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How Hulk Saved the Avengers

I finally saw Avengers and I very much enjoyed it. But, it took me a while to realize what the movie’s biggest flaw was, the one thing that could have made everything else go away and allow me to thoroughly enjoy the movie. I did enjoy it, but at the same time, I didn’t. That one thing was emotion. Avengers lacked a compelling amount of emotion to get me to care about these characters, beyond the fact that they’re Captain America and Thor. A movie is a movie and you need empathy, and a sign of emotion would have solved that.

Most of the movie felt like actors who were acting. Literally. The scene where Black Widow goes down to Loki to make a deal in order to save Hawkeye could have been a great scene. She feels a certain bond with him and will do whatever it takes to save him. Whether it’s love or a sense of honor you can tell she has her own priorities and her own convictions. Just when you get the sense that we’re peeking into who she really is, when Loki explains how he’s going to kill the two of them and she begins to cry, it all turns out to be a ruse. There are no tears, no emotion, no feelings. You’re supposed to feel like it was clever, but for me it felt like we were cheated out of a moment to connect with someone, even if we didn’t agree with her logic or methods.

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Iron Man 3 Trailer

In the third installment of Marvel Studios’ Iron Man franchise, Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) steps in as director, while Jon Favreau, the director of the last two films, shifts over to executive producer. Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul Bettany all return to their roles. Jon Favreau will also be returning as Happy Hogan.

Joining them will be Guy Pierce and Rebecca Hall as Aldrich Killian and Maya Hansen, respectively. The film’s villains will include Firepower, played by Ashley Hamilton, as well as a character based on Coldblood (a villain not traditionally associated with Iron Man), played by James Badge Dale. Ben Kingsley will be playing Iron Man’s archenemy, The Mandarin. Chinese actor Wang Xueqi will be playing a character named Chun Lu, who is also known as Radioactive Man. It is unsure whether he will be the super powered villain, or if this is a setup to another movie.

Iron Man 3 will be an adaptation of Warren Ellis’ and Adi Granov’s “Extremis” arc from 2006. It served as an updated origin story for Iron Man, moving away from the Vietnam War and setting it in Afghanistan. 2008’s Iron Man used this origin instead of the original. It also introduces an updated and more powerful armor.

The Iron Patriot armor has been revealed to be present in the film as well. Iron Patriot was the armor used by Norman Osborn to lead the Dark Avengers during the “Dark Reign” storyline when he served as the top cop of the Marvel Universe for a time. A new Iron Patriot will also be appearing in the Secret Avengers and in the Ultimate Universe. It is rumored that Rhodey will, in fact, be the Iron Patriot in the film.

Iron Man 3 will be in theaters on April 26th 2013, in the UK, and May 3rd 2013 in the US.