ant-man and the Wasp

After making the big announcement at San Diego Comic-Con that Michelle Pfeiffer was joining the cast of the Marvel Studios sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, an official press release has announced the start of production down in Atlanta, Georgia. Director Peyton Reed also tweeted out the new logo, seen above.

Shooting has commenced on Ant-Man and the Wasp, which will bring Paul Rudd back as Scott Lang, a reformed criminal who took on the superhero mantle, along with Evangeline Lilly playing Hope Van Dyne, his partner in heroics known as The Wasp. Find out who else will be joining the Marvel heroes in the movie, and check out the official synopsis down below. Read More »

ant-man and the wasp cast

The great Michelle Pfeiffer is returning to the world of superheroes. The actress is set to play the original Wasp, Janet van Dyne. “She was our dream choice when we were making the first film,” Marvel President Kevin Feige said at Comic-Con. We also learned Laurence Fishburne is playing the villain Dr. Bill Foster in the film, and which characters Walton Goggins (Vice Principles) and Hannah John-Kamen are playing.

Below, learn more about the Ant-Man and the Wasp cast.

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in defense of the lost ending

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or TV show, or sets their sights on something seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: a defense of the final season of the ABC TV series LOST.)

LOST was once at the pinnacle of the early Golden Age of TV. Ambitious, awe-inspiring, and frustrating, it brought forth a new age in serialized primetime television and was perhaps the last great TV show to command the attention of audiences across the country before streaming and prestige cable shows dispersed them.

You remember those glory days, right? The connective flashbacks, the masterful character work, the scavenger hunt for hints, the jaw-dropping cliffhangers. It was like nothing on TV. And it ended seven years ago today, airing its series finale on May 23, 2010.

So it pains me that LOST, one of the most exciting and daring sci-fi TV series — and one of my favorite shows of all time — is met with derision because of its final season. To be sure, it’s an oddly opaque finale for a show that until then, had operated in grays — espousing realist and borderline nihilistic philosophies that called into question the nature and morals of man. But one of the charms of LOST was that it never tried to answer these questions. Yes, it bludgeoned you over the head with that “man of science, man of faith” debate between Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) and John Locke (Terry O’Quinn), but neither were able to ever really win the upper hand.

The finale changed that. The answer, it seemed to say, was faith. And in a show that depended so heavily on sci-fi tropes and staples, this switcheroo understandably angered people.

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real steel sequel

Real Steel isn’t Shawn Levy‘s most successful film at the box office, but it is easily the most enjoyable film he’s directed. Before the Steven Spielberg-produced movie even opened in theaters, Levy started talking about a sequel, which he, Hugh Jackman, and Evangeline Lilly were expected to return for. The father-son fighting robots story performed well overseas, but it wasn’t a big hit in the States. Five years since the movie hit theaters, Levy is still considering a sequel.

Below, Shawn Levy discusses the Real Steel sequel.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

We’re trying to tread carefully while writing about Captain America: Civil War. There’s plenty of story in the Marvel project that the trailers and TV spots have yet to spoil. If you’re excited for the film and want to know absolutely nothing else about the story until it hits theaters, then be careful what you read over the next few weeks.

While there aren’t any massive spoilers ahead, since this part of Captain America: Civil War has sadly already been revealed in various toys on shelves now, we do discuss a great action moment that you might want to wait and see for yourself. Read Feige’s comments on the film and Ant-Man and the Wasp at your own discretion.

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ant-man 2 genre

Ant-Man is just as much a heist movie as it is a superhero movie. Peyton Reed‘s Marvel origin story didn’t feel like most comic book movies because of its crime caper tropes. The sequel, however, will not return to the heist genre.

Learn more about Ant-Man and the Wasp after the jump.

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Ant-Man sequel

This year audiences embraced a hero named Ant-Man. I imagine some folks at Marvel were worried if moviegoers would accept a miniature crime fighter with such a refreshingly uncool name — and the bizarre power of commanding ants — but the film was a critical and commercial hit, especially overseas. After the success of the movie, director Peyton Reed can take even more chances with the Ant-Man sequel, and he plans on doing just that.

After the jump, learn what Reed has in store for Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man

Marvel Studios superhero heist film Ant-Man will hit home video on December 8th, and it should make for a good Christmas gift for the Marvel fan in your life. But if you can’t wait until then, a couple key scenes from the movie have been officially released online for you to watch over and over again.

Both of the Ant-Man credits scenes, featuring the reveal of Evangeline Lilly‘s new Wasp prototype suit and a tease of what’s to come in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, are legally available to watch right now. Read More »

Peyton Reed Ant-Man interview

Marvel Studios had some trouble hanging on to an Ant-Man director the first time around, as you probably recall, but it’s having no such issues now. Peyton Reed, who took over the first Ant-Man when Edgar Wright departed, is reportedly in talks to return for the recently announced sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp. More about the Peyton Reed Ant-Man and the Wasp news after the jump.  Read More »

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How Ant-Man Should Have Ended

Just last week, Marvel Studios officially announced a sequel to this past summer’s Phase Two title Ant-Man. The follow-up will be called Ant-Man and The Wasp, following up the Ant-Man credits teaser revealing Hope Van Dyne (daughter of Hank Pym, played by Evangeline Lilly) would get her own superhero suit to join Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) on his Ant-Man adventures.

But if for some reason you weren’t satisfied with the more isolated, low-key superhero flick, you might find some playful jabs at the movie from the folks at How It Should Have Ended to be right up your alley. They point out some amusing details and shortcomings that the film kind of glosses over, but if you get lost in the film and ignore those elements, then it’s all good, right? Read More »