Always the consummate showman, Robert Downey Jr. can even turn the arrival of a poster into an event.
Following yesterday’s release of the incredibly busy and overstuffed new poster for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the first of what is apparently going to be a whole series of individual character posters from the film was released today. Not surprisingly, it's for Iron Man and was delivered to the masses via a tweet from Tony Stark himself:
The most interesting part of Downey's tweet is the mention of a "big announcement in 8 days," which of course will have everyone speculating until next Thursday. Will it be a new trailer? Will some startling news about the Marvel Cinematic Universe break? Will Downey announce he's producing and starring in The Judge 2 (Unfortunately, that would not qualify as a "big announcement" to anyone ... except him, perhaps)?
We'll see what next week brings, and in the meantime, the word on the street is that a new character poster will be unveiled each day until then, with all of them supposedly interconnecting to form one new and probably insanely Photoshopped image. Perhaps we'll finally get a clear look at the Vision. Or maybe the first seven posters will show each of the Avengers looking at something we can't see ... with the eighth poster revealing it to be Spider-Man. OK, that's a real stretch, but I love having fun with this stuff.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is written and directed by Joss Whedon and stars (deep breath) Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, James Spader, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba and Don Cheadle. It opens in theaters May 1.