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Joe Rogan and Robert Downey Jr dream up Ironman’s possible Marvel return

Published: 17/Jan/2020 1:36 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 15:39

by Isaac McIntyre

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Robert Downey Jr. may have hung up the red and chrome helmet after ten blockbuster appearances in Disney’s superhero franchise, but Joe Rogan believes he’s found a way to bring him back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

With Downey’s next major film release, Dolittle, dropping this week, the Marvel star has once again found himself in the headlines less than a year after (spoilers) he sacrificed himself as Tony Stark to stop Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.

Ironman joined a small group of characters that had died across the 23-film series, including Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Paul Bettany’s Vision, but Joe Rogan said he thinks the door to RDJ playing the iconic hero “isn’t quite shut.”

Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Iron Man
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Robert Downey Jr first stepped into the now-iconic role of Tony Stark with the MCU’s first feature film, Iron Man, in 2008.

“I don’t believe it is, you guys can travel through time now, you’ve already opened up that potential door,” Rogan said, and laid out exactly how he imagined the leader of the Avengers could storm back onto the silver screen.

“Here’s how I see it,” he continued. “They go through a few semi-lackluster Avengers movies without you, and there’s a moment where the world’s at stake, and they realize they need a super-genius… and then they figure out how to restart that time machine.

“The audience sees you, imagine when you step out of that thing. The way people would freak out when you came out of that thing. Take a few years off, do a few Doctor Dolittes, a few Sherlock Holmes, and then think about it.”

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man in Avengers Endgame
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Downey played Iron Man in ten Marvel movies across 11 years, before calling time with the character’s death in Endgame in 2019.

“Let me ask the question then – if I picked the jersey back up and put it back on, wouldn’t you feel a little bit like… crap,” Downey Jr. shot back, and added he would have to be given a “super compelling argument” to change his mind.

“To me, starting up that character again is off the table. I feel like I’ve done all that I can with that character, and it would take a really good series of events to change that. And the other thing is, I want to do other stuff, too!”

“It’s just incredible, our culture never encourages taking a break, never encourages saying ‘don’t chase that thing,’ and I love the idea that if you are good at what you do, then it’s not about time, it’s about deciding when to pick up the mantle.”

Avengers Infinity War poster
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Robert Downey Jr led the way for dozens of superstars to join the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe.

According to Downey, he may also be the furthest he ever has been from wanting to return to the red-and-chrome armor of one of Earth’s mightiest heroes.

After months of press tours and red carpets for his final Avengers outing, he finally got to sit down for a dinner with Johansson, Jon Favreau, Kevin Feige, and VFX digital specialist Victoria Alonso this week and “say goodbye.”

“I think it was the perfect time [to leave Ironman behind]… I had dinner with a few of the Marvel folks the other day, had some crudités and talked sh*t, and I got to have another moment of closure,” the Ironman star revealed.

“I saw all these videos of people freaking out and losing their minds when Tony snapped [the Infinity Gauntlet] and I realized it was such a massive cultural thing, but then I had that dinner and it felt like closing the circle for the last time, a bit.”

For Marvel fans, the news that Ironman may never again return to the big screen with Robert Downey Jr. behind the mask may be disappointing, but that doesn’t mean the Cinematic Universe is coming to an end by any means.

In fact, it seems like Disney’s series is still very much on the rise. The Johansson-led Black Widow is set to release in April, and ‘WandaVision’ and ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ are both expected on Disney Plus later this year, too.

Basically, it’s the perfect time to be a superhero fan — franchise-leading names like RDJ and Chris Evans may have stepped away after Endgame, but Fiege’s vision for an ever-growing MCU doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

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JakeNBake hit with DMCA strike for Kanye song in two-year-old Twitch clip

Published: 30/Oct/2020 2:19 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 3:16

by Isaac McIntyre

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Twitch star Jake “Jake’n’Bake” Abramson has revealed he could be “in danger of losing everything” he’s built on his channel after an old IRL clip from more than two years ago was hit with a DMCA copyright strike due to a Kanye West song.

The ongoing Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) drama sweeping across Twitch has spared no one from its reach. The new Twitch crackdown, which sees streamers pinged for licensed music on broadcasts, is the hot topic in the community right now.

One by one, Twitch’s biggest stars have been sucked into the DMCA drama; Imane “Pokimane” Anys was forced to delete her streaming back-catalog last week, and Michael “shroud” Grzesiek has called for stars to “unite” against the crackdown.

DragonForce’s Herman Li was also banned after DMCA flagged his own music.

Jake'n'Bake has become the latest Twitch streamer caught up in the DMCA drama.
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Jake’n’Bake has become the latest Twitch streamer caught up in the DMCA drama.

Now, the latest star to find himself on the DMCA frontlines is Jake’n’Bake. The 30-year-old IRL star is one of the Amazon-owned platform’s biggest stars. He boasts nearly 500k followers, but that may now be in danger.

Jake’n’Bake revealed on Oct. 29 that he had been hit with a copyright infringement from Twitch. The kicker? The clip in question was from a May 9 stream all the way back in 2018, which contained just mere seconds of Kanye West’s ‘Lift Yourself.’

Jake’n’Bake gets DMCA strike for old Twitch clip

“Just to be clear… this is a 30-second clip from two and a half years ago,” Abramson wrote on Twitter soon after receiving the DMCA email.

The Twitch email detailed a “claimed infringement” on Jake’n’Bake’s old 2018 broadcast, where moments of the Kanye West song can be heard. The email warned JakeNBake could have his channel “terminated” if another offense is uncovered.

“It was from an outdoor IRL stream. I probably passed by a shop, or was in a place that was playing the song in the background… I’m now in danger of losing everything,” the Twitch star continued. “How is this even realistic?”

Jake’n’Bake, who admitted on-stream soon after that Twitch is “80% of his life,” is now rushing to download and clear his video back-catalog — 13,00 past VODS worth — in an effort to avoid that next promised DMCA strike.

“The biggest thing for me, and I think a lot of people are the same, because my stuff is IRL, there’s like three years of home videos. I love that they’re all in one place, and accessible,” he explained.

“It’s not like I just played games… for me, it’s like, in my heart, all these memories, and experiences. It’s disappointing because it just got a bit more real.”

“My fear is if I counter-ping this, and it chimes like a little ‘tick’, and some computer just turns at me and goes through everything like ‘f*ck you, f*ck you, f*ck you’… and starts pinging me for everything I’ve done! Maybe I should just delete everything so that can’t get me.”

He added later, “It’s kind of nuts how this is just controlling my life now. This was two and a half years ago! I don’t really know what to do except delete everything, which just sucks. There’s nothing else I can really do.”

The DMCA drama, unfortunately, looks set to continue into the foreseeable future on Twitch, with the platform sticking to their guns on the copyright stance.

We can layout the big names hit by the wave so far ⁠— Courage, BrookeAB, Scump, Ninja, Sonii, Mongraal, Lirik… the list goes on ⁠— and there’ll likely be more caught in the crackdown soon. Twitch has yet to comment on the most recent strikes.