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Marvel’s Ant-Man, which was an international box office smash this summer, is also a schizophrenic movie demonstrating the strengths and weaknesses of working within a shared universe. Where James Gunn was given a corner of the universe to play with the Guardians of the Galaxy allowing him to be cheeky and amusing while introducing cosmic threats that will dovetail in future films, Edgar Wright’s original ideas were too comedic and “out there” to fit in the terrestrial threads already in place.
Despite Wright working on this for years and coming close to bringing his vision to the Avengers’ world, it ultimately fell apart when too many compromises were demanded in order to fit in more closely with the tone and feel of those films. Wright walked and was replaced by director Peyton Reed, best known for the fresh-feeling Bring it On.
Reed did a more than serviceable job in bridging that gap, »
- Robert Greenberger
Scott Lang is the hero in Marvel's Ant-Man. Having said that, he’s not an entirely heroic figure to begin with. The movie starts with him getting out of prison and his only friends are the people he had previously done time with. With that in mind, it becomes much less surprising to discover that Scott Lang is actually a dirty, dirty, cheater. As part of the film’s Blu-ray release we now have access to another scene that was cut out, one that shows Paul Rudd’s character using the Ant-Man suit to do some less than noble things. The scene was obviously scratched before the completion of post production, and though it was filmed, the special effects were never finished. The best part of the scene is actually the little hand drawn Ant-Man that’s been put in place of where the »
Ant-Man is the latest success in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and after a solid theatrical run it’s due to hit home video next week. The Blu-ray/DVD are loaded with special features — deleted scenes, featurettes, and a gag reel — and chief among them is a commentary track featuring director Peyton Reed and star Paul Rudd. Keep reading to see what I heard on the Ant-Man commentary. Ant-Man (2015) Commentators: Peyton Reed (director), Paul Rudd (actor) 1. They’re recording the commentary on Schoeps MK41 microphones “for you tech-heads out there.” 2. Of all the film’s special effects, the one that made Reed the most nervous was making Michael Douglas (as Hank Pym) look 25 years younger in the opening scene. He credits Lola VFX with the amazing job. It involved filming Douglas with dots on his face, filming a younger actor performing the same beats, and then capturing Douglas in a 3-D scanner. 3. Reed »
- Rob Hunter
After 6 solid episodes, Jessica Jones seems to dip in quality in Aka Top Shelf Perverts. Here are our viewing notes on episode 7...
Marvel's Jessica Jones is available to view now on Netflix, and as with Daredevil we'll be providing (mostly) daily episode-by-episode coverage for those who want to follow it with us. Each instalment of these viewing notes will look at how the show's plot, characters and story relate to the comic source material, providing background information and pointers for those who want to know more.
Please note that while we might occasionally reveal the way plots developed in the comics, we are trying to be sensitive to any surprises the TV show may have in store. These notes are written immediately after the episode is watched, so any speculation about the way the story may go is purely that!
All we ask is that if you've seen future episodes that confirm, »
You've heard from a few members of our team of their quick lists of gratitude so naturally your host and obsessive ringleader, Nathaniel, must chime in. As you read this I'm surely already stuffing myself but this year I've planned ahead with a big diet and exercize program to commence on November 30th.
I'm thankful for...
... Grandma's bonobos fixation
The world is round, people!"
... bits and »
- NATHANIEL R
Yesterday Marvel Studios gave us our first look at Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War [watch it here], and Empire caught up with directors Joe and Anthony Russo to get some details on the upcoming movie, and how they’re adapting the classic comic book arc from Mark Millar.
“We’re using the essence of what Civil War was about,” states Joe Russo. “The comic book isn’t applicable to the storytelling that we’ve structured up to this point, but the concept of registration, the notion that heroes need to be either monitored or controlled because their power can be scary, is applicable. The Accords are the world jointly trying to govern the Avengers moving forward. It has to do with the effects of Ultron and Sokovia [the small city that Ultron tried to drop on the Earth from a great height at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron], and New York City [roundly trashed at the end of The Avengers], and Washington D.C. [nearly devastated by falling helicarriers at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier]. Examining the third acts of all the Marvel movies, »
- Gary Collinson
Take another look @ leaked set footage, not included in the recent teaser trailer of "Captain America: Civil War", revealing 'Hydra' sleeper agent 'Brock Rumlow' aka 'Crossbones', as he fights "Captain America':
The new film returns Chris Evans as 'Steve Rogers'/'Captain America' along with Robert Downey Jr. as 'Tony Stark'/'Iron Man', Scarlett Johansson as 'Natasha Romanoff'/'Black Widow', Sebastian Stan as 'Bucky Barnes'/'Winter Soldier', Anthony Mackie as 'Sam Wilson'/'Falcon', Paul Bettany as 'The Vision', Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as 'Jim Rhodes'/'War Machine' and Elizabeth Olsen as 'Wanda Maximoff'/'Scarlet Witch'.
- Michael Stevens
As much fun as Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Ant-Man were, Marvel’s best work this year has come from their television output. Alongside Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is now in its third season, Agent Carter gave us a period spy drama with a brilliant female lead in Hayley Atwell’s Peggy. Then the first fruit of Marvel’s deal with Netflix appeared in the form of Daredevil, which blew fans away with its gritty, streetwise take on the Marvel superhero.
Now we have arguably the most accomplished of the lot in Jessica Jones. With its mature handling of difficult themes like Ptsd and sexual abuse, and amazing central performances from Krysten Ritter in the title role and David Tennant as her nemesis, Kilgrave (sorry Loki, someone has taken your crown as the greatest McU villain), the series has made people re-evaluate what superhero shows can do.
As such, »
- Christian Bone
The Flickering Myth writing staff react…
After revealing the first bit of footage at Disney’s D23 (watch our breakdown of that footage here), Marvel dropped the first official trailer for Captain America: Civil War. You can watch the trailer here, and read the thoughts of the Flickering Myth writing staff below:
Chris Cooper: ‘He’s my friend’, ‘So was I’. A lot of weight behind those words. Sure, the trailer had great looking action etc, but it felt like the events really matter to the characters. I’m looking forward to this. Bucky and Steve wailing on Tony is a fantastic looking fight too.
Tom Beasley: Struggling to keep my shit together if I’m honest. It’s amazing. More seriously, though, »
- Luke Owen
The first trailer for Captain America: Civil War has been released…and Flickering Myth’s Kat Kourbeti hasn’t seen it yet! Watch her watch it for the first time, as well as Oli and Kat talking their immediate reactions to the trailer, our first look at Black Panther and arguing over whose side they would be on in real life…Iron Man or Captain America’s?
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- Oli Davis
Last night, the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War debuting during ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which gave us our first look at the massive battle that will ensue between Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and their respective teams. There is a lot to process in this footage, including our first glimpse at Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther, and a continuation of Ant-Man's end credit sequence, where Cap and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) have finally tracked down Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). To help break down all of these details, Empire spoke with directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, who offered new insight into Marvel's Phase Three movie, hitting theaters on May 6, 2016.
The directors revealed that the trailer's opening shot, with Cap, The Falcon and Bucky, doesn't happen early on in the film, teasing that there is a "fairly involved »
In case you missed the latest Marvel news, “Doctor Strange” has started production. The official logline says the movie “follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions” which sounds about right. The usual suspect cast was all named and confirmed, as was Rachel McAdam and Mads Mikkelsen, the latter of whom was playing a bit coy about it all earlier this year. Meanwhile, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” has hit Blu-Ray after earning $518 million worldwide at the box office. It’s the fourth lowest grossing Marvel movie, but still, it’s the 10th highest grossing film of 2015 worldwide, $500 million is nothing to sneeze at for a third-tier character, and Marvel is surely going to make a mint on home video. And a sequel has already been green lit: “Ant-Man And The Wasp” is set for summer 2016 and »
- Edward Davis
After treating us to the first trailer and three posters earlier today [see here and here], Marvel has now released an updated synopsis for Captain America: Civil War:
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
For comparison, here’s the original synopsis:
- Gary Collinson
Ant-Man far exceeded expectations by grossing over $500 million worldwide, but after failing to take off the same way that Guardians of the Galaxy did back in 2014, the chances of a sequel appeared to be in doubt for a while. That’s why it was such a pleasant surprise to see Marvel announce Ant-Man and The Wasp for 2018.
While that title no doubt refers to Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne, the way Ant-Man concluded and comments from the movie’s cast appear to indicate that a big part of the sequel is going to be about journeying into the mysterious Quantum Realm to bring back Janet Van Dyne (the original Wasp) after she sacrificed herself years earlier.
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If that’s the case, then an actress is going to have to be found to play that version of the Wasp, and seeing as we know very »
- Josh Wilding
It's cold outside, so thoughts of the 2016 summer movie going season are sure to warm you up inside. And there's probably not a bigger movie arriving this May than Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. The first trailer dropped unexpectedly last night, giving us our first look at this emotionally charged epic that brings Tony Stark and Steve Rogers to blows over the Sokovia Accords. We now have three new official posters released by Disney that show, when it comes to these iconic superheroes, divided they will fall.
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. »
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This Week: If you've finished Jessica Jones like I have, it's time to step back and realize what just happened within the Marvel Universe. That and developments on Luke Cage and Doctor Strange make what Jones pulled off more unique.
It’s been two years since Marvel and Netflix made a deal to bring four series and The Defenders to the streaming service. At the time, we were still warming to the idea that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was technically part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the idea that four more heroes would be thrown into the mix on top of Marvel’s second and third phases seemed like an amazing expansion of the shared universe.
Do you still feel that way after watching Jessica Jones?
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Yesterday, a former colleague of ours attempted to break a major story. He allegedly discovered the identity of Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) father in Marvel's upcoming Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2. For anyone who saw the first film, there was a mystery built in to the overall plot surrounding who this mystery figure could be. So it's a fairly intriguing question that the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and James Gunn, wants you to think about until the sequel comes out. The scooper, in this case, pulled out all the stops to make this Exclusive of his seem like a big deal: A snazzy video, fancy clothes, a history lesson, and used the story as part of his re-branding process ("I'm now the artist formerly known as...").
What happened next should surprise no one, least of all us here at Latino-Review. Like clockwork, Marvel and James Gunn shot his story down. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
"Captain America: Civil War" returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. Paul Rudd will make his first appearance alongside the Avengers as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in "Civil War."
- Kellvin Chavez
Head over Here to watch the trailer! “Captain America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain. Captain America: Civil War will feature: Directors: Anthony & Joe Russo Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon Paul Bettany as The Vision Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye Don Cheadle as Jim »
Following hot on the heels of the release of the first poster and trailer [watch it here], two more one-sheets have arrived online for Marvel’s Phase Three-launching Captain America: Civil War; check them out here…
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
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- Gary Collinson
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