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Second Iron Man 2 Trailer Is Out — And It Looks Good

Posted in Comic Books, Entertainment, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2010 by thelasthonestman

In case you missed it, the second trailer for the movie Iron Man 2, scheduled for release on May 7, has been released.

There’s not much for me to say other than I like what I see so far.  I’ve become a huge Robert Downey, Jr. fan, and there isn’t much I wouldn’t enjoy watching him in these days.  No good comic book movie works without a heavyweight villain, and even though Whiplash wouldn’t have been my first choice for an adversary, Rourke should bring enough weight to the role to make him memorable.  If it had been me, I would have just cast Rourke as the same character playing either the Titanium Man or the Crimson Dynamo (the Russian-based character of Whiplash in this film takes a lot of its elements from either of them, and it’s not like we’re going to not going to have other armored bad guys either, watching the trailer).  But I trust Jon Favreau and Marvel at this point to give us a winner, so that’s me being extremely picky.

Other high points of the trailer (for me) was seeing Scarlett Johansson actually in action as the Black Widow (the costume looks fantastic and she looks absolutely fantastic moving around in it during the trailer) and Don Cheadle in the War Machine armor.  Seeing Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury again means we’re also going to get some more development towards the upcoming Avengers movie as well.  I also love the chemistry between Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow.

I don’t see a whole lot of movies in the theater, but on opening weekend for this one, I’ll be there.  I’m sure I won’t be alone — Iron Man 2 already looks like it could be the big hit of the summer.

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She Can Spy On Me Anytime

Posted in Comic Books, Movies with tags , , on December 2, 2009 by thelasthonestman

As the release date for Iron Man 2 approaches (it’s scheduled to hit theaters on May 7 of next year), stills from the upcoming big-budget sequel are starting to filter out.

One that caught my eye immediately was that of Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow.

Oh, my — does she look the part.  I’m not 100% convinced that she’s going to be able to pull off the savvy, sophisticated, experienced and mature attitude that the Black Widow exudes on the written page, but if nothing else, they’ve got the look of the character dead-on.

I’m not sure how this sequel will turn out — as a rule, the more characters a studio tries to fit into the comic-book film, the worse it turns out (see: Batman and Robin), but after his initial effort, I have faith in Jon Favreau.  I don’t see a lot of movies in the theater, and even fewer on their opening weekends, but this is one I’ll be in line to see as soon as it’s released.

Plus,with Iron Man 2 completed, we’re one step closer to the Avengers movie with this release.  Next up:   Thor (which is being helmed by a respected Oscar-nominee director in Kenneth Branagh) and then, Captain America!

And no, I still don’t have my Avengers #4 or Tales of Suspense #52 yet.   But there’s always hope for getting either for Christmas …

A Long Night At The Garden, There’s Always An Excuse For A Picture Of Scarlett, And Why You Should Be Watching Chad Vader

Posted in College Basketball, Comic Books, Movies, Sports, The Wrapups with tags , , , on March 13, 2009 by thelasthonestman

Updating anything today is going to be a huge hassle – my internet connection is spotty today, as according to the recorded message I got this evening when I called tech support, there’s a “network issue” that won’t be resolved until sometime later this afternoon.  In the meantime, if I’m lucky, I get a few moments of brief connectivity – and then, nothing.   On the bright side, it’s not like I don’t have enough other things to do right now; not being able to surf online will probably help me be more productive.  However, if you’re reading this, then I did manage to get access long enough to weigh in with some thoughts going into the weekend:

— You can forgive any fans of Connecticut or Syracuse if they’re still sleeping in right now, following their epic contest last night at the Garden.   The six-overtime thriller is the longest game in Big East history, and I believe the 2nd-longest game in NCAA history.  The remaining Garden crowd gave both teams a standing ovation when the game was finally over – and they deserved every bit of it.  I only caught the ending of the game – but it’ll air again on ESPNU from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET (and hopefully, again on ESPN Classic ), so check it out if you can.

— It’s official – Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johansson have both joined the cast of Iron Man 2, now scheduled for a May 10 release. Rourke will play the villain Whiplash, while Johansson will play the Black Widow.  Rourke has been a question mark for the role, after a dispute had arisen over his proposed pay, while Johansson replaces the first choice for the Widow, Emily Blunt.

Obligiatory Scarlett picture

Obligatory Scarlett picture

— Looking for something completely different? Check out Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager by creators Aaron Yonda and Matt Sloan and available online both on YouTube and at their website, Blame Society Prodcutions. The story revolves around Darth Vader’s younger brother, who works as a day shift manager for a local store called Empire Market. It’s hilarious, especially if you’re a huge Star Wars fan — but even if you’re not but just know a little about the Vader name, it’s well worth your checking out if you’re looking for a laugh.

There’s a whole first season available for viewing, and the show’s second season has begun as well.  It’s finding gems like these that make the internet worth every penny (at least, when I can get on it).

—  And speaking of that, my Internet connection permitting, I’ll be back over the weekend with a look at a cartoon that’s caught my eye of late. Until then, I hope your access to web is better than mine.

Nope -- I'm not frustrated at all.

Scarlett Johansson Joining The Cast Of Iron Man 2?

Posted in Comic Books, Entertainment, Movies with tags , , , , on February 19, 2009 by thelasthonestman

Frankly, Scarlett is damn hot.

But is she going to be playing the role of Natasha Romanoff, aka the Black Widow, in the upcoming Iron Man 2 film?

Entertainment Weekly says maybe.  According to Hollywood “sources”, Marvel is in discussions with several actresses, Johansson the most prominent, to replace their first choice, actress Emily Blunt.

Blunt is currently committed to the upcoming Gulliver’s Travels, and her work on that film may conflict with the Iron Man shooting schedule, booting her from the film.

I’ll be the first to admit that, like Johansson, Blunt would be bringing a number of … er … assets to the role.  But for my tastes, Blunt has a more youthful looking face than Scarlett does, and I’m not sure that when I see her, I see the  “veteran superspy” that the Black Widow is supposed to be.  Of course, Johansson’s countenance doesn’t exactly scream “older and experienced” either, I’ll grant you — and she’s actually younger than Blunt — but I think she’ll be able to pull off the sultry, intelligent, and strong-willed personality that Natalia has better.  Like all comic fans, I have my opinion and I’m sticking to it — ’cause it’s the right one, of course.  How could you expect anything less from a die-hard comic geek?

One thing that isn’t up to debate is that, like every other issue that’s been associated with a big-screen release, certain comic gems are going to be the “must-have” grails for the serious comic collector to get their hands on.  For this movie, in addition to seeing a jump in the prices of Tales of Suspense #39 and Iron Man #1 (which both were red-hot leading up to the release of the first Iron Man film), the two books that will see the most interest will be Tales of Suspense #52 (featuring the 1st appearance of the Widow herself) and Tales of Suspense #46 (with the 1st appearance of the rumored villain, The Crimson Dynamo.

Tales of Suspense #52

Tales of Suspense #52

Tales of Suspense #46

Tales of Suspense #46

I already own a TOS #46 — but am still looking for the elusive #52.  Now’s the time to grab it if you can, but that may be easier said than done, as most of the on-line sites I frequent haven’t had it in stock in a high grade, making it one of the books I’ll probably end up having to try to hunt down in person in 2009.