marvel phase 3 theory

We’re all curious to see just what Marvel has planned for the next couple films in its current cycle, and then for the nine-film Phase Three. And we’ve resisted learning too much about Avengers: Age of Ultron, so we’re happily in the speculation camp with most of you. And for those who haven’t been Marvel Comics fans for a long time, the films announced this week might seem like a disparate bunch of stories. How do all these movies tell one unified story thread?

My friend Jackson is a comic book writer, an editor, and screenwriter, and he’s got a pretty compelling vision of what Marvel might have planned. After I read his unified theory of Marvel’s Phase Three plan I showed it to Peter, and he loved it enough that we’re presenting it to you now.

Nothing that you’ll find below is confirmed — this is speculation, but well-informed speculation. If you already know these comics and characters, take it as a jumping-off point for your own discussions about what Marvel might be doing. If you don’t consider this a second-level primer as to what Marvel might be up to.  Read More »

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marvel phase 3 calendar

Over the next five and a half years, there are 10 DC Comics movies, 11 Marvel Studios movies, and 10 Marvel movies from Fox and Sony on the calendar. With this week’s new announcements, I thought now was as good a time as any to take a look at the future of the comic book movie landscape. Hit the jump to find a comprehensive calendar of superhero movie release dates tracking the announced comic book movie adaptations up to the year 2020.

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Paul Rudd Helped Adam McKay Rewrite ‘Ant-Man’

Paul Rudd Ant Man

When Edgar Wright left Marvel’s Ant-Man, the amount of speculation and discussion was crazy. Eventually, Peyton Reed was hired as the director after a rewrite by none other than Adam McKay. McKay, a big comic book fan, is best known for crazy comedies like Anchorman and Step Brothers, so him coming on to the film was a pretty big leap. How did that happen? Well, now we have a few more details.

Once Wright left, the film’s star – Paul Rudd – called McKay and asked him to do a rewrite. He agreed and Rudd himself helped him with the writing. Yes, for the first time (in a while) we have a Marvel Studios movie co-written by the star himself. Read more from McKay about the Ant Man script below. Read More »

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Want to see the first images of Michael Douglas as Hank Pym in Ant-Man? How much money is Guardians of the Galaxy up to now? Which character was going to die in Iron Man 3? What special features are on the Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Blu-ray? Has Marvel Comics announced a few more major storylines for 2015? How did the Death of Wolverine storyline finish up? Why does an LA theater have a poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron up? Is Breast Cancer Awareness being represented on the set of Batman v Superman? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Which actor has just been added to the cast of Ant-Man? Want to see some more concept art from Guardians of the Galaxy? What impresses Ben Affleck most about Zack Snyder as a director on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Who got to visit the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron? Are there a bunch of new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D images? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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You’ve seen the Batman v Superman Batmobile, but what does it sound like? Which star posted a photo from the set of Ant-Man? Want to watch the first few minutes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2? How does Brandon Routh feel about Superman Returns? What superhero memorabilia does Jerry “The King” Lawler have? Is there a way to make any candle into a Batsignal? Did someone remake the Ant-Man Comic-Con scene in storyboards? the Read all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Waspjanet

The first look at Paul Rudd in Ant-Man didn’t show us much, and this image of Evangeline Lilly suggests a lot more than it actually reveals.

Lilly plays Hope Van Dyne in the film — that’s the daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (above). We know that Janet isn’t in the film much, if at all. (But she may not actually be dead, counter to many assumptions.) That has led to assumption that Evangeline Lilly will take the superhero role normally associated with Janet: the Wasp. Images posted by the actress show that she’s got part of the character’s look down pat, at the very least. Read More »

Ant Man header

Peyton Reed has only been in production on Ant-Man for a day, but the first photo is now out. It shows Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, hanging out in a ratty outfit next to the Golden Gate Bridge. Check out the first Paul Rudd Ant-Man photo below. Read More »

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