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Rebecca Hall Lands The Female Lead For IRON MAN 3!!

The Kidd here...

With Jessica Chastain unable to find time in her busy schedule to fit in IRON MAN 3, Marvel has quickly moved onto another for their open sexy scientist role. Rebecca Hall (THE TOWN) has landed the role opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the Shane Black-helmed next sequel in the IRON MAN franchise. 

Variety reports that Hall is heavily involved in the creation of the nanotechnology Extremis, which goes right along with the word we've been hearing that the next film would revolve around Warren Ellis' "Extremis" story arc. However, this may be a far more substantial and pivotal role than originally thought. The word going around is that this isn't just a secondary or supporting role; this is the female lead of IRON MAN 3, with Hall's unnamed character receiving a significant amount of screen time throughout the film. 

Hall did solid work in VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA as well as Affleck's THE TOWN, so, while she may not have been the redhead we were promised, this seems like a good fit. Besides, I think she's sexy enough to pull off sexy scientist. 


-Billy Donnelly

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  • May 9, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST


    by CodeName

  • May 9, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    Good Pick,Lets hope Shane Black...

    by Redfive!

    Can make a great Iron Man flick,I'm sure he will.

  • May 9, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST


    by CodeName

    That's a great Iron Man story, but it might be too late for that being this is part 3. Unless they Harry Potter it.

  • May 9, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    She could land in my bed too, anytime.

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

  • May 9, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    I'd like to put my demon in her bottle

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Unfortunately, neither storyline works well for the target audience. It'll be Extremis.

  • May 9, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Kidd, you slag off avengers and then provide infor for iron man 3

    by rakesh patel

    back in the old days you would have been dealt with like this.

  • May 9, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Rebecca Hall can't act?

    by buggerbugger

    That's just crazy talk on the internet.

  • May 9, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST


    by The Infamous Billy The Kidd

    Contrary to mob mentality, I really enjoyed THE AVENGERS and recommended it as such. I just don't subscribe to the idea that it's a perfect movie without its fair share of glaring problems.

  • May 9, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    I can't picture Emily Blunt as Black Widow.

    by Volllllume3

    She's a great actress, but that just wouldn't have worked.

  • Tony hits the bottle hard (not sure what the catalyst should be) and ends up making some mistakes that allow AIM (one of Mandarin's groups) to seize hold of many of his ideas and use them to the reverse engineer a bunch of B-level Iron Man baddies that he has to kick the bottle in order to put down and keep his tech from hurting people in preparation for the final boss battle with Mandarin. There ya go! It writes itself!

  • May 9, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    iron man 2 wasted opportunity

    by rakesh patel

    should have given a proper alcoholic tony and suit hand over to Rhodey storyline. instead they kept it ultra light, instead of dark. pity. could of gone to some interesting places, but i guess it may have created a more heavier avengers. unfortunately Don Cheadle ( although excellent in other roles), just wasn't Rhodey for me.. that and the waste of justin hammer and Rourke doing god knows what was a let down after iron man Here's hoping 3 is the magic number. Tony likes working with clever guys, get pym working in his labs.

  • May 9, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST

    I'm guessing she will be Madame Mask...

    by Tom Fremgen

    A hot chick who gets disfigured then blames Tony. She could cause trouble for Pepper too.

  • May 9, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Too skinny

    by CuervoJones

    Just joking. The girl is hot.

  • May 9, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    I don´t trust in Shane Black

    by CuervoJones

    Just joking. The guy is hot.

  • May 9, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Rebecca Hall is a fantastic actress.

    by Jbud

    I've seen her do an amazing job as both Rosalind in "As You Like It" and especially as Hermione is "The Winter's Tale". That's Shakespeare, for anyone who doesn't know. She has the real chops.

  • Obviously she's sexy enough, but is she scientisty enough to pull off sexy scientist?

  • May 9, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by rakesh patel

    mob mentality doesn't necessarily mean they're wrong. Reading a couple of reviews of the movie it seems that even the overwhelming positive reviews are almost forced to temper their enthusiasm by blowing up a nitpick out of all proportion.. as if giving a overwhelming positive review is a crime. Fair play to you, you poked some holes, its your opinion ( and column) don't read too much into the discommendation thing, worf after all, was a badass.

  • May 9, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Rebecca Hall is a great choice.

    by azguki

    She has all the acting chops that Chastain has (see Hall in "Red Riding" with Andrew Garfield) and I think she is hotter. Well done, Shane Black.

  • May 9, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST

    I'd buy that for a dollar

    by UltraTron

  • May 9, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Great in The Prestige

    by dalybear

    Now make her she-hulk afterwards

  • May 9, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    They should have gotten Roxanne Hall

    by rev_skarekroe

    She takes it up the ass. Anyway, does this mean Pepper Potts is going to die in the first five minutes or something?

  • May 9, 2012, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Redhead we were promised?


    Who wants a redhead anyway? We've already got a fake one as Pepper Potts, they didn't even use a real one because fewer people find redheads attractive. Not that Gwyneth Paltrow is much better. This actress is way better looking than any redhead I've ever seen. Maybe the ginger from True Blood comes close but still not quite as attractive. Why did I just write that pointless comment? What a waste of everyone's time, mine especially. Oh well I'm still going to post it.

  • May 9, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Demon In A Bottle? No Thanks


    No offense, but I have zero interest in an Iron Man movie (one of how many, realistically?) where we get to spend 2-plus hours watching the depressing, wrenching spectacle of Tony Stark's descent into alcoholism. No sale. It might be novel, it might be different, but we have had similar (non superhero) stories galore, and to waste one of the three or four RDJ Iron Man movies wallowing in such depressing, downer material would be, to me, a huge waste. I have never understood the affection for this storyline in the comics, apart from its novelty, and given the vastly more limited and precious amount of screentime we can expect, for the RDJ Stark/IRON MAN (versus devoting a number of issues in a huge run of comic books), I think it would be a wasteful mistake. IMHO.

  • May 9, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Couldn't disagree more, volllllume3 . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . Blunt would have OWNED Black Widow.

  • May 9, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    GOOD CALL...

    by Johnny Wrong

    ...FAPP! FAPP! FAPP!

  • May 9, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Oh and I just thought....


    Black Widow and MJ Parker were fake gingers too. Poor ginger actresses can't catch a break in Hollywood/superhero movies!

  • May 9, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Blunt >>>>>>>>> Scar-Jo

    by elsewhere

  • Mind you I say this not being a comics reader, so perhaps those of you that are would call me on talking out of my ass, and that's fine. But I mean, look at Stark's arc in IM2, he had become entirely physically dependent on a substance that was ultimately bad for him, and he was on a dark and self-destructive cycle for much of the sequel. Obviously I'm referring to the paladium(sp?), well couldn't that have (thematically) been just as well alcohol?

  • May 9, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Scar-Jo and Renner

    by elsewhere

    Both just seemed so out of place in their roles compared to everyone else. Not to mention their characters really didn't add shit to the film. Also having Black Widow grab on to that alien craft was a poor decision on Whedon's part. That thing would have ripped her arms off. Other than that, I enjoyed The Avengers for the most part.

  • Looks like Marvel is all in on implausibly glamorous women in all key roles. True to the world of comics. Part of me wishes they'd not be so obviously pandering, though it will be pleasant to watch. Iron Man 2 was so horrible that it killed my interest in the character on screen. Avengers revived it.

  • May 9, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Bioshock Infinite was delayed to 2013

    by Tank Williams


  • May 9, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    She makes my pee pee maker tingle

    by Mr Soze

  • May 9, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by MajorBludd

    I agree. Seriously, why must this storyline be covered? It's not essential, just a small arc that gets milked everytime Stark is under stress. Maybe the next Cap should have him getting aids/becoming a drug addict and removing the supersoldier serum to test how much heart he has. Just more gimmick storylines, which are slightly more "real". I think these types of storylines should be left to other genres to tackle. Honestly, on film, I don't think many people will be able to take them seriously anyways. Guy is spandex with dug problems due to battling too many aliens. Yawn. No one wants to see an overly cynical superhero movie. Except for maybe TDKR. Although it's themes are more relevant to the idea of a why a super hero might exist.

  • May 9, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Disney will do the DEMON IN A BOTTLE arc right after...

    by Robert Evans

    ..they do TOY STORY 4 where Buzz and Woody start a prostitution ring of meth hookers.

  • May 9, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Just don't have Iron Man's villain...

    by Mine

    Be ANOTHER GUY in an Iron Man suit. I mean, he's supposed to be a super-genius for building one, but it seems like somehow, through some contrived series of events, everyone and their mother ends up with an Iron Man suit. Just sayin, it was already old when they did it in the first movie, and Avengers shows that Iron Man is way more fun when he fights things that aren't Iron-Man-lite.

  • May 9, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Demon in a Bottle

    by MajorBludd

    If anyone could write it convincingly it'd be Shane Black of course. But still, who wants to sit through that when you could have Shane Fucking Black writing a pithy high-octane action piece with an overarching mystery/conspiracy.

  • May 9, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Umm...I'd rather a quirky, but believable choice: Jodie Foster

    by riskebiz

    I don't see Rebecca Hall as a brainiac so wrapped up in her science that she can't see the forest through the trees. In fact, I don't see as a scientist in much the same way nobody thought of Denise Richards as a believable scientist. A far far better choice would have been Jodie Foster.

  • May 9, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Yep... another keyboard ruined with spunk.

    by ChickenStu

  • May 9, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    If they do the Demon in a Bottle arc

    by Robert Evans

    Tony better yack up a stomach full of Bacardi 151 rum while flying around, thus causing a short that sparks and sets the whole interior of the suit on fire at 10,000 feet. Anything less is shit.

  • May 9, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    @fremgen: Would that make Kingsley Count Nefaria?

    by adeceasedfan

  • May 9, 2012, 11:13 a.m. CST

    And the Kidd provides a picture!!!

    by Beezbo

    Now please make it a habit!

  • May 9, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Demon in a bottle will never happen

    by Beezbo

    These superhero movies can only get so dark because first and foremost they are for KIDS. I'd like to see that movie, but I'm not taking my 9 year-old to it.

  • May 9, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    demon in a bottle was

    by JAMF

    iron man 1 and 2 you idiots. it's just about tony drining too much and realising he shouldn't. the end. they don't need to do a whole film about it. extremis is cool though. that woman is.... maaaan how was chastain even in the running??

  • May 9, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    just want to say

    by Brigon

    Thanks for the photo Kidd. I really appreciate it.

  • May 9, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Good job on the pic, (other) Kid

    by kidicarus

  • May 9, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    She could always dye her hair like Paltrow

    by ATARI

  • May 9, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Her father is an absolute legend...

    by emeraldboy

    Sir Peter Hall. without him there would be no national theatre. Back in the late 1960's Sir Lawrence's Olivier's Protege was Peter Hall. Hall was regarded has one of the finest shakespearan actors around but it soon became clear Sir peter Hall was a very talented shakespearian director also. the Theatre which was owned and run by Sir Larry was a shambles. and it was rundown and by the end of the 1970s, hall had had enough. this was a man of no small ambition. and vision. He decided that the theatre would have to be rebuilt. but his vision did not stop there. He had long decried the lack of culture on the south bank. and declared his mission to build a brand new theatre and theatre school and of course film. it would be state of the art and would rival the cultural centers of the world..... there was just one problemo. the outgoing labour government which was deeply despised the uk people and given the greenlight to this publicly funded project. thatcher and her tories slammed the door in hall's face and refused to give the project any money whatsoever. many people would have given up but not peter hall. he summoned his company to the olivier theatre and all other interested parties and gave an emotional speech about how this project was important to him artistically and culturally and how important it was to the people of london to have a state of the art of the art national theatre. and the public was on his side.... so through public money he built his state of the art theatre and what a theatre it is, its also home to NFS. I have been to the NAtional theatre. it was one of the greatest experiences I ever had. john Gabriel Borkman by checkov. with dame Eilleen Atkins, lynn Redgrave and sir Paul Schofield.

  • May 9, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    war machine?

    by Brad Baldwin

    Just out of curiosity, where was war machine in the avengers movie? Didn't see him and no mention. I mean if an alien force was attacking why didn't he show up to lend a hand?

  • May 9, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Hall can act. She'll deliver a great performance as well.

    by Nautilus_nrm1

    Lest we forget, she played Alfred Borden/ Bernard Borden's wife in The Prestige. She certainly upped the level of pathos in the movie.

  • May 9, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Matthew, actresses sexualize themselves. Hence pictures like that.

    by Mysterious_Volvo

    you pussy-whipped dipshit.

  • May 9, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    THIS is who should have played Catwoman

    by YackBacker

    She worked with Nolan on THE BLOODY PRESTIGE yet the ad wizards wanted the Princess Diary Princess. Deƒuck?!

  • May 9, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    I'm Conspiracy...and I endorse these breasteses.

    by conspiracy

  • May 9, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    I'll take her over ginger any time!

    by The_Credible_Hulk

  • May 9, 2012, 12:27 p.m. CST

    What, no Paltrow? What about Paltrow?

    by 3D-Man


  • May 9, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Starter For 10

    by Lemmys_E_string

    It's not the first time she has worked alongside a superhero...she was also in "Starter For 10" alongside James McAvoy, from a couple of years ago. Nice enough little film and Rebecca was very good in it.

  • May 9, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Would have preferred Chastain...

    by fingerlickingood

    ...but can't argue with that

  • May 9, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    nobody had any idea just how big Iron man was going to be...

    by emeraldboy

    and Gywnneth Paltrow let it be known through her spokesperson that she was all but done acting. and this was after iron man came in the theatres. I hated Iron man 2. really couldnt stand it. utter and complete shambles from start to finish. but it was huge. and I hate what they did to pepper potts. turned her into an utter bitch. cold and distant. I was like, what happened there. My guess is that the non action characters get pushed to the side lines. and from now we concentrate on cap, iron man and hulk etc. hopefully not black widow.

  • May 9, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    I just hope that marvel...

    by emeraldboy

    writes in She hulk.....into the marvel universe....

  • I can believe this. Regardless, I would have rather seen Jessica Chastain in the IM3 role. When she's not busy pooping in pies and being all faux ethereal, she can be pretty hot! What do you mean she didn't poop in any pies? Well in my world she did so stick it!

  • May 9, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    I'll put my nanotech in...

    by gotilk

    oh that's not flattering sounding at all.

  • May 9, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Plot for IM3:

    by Hesiod2k7

    Pepper gets killed by the Villain. Tony freaks out and starts saucing it. The Board of Directors strip him of any power --or he gets into some kind of auto accident that kills someone -- and he further descends into the drink, etc.

  • May 9, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

    The realization that he was going to die leading to the drunken antics at the birthday party to the Iron Man suit fight with his best friend. Demon in a Bottle was there for about 15 to 20 minutes. And that's pretty much all the movie time we need to spend on that story arc.

  • May 9, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    I second Conspiracy's endorsement! Keep this woman away from Michael Bay!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • May 9, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Demon in a Bottle is Over...

    by jgsugden

    You can't do Demon in a Bottle now - you already have Rhody in armor. Demon in a Bottle would require Tony to fall apart, a new Iron Man to take up the armor in his place, and Tony to SLOWLY rebuild his life. That would need to span 2 movies - minimum. And that wouldn't work for Marvel's vengers timeline. Regardless, I am not a fan of Extremis for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not if it is too much like the comic book. Tony Stark needs to be a brilliant man in incredible armor. He can't be a nanotech modified advanced being. It is too fantastic for the movie going audience. Can Stark fight nanotech enhanced villians? Sure. But he needs to be the man in the shell, not the man turned shell.

  • So... I saw THE AVENGERS with my partner last night out of a vague sense of morbid curiosity. Could the movie – with its tremendous opening weekend box office - be quite as bad as I had imagined it would be? No – it was in fact worse than I could have possibly imagined. It is hands down the worst movie of the year and one of the laziest, most intellect-sucking and brazenly sexist movies I’ve seen in recent memory. And THE AVENGERS betrays its creator’s misogynist outlook via the really vile symbology of its literally climactic scene. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Firstly, consider Whedon’s supposedly brilliant dialogue - highlighted by multiple roundtable scenes in which the protagonists start arguing with each other and punning like teenagers at a Renaissance Fair. Here’s the issue – at these moments, the characters all begin to speak in Joss Whedon's distinctive voice and lose their own individuality. Even their verbal cadence morphs into Whedon's. Seriously. Watch the whole film again and note the speech patterns and language devolving into Joss-speak – all for the sake of the setup/quip answer/punchline (e.g., “He was adopted.”). Whenever the plot's stakes are raised, Whedon punctuates it with a joke. He seriously CANNOT resist doing so. Now let’s take one of the Hulk scenes that fangeeks adore so much. Even though ultimate male, Hulk, has apparently learned to work with uber-man, Thor, he gives ​the dizzy blonde god a suckerpunch - which isn’t even played like “that's for earlier.” This move cuts down the drama when tension should be high and then rockets the audience into the next dangerous situation. Worse still, Whedon believes comics are in fact cartoons. That Hulk suckerpunch was pure Wile E. Coyote - the moronic bit where in the old cartoons it'd be Droopy walloping Spike or a tiny mouse doing in a cat or the baby roo to Sylvester or Bam Bam smashing the other character from side to side. HULK does that, and not only that - he walks away for some reason, AND he actually leaves Loki who - you know - apparently had the better of ALL OF THEM for the whole movie and is - get this if you weren't laughing with the ignorant masses and missed it - wide awake and doing a Stan Laurel whimper! I'm not kidding! When you make a supposedly brilliant and powerful villain into a simpering fool it also diminishes the heroes' achievement. Now Whedon did get exactly the cheap, moronic laugh he was aiming for, but I'm not buying it. And it has nothing to do with a familiarity/love-of-the-comic fangeek retentiveness. I'm criticizing it purely on the very rules it set up for itself within the world of the movie/story. And not just that, but we're meant to buy that this mighty God lies there whimpering for the next quarter of an hour and simply offers a Roger Moore Bond quip when the Avengers have all wandered back in because it's all over and thank God those armies were no big problem and Loki didn’t show his face because that would be, you know, complicated and difficult. You have got to be kidding me. Other than sexism and homophobia (more on that in a moment), there's nothing I hate more in a film than the (rampant) lazy writing trick of ignoring a challenging situation and crossing your fingers in the hope that the audience just doesn't notice. Loki spends a few seconds on a scooter and that's pretty much the battle for the God who will bring the world to its knees. The rest of the time he's safely out of difficult storytelling's way. And the “red on the ledger” talk in Loki’s scene with personality-free eye candy, Black Widow. Why would we even think Loki knows what the hell she's talking about with her accounting analogies (?!) when he was previously from the land of Shakespearean monologues? But by all means let's use it again because it's one of those lazy old Hollywood standbys - the IMPORTANT LINE. And all that incredible, cosmic power to control Hawkeye’s mind and a Black Widow bonk on the head defeats it? Again, this is a lazy clichéd story device straight from Warner Brothers cartoons. ​This move undermines the drama yet again while simultaneously letting Hawkeye off the hook for his hideous actions - the easy way out. You want a scene to make an impact? DON'T write it off in the recovery scene. Spies and warriors know the risks of the game, and they're not innocent - even, I'll warrant, inside superheroworld. ​Let's analyze the scene in which Captain America has his bit taking out the bad guys in the third act. Firstly, I suppose we're meant to believe these ultracliché cookie-cutter Noo Yawk cops don't know who he is and have also been frozen since the 1940s. Secondly, after the red white and blue cheeseball shows them his super-testosterone skills, it's time for the decrepit "Hey, I've got an idea" gag from the cops that is worthy of an off-off-broadway theatre close by because that schtick's older than Vaudeville. Ludicrous. And any writer knows that scene COULD have been topped with a plethora of other gags - none of of which would make their characters out to be idiots. WHY would you make the cops fools when you didn't need to? It harms the story and - yes- is just a cheap gag. Then there's the shoehorning of 9/11 imagery which insults the real 9/11 victims and survivors because it uses them as shorthand for quick storytelling points and reduces character reactions to hammy sentimentality and - oh yeah - let's cut down any gravitas we have mustered up with ol' Stan Lee. Isn't he a funny old coot? No bit of groan inducing inanity, however, prepared me for THE SPACE PORTAL - that figment of Whedon's deranged imagination - a sort of a perverted, anal-vaginal hybrid which gives birth to its offspring: a chimera of Gigeresque, phallic and fecal imagery, representing Whedon's corrosive opinion of the feminine - and most crucial - element of mammalian reproduction. This ultimate and warped symbol of woman is defeated by a wisecracking, of course, by the ultimate"dickish" alpha male, "sacrificing" himself with what amounts to nothing more than a rape of cosmic proportions. And his nuclear seed gives birth to the next generation of superhero films - not that the masses of normals ever asked for it. So here we are in the wake of THE AVENGERS, and here we will stay - spoonfed whatever paternalistic bile uber-corporation Disney and Whedon come up with next.

  • May 9, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Back under the bridge with you!

    by rev_skarekroe

    No billy goats for you today!

  • May 9, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    I can't remember her and I seen The Town and Prestige.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Not good if she didn't stand out enough to be remembered. I'll probably remember her after IM3 though.

  • May 9, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    MY Demon in a Bottle arc never had DJ AM in it...

    by Robert Evans

    Try again!

  • May 9, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST



    I am ambivalent re EXTREMIS; the comic book storyline made Stark almost too powerful for my taste. AND the villain was defeated much too easily once Stark "powered up". But as the germ of a storyline, if adapted some...could work.

  • May 9, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    wow genderbender..that was a better review than Harry's

    by Robert Evans

    to the point, concise, and focused. Dont agree with it but you didnt stray from Crazy.

  • May 9, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    BRAVO Gender Bender


    That is some of the most inspired, most carefully and lovingly crafted trolling EVER. I mean it. Wow!

  • May 9, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Iron Man 3: Leaving Stark Vegas

    by natecore

  • May 9, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST


    by Jessica white

    I'm afraid I was 100% in earnest. But thanks for your feedback.

  • May 9, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Superb Choice

    by Drew

    I can't believe that's little Sophy from 'The Camomile Lawn'. Loved that miniseries. It was scary (and impressive) how mature she came across as a 10-year old. I'm actually surprised she hasn't become a bigger name yet. Hopefully, this takes her to that next level.

  • May 9, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Watch Starter For Ten

    by dvdmike


  • May 9, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    too-much-effort-troll puts in too much effort.

    by Ben

  • May 9, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    @big Jim

    by teddy_duchamp

    'is she sexy enough to pull off sexy scientist'? I don't know mate but she can 'pull me off' any day of the week.

  • May 9, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST


    by Jessica white

    "Better review than Harry's?" Come come now... Talk about faint praise.

  • May 9, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Agree with Shadow Prime

    by cookylamoo

    Extreamis was nicely drawn but having a superman inside the suit destroys the uniqueness of Iron Man.

  • May 9, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST


    by TheNamelessMan

    This troll at least tuk hiz tyme 2 rite gud.

  • May 9, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    @mr soze

    by Skankardly


  • May 9, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Hall does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    That dress was a turtleneck when they took the photo...amazing what photoshop can do! I don't remember Rebecca Hall in PRESTIGE i've only seen it once tho, but do remember her in FROST NIXON, she played the thankless girlfriend role but held her own well with a strong cast - good actress methinks.

  • May 9, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Gender Bender's review is funny

    by Nerd Rage

    Even though I didn't agree with it because it was nitpicky and absurd, I appreciated the humor and wordy descriptions.

  • I hope he at least makes it to Avengers Assemble. Oh yeah - gender-bender is a douche. <end>

  • May 9, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST


    by Jessica white

    Ah, yes. "Douche." Another word in a long line of ingrained curses related to those terrifying, female nether-regions... In this case, a "douche" is ironically a man-made device originally forced upon women to make them "clean" again "down there."

  • May 9, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Dang! She looks good.

    by jellypop

    Iron Man 3 is shaping up to be a beaut.

  • May 9, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST

    gender bender's Avengers take was hee-larious

    by jules windex

    The guy should write for Fox News

  • May 9, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    @jules windex

    by Jessica white

    More than any other response heretofore, this one actually wounded me. And it's woman - not guy.

  • May 9, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Joss Whedon DOES hate powerful women. Look at his body of work.

    by vic twenty

    Not a powerful, independant woman to be found anywhere in the ohmgodwhatasexistpigaverse!

  • May 9, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    @vic twenty

    by Jessica white

    Ah yes. His Buffy and Dollverse. I agree. Turning his heroic female characters into "cliched, ass kicking but totally fuckable babes" wasn't exactly the height of feminism on the air, now was it? Next thing you know we'll be calling Zach Snyder a leader of the new women's movement.

  • A big steamy one for all to see.

  • May 9, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    @vic twenty

    by Jessica white


  • May 9, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by imagegod

    Ah yes, it's cool when you sign in as a different screen name so that someone agrees with you. also, it's amazing what a good photographer can do. this woman doesn't look nearly this hot in her films. good actress though.

  • You want to point a finger? Look at Davis Entertainment and 20th Century Fox. They yanked her leash on a contractual picture deal that essentially stranded her in the fecal quagmire that was Jack Black's Gulliver's Travels. She wanted to do Iron Man 2. They wanted her. There was simply no way to schedule it without bumping Gulliver and that was that. <P> Thankfully, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Chronicle (Davis' contribution) have been a great start on their part to make up for this asshattery. Prometheus will likely be the perfect conclusion to a well thought out, genuine and contrite apology to the fans for this slight (among a laundry list of others, particularly on Fox's part).

  • May 9, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I can't wait to read gender_bender's Prometheus review

    by lv_426

  • May 9, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    She looks tall...

    by TheNamelessMan

    RDJ is gonna need his Sly Kicks when filming with this frost giant. But she's hot.

  • May 9, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    demon in a bottle yep will never happen.

    by rakesh patel

    forgot the name of name of that storyline. 20mins of Alcoholic Tony in iron man 2 didn't really cut it, it wasn't alcoholic Tony it was drunk Tony. there's a difference. If the movie was about his guilt and issues, the suit passed to Tony, a credible villain built up over the movie and tony battling his demons to put on the suit to become the hero he ultimately is... well yeah i could've dug that. Didn't happen though. iron Man 2 was the time to make the change. No use crying over spilt milk. it can't happen now riding off the success of Iron Man in the Avengers. It'd be like switching from burtons batman to nolans batman. Downey was apparently collaborated with Whedon in the avengers a lot. I'm hoping he can recognises the flaws of IM2 and gives us a decent enough 3. barefoot paltrow looks hot. Really. In Avengers i dunno what it was but she looked goooood.

  • May 9, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Landed my ass, she's one of several up for the role

    by Cash907

    Variety jumped the gun and got shit wrong, again. Its not legit until it's on Deadline.

  • May 9, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    In the words of George Takei...

    by Triple_J_72

    ... "ohhhhhh myyyyyyyyy." :-)

  • Extremis essentially elevated Stark to the equivalent of those douchebag masters of the universe financial gods of the 80's, feeling no pain and feeling they could do no wrong as they ruled on high from their mountain of coke induced invincibility. They were all seeing, all knowing kick ass rock stars in their own not so humble minds, separated from peons who simply couldn't operate on their level. <P> Stark lived in a world inhabited by cutting edge technology and essentially that's what he became when operating with all the power and cold, calculating accuracy of that technology once it began to inhabit him. From the registration act to his utter contempt and near pity for those who just couldn't see his perspective because they couldn't think on his level during his tenure as Director of SHIELD and Secretary of Defense. <P> He was totally high on the power of Extremis and I wish that had come to a head. The only problem with that (the cliche I mentioned) might have been that it would have basically become a poor man's Demon in a Bottle 2.0 and worse, would have served as a blanket absolution for every dick move he made while operating under it. Yeah, he was eventually punished for his arrogance and made to give it up, but I think it might have had more umph if Tony chose to give it up after realizing how far he'd gone and had to cope with the loss of the power of a technological god instead of losing it as a means of self preservation.

  • Seriously. Could we just skip to the part where Whedon is making Avengers 2? Thanks.

  • May 9, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Happy Hogan

    by Chris

    Will he be back? that's all we really care about right?

  • And, yeah, bozos, I know that Stark was drinkin' it up before that one issue. I have quite a few of the Iron Man comics in the 100s. Now, was it a good comic/story? Yes. Was it "controversial" for it's time? Yes. Would it really be now? No, not really. Tony Stark has already been portrayed as a party-it-up heavy drinker in the first couple of films, and that's about as "Demon in the Bottle" as it's going to get. Let it die, already. What they NEED is the freakin' Mandarin. They already referenced the "Ten Rings" in Iron Man 1. They need to take it further. What better time than now, when China has taken over for Russia/The Soviet Union (except in Die Hard 5) as one of the world's Superpowers? Mandarin. That's it. Oh, and, as an aside, yeah, Hall is Hot. Wow.

  • May 9, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Thanks Shadowvoyd

    by Chris

    the happy hogan role is a relatively small one but Favreau just knocks it out of the park so wonderfully, his fight scenes in the second iron man were hilarious and a standout for me.. Glad the Favs will be back

  • May 9, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Hells yeah.

    by dasaroo

    Ms Hall is quite delectable. They gonna put her in some hot librarian glasses?

  • May 9, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Gender bender

    by theGoldbergV

    That was mostly well argued. I couldn't disagree more. All the parts you highlight, the Hulk punch, "he's adopted", Black Widow and the Cap's scene with the police were all some of my favourite moments. Of course I interpreted them all in vastly different ways to yourself. Oh well. Apples and Oranges. But comparing the finale to rape? In Whedon-speak, that'd be a whole world of crazy.

  • May 9, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    The town was a good film

    by Dalius

    and there wasn't a weak link in that cast

  • May 9, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    one last thought about demon in a bottle and RDJ

    by rakesh patel

    wasn't half the reason we cheered when RDJ was announced as iron man was that as a man who has lived to excess, tipped over the edge and clawed his way back in real life. We felt that he would have been able to channel his experiences into that storyline and role. It's all What If's now...

  • May 9, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    it's just that gender bender is a mewling quim.

    by imagegod

  • May 9, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    BW and dull agent version of Hawkeye ate up valuable

    by Dingbatty

    screen time that should have went to Cap, who didn't get to do much. Also, they cut his stunt double's amazing stunts too close so that you couldn't see them.

  • May 9, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Maybe Cap was under used

    by Chris

    in the Avengers but when he started barking commands like he owned the place in the heat of the invasion, well that was fucking awesome. And Hawkeye, he could've definitely been better, and no he didn't need the purple suit and mask. After MI:Ghost Protocol i was hoping they'd let Jeremy Renner loose and do his thing, in the end he just scowled a lot and fired off a couple of cool shots

  • May 9, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    "Bender" is a spoof of "Blender," as has always been

    by Dingbatty

    obvious, yet, inexplicably no one sees it. That last paragraph particularly so, as a return to an over the top deconstruction. Because the rest of it minus the psycho-sexual coda is actually astute criticism. The original character, "Blender" would've made the entire thing about patriarchal scifi and geek culture failing to resonate with the masses.

  • May 9, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I really like Emily Blunt, but can't picture her as Black Widow

    by Rebel Scumb

    I quite like Scarjo though so no complaints

  • May 9, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    But Mila Jovavich was born to play black widow

    by Rebel Scumb

  • May 9, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    UNION JACK movie, please Marvel. K, thanks.

    by voxmortis

  • May 9, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Genderbender's review hilariously stupid

    by eman1111

    Wow it never ceases to amaze me how idotic some people can be. If you think a movie is going to suck why would you even go? Just so you can come onto this site and trash the movie that you were predisposed to dislike for no apparent reason. If you are not a comic book/fantasy/sci fi geek, why do you even come to this site? Do you really have so much free time that you would actually spend almost 3 hours in a theatre watching a movie you already hate before you have even seen it. Wow that is very, very sad and pathetic. Something tells me that you are a Nolan Batman fantatic like Choppah who would try to discredit the Avengers just because he thinks it might tarnish the Batman movies. It is just so sad that such negativity exists out there and that you guys just spew your noxious fumes. Here is a suggestion go to movies you want to see and enjoy them. Don't subject yourself to movies you know you are not going to like. Maybe if you did that you would have a more time to enjoy life and you could spend your money on things that make you happy rather than upset.

  • May 9, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Definitely didn't see those puppies under the sweaters in THE TOWN!

    by planetran_fan

  • May 9, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Something about Hall is REALLY attractive.

    by grendel69

    Shes not what I would call a great looking woman, or anything.... cant put my finger on it, but everything Ive seen her in, she comes across onscreen as very sexy. Personally I like her.

  • May 9, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    I'd park my dick in that all day long.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    I'd never go soft.

  • -- Unfortunately she was too neurotic, but my god those thighs...

  • May 9, 2012, 9:09 p.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    Blow yourself.

  • maybe a cameo of another. Roll on Avengers 2.

  • I enjoyed all the stand alones, but a big selling feature was just the tease that it was all headed to the main event.

  • May 9, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST


    by Goldfingah

    I was thinking the same thing.

  • May 10, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Tony Stark without the alcohol is like

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    R. Lee Ermey without the shouting. You end up with a character that's still interesting, just not as interesting as he could possibly be. Also, if memory serves didn't Favreau froth at the mouth to tackle the Demon in a Bottle story but the studio shot him down? I remember reading a bunch of press where it seemed like every reporter magically became a walking bible on Iron Man lore and suddenly tossed up plots and storylines they hoped he was doing and when they threw Demon in a Bottle to him he always responded along the line of "maybe in a future film" etc. If they ever get that story on the screen it's going to need to be done in a way that can't interfere with studio plans for big tentpoles like Avengers 2. Otherwise wrapping up something complex like that in the sardine can sized length of one film is just going to be doing a disservice to the story and its place in Iron Man history. Ultimately rather not see it at all vs. seeing it done badly or otherwise half-assed.

  • May 10, 2012, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Sudden flashback I just had

    by Keith

    I have a memory of an old Iron Man storyline from the late 70s or 80s where Iron Man is fighting Doctor Octopus. It all goes wrong for Stark, because Ock gets a hold of him and uses whirling saws on his robo-arms to strip the Iron Man armour off him. Does anyone remember which story that was from? Actually, it could have been Rhodes rather than Stark in the suit. (Maybe it was Secret Wars? That would have been Rhodes.)

  • May 10, 2012, 1:02 a.m. CST

    I thought that Rebecca Hall would make a great Lois Lane...

    by capt.haddock

    unfortunately (fortunately?) she won't be in Synder's Man Of Steel...maybe someday in the future?

  • May 10, 2012, 1:07 a.m. CST

    apologies, gender bender

    by jules windex

    This site is such a sausage fest that I assume everyone's a guy

  • May 10, 2012, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Does this mean Pepper Potts gets the Lois in Superman III treatment?

    by Demosthenes2

    i.e. dorky cameo trying to fix the coffee machine or whatever...

  • May 10, 2012, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Dear Gender Bendress

    by Greg

    You Hit it right on the Spot. Over and Over again. What an Insightfull Cumments. Would love the hear your thoughts on ScarJo and the chair during the interrogation scene. Imho a clear case of suppressed rape fantasies on both sides of the gendertrap. Not to mention the gender issues the HULK has , turning green; definite case of jealousy induced wishes for a real phallus syndrom developing out of early oedipus complex Right?

  • SHIELD. In the story, SHIELD actually buys enough stock of Stark Industries that they OWN it by the end. Marvel obviously loves this Blackwater military faction, so, they're not going to do anything to make them seem like dicks ...even though they have already throughout the films. EXAMPLE: In THE AVENGERS when its revealed that SHIELD was trying create the "Phase 2" weapons they still tried to make Fury out to be some kind of misunderstood asshole taking away people's rights for his own convienance. They'll never do anything to make Stark really hate Fury. In fact, if they DID do the storyline, they'd probably make it so Stark actually thinks its a good idea for SHIELD to OWN his company. So, that pretty much gets rid of that theory... Okay, they won't do it because its about alcohol ...and they think a PG-13 movie can't handle alcoholism. Also, they've already did a really water-downed version of it in IRON MAN 2: Instead of alcohol its Tony's chest thingy going bad.

  • May 10, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Read about Madame Masque

    by Jaster Mareel Sounds like an interesting character that would work great in a movie. However, female villains are VERY risky so she may just be a henchman to somebody else. By the way, google this chick. This pic is WAAAAY hotter than she actually is.

  • May 10, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    This is what Rebecca Hall looks like in real life:

    by Jaster Mareel

  • May 10, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST

    IM2 is the closest we will ever get to Demon in a Bottle

    by Jaster Mareel

    And that's frankly a good thing. These movies are for kids guys. We can love them like crazy, but these heroes mean more to kids than they do to us and we can't have them turning into a drunken asshole on screen. That party scene was as close as Marvel is comfortable to showing that, and I think they are right to cap it there. Stark can maybe still have issues with alcohol and as long as they show him overcoming it, I think that's fine. But as far as showing him as a slobbering drunk hurting people and eating cheeseburgers off the floor, not gonna happen.

  • May 10, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    if Gweneth/Pepper is not the movie i'll be pissed

    by chien_sale

  • May 10, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Gwyneth definitely showed off her spectacular ass in Avengers

    by Jaster Mareel

    And had never really thought of her as hot before, so that definitely helps me want her in IM3. However I thought she was a real bitch in IM2. I mean, Stark gives his secretary control of his fucking comapny...and she BITCHES AT HIM for the rest of the film! Fucking Christ!

  • May 10, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    wrath_of_fett: that "real life Rebecca Hall" picture... wow...

    by locke815

    What a glass of cold water right down the pants.

  • May 10, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Photographers get the big bucks for those kinds of transformations

    by Jaster Mareel

    I highly respect the skillset that can work that kind of magic. then again, I don't know which of those pictures is more recent, if there was perhaps a major diet change and/or plastic surgery, etc.

  • very frustrated because she had predicted a while ago that Avengers wouldn't reach half a billion in box office sales. So she is now back in pseudo freudian interpretations of movies just to reassure herself that her self-induced sexuality/power/domination issues can be cured by splashing it all on AICN. It's actually less complicated, and quite obvious: A troll has no gender, and whether you are straight, bi, gay, or in between and everywhere, there is no discrimination as to being a pompous, self-absorbed, negative, frustrated, unhappy person that gets her/his kicks out of sucking the air out of a room, whether in the real world or on the net. Truly sorry for you I am, is what Yoda would have said, just before air round house kicking you in the jaw hoping that you would see the bright side of the Force.

  • May 10, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Hall did solid work in VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA

    by Jack

    But the Kidd hates her.

  • May 10, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Believe it or not...

    by Triple_J_72

    ... they already did the "Demon in a Bottle" storyline. In Iron Man 2. For like 5 minutes. Yup, and that's all we're going to get. Deal with it.

  • May 10, 2012, 11:31 p.m. CST


    by oisin5199

    you nailed it. He/she is a very unhappy person who likes to interpret everything he/she sees as an affront to her incredibly warped view of feminism. I don't think she has any idea what feminism actually is. This site is just her/his therapy.

  • May 10, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    btw, the part in the movie is Maya Hansen

    by oisin5199

    didn't anyone read Extremis? Unlike the last one, this actress actually looks like the character from the comics.

  • May 11, 2012, 1:46 a.m. CST


    by Franck

    Absolutely. As someone said above, I can't wait for her review of Prometheus. As a reminder, she predicted that Prometheus would tank, and in the process cancel several Sci-fi movies now in pre-production ...with the Avengers box-office smash, I believe it's very unlikely -yet she'll tell you that Avengers is not really sic-fi.. Anyway, I'd rather she posts here and entertain us than deal alone with the voices in her head..