Today in Hollywood, Marvel lifted the curtain on “Phase Three” of its cinematic universe to a packed house of oohing and ahhing costumed Thors and Captain Americas. Studio boss Kevin Feige filled in all the blanks on the studio’s slate through 2019, introduced several new characters — including many fan favorites — and confirmed speculation that classic comic book storylines would be adapted for the screen. After the fan presentation, Feige answered questions about the future of a studio whose previous two phases included 10 films and more than $7 billion in worldwide ticket sales.
The most famous — and valuable — people in Hollywood today are fictional characters. Today Vulture released its annual ranking of Hollywood’s Most Valuable Stars. Using a formula that weighs hard data like box office numbers and intangibles like likeability, the site determined an A-list pecking order that — inadvertently or not — reflects the monumental shift that continues to reshape the movie industry as actors become more and more subservient to the franchises they headline.
The first 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer will premiere during next week's episode of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'
By Marc Graser Robert Downey Jr. is on the verge of signing on to “Captain America 3,” a move that would bring the Civil War storyline from Marvel’s comicbooks to the bigscreen and trigger the start of a new phase of movies from Marvel Studios. The actor is in final negotiations to play billionaire Tony Stark in the third installment, which is slated to begin production in the Spring for a May 6, 2016 release. Downey is already set to suit up as Iron Man for next year’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “The Avengers 3.” The deal is significant for the Marvel cinematic universe considering the plot will pit Stark against Captain America’s alter-ego Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, as they feud over the Superhero Registration Act, which forces anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the U.S.
UPDATE: Robert Downey Jr. continues with his big Iron Tease. The actor appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman Tuesday night and seemed to reconsider his previous stance, saying there is no plans or script for Iron Man 4 despite some persistent prodding from Letterman. Iron Man fans who’ve been desperate for signs of a fourth movie in the Marvel series got the answer they’ve been looking for today.
Disney/Marvel has released the official synopsis of next May’s astronomically anticipated blockbuster sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it sheds a little bit of light on just how director Joss Whedon plans to use the super-ensemble he has on hand. It doesn’t take a Dr. Bruce Banner to guess that sentient robot villain Ultron (voiced by James Spader) will have a major role – that became clear the second Whedon announced the title at San Diego Comic-Con in 2013.
Robert Downey Jr. Defends Father Robert Duvall in ‘The Judge’ Trailer by Jeff Snider Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for David Dobkin’s “The Judge,” which starsRobert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall . Downey Jr. sheds his “Iron Man” suit to play a hot-shot defense attorney whose estranged father, a former judge, is accused of murder. Downey Jr. heads home to Indiana to defend him.
Stars of “Avengers” and “Agents of SHIELD” support campaign for private screening of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” for a dying fan. The second movie in Marvel’s Avengers series may still be a year away, but the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes re-assembled for a mission more down to earth that fighting alien invasions or killer robots — standing in solidarity with one man’s desire to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier before he dies. 60-year-old Stratford Caldecott, a lifelong comic book fan — and Marvel fan in particular — has only 12 weeks left to live from advanced prostate cancer, an illness that left him too sick to see the last Captain America movie in its theater release.
Every week through the remainder of 2014, Yahoo Movies is counting down Hollywood’s 50 very best working actors and actresses. Come back toYahoo Movies every Thursday to see who makes the cut.