There are only a couple weeks left in the blockbuster season, but there are still plenty of big stories to be excited about coming soon. This edition of the Best Stories of the Week includes updates on Minecraft, a sequel to Jurassic World, easter eggs from Ant-Man an uncertain future for the Terminator franchise and confirmation of a Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover in the works.
Below you’ll also find new trailers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the latest James Bond adventure Spectre and the full trailer for Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur. Check out all this and the rest of the Best Stories of the Week after the jump! Read More »
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If you haven’t seen Ant-Man, the latest release from Marvel Studios, it’s worth heading out to theaters to catch. It’s a refreshingly contained story with the right amount of humor, charm and action. And as with any Marvel movie, there are some nice touches for fans of the comic books, including a credits scene that may be a direct response to the overwhelming fan demand for more female characters.
Speaking of female characters, one thing that Ant-Man could have used a little more of was The Wasp, the female counterpart to Hank Pym’s (Michael Douglas) original iteration of Ant-Man. We’ll likely get to see more of the character in future Marvel movies, but in the meantime, some concept are has surfaced showing off alternate costume designs for the characters.
See the new Wasp concept art below, but beware of some spoilers in the text as we discuss the heroine in the movie. Read More »
While many fans probably wish George R.R. Martin was spending every waking minute working on finishing the next Game of Thrones book, the fantasy author took the time to see Ant-Man recently and even wrote a blog post about it.
Martin found Peyton Reed‘s tiny superhero, played by Paul Rudd, to be wholly satisfying, and while he doesn’t think it’s the best superhero flick ever like some of the TV spots are touting, he says it ranks high, maybe only coming in second to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. But despite his praise of the movie, Martin did have some small problems with Ant-Man, and one has to do with the villain. In fact, his issue actually applies to many of Marvel’s villains.
Find out more about this George R.R. Martin’s Marvel villains gripe after the jump! Spoilers for Ant-Man ahead, naturally. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
In less than a decade, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone from an ambitious pipe dream to an inescapable box-office juggernaut. Now, as Ant-Man brings Phase Two to a close, we wanted to take a look back at the twelve films released so far. Which soared? Which fell flat on their faces? After the jump, get our rundown of all twelve films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ranked.
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Ant-Man wouldn’t be a Marvel movie if it didn’t contain a bunch of fun easter eggs and references to comic book creators, storylines and side characters. We’ve chronicled many of the references and hidden details in previous Marvel movies (like this in-depth dissection of Guardians of the Galaxy’s many easter eggs), and now its time to take a look at Peyton Reed‘s Ant-Man. After the jump you will find over 20 easter eggs for the latest Marvel superhero movie starring Paul Rudd.
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Was one of the Ant-Man credits scenes a direct response to cries from fans for more female superheroes? A few weeks back I talked with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and was able to ask him that question. Find out what he said, after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
Like all Marvel movies, Ant-Man tries to stand on its own while also laying the groundwork for future films. The latter part of that equation is especially visible toward the end of the movie, as the ending itself and the two credits scenes that follow set up developments that’ll (presumably) pay off later on.
However, director Peyton Reed now reveals he once had a very different conclusion in mind — one that would’ve tied up a big loose end left dangling at the end of Ant-Man. Read all about the Ant-Man alternate ending after the jump. (Spoilers follow.) Read More »
I love wacky film theories. It doesn’t matter to me that the filmmakers most likely didn’t intend these interpretations, but I find it interesting the connections some people make within the movies they enjoy. It could be as ridiculous as a one line cue which leads some people to believe that Chris Pratt’s character in Jurassic World could be the young boy from Jurassic Park, how all Pixar movies exist within the same universe, that Stan Lee Is Playing the Same Character in All His Marvel Cameos, or even us trying to predict the future with a theory on How The Marvel Cinematic Story Might Connect Through Phase 3. Or it could be a much more well reasoned theory, like an explanation of why Top Gun is a deeper movie than you think.
Over the weekend I received an email from a /Film reader named Andy from the UK. He has a theory that all of the Marvel Phase Two movies feature a huge easter egg that we’ve all been missing: the black hood of death. This theory falls on the more ridiculous end of the spectrum but I still find the observation fun. And at very least, this shows that Marvel is over-using the black hood “in disguise” cliche in phase two. Hit the jump to read Andy’s Marvel black hood of death theory.
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David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss how Comic-Con has become strictly for line fans, this year’s Emmy nominations, and the economics of film websites. Be sure to read about Warner Bros.’ response to the Comic-Con leak and why Marvel has a villain problem.
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