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11 things Robert Downey Jr. revealed during his Tony Stark-like Reddit AMA

Robert Downey Jr. took to Reddit for an AMA on Tuesday in anticipation of The Judge, which the actor called “the closest thing to a perfect film I’ve ever been part of” in response to a Reddit user.

In his AMA, the actor covered everything from his time as Iron Man, to upcoming film projects, to his favorite late-night snack. Here are the 11 most interesting answers, with full Downey Jr. charm intact.

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Why Kirby v. Marvel mattered

In 2014, it’s quite common to know almost every detail behind the production of a superhero movie before the movie is even released. From the release date to the cast to the director to screenwriters, every detail is examined and disseminated across myriad blogs and social media sites, to the point where, if you’re even mildly interested, you could easily find out the names of those responsible for getting that film to your local cinema.

But how about the people who created the characters in the pages of comic books?

In the early days of comic books, the relationship between creators and publishers was often exploitative. Many of the people responsible for creating the heroes that would make publishers millions were freelancers, working from home, never making a regular salary outside of their normal page rates and often struggling to get back their original artwork, collect royalties, or even get the level of credit due to them. People create pop culture, not corporations.

Of all those people, few have gotten the short shrift like Jacob Kurtzberg, better known as Jack Kirby.

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'Disney Infinity 2.0': Anything your heart, or imagination, desires

Disney Infinity 2.0 made me feel eight years old. And I mean that in the best way possible.

There’s a certain magic to playing with toys when you’re young. Action figures spring to life in your imagination, and pieces of furniture transform into the sites of epic battles. A hallway can become a racetrack, a chair a mountaintop, and all it takes is a couple plastic figures to create a spark of inspiration.

Infinity 2.0 lets players create whatever they can imagine, and the spark this time around is bringing together the Mouse House’s vast catalogue of franchises and some of the most famous superheroes in the world, Marvel’s Avengers. By creating a cohesive art style and setting players loose in the game’s Toy Box mode, Infinity 2.0 is a brilliant package for kids looking for a creative outlook—and it can satisfy an older crowd, too.

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Tom Hiddleston wrote an email to Joss Whedon and it's predictably charming

Beloved British person Tom Hiddleston has spent the last few years stealing movies from superheroes while playing trickster god/Tumblr boyfriend Loki. Although the character debuted in 2011’s Thor, he only really went Full Big Bad in 2012’s The Avengers, where he led a merry assault on the heroes of Earth and got to say the phrase “mewling quim.”

Hiddleston clearly sensed that the Avengers script was something special, writing Joss Whedon an effusive email after he read the screenplay for the first time. Business Insider published a copy of that email (excerpted from a biography of Whedon that hits stores on Friday) and Hiddleston’s joy jumps off the page. READ FULL STORY

Marvel's 'Avengers' S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit: We took the tour (and chatted with Stan Lee)

Maybe you can’t visit Tony’s mansion, or the Avengers Tower, or the Triskelion (R.I.P.). But Marvel’s The Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (that’s Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network to you) exhibit, which opens today in New York, might be the next best thing. Actually, scratch that: It’s definitely the next best thing.

Conceived in conjunction with NASA, Discovery Times Square and Victory Hill Exhibitions, the interactive deep-dive into the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and the science behind all your favorite characters — is an exhibit more than worthy of its $27.00 admission price (or $19.50, if you’re a child age 3-11). Rich with real costumes and props, artifacts, and up-to-date technological, hands-on, interactive science, the entire walk-through is a delight. But don’t take my word for it: “It’s absolutely unbelievable,” comic legend Stan Lee told EW exclusively after seeing the exhibit for the first time. “I thought of them as simple fictional characters that could have great adventures, and people could enjoy reading them — but now I realize, unintentionally, I was one of the world’s scientists. [laughs] And what they have done with these characters, this building, and this display is indescribably wonderful and creative. I think that it’ll make any young people that walk through it leave saying, ‘I’ve gotta be a scientist. It’s the most exciting thing in the world!'” READ FULL STORY

The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'The Avengers'

Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, the Black Widow, and Hawkeye joined forces to battle evil (otherwise known as Loki) in this 2012 Marvel film that incited mixed reaction from fans and critics alike. Could director Joss Whedon convincingly weave multiple superhero storylines? Would the ensemble cast of heroes conjure up bad memories of bicker-filled family reunions? Or would it be a feel-good film about the fantastic nature of the good guys? READ FULL STORY

How can Paul Bettany play The Vision in 'Avengers 2'?

Because comics! And robots! That’s the short explanation behind the news — reported by the Daily Mail — that beloved British person Paul Bettany will apparently be The Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The average Marvel-loving moviegoer might recall that Bettany essayed the voice-only role of J.A.R.V.I.S., Iron Man’s robo-butler, in the Iron Man movies and the first Avengers. “So how could he play a totally different character?” asks the average moviegoer. “Is this a Rhys-Davies-in-Two-Towers thing?” READ FULL STORY

Tom Hiddleston fans petition for Loki film

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Loki has an army (of fans, not destructive alien beings, thankfully), and that army wants a Loki movie.

Launched in July following an overwhelmingly popular appearance by the character at Comic Con, the “Free Loki” Change.org petition is nearing its goal for 20,000 signatures in support of a film starring Tom Hiddleston as Loki, the villain he portrayed in ThorThe Avengers and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World. READ FULL STORY

How much will it cost Fox to keep Hugh Jackman as Wolverine? (And should he take it?)

Thirteen years after putting on the adamantium claws, Hugh Jackman is still carving up the box office as the most iconic super-mutant, Wolverine. Since opening on July 26, The Wolverine, Jackman’s fifth outing as the ornery X-Man, has grossed $307 million worldwide. It’s not exactly Avengers money, but it’s more than enough for Fox to want to keep Jackman in the X-Men fold. As The Wolverine‘s post-credit sequence teased, Jackman will time-travel for a cameo in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. But will that be the end of Jackman’s run? The 44-year-old has played Wolverine longer and more frequently than any actor has ever been associated with a comic-book hero, but his current deal is about to expire. Now the National Enquirer claims that Fox is offering Jackman $100 million for him to keep slicing and dicing for four more X-Men movies. Them’s a lot of chicken breasts!

Jackman’s spokesperson dismissed the report, but the future of Wolverine is worth some analysis, from both Jackman’s and the franchise’s points of view. The Australian actor, who earned his first Oscar nomination for last year’s Les Miserables, hasn’t made any Christian Bale-like comments about returning to the character. When he spoke to EW earlier this year, he was noncommittal, but the door was certainly open: “I’m not sure. I wasn’t even sure after the first [stand-alone] film if I would do another. I won’t say never, because I’m still loving it. But there would have to be a pretty compelling reason.”

That “pretty compelling reason” might be introducing Wolverine to some new super-friends, like the Avengers. READ FULL STORY

'Avengers 2': Let's cast supervillain Ultron!

Tom Hiddleston confirmed Monday that he will not return as the God of Mischief Loki in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the possible actor behind the sequel’s title antagonist remains shrouded in secrecy. In the comics, the ever-evolving robot Ultron is the creation of Hank Pym, a.k.a. Ant-Man. However, as revealed at Comic-Con, Ant-Man won’t be featured in Avengers 2 because he will premiere in his own eponymous film. Ultron will instead be the brainchild gone wrong of Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, a.k.a. the super-rich Robert Downey Jr.

Since we’re going through withdrawal after the deluge of superhero-movie intel at Comic-Con, we decided to come up with our dream casting choices for the meaty — or is it metallic-y? — role:
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