The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd, Anchorman 2) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas, Wall Street), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
- Scott J. Davis
Hard to believe, I know, but this is a real movie that real people have unashamedly put their names to. Because a sweet paycheck trumps human dignity. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): hated the first movie
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Imagine being asked to feel sorry for the Three Stooges. Except there’s only one of them, a combination of Larry and Curly (incorporating Moe would bring too much gravitas and intelligence to the character). Stir for 90 minutes, and leave for undemanding moviegoers to serve themselves. And then do it all again, though with even less sense of anyone involved giving a damn or putting in any actual effort, because the first such attempt made an ungodly amount of money so why bother?
- MaryAnn Johanson
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
- Gary Collinson
James Garcia on one major lesson the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe can learn from the new Daredevil series…
Warning: This post contains major spoilers for Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil. So, if you haven’t yet had the chance to binge-watch the show over the weekend, do that before reading on, or continue at your own risk!
Marvel took a surprisingly and refreshingly dark turn in their first Netflix endeavor, Daredevil, which premiered this weekend. The series is just one of five shows coming to the streaming service that will explore the “street level” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the others being Aka Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and a team-up miniseries dubbed The Defenders. From the opening moments of the pilot episode to the final act of the season finale, one major difference between Daredevil and the rest of the McU began to stick out: Marvel is now taking itself seriously, »
- James Garcia
Yesterday during the press conference for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige announced that the second trailer for the studio’s other 2015 release Ant-Man is set to arrive online tomorrow (Monday 13th April), while he also took a moment to discuss the film’s place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe during an interview with Slash Film.
“[Ant-Man] is not [an after-thought]. The truth is the phases mean a lot to me and some people but Captain America: Civil War is the start of Phase Three. It just is. And Ant-Man is a different kind of culmination of Phase Two because it very much is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You meet new characters and you learn about Hank Pym and his lineage with the McU over the years. But at the same time, it also picks up the thread of Age of Ultron in terms of heroes – major heroes, »
- Gary Collinson
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Lucy Griffiths, who has featured in Constantine and True Blood recently, has join the cast of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Preacher pilot, and is set to play Emily Woodrow, a character that doesn’t feature in the original books.
Preacher was first published in 1995, and told the story of Jesse Custer, a small town Texas preacher who, nearly at his faith’s end, finds himself merged with a supernatural entity, Genesis, birthed from both an angel and a demon. Imbued with the word of God (the ability to make anyone obey his commands), Jesse hits the road, reunited with his ex girlfriend, Tulip, and joined by a rowdy Irish vampire, Cassidy, to track down God himself and force him to explain why he abandoned his duties in Heaven.
- Scott J. Davis
In the film, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) plays Yellowjacket, who in the comics first appeared as an alternate superhero identity for Hank Pym in Avengers #59. However, in the film he will be Darren Cross, a former associate of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym.
Ant-Man is set for release on July 17th, 2015, and stars Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra) as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket, John Slattery (Iron Man 2) as Howard Stark, Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger »
- Scott J. Davis
Just two days after Marvel confirmed that Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are directing Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, a new report reveals who will pen this two-part adventure. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have signed on to write both Infinity War movies. This shouldn't come as too big a surprise, since they wrote 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.
Badass Digest reports that the writers' deals are done, and expect it to be confirmed very soon. Aside from their work on all of the Captain America movies, the writing duo also penned Thor: The Dark World and created the ABC series Marvel's Agent Carter. The site also speculates that Captain America: Civil War, the first of nine Marvel Phase Three movies, »
And the Cbm news just keeps coming! Before Marvel officially announced that Joe and Anthony Russo would replace Joss Whedon on the next two Avengers movies, Badass Digest got the jump on the news by a good week or so. Well now they're at it again, confirming that the brothers will re-team with Captain America: The Winter Soldier scribes Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely on the Infinity War flicks. These guys are veterans of the McU writing game at this stage (having also worked on Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World and Agent Carter) and have proven that with the Russo Bros. they are a force to be reckoned with. They'll first re-team for Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016, and then Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4, 2018, followed by Part 2 on May 3, 2019. »
The team is assembling for Marvel’s two-part Avengers: Infinity War saga, and it’s mighty familiar. Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo recently closed their deal to direct both of the Phase Three-capping films, and now it appears that they’re bringing The Winter Soldier screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely along with them. When initially reporting that the Russo Brothers would definitely helm Infinity War, Badass Digest noted that Markus and McFeely were in talks to pen the script. Now Badass Digest is reporting that the duo have closed their deal to pen the screenplay for Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. [caption id="attachment_416996" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Marvel[/caption] Markus and McFeely are kind of Marvel veterans at this point. The two penned the scripts for Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor: The Dark World in addition to The Winter Soldier, and created »
- Adam Chitwood
Casting continues on the Preacher pilot at AMC, from writers/directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The potential series is an adaptation of the beloved Garth Ennis graphic novel of the same name, and fans are no doubt hoping that Rogen and Goldberg are the ones who can finally bring this property to the screen. Per Deadline, Dominic Cooper—who played Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger as well as Marvel’s Agent Carter TV series—continues to be in negotiations for the lead role of Jesse Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do what he says. This would be a major starring role for the very talented Cooper, who was first rumored for the part last month. [caption id="attachment_295730" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via DreamWorks[/caption] In terms of solidified casting for Preacher, »
- Adam Chitwood
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is now a little over three weeks from opening and, surprise, it's going to be a monster at the box office. Pre-release polling has it tracking slightly higher than "Marvel's The Avengers" which holds the record for the no. 1 opening of all-time. Can "Ultron" pull off the unthinkable and set a new record? Three years ago, "Marvel's The Avengers" shattered box office records earning $207.4 million over its first three days and nothing has come close to that level of dominance since. Up until that point, the weekend box office title was in the tenuous grasp of the final "Harry Potter" film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2," which earned $169.1 million just six months before "The Avengers" debuted. In the three years since "The Avengers" set the bar the only two films that have been able to open over $160 million are "The Dark Knight Rises" with »
- Gregory Ellwood
Marvel Studios' newest super hero adventure, Ant-man, brings one of Marvel Comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s Ant-man continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his »
- Pietro Filipponi
This review is based on the first five episodes of season one, which were provided for us prior to broadcast.
Fans of Marvel’s iconic, red-suited blind vigilante have long waited for an adaptation that was true to the source material and captured the very things that made the Man Without Fear so beloved in the first place. Unfortunately, though, Mark Steven Johnson’s 2003 film starring Ben Affleck left much to be desired, immediately putting a stop to what could have been a lucrative and exciting franchise.
It took twelve years, several false starts and a rights shift from 20th Century Fox to Marvel Studios to resurrect the character, but if this new series is any indication, it was well worth the wait. Daredevil is most definitely a bold step in the right direction for Marvel and Netflix’s new superhero television endeavour, which will continue with shows featuring Jessica Jones, »
- James Garcia
Got 29 hours to spare? Nerdiest is hosting an Ultimate Marvel Marathon at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles a week before AMC and Regal theaters. Starting on Monday, April 20th they’ll screen Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Solider, Guardians of the Galaxy and then wrap the event on Tuesday, April 21st with an early showing of Avengers: Age of Ultron. How’s that for a movie marathon? There’s also going to be a costume contest, snacks, meals and visits from special guests as well. If you make it through all 11 films, you get an exclusive commemorative poster and are entered to win two tickets to the Ant-Man world premiere. The thought of staying awake for 29 hours is already making my eyelids heavy, but if »
- Perri Nemiroff
With Fast & Furious 7 out this week [read our review here], Sony Pictures has capitalised on the excitement for the upcoming sequel with a parody trailer for the somewhat-less anticipated sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which we have for you here…
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opens on April 17th, with a cast that also includes Eduardo Verastegui (Bella), Nicholas Turturro (I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry), Gary Valentine (The King of Queens), Daniella Alonso (Revolution), Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger) and David Henrie (How I Met Your Mother).
- Gary Collinson
Yet another Marvel's Daredevil TV trailer has arrived, but this one is a little different. This latest look at the Netflix series brings the first mention of The Defenders miniseries, which will bring Daredevil together with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist sometime in 2017. Here, we get a look at how it all begins, with a call back to how Captain America: The First Avenger helped launch Marvel's The Avengers.
Marvel's Daredevil is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox). As a young boy, Matt was blinded in a tragic accident that left him imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night. At the same time, Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio) is busy establishing himself as the city's own Kingpin, »
While Marvel took over the known world with its superhero blockbusters, their closest rival, DC, snuck in through the back door and quietly invaded our homes through the medium of television. Thanks largely to the impressive work of producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, we’re now living in a golden age of TV shows based on superheroes. Comic book geeks have never had it so good… aside from that time Black Widow was all tied up at the beginning of The Avengers… and when Chris Evans frequently lost his clothes in Captain America: The First Avenger… and when – argh stop me now.
Within the space of just three TV seasons, the CW has introduced a number of established comic book characters through Arrow and The Flash, creating its own universe which will remain separate from its cinematic counterpart in the future. Fortunately, big plans are afoot for the “Arrowverse, »
- David Opie
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was one of the big cinematic successes of 2014. While nobody expected it to perform badly – it’s a Marvel Studios movie for goodness sake – this undoubtedly surprised some staunch comic book movie fans, given the moderate box office performance and fairly underwhelming action of Captain America: The First Avenger.
It actually turned out to be a fantastic, action-packed epic adventure which totally changed the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It grossed $715 million at the worldwide box office, as the plight of Cap, Black Widow and Sam Wilson saw it outperform the likes of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Interstellar.
It was certainly helped by being a little different to most superhero movies in the sense that it was a lot more grounded, particularly in comparison to the three Marvel Studios movies that came before it (Thor: The Dark World, »
- K.J. Stewart
It looks like the Academy is ramping up its collection for the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, nabbing the Aries 1B Trans-Lunar Space Shuttle from “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
The Academy bought the model at the Premiere Prop’s Hollywood Extravaganza Auction on Saturday for a sizable $344,000.
The shuttle can be seen at length in a memorable sequence in “2001,” as it transports Dr. Heywood R. Floyd (William Sylvester) from the International Space Station to investigate a monolith that was buried on the crater Clavius by unknown aliens. The model is approximately 32″ high, 27″ wide and 28″ deep with a diameter of 94″.
According to the auction house, the director of the landmark 1968 film, Stanley Kubrick, purposely destroyed most of the props, sets, models and costumes from the movie so that they could not be used for other films. The shuttle, however, survived, with an art teacher acquiring it in 1975 under an agreement »
- Alex Stedman
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