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Monday, April 22, 2013

'Iron Man3' or 'Man of Steel'?

Oh ya baby – it’s iron versus steel again.

So does the suit make the man or does the man make the suit?  Well, when the man in question is Tony Stark, the one sure thing that the man in the suit will be making is box office magic!

So every year, this movie mad blog gets into movie prediction mode and the movie for this year is ‘Iron Man 3’.

Forget the title of this post people – it’s a given – Iron Man 3 is gonna be this year’s gold.  ‘Man of Steel’ is a lil too intellectual and dark a movie to be the year’s champ.  Not just that, it’s got too many new things about it for it to find box office mojo in the international markets; and it somehow has the same vibe like Begins’ (yes, but much grander),  you know, the first (of a trilogy maybe?) that’ll herald bigger things to come. 

Though I will admit that it’s another movie that I think might just upset this prediction; read on to find that unlikely warrior.

Here are the reasons why methinks it’s gonna be an Iron Year this year:

* Marvel : Marvel is like the world’s longest running movie commercial– every year, one big, fat, huge Marvel movie comes out, blows up the box office and in the credits, it points to another Marvel movie. This has been happening since the first ‘Iron Man’ in 2008 and last year’s biggest movie, ‘The Avengers’ had Tony Stark eating shawarma and kicking alien butt, making sure that we’ll queue up for his next adventure, which inevitably is Iron Man 3.

* Another Shane Black-RoDoJr movie :  The director and actor of 'Iron Man 3' have made another earlier movie together.  Has anyone seen ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (KKBB)’, that smart, delicious stunner of a clever movie with unbelievably witty lines that plays with your cerebra (“I’m retired, I invented dice”)?  It’s an awesome movie and that’s what the director Shane Black is capable of.  And strangely enough, RoDoJr in KKBB is like an adolescent version of Tony Stark, of course minus the idiot and with all of the razor sharp wit.  If you think Iron Man 3 is exactly what both Shane and RoDoJr did in KKBB, then it’s gonna be one hell of a dhamakedhaar movie!  I’m betting that it is and we will have some great one-liners.  Oh btw, initial reviews are very positive.

* Tony! Tony! Tony! Tony! Admit it, the real reason why Iron Man is so cool is because of the oh-so-ubercool-and-unconventional - “Fuck you, I’m Iron Man!” - superhero that “uh, genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” big man in a suit, Tony Stark is.  And we loved him for his ubercool and for his cooler lines.  In Iron Man3, they’re reportedly showing more of Tony.  And that’s really good news. Really.

* Oooo! The excitement! - OK, so did ya see the trailers? Did Ya? Did Ya? Also, there has been not-so-subtle tidbits that the ending of this movie is “bigger than Avengers”. Also, since they’re saying that the opening weekend would be ‘huge’, the buzz is strong.  Also, the next big movie at the box office (Star Trek) is two weeks away – so Stark has two whole weeks to do his magic.

* China –  It’s the international markets that bring in the moolah for Hollywood nowadays.  And internationally, Iron Man 3 is all poised for the explosion.  In India itself, it’s being released a week before US and is dubbed into some 2-3 languages and RoDoJr is already touring China, Japan and other big movie markets of the universe.  And yes, China. The Red Dragon is now the second largest movie market and Iron Man 3 has a separate movie version made only for China.

* It’s Summer Captain!  - Forget Oblivion – Summer 2013 kick starts with Iron Man 3 releasing in the last week of April in international markets, a week ahead of its US release.  This is this summer’s opening movie and RoDoJr is travelling the world to promote it.  Unlike ‘Man of Steel’, Iron Man 3 is the perfect summer movie – lotsa fun, lotsa color and lotsa explosions.

Of course, it’s another movie that could be the dark horse of the year – and that’s ‘Pacific Rim’  Remember in the 90s when almost all movies followed a certain similar template and then that pioneer of a whopper movie called ‘Jurassic Park’ with its unbelievable effects came and blew our minds away– I mean, that’s the kind of movie that appealed to everyone and anyone irrespective of language or age – I feel ‘Pacific Rim’ has that same vibe; and if trailers are to be believed, then the effects have that “something different” that can set it apart from the impressive crop for this year.

And impressive is definitely this year’s crop – besides ‘Man of Steel’, there’s ’Fast 6, Elysium,  Hangover3,  Star Trek,  WWZ,  many from the animation department…..

So folks, what’s your bet for this year? Is it Iron Man, Man of Steel, Fast Six, Star Trek or Hangover? Or something else?

Iron, Steel, Speed, Space or Booze? U tell baby?

Which movie do you think will be 2013's biggest worldwide hit ?


  1. I had to vote for Man of Steel... I am and will always be a DC Comics guy... :)... Superman FTW!!!

    1. I hear ya bro! Nolan's still my main man.. though box office wise, this year, I think it'd be an Iron year :)

  2. Ok, well this might be a long comment.

    Although Iron Man 3 will be epic(yeah I'm that confident), with all the action, colour, and Mr.Robert Downey Jr wearing that Iron suit, I think Man of Steel will be a silent winner, a cult like Dark Knight. Because for one, Zack 'This is Spartaaa' Snyder is directing it and on the other its been written and produced by Christopher 'Nothing can go wrong' Nolan. I mean, look at what he did with Batman franchise. And like you said, it may be a less exciting first installment of a Trilogy, but its gonna be awesome.

    Also I think its part of a grand plan to make a Justice League movie a la Avengers. Batman is done, Green Lantern is going on, now Superman, leaving only Wonder-woman and Flash. For all we know, after the second installment of Superman, it could be JL immediately. And I promise you, if at all that happens it would be EPIC at so many levels.

    And I wonder whom they might cast as Wonder-woman. ;-) :-)

    1. Dude, I am so you!! :)

      I too am a huuuuuugggge Nolan fan - last year, I predicted that TDKR would be the biggest.. I missed the prediction but I gt it right that it's way better a movie than the Avengers... so I hear u bro! check : http://fu-ck-lo-ve.blogspot.in/2012/04/avengers-or-dark-knight-rises.html

      And thanks u so much fr the long comment... happy tht u dropped by man :)

  3. Expectation for each of the mentioned movie is high. cannot say the winner for sure. each has their USP. Iron has RDJ thats more than enough. Steel we have Nolaniacs and znyderers. Pacific rim of course Guillermo del torro. and finally Star trek more than any star trek series this has Benedict Cumberbatch. this is the first major role for him in big screen at a bigger level after Sherlock. so whoever the winner my choice is Star trek for Cumberbatch.

    1. Welcome to ma blog Gopala... glad to see u here.

      Yup, u're right with the difficulty bit on predicting with so many good movies out. Aah, nice to see a Star Trek fan, Gopala :)

      Well, let the year find that out.. till then, let's just enjoy them super good movies :)

      Thnx fr dropping by my friend.. do drop by more often :)

  4. I watched it yesterday! Loved it -- the action is incredible and keeps you hooked. Absolutely love Robert Downing Jr.

    1. Wow awesome!! I saw ur fb comment... heard the ending is bigger than Avengers :)

      I'm catching it tomo Insha Allah :)

    2. Good. Not great. Less Iron, More Man :)

    3. Mmm... 'good' doesn't sound good. Isn't that strange?

  5. I think after the first two IMs, I am now done with this series. RoDoJr seems to play himself in whatever he does and, frankly, that has gotten a bit tired.
    My bet is on Star Trek. I had loved the first one of the reboot and am looking forward to the next installment!

  6. I just saw Iron Man and I loved it! Now im desperately waiting for Fast and the Furious 6 :)

  7. Superblue to the Rescue Part 1... As if you didn't know... ;)

    Supe's gonna be intellectual? Like the Hulk? Dear Lord.

    1. P.S. I think an Iron Man outfit would look good on you ;)

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  8. You know I adore RDJ in every way. So of course I loved iron man 3.