New Pre-Order: Iron Man 2’s Black Widow from Sideshow

Shipping in the 4th quarter of 2010, get ready for Scarlett Johansson’s red-headed femme fatale, Black Widow, to hit our shelves as part of Sideshow Toys’ stunning Marvel Iron Man collection. Naturally, the beauty the sculptors have managed to capture is impressive on its own, a show of both their talents and the the fact that Scarlett’s features as Natasha Romanoff seem a work of art in themselves. Add to that the fact that it boasts a ton of great features and this is one item you’ll definitely want to pre-order in a hurry. Here are a couple notes:
* Real fabric hair implantation
* Newly developed female TrueType body
* Approximately 28 cm tall
* Over 28 points of articulations
* Two (2) pairs of interchangeable gloved palms (one (1) pair of relaxed palms; one (1) pair for holding pistols)
* One (1) extra right gloved palm for posing on waist
* Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
* One-piece tight dark blue colored jumpsuit with one (1) belt included
* One (1) extra greyish black colored belt with pouches and pistol holster
* One (1) pair of leather-like greyish blue colored platform boots with buckles
* Two (2) pistols
* One (1) pair of bracelets with multiple-bullet design
* Figure base with Black Widow nameplate and the movie logo

Naturally, she looks pretty impressive alongside the rest of the team, from Stark to Rhodes, but lest we forget, she’s not the only new character deserving of a deluxe 12-inch rendering, but fortunately the wizards at Sideshow are already on it. We don’t have anything concrete yet, but take a look at this tantalizing preview image and click to pre-order:

A couple of the features include “a LED chest light (white light, battery operated, battery included), a metallic electricity generator with light-up function at the back, a brown jumpsuit with burning effect and holes, plus a hydraulic exoskeleton with brown-colored leather-like harness” and those are just the beginning. Naturally, when we get a look at the figure itself, we’ll be posting it right here. Until then, look forward to it!

And one more thing: If you’re looking for the original film to catch up before Iron Man 2 hits DVD and Blu-Ray,here are the Amazon links you’ll need to snag it!

Iron Man (Ultimate Two-Disc Edition + BD Live) [Blu-ray]

Iron Man (Single-Disc Edition)

Iron Man 2 Mini-Mates and Miss Marvel Joins The Avengers?

Those are the newest additions to our still-growing Iron Man collection: a pair of Mini-Mates renderings of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Romanova as they appeared at the Stark Expo in this year’s Iron Man 2.

The toys stand about 2 inches tall and are exclusives from Chicago’s C2E2 Comic book and media convention. So if you missed the big show, be sure to snag these!

And meanwhile, there’s actually more news from the Marvel Universe.
From The HD Room, here’s some info about what we might be able to see in the upcoming Avengers flick.

Ms. Marvel Joins Rumored The Avengers Movie Characters

Is Ms. Marvel going to appear in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers movie? How about the S.H.I.E.L.D helicarrier? The answer to both could be “yes” depending on how quotes from an insider are interpreted.

Director Joshua Wexler showed up at Saturday’s preview for his new 3D CGI animated film that is part of Madame Tussauds London Marvel 4D experience. Shadowlocked was on hand to ask the director about the film and grab some Avengers tidbits the same time.

Ms. Marvel

Frank Cho's Ms. Marvel #1 Cover

“We worked with Marvel and did a lot of work here [in London] and in LA.,” Wexler said. “We had literally hundreds of people working on the development and the animation of the film solidly for the past six months. Certain things like the S.H.I.E.L.D helicarrier were made more modern than in the comics in order to fit in with designs they are working on for the Avengers movie.”

The S.H.I.E.L.D helicarrier is a ginormous flying aircraft carrier. Can you imagine Iron Man taking off from that in a live-action film?

Sensing Wexler was open to discussing The Avengers, Shadowlocked asked the director pointblank if Ms. Marvel would appear in the live-action film. He responsed with an “unmistakably knowing ‘Maybe…'”

I do not profess to be fluent in the rich Marvel universe so off to Wikipedia I went for some Carol Danvers aka Ms. Marvel education. Turns out Ms. Marvel was born after a fusion of alien Kree and human genes. Kree.. the same alien species referenced a few weeks ago as potentially appearing in The Avengers movies as enemies of the invading Skrulls. It could be that Carol Danvers is introduced in The Avengers and goes through the fusion process to become Ms. Marvel in the final act.

If there’s to be an invasion from space that The Avengers need to take care of, what better way to patrol our skies than with the S.H.I.E.L.D helicarrier. Or a S.H.I.E.L.D helicarrier with Carol Danvers aboard it.

Ant-Man, Wasp, Hawkeye and now Ms. Marvel. The more Avengers rumors that surface make it more likely that Iron Man, Thor and Captain America will have a lot of help come 2012.

I’m definitely excited about this one. It should be very interesting to see if they can pull off such a superhero-filled picture!

Marvel Universe’s IRON MAN: HALL OF ARMOR

Marvel Universe has just released a three figure series based on Iron Man 2. Welcome to the Hall of Armor.

Featuring Iron Man Mark IV, Iron Man Mark VI and War Machine, this exclusive series boasts some beautifully-rendered 3 3/4-inch figures standing atop light-up platforms that cast a brilliant glow on the armour, keeping it looking sharp in Stark Laboratories while Tony and Rhodes take a time-out.

Each base takes 3 AAA batteries, but fear not! The batteries are mercifully included so you needn’t worry about that miserable moment when you take a toy home only discovered it’ll take a trip to the store to finally get to playing.

Check ’em out!

And while you’re here, if you haven’t managed to catch the flick yet, here’s a review from The Onion AV Club:

The primary challenge for all blockbuster franchises is to be big yet fleet. Iron Man is as good a model as any, thanks largely to Robert Downey Jr.’s flamboyantly narcissistic Tony Stark, plus filmmakers who valued pacing and character as much as superhero hardware. But sequels, in their quest for more and bigger action and colorful new villains, tend to take on weight, and suddenly Streetcar Marlon Brando turns into a marble-mouthed beast with an ice bucket on his head. The exceedingly busy Iron Man 2 comes perilously close to that tipping point—call it the Spider-Man 3 axis—but much like its predecessor, it’s a clean, efficient, somewhat generic piece of storytelling, and most of the additions aren’t subtractions. This passes for success in the summer movie season.

Exalted worldwide as a one-man peacekeeping force, Downey’s preening Stark has become so busy erecting monuments to himself that he hands over Stark Industries to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and devotes his energies to Iron Man full time. But he faces serious adversity from within and without: Rogue countries and private competitors like Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) have begun testing their own weaponized robot suits, the Armed Services Committee (led by smarmy Senator Garry Shandling) wants to bring Stark under federal control, psychotic Russian physicist Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) looks to carry out a decades-old family vendetta, and the arc reactor in Stark’s chest cavity is slowly killing him. And oh yeah, there’s his mysterious new assistant Natasha (Scarlett Johansson), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and a bigger role for military buddy Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle, replacing and upgrading Terrence Howard).

That’s at least two sequels’ worth of incident packed into one, but director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Theroux treat most of the scenes with a light, glancing wit that keeps the bloat at bay. Downey is reliably funny in his runaway egotism, and Rockwell’s Hammer proves the ideal adversary, a creature of equal vanity whose haplessness constantly undermines his raw, nefarious ambitions. The long stretches between action beats would be a problem for other movies of its kind, but as with the first Iron Man, the splashy effects sequences—which ring with the dull clang of metal on metal—are by far the least compelling in the film. The less money on the screen, the better the movie becomes. Is the Dogville set available for Iron Man 3?

New Pre-Order: Sideshow’s WAR MACHINE Bust

There’s a stunning new bust on its way from the brilliant sculptors at Sideshow: Iron Man 2’s War Machine. Portrayed by Don Cheadle in the film, the character is Tony Stark’s best-friend-turned-sidekick and a formidable crime-fighting force on his own. With film opening in wide release this Friday, Sideshow is offering up the bust for pre-order for a shipping date somewhere in this year’s third quarter.

The War Machine bust stands a full 12 inches tall and Sideshow boasts the following features:

* Iconic likeness of War Machine from Iron Man 2
* Approximately 9 inches / 23 cm tall
* LED-lighted eyes and heart (battery operated; AAA batteries not included)
* Shoulder-mounted gatling gun
* Metallic grey flat colored painting on armor
* Specially designed square-shaped stand supporting the bust and featuring the War Machine nameplate and movie logo

Iron Man 2 Premiere

Article by Jenny Peters.

Los Angeles – A bevy of beauties hit the glittery red-carpet premiere of “Iron Man 2” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Monday, April 26, and they weren’t even the much-anticipated film’s female leads. No, these were dancing girls, decked out in skimpy red bikinis and knee-high red boots. In a twist from the normal red-carpet walk, the girls danced on a curtained stage, then director Jon Favreau announced the star-studded cast one by one, with the fans’ screams hitting a crescendo as each appeared from behind the curtain.

Gwyneth Paltrow led the dazzling parade of actresses that make “Iron Man 2” much more than just a Marvel comic-book flick. Scarlett Johansson, Leslie Bibb, Anya Monzikova, Olivia Munn, and Helena Mattsson rounded out the female eye candy that populates this sequel all about Tony Stark and his alter ego Iron Man.

At an earlier press conference for the film, Paltrow explained exactly why the women in “Iron Man 2” are so special.

“It’s a very smart decision actually to have women who are capable and intelligent in the film, because it appeals to women. So it’s not only a film for 15-year-old boys,” she explained. “It’s a film that can relate to a lot of people on a lot of levels and a lot of my girlfriends like it because of the romance.”

Paltrow’s character is in a romance with the movie’s hero Tony Stark, who is played by Robert Downey Jr. He told reporters that he is certainly happier being the star of a huge movie franchise rather than a drug-addicted criminal, which he once was. Downey, who spent more than a year in jail because of his actions while under the influence, laughed and said, “I’m in a great spot. I think I’m fortunate too because I’ve kind of had two or three or seven lives with different perceptions of me and my status or whatever. It’s just been a really nice time right now.”

Downey’s male “Iron Man 2” co-stars seemed to be having a nice time at the premiere, too. Samuel L. Jackson happily greeted Don Cheadle, while Mickey Rourke, Garry Shandling, Sam Rockwell, and Clark Gregg gathered for a giant cast picture in front of a statue of the action hero.

Lots of other famous faces turned out for the premiere, including Sylvester Stallone, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Adrien Brody, Jennifer Grey, Dane Cook and Hugh Hefner, the man-of-the-moment as he had earlier in the day kicked in the $900,000 needed to save the iconic Hollywood sign perched in the hills just above the theater.

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Robert Downey Jr. Worried He’d ‘Creep Out’ Gwyneth Paltrow in Iron Man 2

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By Scott Huver (People Magazine). Robert Downey Jr. found himself taking a little, ah, romantic direction from his Iron Man 2 costar Gwyneth Paltrow during a crucial moment in the movie – while their spouses watched from off camera.

The hotly anticipated summer movie features a passionate kiss between Downey’s superheroic Tony Stark and Paltrow’s long-suffering Pepper Potts.

“It was great,” said Paltrow, with more than a hint of playful sarcasm in her voice during a press event in Los Angeles Friday, “because both my husband and his wife were right there on the set.”

Despite the presence of Paltrow’s hubby, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, and Downey’s wife Susan, a producer on the film, Downey claimed his costar did not hold back when it came to their make-out scene.

“I couldn’t get her off me,” Downey joked. “It was embarrassing!”

But he admits Paltow wasn’t entirely pleased with her leading man’s side of the lip-lock. “She said … I didn’t know what I was doing, like, ‘It didn’t feel good.’ And I said ‘You know what? First of all, we’re all friends, so what would be creepy is if I was coming off all sexy to you while we were shooting – which by the way, I’ve done that in movies and it creeps them out! So why would I creep you out?’ ”

Eventually, Paltrow came around, Downey insisted. “Despite what she said on set, she still thinks about it. ”

Downey was not afraid to poke fun at himself – or his past – during the press event also attended by Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke and director Jon Favreau. When asked if he’d ever donned a superhero costume for Halloween while growing up, Downey replied “Growing up, no. But in my mid-30s in Palm Springs right before an arrest, yes.”

Iron Man 2 Marvel Select Figure

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War Machine Marvel Select Figure from Iron Man 2 Movie

Exclusively available in the Marvel Select line, this upgraded War Machine features top-quality sculpted detail, multiple points of articulation and a bonus deluxe Armor Assembly Station base. Perfect for six-to-seven-inch action figure collections.

Customer Review:

It looks amazingly lifelike, and the mask fits snuggly both on top of his head to reveal his face, and over his face, so there is no real chance of accidentally losing it in either position. Overall it does look pretty cool, but after having played with the 4 inch Hasbro figure. It would have been nice to get additional sets of hands besides the default closed fists, just for a little variety, but no big thing. The biggest complaint I have, and this is after comparing it to the 4″ War Machine, is the lack of articulation in this figure. I like the rage of motion the 4″ offers in the arms, and even though the ball joint in the legs isn’t my favorite, it offers more range of motion than the Diamond Select figure does. With this figure, you can’t move the arms away from the sides (like if you wanted to form a “T” with the figure), and it’s weird how much that hampers the range of movement of the figure, and therefore the ways you can pose it. It is also lacking all of the letterings and markings of the Hasbro figure (on the deltoids and the right oblique). All in all, a good looking figure.

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Marvel Films News: Iron Man 2 Movie Trailer

Fans can get their fix of “Iron Man 2” for the moment. This week, an exclusive of the film’s teaser trailer was shown on Entertainment Tonight. The trailer can be viewed on Apple Trailers, here.

The clip shows all the major players involved in the film, including villain Whiplash (Mickey Rourke), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlet Johannsson), Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), and Pepper Pots (Gwyneth Paltrow). The most exciting part of the trailer shows James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) in his War Machine suit fighting side by side with his buddy Tony Stark, Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.). The film is slated for a May 7th, 2010 release.

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Iron Man 2 Trailer Coming Soon?

Worstpreviews.com has some good news for Iron Man fans who can’t wait for the trailer for the next movie: it might be accompanying Robert Downey Jr.’s upcoming film! Not to mention standing alongside the fourth Shrek movie’s teaser before Avatar.

About a month ago, director Jon Favreau hinted that the trailer for the upcoming “Iron Man” sequel will appear in front of “Sherlock Holmes” on December 25th. Apparently that plan has changed, or slightly modified.

According to a very unreliable source, the IMDB message boards, a worker at a New Zealand movie theater said the following: “Hey, i work as a projectionist for a theater complex, Berkley Cinemas, in Auckland, New Zealand and we just got an email from Paramount today to say that they will be sending out the first trailers for Iron Man 2 and Shrek Forever After next week to be played before Avatar beginning Dec. 17.”

It has already been confirmed that the trailer for “Shrek Forever After” will play in front of “Avatar,” so it’s not a big surprise that “Iron Man” would want to get in on unveiling the first footage with one of the biggest films of the year. I’m sure the “Iron Man 2” trailer will be in front of “Sherlock Holmes,” a week later, as well.

And while the Christmas season seems at once too far away and too soon, the actual Iron Man release in 2010 will at least be bringing with it a ton of press, comic book tie-ins, merchandise and–you guessed it: ACTION FIGURES! So here’s a look at just two of the items we’re getting; they’re both from the extremely popular Marvel Select collection and feature a look at the faces of both Tony Stark (Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr.) and his best friend James Rhodes (War Machine, played by Don Cheadle, who replaces Terrence Howard). Check ’em out!




Comic-Con Pics (Part One)

Finally back from Comic Con and I’ve brought a ton of pics with me!  This year’s SDCC was absolute madness and a great introduction for a newbie like me. I’ve been to other Cons, but, naturally, San Diego’s is by far the largest and the most star-studded. With rumours of it moving to Vegas next year, I wonder what the future holds for the convention (And having just been to Vegas, I also wonder how those in hot costumes will manage in the Nevada sun), but for now here’s a look at some of the pictures of myself and others enjoying the awesomeness that is SDCC.