Chris Evans wished Robert Downey Jr. a happy birthday with a classic line from Avengers: Endgame. Downey Jr. is more than likely celebrating his 55th birthday indoors and practicing social distancing with a few family members. There will not be a huge party with dozens of people, though he could do so digitally through the use of social media. Regardless, the former Captain America actor is making sure Downey Jr.'s birthday does not go unnoticed.
Robert Downey Jr. started the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the first Iron Man movie in 2008. Chris Evans later followed in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger and the two had instant chemistry together on the big screen when it came time for 2012's The Avengers. Now, Chris Evans is wishing Downey Jr. a very happy birthday. He posted an image of the two in character at Avengers HQ and captioned it with, 'Happy birthday to one of my absolute favorites! Love you 3000,' which is now a classic line from Avengers: Endgame.
Happy birthday to one of my absolute favorites! Love you 3000, @RobertDowneyJrpic.twitter.com/xkJmOivAdw— Chris Evans @ChrisEvans April 4, 2020
'I love you 3000' is what Tony Stark tells his daughter early on in Avengers: Endgame. Stark has seemingly given up on the idea of returning to the superhero world after the events of Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War. So, he starts the movie out as a somewhat content family man out in the country. However, when Earth's Mightiest Heroes try to get the band together, Stark, begins to get pulled back into the world, despite denying it early on. Before we know it, he's looking for ways to work with the Pym Particles to get the time heist plan going.
From there, MCU finally see Steve Rogers and Tony Stark bury the hatchet after years of strife. It was the closure that many felt the characters needed and it was inevitable. In real-life, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. also needed some closure with the superhero world. Both actor frontloaded fans by teasing that Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame could be the end of the line for their days within the MCU, which wasn't exactly what everybody wanted to hear. After years of training and intense shooting days, Evans and Downey Jr. were ready for a much-needed breather.
So, Avengers: Endgame gave Steve Rogers and Tony Stark proper send offs. Stark went from the billionaire, self-involved brat to the hero who makes the ultimate sacrifice to save the universe from Thanos. Rogers, who has always done what he thought was best for others, finally did what was best for himself as he went back in time to spend his remaining years with Peggy Carter. While Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. may not share scenes on the big screen again together, they, along with the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, remain friends off the screen. You can check out Chris Evans' Twitter birthday message to Robert Downey Jr. below....
As announced Friday, the screenplay for “Ant-Man 3,” the latest sequel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, will be written by “Rick and Morty” writer Jeff Loveness. Peyton Reed, as previously announced, is returning to direct. Deadline reported that the duo had signed onto the project, which will also see Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly reprise their roles as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne/The Wasp from the first two “Ant-Man” films.
Loveness’ attachment to the project is the latest news to come out of “Ant-Man 3” working title since the film was confirmed to be in the works by Deadline in October 2019. There's no word yet on when the film will enter production, nor is there any information about its release date.
Regardless, diehard Marvel Cinematic Universe fans pining for the next “Ant-Man” installment will likely have to be patient. Marvel has already announced its now-shifted Phase Four slate, which will kick off with “Black Widow” on November 6, followed by “The Eternals” on February 12, 2021. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Seven Rings” will debut on May 7, 2021, while “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” will release on November 5, 2021. “Thor: Love and Thunder” will hit theaters on February 18, 2022. All of the aforementioned films' release dates were updated earlier today as part of Disney's response to the current global health crisis.
Loveness, who confirmed the news on Twitter, is no stranger to Marvel: He's worked on a variety of comics for the company, including several that are focused on Spider-Man and boundlessly heroic space tree Groot. He has also worked on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and TBS' “Miracle Workers.”
Reed directed the first “Ant-Man” film, released in 2015, and its sequel, 2018's “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise began embracing the more surreal, galaxy-trekking elements of Marvel comics lore in recent films, the “Ant-Man” films have centered on the titular protagonist's comparably small-scale and relatable misadventures. Ant-Man played a key role in last year's “Avengers: Endgame,” where the superhero revealed a sci-fi MacGuffin that allowed the Avengers to travel back in time and undo the work of the genocidal Thanos.
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Actress Honor Blackman has passed away. She was 94 years old. Blackman is arguably best-known for portraying Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, along with the judo chopping Cathy Gale on TV's The Avengers. She passed away peacefully on April 5th at her home in Lewes, Sussex, of natural causes, according to her family. Blackman's family released a statement, which you can read below.'She was much loved and will be greatly missed by her two children Barnaby and Lottie, and grandchildren Daisy, Oscar, Olive, and Toby. As well as being a much-adored mother and grandmother. Honor was an actor of hugely prolific creative talent. With an extraordinary combination of beauty, brains and physical prowess, along with her unique voice and a dedicated work ethic, she achieved an unparalleled iconic status in the world of film and entertainment and with absolute commitment to her craft and total professionalism in all her endeavors she contributed to some of the great films and theater productions of our times.'
Honor Blackman's acting career spans six decades after starting off in the late 1940s. Her early movie roles included Diamond City and Come Die My Love, while early television shows include Probation Officer, The Vise, and Danger Man. However, it wasn't until she portrayed Elizabeth Taylor's friend in MGM's Conspirator that she started to get some real recognition. From there, her big break came in 1962 when she joined the cast of the British TV series The Avengers as Cathy Gale. This is not to be confused with the Marvel Comics characters. It's here where she learned judo and helped to bring women's self-defense to the entertainment industry.
Honor Blackman's martial arts proficiency was evident from the start, though she says she regretted doing some of her own stunts later in life due to some back issues. After two seasons on The Avengers TV series, Blackman made the controversial decision to leave and become a Bond Girl in Goldfinger. 'Everybody was quite startled when I decided to leave, especially since the program was about to go onto film and into color,' she reflected later. The actress portrayed the iconic villainous femme fatale Pussy Galore in the third Bond installment, which went on to become a global hit. It's during this time that she also scored a hit pop single titled 'Kinky Boots,' inspired by the knee-high boots she wore at the time.
Honor Blackman received acting lessons for her 15th birthday. Later that year, she began her training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Following graduation, she was an understudy in the West End play The Guinea Pig and In 1947 she appeared in the Patrick Hastings play The Blind Goddess at the Apollo Theatre. When her career finally took off, Blackman was considered to be a real-life goddess by fans.
More recently, Honor Blackman appeared in Bridget Jones's Diary, Color Me Kubrick, I, Anna, By Any Means, and You, Me, and Them. Blackman starred as...
Marvel's She-Hulk series is reportedly gearing up to shoot this summer ahead of its upcoming release on Disney+, and new details about the show's story and characters have reportedly been revealed. According to The Illuminerdi, the series is on track to shoot its first season between August 2020 through March 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Also reported by the outlet is that the freshman season will consist of just six episodes, which is in line with other Marvel projects in active development for Disney+.
With a production start date on the board for this summer, the casting process seems to now be underway as producers look for the right players to bring the She-Hulk series to life. As of now, no names have officially been cast, but as previously reported, word is the studio is looking to cast an 'Alison Brie-type' actress in the lead role of Jennifer Walters with Brie herself at the top of the want list. The reported logline of the series describes Jennifer as 'successful in her profession and specifically seeking cases in superheroic law,' suggesting the superheroine will be keeping her day job as an attorney after her transformation into She-Hulk.
It also sounds like the Disney+ series will have a heavier focus on Jennifer's legal drama in court as opposed to nonstop action sequences as She-Hulk. The character description also says Jennifer 'occasionally' fights crime as She-Hulk, suggesting most of her battles will be taking place in a court of law. This creative approach of combining Better Call Saul with The Avengers sounds very much unlike other movies and shows set in the MCU, but that's also exactly what makes it stand out as one of the more interesting upcoming projects. An added bonus is that it opens the door for any MCU character to cameo on She-Hulk as a prospective client for Jennifer Walters.
Information about two supporting characters for She-Hulk have also been revealed. For Jennifer's unnamed 'Best Friend,' producers are seeking an actress aged 26 to 28. No other details are given, but it's speculated that this character will be Jill Stevens, a longtime friend of Jennifer's in the comics who winds up tragically killed by an assailant mistaking her for Jennifer. A second character, 'Meg,' calls for an actress aged 29 to 35. A fellow attorney, Meg is described as 'shrewd, while having a biting wit and humor.' It's possible that this character is an adaptation of Mallory Book from the comics, but as with Jill Stevens, this is only speculation at this time.It's also looking like Mark Ruffalo will be reprising his MCU role as Bruce Banner for the series, as the actor is reportedly in talks to appear on She-Hulk. That would make sense, given that She-Hulk's origin story in the comics involves getting an emergency blood transfusion from Bruce. We'll see if that's how the superheroine comes to be in the Disney+ series as well, but in any case, it seems more than likely Ruffalo will show up at some point...