramount deal to show it had a pipeline; now, with "Iron Man" tracking well, Marvel aims to show Wall Street that the fledgling studio has flexibility.

Marvel also needs to convince investors it can deliver a steady stream of product. Despite a deep reservoir of characters, it plans on releasing only two titles per year.

"There's a lot riding on 'Iron Man' for Marvel because they don't have a lot of movies," director Jon Favreau said.

Marvel likely won't be releasing any movies in 2009, as the studio would have to be in pre-production now to make a summer date but isn't, mainly because of fears that Hollywood's actors will go out on strike in the summer.

"We're not going to risk our characters by rushing them," Marvel president of production Kevin Feige said. When asked about the timing of an 'Iron Man" sequel, he added that "two or three years is the proper time between movies." Favreau added, "I'd do number two in a heartbeat."

The studio's next project is expected to be announced on an earnings call Monday, with "Avengers," "Ant Man" and "Thor" the favorites. ("Captain America" is a prime property but is perceived as a tough sale overseas.)

Some question whether the Marvel characters waiting in the wings have the appeal of previously licensed characters like "Spider-Man" and "The X-Men." But Marvel president David Maisel said the key ingredient to make a film successful isn't "more well-known or less well-known characters but tender-loving care."

The earnings call will prove an unusually direct referendum on Marvel. Most film studios get buried on a conglomerate balance sheet. But since the publisher-turned-studio will see much of its growth from movies, weekend grosses likely will make its stock price soar or fall, kind of like, well, a superhero.

Marvel's shares rose 86 cents, or 3%, to $29.55 on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, near its 52-week high of

$30.27.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter
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Make sure you stay beyond the closing credits.
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I really wish I had gotten into comic books now. I watch all these movies and have NO clue about any of their back stories or characters besides what they make obvious in the plot and dialogue. I've never read a single comic book in my life.
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There are some pretty general guides available for both Marvel and DC superheroes.

You can also pick up copies of "The Essential (Insert name of Superhero) that are b&w reprints of the early editions that give you the original story.

A lot of characters have also been "reimagined," or had their stories updated and freshened by new writers and artist. In some cases, these are IMHO better than the originals because comic books have evolved so much since the '60s and '70s, with much more attention being given to things like character development and nuance in a less black-and-white world.

Anyway, if you're really interested I've yet to meet a comic shop owner/employee who isn't happy to share his/her passion with a new reader. I don't really do the monthly story thing as I tend to by either graphic novels or anthologies--easier if you are crunched for time.

Of course, I'm also the last surviving Howard the Duck fan, so what do I know?

And I"m still waiting for a movie of The Authority. Jenny Sparks rocks.
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