May 5th, 2008

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(Films) Iron Man

Oh wow.

I was never really a big fan of Iron Man in the Marvel Universe. I have a few of the issues scattered about because of cross-overs but never read the comic on a monthly basis like I did with many otehr Marvel titles. But the film caught my interest as soon as Robert Downey Jnr signed on as Tony Stark. It was an inspired bit of casting, as was Jeff Bridges as Stark's business partner Obadiah Stane.

I've now seen this film (ahem) twice already and gathered a posse together for this mornings trip (dredd_bob, Mike, weaselbitch, sinbadsilk, Dave, Marysa, Fabio and Julie). Everyone enjoyed it and I persoanlly think it's the best marvel film since the original X-Men back in 2000.

Robert Downey Jnr has already gone on record as saying he'd love to do 15 iron Man films (he's a big fan of the comic series) and on the strength of this outting I'm certainly keen to see what they do in the future (and the second film has now been given the go-ahead :p).

I'm also very pleased to see Iron Man do well as it was financed and produced by Marvel Studios as their first film. This could be very interesting if it works at the Box Office as it could mean marvel making more of their own films.

Stan Lee's cameo was nice, but I think his other cameo's in the Marvel franchises have generally been better.

Also, the (long) wait for all the end credits to roll is certainly SO worth it (especially if you're a Marvel Universe fan and/or a fan of a certain actor) and leads nicely to future films in both the Iron Man franchise as well as other Marvel Universe projects :p).

School Report: A (Fantastic film and a good breath of fresh air in the superhero genre after a run of so-so Marvel outtings)
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Marvel Studios Announce Next 4 Films...

Marvel Studios, a sub-division of Marvel Entertainment have announced the next four films they will be making on the strength of the first weekend takings of Iron man ($101million in the States making it the 10th highest grossing opening weekend film of alltime; This raises to $200million with the rest of the world recipets tallied in).

From Dark Horizon.com

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Giddy with the success of "Iron Man" over the weekend, Marvel Entertainment released its first quarter report to shareholders today and confirmed the next four titles they're putting into production.

First up will be "Iron Man 2" which has been scheduled for April 30th 2010.

Matthew Vaughn's take on "Thor" is also set for release on June 4th 2010.

"The First Avenger: Captain America" will swing his shield on May 6th 2011.

The much anticipated superhero team-up "The Avengers" has been scheduled for July 2011.

The company's "Ant-Man" and "The Sub-Mariner" remain in development with no fixed release dates. Their "Wolverine" film remains on course for next May.
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Marvel Talks About Its Future Plans (Dark Horizon; Monday 5th May 2008)

Iron Man battles to $100 Debut
(BBC News Online; Monday 5th May 2008)

The above four films obviously don't include other Marvel titles which are with other studios for production.

So the future looks bright for superheroes on the big screen :)
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Iron Man - Incredible Hulk...

Apparently (according to IMBD) Robert Downey appears as Tony Stark in the new The Incredible Hulk film beign released this summer (with Edward Norton as The Hulk) further strengthening the cross-overs between Marvel Universe films :)

I'll stop frothing about Marvel films now and try and post about something else, don't worry :p
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Cubicle 7 Convention Season

This year Cubicle 7 is going to be hitting quite a few conventions up and down the land spreading the gospel and converting the innocent masses to our catalogue of games.

At present our roadshow will be taking in the following (I've added GenCon UK to the list for now but we haven't 100% decided on attending that show as yet. I've pencilled it in pending further conversations though - obviously I'll update when we've fully decided and also if any further conventions are added to our list).

31 MAY / 1 JUNE – UK Game Expo in Birmingham (http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/)

27-29 JUNE – Q-CON in Belfast (http://www.q-con.org.uk/)

1-4 AUGUST – CONTINUUM in Leicester (http://www.continuum.uk.net/)

14-17 AUGUST – GENCON INDY in Indianapolis, USA (http://www.gencon.com/2008/indy/)

28 -31 AUGUST – GENCON UK in Reading (http://www.consupport.com/index.asp?Con=89)

27 SEPTEMBER – Concrete Cow 08½ in Milton Keynes (http://www.mk-rpg.org.uk/Concrete_Cow)

4 OCTOBER – GAMESFEST 3 in Tring, Hertfordshire (http://www.gamesfest.co.uk/home_real.htm)

1-2 NOVEMBER – Game Con 08 in Manchester

7-9 NOVEMBER – IndieCon 08 in Christchurch, Dorset (http://www.indiecon.net/index.html)

29 NOVEMBER – Dragonmeet in London (http://dragonmeet.co.uk/)

We'll be making an annoucement shortly regarding our Demo Team Support Program and how you can get involved if you would like to.

Best wishes,

 

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Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd

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www.cubicle7.co.uk

Publishers of SLA Industries, Victoriana, Starblazer Adventures, QIN: The Warring States and the Doctor Who Role Playing Game

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