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Chief Marvel editor, Joe Quesada, has answered some more question on the regular Cup ‘O Joe column, this time pertaining to Thor and Iron Man 2.
Quesada talks with great passion about Branagh and Kevin Feige’s creative partnership, and the delight it was to watch them explore the Thor ideas and mythology. His approach to the Thor franchise is Shakespearean, explaining emotions between characters in each scene, their motivation and how it relates to the movie’s plot.
Character development looks like it shall play a significant part in the Thor adaptation, Quesada describes this quality as “quintessential” in creating a Marvel movie. There are capes and big hammers, but, “It’s about what makes characters tick”. And Quesada adds, “there’s reasons and motivations for him to hit people with his hammer… hard!”
When it comes to marketing Thor, it’s all about raising awareness before the movie’s release. Similar to the Iron Man approach, Thor’s character shall be introduced to kids through animation, in particular in “Super Hero Squad” and “Avengers Animated”.
On Iron Man 2
Quesada describes Favreau as intense and cerebral, and is again happy to relay the director’s understanding and passion for the Tony Stark character, “Why put on the suit?”. Favreau’s approach is about having the world’s most powerful weapon and making the story bigger, all the while keeping it “streamlined” and ultimately maintaining that much needed relevance at the personal level.
Here’s Mickey Rourke in full Whiplash costume. Click the image for a high res version.
Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) sports a power pack on his chest that looks similar to the one that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) uses.
“The technologies are definitely related,” says director Jon Favreau. “That’s part of the core theme of the film.”
The villain’s alter ego, Ivan Vanko, is a Russian who “has constructed his own version of a suit,” Favreau says. Among the creative innovations: a pair of whips, powered by the suit’s glowing chest piece, that are expected to keep Iron Man cracking.
This first image of the character shows Whiplash making an appearance at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. Favreau as usual is tight-lipped about plot points and declines to discuss whether the big-screen Whiplash is, as in the Marvel Comics, a weapons designer who works for Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), a competitor of Tony Stark/Iron Man.
“We like to play into and against the expectations that people might have, so we mixed it up a bit,” Favreau says.
Rourke’s performances in Sin City and The Wrestler helped convince the director that the actor was the best candidate to face Downey in his sequel to last spring’s blockbuster that grossed $318.4 million.
“It was very important that the villain be as compelling as can be. … Once I thought of Mickey in that role, it made me understand how to shape the story.”
Continuing on from the recent Kevin Feige revelations, First Showing have provided a second commentary of the event, which offers up some more details of these three movies.
Iron Man 2
In the first movie the film makers managed to get the tone just right, for the sequel they are looking to add characters and up the action whilst maintaining this tone — keeping the right sense of humour. Filming is half way through and the majority of the spoken parts are complete, the next six weeks shall be dedicated to action scenes!
There will be no Shakespearean dialogue in the Thor movie, despite its usage in the comics. Some scenes will take place in Asgard.
The first avenger movie shall be a period piece, set predominantly during WWII. It is hoped that the movie can capture a feeling similar to Raiders of the Lost Ark, with the same levels of fun. Sidekick Bucky (wiki) will also make an appearance, in some capacity.
As for director Joe Johnston,
A little bit of The Rocketeer, lots of October Sky, and a little bit of the ship designs that Johnston did for Star Wars, alluding to how this is the perfect movie for him to direct. “It’s the movie his entire career has been leading towards.”
As commented on by Jon Favreau in his twitter,
Online press visiting the set today to speak with Robert and me.
AICN and SHH were two of these. They’ve been asked to hold back their reports until Comic-con, when I’m sure we’ll get some big announcements. In the mean time they have provided some preview reports which I have included below:
Yesterday’s trip to the set of IRON MAN 2 at Marvel Studios’ headquarters in Manhattan Beach was definitely more filet than Bernsen.
How much more? I’m not at liberty to say. Yet. Paramount and Marvel have asked that we hold our full set visit report until closer to Comic Con. And since I’d like to be invited to the sets of THOR, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE AVENGERS, etc., I’ve decided it’s worth my while to play ball.
They have, however, given us clearance to post a brief preview piece in which I whip you up into a frenzy by telling you that the sets are elaborate and ultra-sleek (they’re using as many as five soundstages on the Raleigh Studios lot), the creative team is in a groove, and, as far as I can tell, everyone is extremely pleased with what they’re getting thus far. This was apparent from the way Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Matthew Libatique and others tweaked and tweaked this one really cool, fairly lengthy take — in which Tony Stark [redacted] — until it was utter, fluid perfection.
Most of the stuff we saw yesterday was set in Stark’s workshop, which has been modified to include some nifty new gizmos (this includes the floor, oddly enough). There were also a few tantalizing clues left strewn about just to get us worked up over what/who might or might not be appearing in the sequel. We were also given an unplanned peek at something stashed away on another soundstage — and I’m not sure they’re going to let us write about this in our official write-up next month. Not that my meager words could do it justice.
SHH’s Ryan Rotten
Is Favreau falling into the trap of adding too many elements to his once proven winning equation? That’s just one question Superhero Hype! had in mind when we ventured down to Manhattan Beach where we found Favreau and company back on the soundstage and in Tony Stark’s lab for a set visit. While there, we toured the remodeled lab, caught a few glimpses of some very interesting–and revealing–props and drooled over the new Iron Man suit. We also got a chance to speak with Favreau, Downey Jr. and Marvel’s Kevin Feige (the producer) about Stark’s latest adventure and the challenges he faces.
We’d love to tell you more, however, we have to remain tight-lipped for now. Simply know Favreau is piecing together what sounds like a layered, larger sequel that’s steering Stark in the right emotional direction with a few surprises in store for the fans. Look for a full set report next month! In the meantime, “keep the skies clear,” more Iron Man is on the way.
Empire recently spoke with Jon Favreau and Mickey Rourke about Iron Man 2. Favreau gave some background to the Tony Stark character in the sequel before giving cryptic clues when quizzed on ‘Rhodesy’ and War Machine.
“Tony’s expected to be a role model and I don’t think he’s ready to be one. He’s under a great deal of pressure and when you’re under pressure, I think you find outlets for that. That’s one of the tensions of the film: it’s one thing to say you’re Iron Man, and another thing to actually become Iron Man.”
“Rhodesy is definitely stepping up in this film. Let me put it this way: Tony’s not the only person with technology in the film.”
Meanwhile, Mickey Rourke comments on his Whiplash suit (we’ve already seen a possible concept piece for this)
“I’m having the time of my life! […] It’s been really brutal, because my Iron Man suit weighs 23lb. It’s sort of a half-suit, with half my skin showing, with lots of Russian tattoos, because [Whiplash is just] out of a Russian-zone prison.”
Latest updates include:
Leaving Edwards Air Force Base. Heading back to LA to finish out the week. My awesome crew worked their butts off. We got some great stuff.
Dusk in the high desert. The wind is blowing hard.
Shooting some scenes at Edwards Air Force Base. They have some pretty cool toys out here.
2AM and we’re on the martini shot.
Two units going today. Shooting late into the night.
A french article from Maprincipaute has revealed that Iron Man 2 will be filming a large function room scene, a scene at the docks and a scene at the Casino. Iron Man 2 will be comprised of three major actions scenes, one of these shall include footage of Monaco. The translation via Google:
A large function room scene
A total of one hundred people are on the deck of the top secret shoot. The cameras will arise this morning between 6 am and 7 pm on the Boulevard Albert 1er. Then, following the Grand Prix circuit on Saturday 16 May, the shooting will continue Boulevard Louis II (between 6 am and 8 pm), dock of the United States between 8 am and noon then quai Albert-1er between 12h and 13h30. Sunday, teams invest Boulevard Albert 1st from 6am to 7am, the Avenue d’Ostende between 7am and 9am and Avenue of Spélugues between 9am and 11 hours. At these locations and schedules, periodic interruptions of traffic will be carried out.
But the peak of the shoot will be May 25, place du Casino, between 6 hours and 17 hours. A long sequence will be filmed with the participation of many extras. “There are three major action scenes in this movie, and one of them will be composed of footage in the Principality” says production. Only certainty, the film was released on screens in April 2010 and expects production even offer a sneak preview in the Principality!
The set reports and pictures are starting to come in from Randy’s Donuts. From the scene, James told Collider on the phone:
My friend – let’s call him James — said that filming at the location lasted between 45 minutes to an hour and there were tons of production assistants and production people around the set. That’s the reason why we don’t have a new picture for this article…he never felt like he could take out his camera and get the shot.
Anyhow, James said that he saw a stand in for Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark) on set and that he watched Nick Fury race up to the donut place in a blue government car and he got out and walked to his right to get a better view of where Iron Man would be. The camera was on a crane. James said it appeared that Iron Man was going to be in the donut hole on the roof and that Nick Fury was yelling at him, but he couldn’t hear what he was saying.
He also reported that Sam Jackson was in the same costume as the end of the first film – a long black trench coat.
Iron Man sitting in the big donut? Here’s some confirmation via People.com:
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