Ant-Man and the Wasp Michael Douglas interview

Last fall, the legendary Michael Douglas enters a conference room in a sound stage a few feet from where he was just filming a scene with his Ant-Man and the Wasp co-star Paul Rudd. Douglas, who plays the brilliant scientist/engineer Hank Pym in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is in a pleasant, upbeat mood, asking myself and the handful of other journalists if we’re enjoying our lunch. “The veggie burger was good. I don’t know if anybody’s had the veggie burger,” he says. “The food’s good here!”

Douglas’s cheery disposition is a far cry from the scene in which we just saw him perform: from monitors on the sound stage, we watched as Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) exits a van, leaving Hank Pym and his estranged protege Scott Lang (Rudd) alone in the vehicle. “She seems more intense,” Scott quips. But Hank is in no mood for jokes. “She hasn’t seen her mother in 30 years, and she’s so close to finding her. How would you be?” he responds coldly.

Ant-Man and the Wasp follows Hank and Hope on a quest to find Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), the original Wasp, who was lost in the Quantum Realm decades earlier. During a break between takes, we spoke with Douglas about stepping back into a familiar role, how Hank Pym has changed since the events of the first movie, and much more. Read our full Ant-Man and the Wasp Michael Douglas interview below. Read More »

Ant-Man and the Wasp set visit

I’m standing inside Hank Pym’s new high tech laboratory. Pym’s secure room under his house in the first Ant-Man was pretty slick, but this two-story complex puts that place to shame. Banks of computers – some brand new, some decades old – flash as they work side by side. The place has a mixture of analog and modern technology: microphones attached to a tape player, an ancient reel-to-reel machine plopped next to a corrugated cardboard model with Pym Particle receptacles attached.

And there are some bizarre additions that make sense when you consider this lab was built by the original Ant-Man. You know those little plastic clips that keep loaves of bread from getting stale? A huge version of one of those corrals some cables hanging from the ceiling. Across the room, there’s a six foot paper clip on the side of a futuristic tunnel, and oversized Erector set pieces can be seen all throughout the cavernous lab. Occasionally, I find myself walking across a massive LEGO piece slotted into the floor, inserted as if to fill what would have otherwise been a gap in a second story catwalk. An oversized shock absorber with its round circular tubing sits in the corner, seemingly holding up the building itself. It feels as if someone designed this entire lab in miniature, utilizing whatever tools and scattered pieces were within arm’s reach on a workbench, and then blew the tiny version up to full size. That Hank Pym is a smart guy.

On September 14, 2017, I joined a small group of other reporters on the Pinewood set of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. We found ourselves walking around on the single largest set Marvel has constructed in the studio’s existence thus far. Speaking with the cast and crew, we learned what director Peyton Reed has planned for this super-sized sequel, and below, you can read our full Ant-Man and the Wasp set visit report. But beware – there are some plot details here that some of you may consider spoilers. Read More »

ant-man and the wasp tv spots

Hope van Dyne is done playing second fiddle. After a new Ant-Man and the Wasp poster put the superheroine front and center, the latest Ant-Man and the Wasp TV spots remind us of what a goofball Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is, and how awesome Evangeline Lilly‘s Hope is. So Scott can brag all he wants about being an Avenger — Hope is taking the lead.

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ant-man and the wasp character posters

The fate of Janet van Dyne remained a mystery for most of 2015’s Ant-Man, with the original Wasp and Hank Pym’s wife presumed dead after being lost in the Quantum Realm. But then Michelle Pfeiffer (Disney’s apparent secret ingredient for a lot of its sequels) was cast in Ant-Man and the Wasp, with the news that she would be playing Janet. But the character has remained out of sight for most of the trailers, and we didn’t expect to get a glimpse of her until the movie arrived later this summer. Which is why these new Ant-Man and the Wasp character posters are such a pleasant surprise — not only does Pfeiffer’s Janet van Dyne get her own poster, she also appears in (a very battle-worn) costume.

Take a look at the new Ant-Man and the Wasp character posters below.

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ant-man and the wasp tv spot

Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly ain’t afraid of no ghosts — at least, they’re not afraid of Ghost with a capital “G.” Ghost is the latest Big Bad to hit the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and she gets the spotlight in the newest Ant-Man and the Wasp TV spot.

Hannah John-Kamen plays the technically-gifted villain of Ant-Man and the Wasp, and it’s up to Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne, and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to stop her nefarious plans.

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Everything you’d want to know about one of Fincher’s movies can be learned in one of his commentary tracks, which are usually joined by other excellent and informative bonus features, including a highly reccomended Panic Room commentary featuring screenwriter William Goldman. Audio commentaries don’t get much better than Fincher’s, though, so if you’ve yet to listen to one of his, do yourself a favor and check one out.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

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Marvel is looking to deliver a good time later this summer with the titular pint-sized superheroes played by Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly teaming up, but there are still plenty of details to sift through in this sequel. In our Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer breakdown, we take a closer look at all the action, point out some key details you might have missed, and try to figure out what’s going on.

Read our full Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer breakdown below. Read More »

Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer

If you’re still reeling from the downright depressing ending of Avengers: Infinity War, here’s some light-heartedness to cheer you up. A new Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer has arrived, loaded with jokes, action, and definitely not a bunch of scenes of heroes dying en masse.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

This morning brought the first trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. Even though there’s plenty of footage in the trailer, which runs just over a minute and a half, we only get a few story details, and none of them include any information on just what kind of villain our new superhero team will be contending with this time. But even so, there were plenty of details to notice, and we’ll run through some of the finer points in our Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer breakdown. Read More »

ant-man and the wasp trailer

Right on the heels of fellow Marvel movie Black Panther‘s rapturous premiere, the first Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer has been released by Marvel Studios.

The sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd as the titular superhero, Ant-Man and the Wasp sees Evangeline Lilly‘s Hope van Dyne finally getting the chance to step into her own super suit.

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