It appears that Alan Taylor will not be returning to the director chair for Thor’s third outing and realitive unknown Taika Waititi, who has only directed episodes for TV in Flight of the Conchords and What We Do in the Shadows beat out which was no doubt a long line of hopefuls. The filmmaker also wrote upcoming Disney animated movie Moana starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The specifics on whether or not the movie will follow the story from the comics completely is unclear but it’s safe to assume we’ll be getting some more news before long.
I really hope Taika can bring something new to the Thor films. While I really enjoyed Thor and tolerated Thor: The Dark World I still have hope despite the Thor films being the weakest in the MCU. The problem is Captain America has the Russo Brothers, Guardians of the Galaxy has James Gunn, Ant-Man had Peyton Reed but Thor never had directors that seems completely behind on the Norse god. You could tell the Russo Brothers, James Gunn, and Peyton Reed really loved their characters and was doing the best for them. Thor hasn’t had someone who really loves the character just people doing a job.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters July 28th, 2017!
Whenever Marvel first announced their cinematic universe Ant-Man was the one character I was most worried about. I was never really fond of the character, Hank Pym, mainly because of his wife beating tendencies, plus I always found the character silly. So when they announced an Ant-Man movie I was skeptic and I continued to be despite Edger Wright signing on as director, more so when he left and continued on as they found Peyton Reed to take over, all during filming, even as I sat down in the theater to watch it. There wasn’t a moment I wasn’t looking at this project wondering if this would be Marvel’s first train wreck.
The film opens in 1989 with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) confronting Howard Stark, Peggy Carter, and another head member of S.H.I.E.L.D when he discovers they’ve been trying to replicate his Pym Particle, the serum used so he can shrink and grow and makes him one of the most dangerous men on the planet, something I never realized until now, and also his invented ability to control ants. Something else I found silly until I was able to watch them in action. (Shout-out to my boy Anttony!) Cut to years later and we have our new protagonist, Scott Lang who is fresh out of jail and looking to stay out, fights every urge to return to a life of crime for his daughter. This is somewhat difficult considering that his ex-wife (Judy Greer) is now dating a cop (Bobby Cannavale) and they both demanding he get a job, an apartment, and start paying child support before he can even see his daughter. Since it will take too long the normal way, Scott takes a job based from a tip of an old man who has a safe full of valuables, only to discover the Ant-Man suit. Hank informs Scott that he, and his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) needs his help breaking into a company and stealing the research his former assistant Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) is close to replicating his Pym Particle.
So with that we have the basic setup for a heist film, one thing Marvel hasn’t done yet, and managed to make another origin film really fun. For a character I thought was silly and was worried they wouldn’t be able to pull off, I am now very attached to the character and can’t wait to see what they do next. The film is funny, has some pretty amazing action scenes, and was amazing creative when Lang shrinks down and has to navigate the much larger world but most importantly it made me care. You’re rooting for Scott because you want him to see his daughter, you’re rooting for Hank because you want him reconcile with his daughter Hope who blames him for her mother’s death. Ant-Man is filled with all of this and more.
The film is littered with cameo’s and nods to other Marvel films, characters, and plot-lines, the film even gets meta and acknowledges that Marvel has recently acquired Spider-Man. There is even a nod to why they don’t call The Avengers in. Even the supporting characters, played by Michael Pena, David Dastmalchian, and T.I., all who I was worried about, have their time to shine and are used just enough without getting aggravating. It is amazing, given the trouble the production has had, just how good and fun this movie is but you can also see seams. While Peyton Reed does amazing job, considering his resume is nowhere near this scale, he isn’t Edger Wright, who does receive story credit for his work. Reed is efficient but I would still like to see Wright’s version with the notes Marvel provided him. You can see where he tried to mimic Edger’s style and it doesn’t quite work. Another problem is the villain, while Corey Stoll is good, and he works well in the parts where he’s supposed to be psychotic and cold but it really doesn’t add up that he suddenly wants to murder everyone because of his daddy issues towards Hank Pym.
Besides the few problems, Ant-Man is extremely fun and opens up a whole new world in which Ant-Man operates, which we’ll getting more of when the character shows up in Captain America: Civil War next summer, and will see more of in the upcoming sequels. Paul Rudd completely owns the character in a role I wasn’t sure he could handle and it will be nice to see what else he can do with the character in future installments and the final confrontation between Ant-Man and Yellowjacket, which takes place amongst a young girls toys in her room, makes this one of the most creative endings Marvel has done in years. While nowhere near as good as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, let’s be fair though, what is? It definitely rose up the ranks to one of my favorite Marvel films and I am excited to see where the character goes from here.
Ant-Man director Peyton Reed sat down during a press junket and talked about Paul Rudd’s (Scott Lang) inclusion in the highly-anticipated Captain America: Civil War. “I had the Russo brothers, who are directing Captain America: Civil War, brought into the cutting room. So, I show them a bunch of footage from Ant-Man because they were gonna be working with Paul,” he said. “I felt very protective about the character. I was like, ‘No he wouldn’t say that, he would say this!’ It was great. It was a great back and forth.”
Peyton Reed continued, “When Paul went to shoot for a couple days on Civil War, I felt really envious. I felt like my girlfriend had left me and gone off with the other guy. But it was great, Paul called up and he was so excited [saying] ‘I know I’m a superhero – we just did an entire movie together – but now I’m in this other movie, and I’m like talking to Captain America, it really is sinking in. I’m a part of the Marvel Universe!’ He was like a kid, it was amazing!”
Paul Rudd has confirmed that he has finished filming Civil War, and talked about his experience on set. “I went to the set of Captain America 3 and all of a sudden I’m standing next to some of the Avengers and I turned into, like a little kid!” he said. “And they’re calling me by my character name!”
I’ve been hearing some pretty good things about Ant-Man and for a character I wasn’t all that interested in seeing, I’m actually excited to check out.
Ant-Man hit theaters July 17!
First off here’s the good news Seth MacFarlane’s latest uber-immature yet funny, New England style of over the top humor is still delivered with plenty of style and wit. And few could deliver it better I mean how many can just make the sound of a Boston/New England accent funnier than MacFarlane? Exactly.
And thanks to some new additions/faces in the form of Amanda Seyfried, as a new suitor for Mark Walhberg’s “John” (the original’s Mila Kunis bailed out due to pregnancy) and the always wanted and likable Morgan Freeman he builds on his buddy-stoner comedy series. Seriously how many of us still smile at the “Thunder Buddies” song? Be honest. And they are back in full force and still just as likable as always when it comes to MacFarlane’s characters. Let’s see there’s a “Breakfast Club” montage, tons and tons of pop culture and cult film and comic book jokes, and without a doubt, one of if not the best “Jurassic Park” weed jokes that will make the hardest to impress roll with laughter.
But sadly, with all of that here’s the bad news and it’s this, for every good joke there’s about two or three that just get old fast or fail all together. In fact some of the gags used in this one have already been done on “Family Guy” everything from a semen spill, just see it, to a cut away to making bad suggestions at a comedy improve group. Again like I said just see it, you’ll understand. It gets old and makes this one just feel like a been there, done that film with used up, eye rolling gags that just get tiring making this one just a sad shell of it’s predecessor.
Now that doesn’t mean MacFarlane is done and finished, not by a long shot. If he really wanted to continue making live action films he really could be this generations Woody Allen or Mel Brooks, but just recycling old gags from his prior work is not what made them great. They found new ideas and new ways and went on with that which is why I was just so down to see MacFarlane seeming to just throw a bunch of old stuff together thinking that’s creative or good and we’ll all just take it with a grin and like it. Wrong, Wrong!
Already there’s talk of a “Ted 3,” won’t surprise me, I just really, really hope MacFarlane doesn’t just rehash what he did and try to make something original or build on what he did for the next time around. Seriously, I really do.
Rating: 2 ½ out of 4 stars
Written by: Jason Greathouse
Bobby Cannavale (Chef, Nurse Jackie, Boardwalk Empire) recently spoke with Comic Book Resources about his filming Marvel Ant-Man in which he plays an original character named Paxton, who is the husband of Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) ex-wife Maggie (Judy Greer). “…It was a trip!” said the actor. “I’ve never been in anything like that before. There’s a ton of people on this crew. You could fit the entireStation Agent crew in… it was just huge! And there’s blue screen everywhere. I remember one time we were shooting at nights for three weeks. I hadn’t seen anything behind me that wasn’t a blue screen for three nights in a row. I remember one night at four in the morning being frustrated and just saying, ‘If it’s going to be blue screen all the time, why can’t you just make it be night? Why do we actually have to be here at night?’ That part of it was baffling to me.”
Many actors have a harder time working with blue and green screens, it’s not easy to fully emote when you’re not entirely sure what the finished product is supposed to look like. Despite this, Bobby Cannavale had a blast shooting the dialogue scenes alongside star Paul Rudd. “The actual work — the scenes with me and Paul Rudd, and Judy Greer and Michael Pena — felt like an indie film,” Cannavale said. “It felt like fun. Peyton Reed [and the studio], they weren’t mercurial about the script. They weren’t mercurial about the humor, at all. They let us be in charge of that. We improvised a lot. Judy Greer’s very funny. Paul’s very funny — he’s a great improviser. The rewrite of the script that Paul did with McKay — and I’ve worked with McKay before — lent itself to that.” He added, “You could see that there’s a funny scene and we could actually riff off of that, and that felt impressive to me in this big huge blockbuster film. It made me feel kind of good, that it felt like Marvel was going for something different. It didn’t feel like Thor. It felt more like Guardians of the Galaxy, which I really enjoyed and I thought brought a certain levity to a superhero movie that I had never seen before.”
Bobby Cannavale then talked in-depth about seeing Paul Rudd costumed on set, and how it was difficult it was keeping a straight face as Rudd had to pretend to shrink and grow in front of him.
“It was [still] a trip because I’ve known Paul for so long, since before he was famous like this, and it’s just a trip to see one of your best friends in ridiculous leather suit with dots all over him and you’re not supposed to laugh,” said Cannavale. “We just laughed. He’s supposed to be this big [pinches fingers together]. Then I’m supposed to see him growing in front of me. But what I’m really seeing is Paul off-camera standing on an apple box. Then he jumps off the apple box. And I’m supposed to act like he’s growing in front of me and then lands with this really heroic pose, but he’s jumping of a box with green dots on him. He’s supposed to have a mask that they CGI in. so I’ve never seen the mask. Every time I see him to talk, he goes like this [hits a pretend button] because there’s a button there that isn’t really there. I wasn’t used to that. He’d start to talk and he’d be like, [pretends to push button]. I’d ask ridiculous questions all the time. Peyton Reed, he just kept saying, ‘Dude, just do it.’ But I’d say, ‘I don’t understand. Does the mask go up this way or this way?’ And there’s a visual effects guy there and I want an answer. They got so tired of my questions: ‘So I don’t understand — If I was just over there, how did I get over here so quick?’ Reed would be like, ‘Cannavale, it’s a superhero movie, dude. Just do it!’ But I’d say, ‘Yeah, but do I have superhuman speed, because I was just three blocks away and now I’m here and I’m not even out of breath. Should I be out of breath?’ He’d be like, ‘Dude, it’s not the Unbearable Lightness of Being. It’s just [frick]ing Ant-Man. Just say the line.’ Then it just became a joke. I had a blast. We laughed so much on that thing.”
Bobby Cannavle then explained how the cast of Ant-Man made it easier to wrap his head around everything. “Guys like Corey Stoll and Rudd, Judy Greer and Michael Pena, Martin Donovan — really, really good actors,” he said. “And so I looked around and thought, ‘You know, if these guys are doing it, I’m okay.’ There were no wrestlers or anything. We had T.I., but T.I. was great. But definitely very different from the movies that I’m used to making, for sure.” Finally, Cannavale was asked if he did a movie post-Ant-Man to help get back to filming the way he’s used to. “It was actually the reverse,” he replied. “I literally wrapped with [Martin] Scorsese — I worked with Scorsese all summer on the rock and roll pilot, and it was literally the longest pilot ever. It was like a 38-day pilot, so we shot all summer. I literally wrapped with Marty at like one o’clock in the morning, an intense scene, this intense, dark scene, and wrapped with him, big hug. And then I got onto a plane in Atlanta for a blue screen test of me fighting with a 50-foot ant. And I wrote Marty right away — I was like, ‘This business is weird.” [Laughs] “I can’t believe I was just with you, and now I’m reacting to an ant I can’t see.”
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, David Dastmalchian, Michael Pena, Bobby Cannavale, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, Wood Harris John Slattery and Gregg Turkington with multi-hyphenate T.I., and the film opens July 17, 2015
This is a constant questions I hear a lot, especially after The Avengers came and left many people pondering, “Why doesn’t Iron Man call in Hulk, or Cap, or Thor?”, now it’s the same thing since Arrow and Flash first crossed over. Team Arrow is having one heck of a time as they’ve been dealing with Brick, who was one of the hardest street level villains they’ve had to deal with, given Oliver’s possible death at the hands of Ras Al Ghul who they are already setting up to return back later this season. Plus, Oliver is now forced to train under Merlyn who had nearly leveled the city in his attempt to clean it up, something that has dived the close group, so…why hasn’t Flash come in and saved the day?
Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim explains the reason why:
“One thing we’re always talking about is… we don’t want to sort of run into the problem of, well, why don’t we just call Barry, because he’ll solve the problem in thirty seconds?,” Marc tells Assignment X. “It’s not dissimilar to the Marvel movies where, post-Avengers, why doesn’t Captain America call Thor and just beat up H.Y.D.R.A.? So it’s always trying to be as realistic as possible, at the same time making sure that your Arrow characters are driving the drama.”
I find it odd that this is even an issue, it’s never been a big deal in the comics, the truth is, these characters have their own stuff to deal with, some of it’s personal, some of it is going around the same time, plus you don’t just call in help for every little thing. If you’ve been keeping up with The Flash you’ll now know that they have discovered not only were there two speedsters there the night Barry’s mother was murdered, but one of them was Barry himself, as an adult, so yeah, he has his own things to worry about.
Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
This trailer is just eh with me right now, nothing to really pull in anyone who isn’t an Ant-Man fan, but it is the teaser trailer so I’m looking forward to more.
Good thing Entertainment Weekly is there to give you a zoomed in look of Paul Rudd in the Ant-Man uniform.
Look for Ant-Man to finishes out the summer in 2015!