interesting article...tl;dr. Downey is costing too much for Marvel. Might think of eventually "James Bond"ing the series. As in using different actors.
But lets be real. I have a hard time calling him Robert Downey Jr. It's because his real name is Tony Starks and he's Iron Man.
That's right, that isn't Robert Downey Jr. playing Sherlock Holmes. It's Tony Starks.... Iron Man
I'm reading that more as Marvel saying if Downey isn't profitable as Iron Man for them anymore then they'll bring in someone else without retconning in the new character. And for the time being he's still a rock star here, so no chance of that happening anytime soon.
His compensation includes the back end, and at $50,000,000 he'd still be reasonable considering the worldwide gross was $1,500,000,000. Now if the article said Jeremy Renner got $50 million for the movie I'd say "whoa" - as much as I liked his performance in The Hurt Locker, I can think of a couple guys who deserve more than him for The Avengers.
Never heard or read why Edward Norton didn't play Hulk but I liked Ruffalo's performance in this movie as Banner.
That said, they went with a new guy as Spiderman, they've used 3 guys to play Banner, and if they make a 4th or more Iron Man movies it would not suprise me if they went with someone else (I have no idea who could do it and make it work) as Stark.
Cheadle wasn't terrible in IM3 but not as good as Howard.
Isn't iron patriot a villain? Why is War Machine Iron Partriot too?
Iron Patriot is Norman Osborn, who they do not have the rights for. Its Iron Man, people expect new suits every movie. Iron Patriot is only in the movie because Ben Kinsley isn't going to be flying around going pew pew, so they shoe horn IP in there.
Going to see this on Saturday afternoon and in 2D. No crappy 3D glasses.
One Finnish paper already reviewed this, gave it 4/5 stars. "A welcomed injection of energy, sets the franchises back on track after the second movie, combines two story elements effortlessly. Spectacular action scenes that are also more "disfigured" (couldn't find a proper translation for the Finnish term) and realistic than in previous Iron Man films." Also praised Ben Kingsley's performance as The Mandarin.