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Ant-Man, Marvel Studios' 12th entry into their cinematic universe, offers die-hard comic book fans another heaping of movie easter eggs for them to enjoy. As was the case with earlier Marvel movies, Ant-Man takes delight in bring able to let viewers connect the dots between Marvel's other entries into their shared movie universe, as well as pay homage to the Marvel comics where Ant-Man and his pals originally came from.
Some of the easter eggs in Ant-Man aren't as obvious as others. Use this guide to help you find the secret geeky gems that will help you appreciate the movie in a wider sense of its role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And when future Marvel movies come out, return to this place and see if there are other connections that were first revealed in Scott Lang's first big screen adventure!
1. The Wasp
Perhaps the biggest easter egg »
- Patrick Sauriol
It's not that long ago that a sequel that did 65% of the original's business was deemed a success. Tell that to Spider-Man today...
When Tim Burton's Batman Returns was released in the summer of 1992, Warner Bros had high hopes. It was the follow-up to his 1989 Batman movie, which had shattered the record for a film's opening weekend at the Us box office (marking the first $40m+ opening on record in the States).
Batman went on to gross $251m at the American box office alone, and is credited as being a major stepping stone in the invention of the modern blockbuster (after the likes of Jaws and Star Wars). Hopes were not small for the sequel.
Even as late as the early 1990s, the main indicator of a film's commercial success lay in its American box office takings. By that kind of measure, this summer's Terminator: Genisys would have been »
In the August edition of The Flickering Myth Movie Show, as well as playing the blame game with Fantastic Four and discussing all the announcements from D23 (Toy Story 108 looks great!), we also ran a little share competition. Not ‘share’ as in ‘shares in a company’. That’s too volatile a prize.
Instead, we mean ‘share’ as in: Force This Video Upon All The People You Know by tweeting the video with #Fmtv. Only then could you win one of three The Blacklist Season 2 boxsets!
“No, you post the prize. I’m too busy sounding like velvet ice.”
You’ve been to the dentist, you know the drill. Do the stuff in bolded red below. UK readers only. The competition closes at midnight on 3rd October. By entering this competition you agree to our terms and conditions, which you can read here.
—Tweet This Video Using #Fmtv To Be Entered Into Blacklist Season Giveaway—
- Oli Davis
When we asked our staff to vote on the best comic book movie adaptations, we were afraid the results would consist only of superhero films. While there are many superhero movies listed below, it is great to see a bulk of non-Hollywood films appearing on the list as well. We set out to compile a list of 50 movies but as it were, we ended up with 5 ties, and so the list consists 55 films instead. Let us know if you think we missed something. Enjoy!
Spielberg’s first venture into animation is one of his best. Taking notes from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Spielberg crafted another spirited, thrilling, and always entertaining adventure. The Adventures of Tintin is one of the most pleasurable, family-friendly experiences, that boils down to one grand treasure hunt. There’s much to admire on-screen, but it is the spectacular »
Black Widow can punch explosions.
Fantastic…Bore. Fantastic…Fourth Worst Movie Ever Made. Fantastic…4%. Or, as some have taken to calling it, just ‘Four’.
It was the fail story of the Summer, with Twentieth Century Fox’s tentpole superhero blockbuster bombing so hard at the box office, it took out a five-mile stretch of Odeons in the Greater Bexleyheath area. In the September edition of The Flickering Myth Movie Show, Oli Davis, Rebecca Perfect, Luke Owen and Kat Kourbeti discuss the problems with the movie, the practice of entrusting $100million+ franchises with young, independent filmmakers (think Gareth Edwards on Godzilla and Colin Treverrow on Jurassic World), and who is really to blame for the movie’s failure – Fantastic Four’s director Josh Trank, or the studio that allegedly hamstrung his production?
Fantastic Four also gets to be the first film receiving the Best Bad Reviews treatment – our new series that »
- Oli Davis
Disney don’t do Comic Con. They’re better than that. They’ve got their own thing going on. It’s called the D23 Expo.
Scary number connotations aside (seriously, Google ‘the number 23’…or just rent the Jim Carrey movie), D23 is an enormously important event in the movie news calendar. This year saw huge announcements on Pixar’s upcoming slate (revealing Toy Story 4 through to 116 – Joke), the first look at Captain America: Civil War and Star Wars land.
This special preview of next month’s Flickering Myth Movie Show has our esteemed panel discussing the Expo’s announcements, and a bunch of other stuff, too. It also reveals what, exactly, ‘D23′ stands for. Check it our below…
The full September edition of the Flickering Myth Movie Show – including an in-depth look at the Fantastic Four fiasco (alliteration points) – goes up on Sunday 31st August. Set a reminder in your generic smart phone device. »
- Oli Davis
Scathing reviews and an indiscreet tweet left “Fantastic Four” on the slab, after the franchise reboot flopped at the weekend box office.
Fox’s hopes of rejuvenating the comic book characters and turning the super-team into a cinematic juggernaut to rival “The X-Men” have flamed out given that the film debuted to a dreadful $26.2 million across 3,995 theaters. With a production budget of $120 million, plus millions more in marketing costs, the film will need to get a boost from foreign crowds if it wants to avoid being a write-off.
The studio was banking on a cast of up-and-coming actors like Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller and a wunderkind director in the form of “Chronicle’s” Josh Trank to push the Human Torch, the Thing, Invisible Woman, and Mr. Fantastic into the modern era, but production difficulties may have doomed the project. Trank reportedly exhibited bizarre behavior on set that was »
- Brent Lang
Fox's Fantastic Four got a Thing-like pummeling at the box office with a $26.2M first outing, allowing Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to take #1 for the second weekend in a row with $29.4M. Fantastic's $6,558 take per screen underwhelmed across the board and it doesn't look like the Josh Trank-directed film has any hopes of turning things around. The film earned a dismal "C-" Cinemascore, a very low grade for what is supposed to be a summer blockbuster. Pixels, for heaven's sake, earned a "B." The top 12, with $121.7M, was 30.1% lower than last year in this frame ($174.2) when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles surprised with a $65.6M opening weekend and Guardians of the Galaxy had the best 2nd weekend of the summer of 2014, hauling in $42.1M. They contributed to a first ever $1B August, something extremely unlikely to be repeated this year. As for Fantastic Four one has to go back »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A limited edition variant of The Walking Dead #1 by renowned artist Ken Kelly will be given to Wizard World Richmond Comic-Con-goers free of charge. Also: the short film Sweet Dreams featuring D.C. Comics super-villain Harley Quinn and details on the Creature From the Black Lagoon figure by Living Dead Dolls.
The Walking Dead #1: Press Release: "Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman's imprint at Image Comics, today announced “Kiss” album cover artist Ken Kelly has drawn the 13th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Richmond, July 31 - Aug. 2. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner-Award-winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available »
- Tamika Jones
This October Marvel is set to celebrate legendary artist Jack Kirby’s Monster legacy with a series of Kirby Monster Variant covers across a selection of its monthly titles. Here’s an early look at the covers for Amazing Spider-Man #2, Doctor Strange #1, Guardians of the Galaxy #1 and Karnak #1…
“Before helping to create the Marvel Universe we all know and love, Kirby lent his genius to creating all manner of creatures for titles like Tales to Astonish, Journey Into Mystery, Strange Tales and more,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “We’re beyond thrilled to celebrate him and bring these characters back to the fore this October for the Kirby Monster Variant program.”
Here’s the full list of titles set for Monster Variants…
· A-Force #5 The Crawling Creature Variant by Marguerite Sauvage
· All-New, All-Different Point One #1 Nezarr, the Calculator Variant by Paul Pope
· All-New Hawkeye »
- Gary Collinson
The Stockman Swarm engulfs NYC searching high and low for the Turtles. The Turtles are on the run and desperate. Will they be able to find sanctuary before it’s too late?
Due to some rather off scheduling we’ve received Tmnt #47 after the first issue of the Casey and April mini-series. My response to the start of that series is tepid at the moment, so I’m pleasantly surprised to report that #47, chock-full of Casey Jones, is really entertaining and enjoyable.
Evoking the spirit of Spider-Man, the citizens of NYC become heroes in their own way as they stand up to the threat of Hun and his hired gang-bangers. They’ve got a lot to lose, and don’t have the skills that our mutant friends possess, let alone a large bag of sporting goods. They do however have courage, and numbers. »
- Chris Cooper
Over the past week or so, Marvel has gradually been unveiling its upcoming post-Secret Wars relaunch, releasing details of its ‘All New, All Different’ titles set to arrive this fall. Well, after a few leaks today, the publisher has now decided to release the covers for all of the upcoming titles, which you can see right here. And no, we still don’t know the identity of The Totally Awesome Hulk…
Here’s a full list of all the titles and creative teams…
Venom: Spaceknight #1
W: Robbie Thompson A: Ariel Olivetti
W: Al Ewing A: Kenneth Rocafort
Web Warriors #1
W: Mike Costa A: David Baldeon CA: Juian Totino Tedesco
Spider-Man 2099 #1
W: Peter David A: Will Sliney CA: Francesco Mattina
W: Dennis Hopeless A: Javier Rodriguez
W: Charles Soule A: Ron Garney
“The devil’s apprentice”
Howling Commandos of S. »
- Gary Collinson
We've seen a pregnant Spider-Woman and Spidey's new duds, and now prepared to be bombarded with the rest of the weird and wonderful (and potentially not so wonderful) stuff Marvel will have to offer as part of October's All-New, All-Different relaunch. Below you'll see a full list of titles, creative teams, and taglines; as well as a few of the best covers. You can find the rest Here. Carnage #1 W: Gerry Conway A: Mike Perkins CA: Mike Del Mundo “Descent into madness…” Venom: Spaceknight #1 W: Robbie Thompson A: Ariel Olivetti “Sometimes a hero needs a little space…" Ultimates #1 W: Al Ewing A: Kenneth Rocafort “Ultimate problems need Ultimate solutions.” Web Warriors #1 W: Mike Costa A: David Baldeon CA: Juian Totino Tedesco “Defending the Spider-Verse” Spider-Man 2099 #1 W: Peter David A: Will Sliney CA: Francesco Mattina “Smack to the future.” Spider-Woman #1 W: Dennis Hopeless A: Javier Rodriguez “Parent by day. Hero by night. »
Published in 2003
Comedy comics are rarely mentioned when it’s discussed what are the best comic book collections out there; you usually venture to a classic team book, or comic book moment, or the one with the most innovative artwork, and in recent years, the most interesting out of the box storyline. But, comedy is damn relevant. It’s what first drew me to Spider-Man as a kid; reading old Uncle Scrooge books with my daughter and now, Chew, which is, in my opinion, the best regular series being published. Formerly Known as the Justice League is exactly that: a comedy comic book. There are serious moments mixed within, but this book has a punchline or joke or quip on every single page, »
- Jessie Robertson
A tense trailer for a post-apocalyptic thriller, variant cover art for The Walking Dead #1 featuring Michonne and her pets, and Blu-ray / DVD release details for Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau comprise this round-up.
Z for Zachariah: Directed by Craig Zobel from Nissar Modi's screenplay that's based on the 1974 novel by Robert C. O’Brien, Z for Zachariah stars Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine. The film is slated for a limited theatrical release from Roadside Attractions beginning August 21st.
Synopsis (via Collider): "In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he’s nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. »
- Derek Anderson
Her rep Zach McGinnis announced the news on Facebook.
“Last night while at her home in L.A., Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke,” McGinnis wrote. “She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her in your thoughts.”
Nichols was next scheduled to appear at New Jersey’s Eternal Con on June 13 and 14.
Nichols, 82, appeared in the original “Star Trek” TV series, which ran from 1966-1969, as well as the “Star Trek” movies. She also played the role of Nana Dawson in the ABC show “Heroes,” and voiced characters in the TV series “Futurama,” “Gargoyles” and “Spider-Man.”
- Maane Khatchatourian
Superhero movies are very much on trend right now, but they're showing no signs of going away anytime soon. There are nearly 30 big-budget comic book blockbusters on studio schedules right now, so to make your life easier we've compiled all the releases into one handy bookmarkable place.
Please note: all dates are for Us release unless otherwise stated.
Ant-Man - July 17
Fantastic Four - August 6 (UK) / August 7 (Us)
Deadpool - February 12
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - March 25
Captain America: Civil War - April 29 (UK) / May 6 (Us)
X-Men: Apocalypse - May 19 (UK) / May 27 (Us)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 - June 3
Suicide Squad - August 5
Gambit - October 7
Doctor Strange - November 4
Untitled Wolverine Sequel - March 2 (UK) / March 3 (Us)
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 4 (UK) / May 5 (Us)
Fantastic Four 2 - June 9 (Us) / July 14 (UK)
Wonder Woman - June 23
Untitled Sony/McU Spider-Man »
The Supergirl upfront has garnered strong reactions online, not all of it positive. Here's a response to its critics...
It's fair to say the Supergirl trailer (actually an "upfront" – a précis of the entire pilot designed to sell the show internally and to advertisers) has attracted a lot of praise. It's also attracted a lot of criticism. But how valid are those criticisms? I'll say now that none of us has any idea whether this show will actually be good or not – I think it will, based on what I've seen – but I don't know. What I do know is that some of the things people are saying about it don't seem fair.
Criticism of the trailer's rom-com influences, perceived cheesiness, comparisons to a certain Saturday Night Live sketch, and complaints that its version of Kara Zor-El isn't (we'll come back to this) a "strong female character" are all problematic, »
I’ve been reading Gerry Conway’s new Amazing Spider-Man mini-series (or whatever; contemporary comic book numbering would even baffle the ancient Romans who had no concept of “zero.”) and I’m enjoying it… but not in the way I expected. I expected Classic Conway, which is fine. What we got was a solid Spidey story written in a very contemporary style.
But that’s not this old dog’s only new trick.
Gerry’s been very busy standing up for creators’ rights; obviously, including his own. His efforts have earned praise from Neal Adams, the medium’s worthy and long-time leader in the ongoing battle for creators’ rights. Most recently, he’s been commenting on DC’s latest talent-relations habit where they would bonus comics talent for extra-media use of characters they created. If the creation was at all derivative, DC no longer feels the need (non-contractual obligation based »
- Mike Gold
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