Many of the obituaries for actor James Avery, who died late Tuesday night at age 68, have focused on his work playing Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
And while that show was certainly Avery’s most visible role, he spent decades compiling an incredibly impressive voice acting resume, providing the voices for characters including Shredder on the 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series, War Machine/James Rhodes on the 1990s Iron Man and Spider-Man cartoons, and Sir Bryant on The Legend of Prince Valiant.
Hot Toys is set to expand on its Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 Cosbaby lines with a second series of IM3 figures in 2014. While the first series seemed more like an IM2 expansion with figures meant to more or less fill out Tony Stark’s Hall of Armors, this second wave is pretty firmly rooted in IM3 with baby-ized versions of Iron Man Mark XLII, Battle Damaged Iron Man XLII, Pepper Potts in the XLII amor, Tony Stark, Iron Patriot and War Machine Mark II.
One of the big selling points of Iron Man 3, other than Ben Kingsley’s crazy and wonderful Mandarin voice, was the sheer volume of Iron Man armors that appeared in the film. There were a ton. Considering the likely weight of the armor, probably more than a ton. But not every armor designed by artist Josh Nizzi was used in the movie, and he was kind enough to share some of his unused designs, including one that I can only call the Metal Gear Solid/Metroid armor.
After some uncertainty about Robert Downey Jr.'s return for The Avengers 2 and subsequent Iron Mansequels, Marvel confirmed today that the actor will once again play Tony Stark…at least two more times.
Last month, as Iron Man 3 raked in more than $1 billion worldwide, Downey balked at the idea of returning for another Shellhead sequel. Perhaps he still is? The movies he has signed on for are Avengers 2 and Avengers 3.