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Obviously Robert Downey Jr. Will Accept Gobs Of Money To Star In “Avengers” Sequels

For a brief period of time following the arrival of “Iron Man 3,” there was a small but persistent story that kept cropping up on various movie and/or nerd-centric sites, one that focused on how Robert Downey Jr. was no longer under contract with Marvel and so maybe now that he had made $50 million dollars for “The Avengers” it was not a sure thing that he would play Iron Man again. If you heard about this, you probably thought about it for all of three seconds before moving on with your life, which is the proper thing to do if you are a person with zero horses in this race, but it was this tiny lingering thing that was mentioned every so often and even Joss Whedon weighed in on the matter. You might think that after starring in four movies that earned a combined $3.9 billion dollars worldwide — movies he made for a studio that is now part of Disney, a multi-multi-multi-billion-dollar company — that clearly this was just a case of a very wealthy person negotiating to get a huge sum of money from a mammoth corporation, and that even if he was negotiating in this case with a notoriously frugal movie studio, that obviously the parties involved would get it done and so obviously in the end the studio would fork over a stack of gold bullion the size of a small town and this would all be over and done with.

Anyway, I mention all of this to say that today Marvel announced that Downey had signed on to star in the second and third “Avengers” movies, because obviously. (There’s no mention of a fourth “Iron Man” movie, if you are curious.)

Clark Gregg will appear in the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” show

Joss Whedon is working on a “S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV series for Disney, which is wonderful news because Joss Whedon generally makes enjoyable television shows. (He’s not going to be running every aspect of the show, though, because he has that “Avengers” sequel to write and direct between now and May 2015.)

And now the first actor has been cast in the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot: Clark Gregg, the actor who tied together the various “Avengers” prequels (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America”). This has been very big news on the Internet, because (SPOILER ALERT, INSOMUCH AS YOU CAN SPOIL THE THIRD-BIGGEST MOVIE IN HISTORY) Clark Gregg’s character died in “The Avengers.”

Of course, people are running with the “Agent Coulson lives!” shtick online because we have no real idea how the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” show will sync up with the on-screen universe depicted in “The Avengers” and the other movies. (It will likely exist in the same universe without the same actual characters appearing much, if at all, based on what has been reported thus far.) Nobody is saying that Clark Gregg’s character will be resurrected for the TV show and that he will play the lead and that his character’s death never really happened or something. They are merely saying he will reprise his character.

There are a lot of ways this could happen! Clark Gregg could appear in a video recording his character made before dying. Clark Gregg could appear as Agent Coulson’s twin brother, Agent Gil Coulson. Clark Gregg could appear and matter-of-factly explain to the show’s actual leads that he’s an agent with S.H.I.E.L.D. and now he’s off to attend to the story happening in “Iron Man,” because maybe the show precedes the movie chronology or something. Nobody knows! But at least we know that Clark Gregg will appear in something, which is good, because Clark Gregg is a welcome presence in most things.

Joss Whedon and Marvel are making a “S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV show

When Joss Whedon signed a new deal with Marvel to write and direct “The Avengers 2” (or whatever it will be called), he also signed up to help develop a live-action Marvel TV series. (That is to say, a TV series set in the same universe as “The Avengers” and the related movies, not a TV series about Marvel.)

What would the show be about? Nobody knew! But most people figured it might have something to do with S.H.I.E.L.D., the spy organization headed up by Samuel L. Jackson in the movies. And yep, that’s exactly what is happening.

The Toldja Tribune reported on Tuesday night that ABC has ordered a pilot for “S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC, like Marvel, is owned by Disney.) Whedon will co-write the pilot with his brother, Jed, because apparently Joss Whedon has a brother named Jed Whedon, and despite my many years of Joss Whedon fandom, I had no idea that he had a brother named Jed Whedon. One more time: Jed Whedon. Anyway, Joss could also direct the pilot.

We don’t know anything else yet about the show’s premise. Will it be about lower level S.H.I.E.L.D. agents? Maybe it will be set in the S.H.I.E.L.D. cafeteria? Will Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury or any of the other stars make very rare appearances, presumably during sweeps? (I’m already imagining every episode beginning with “Okay, so we just talked to Nick Fury, and he said…” or “Man, that was a crazy fight we just had with the Hulk, am I right?”) Something else to ponder: How will it tie into the chronology and storylines of the movies, considering there are currently four interconnected but distinct film franchises (“The Avengers,” “Iron Man,” “Captain America” and “Thor,” each with at least one sequel in the pipeline, and presumably more to come) and other Marvel movies on the horizon (like 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and any other movie they might make, i.e. “Ant Man” or something)? And we also don’t know when the show will premiere.

But we do know that Joss Whedon is working on another TV series, so that’s good enough for now.

Joss Whedon will make “The Avengers 2,” develop Marvel TV series

Okay so OBVIOUSLY you already know this news because it broke on Tuesday and it made the rounds very quickly and by this morning you were tired of the news, you had already heard the news and processed the news and wanted new news, but at the same time I wanted to comment on this for obvious reasons: Joss Whedon has signed up to write and direct another “Avengers” movie. And there’s more!

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Weekend Box Office Roundup: “The Avengers” demolishes the opening weekend record

Weekend of May 4-6, 2012

MONDAY UPDATE: The final haul is actually $207.4 million. Disney underestimated it by $7 million bucks, no big deal, just another $7 million dollars. Studios are often too optimistic with their Sunday estimates, but maybe Disney just didn’t want to brag.

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“The Avengers” finally hit theaters this weekend. The movie itself is very, very good (seriously, it’s so good — and so stuffed with enjoyable little moments and asides — that I am actually considering seeing it again in theaters, something I never do), which is mighty nice. It follows four years of box office successes like “Iron Man,” its sequel, “Thor” and “Captain America,” so we always knew this movie would be a big moneymaker. But I don’t think anybody really expected it to be this big.

Let’s get to it: “The Avengers” debuted in the U.S. with an absurd, record-shattering estimated opening weekend of $200.3 million dollars. That is two hundred million actual dollars we’re talking about, easily surging past the previous opening weekend record holder: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two,” which opened with $169 million last summer.

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The Hulk’s 95th iteration will be on TV, again

Since the movies don’t seem to be cutting it, no matter how many times they reboot the damn thing, Marvel has decided to do the next best thing for the Hulk: giving him his own TV show (again). Film genius Guillermo Del Toro and television genius David Eick (the recent “Battlestar Galactica”) are going to shepherd this thing to ABC, and they’re aiming to get it on the air in fall 2012 (“The Avengers” comes out in the summer of 2012). I can’t wait to see how the special effects work out, considering things looked a bit iffy on the two recent feature films, and they cost $137 and $150 million, respectively. But I’m a bastard, so I can only see the negative. Upside: A fourth actor will play the character in under a decade, unless Mark Ruffalo decides for some ungodly reason to switch to television. Maybe Edward Norton is available? [Deadline]