‘Ant-Man’ – What Did You Think?

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It’s been years in the making, over a decade in truth, but Marvel’s Ant-Man is on the big screen this weekend. Kickstarted by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish in 2003 and ultimately directed by Peyton Reed with Paul Rudd starring, the film acts as the final chapter in Marvel’s “phase two” of universe building. In fact, the film is something like an intermission for the great forward push in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with connections to recent films, but also a structure and tone that is more akin to Iron Man than anything else.

Now that you’ve had a chance to see the film, we’d love to hear what you thought. Sound off on the highs and lows of Ant-Man in the comments below, where spoilers are encouraged. Read More »


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Peyton Reed Ant-Man interview

A couple weeks ago I got a chance to sit down with director Peyton Reed and talk about his new film Ant-Man. I’ve been a fan of Reed for a while now, from his fun 2000 comedy Bring It On (which was basically Pitch Perfect with Cheerleading) to his work within the Back to the Future franchise (he was involved in the Universal Studios ride, the animated series, and even directed the behind the scenes documentaries for the sequels). Here are some of the things I talked to Peyton Reed about:

  • His first attempt trying to direct a Marvel film in 2003 with a Fantastic Four adaptation that never happened
  • Ant-Man looks like it has the most VFX shots out of any of the Marvel films, But it does’t
  • How they made the microscopic scenes so photorealistic
  • What he believes he brought to the movie that wasn’t in Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish‘s draft
  • Why other Marvel characters were added to the story (possible spoiler warning, although its shown in tv commercials and trailers)
  • How Peyton ended up doing voice work on episodes of Beavis and Butthead
  • Will he be involved in any of the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary festivities
  • How Did Marty McFly influence Ant-Man

You can read about all of that and much more in my Peyton Reed Ant-Man interview, after the jump.

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Replacing Edgar Wright on Ant-Man was never going to be an easy task. As director Peyton Reed recalls it, even he found himself wondering, “Who is the poor sap who is going to take over that movie?” — not realizing, of course, that he himself would get the job a few weeks later.

Fortunately, early word on Reed’s Ant-Man has been strong. Among other things, critics have noted approvingly that Wright’s influence can still be felt in the finished product. Now Reed has gotten more specific about which parts of Ant-Man came from him and Adam McKay, and which parts originated with Wright and Joe Cornish. Read the Peyton Reed Edgar Wright Ant-Man comments after the jump.  Read More »

Ant-Man Prequel

Not only does Peyton Reed want to make another Ant-Man movie, he already has some ideas about what he’d like it to be. In a recent interview, he revealed his desire to make a prequel about Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas in this month’s movie. See Reed’s Ant-Man prequel comments after the jump.  Read More »

Ant-Man Kitchen

Marvel’s not really in the business of making standalone movies. So even though there are no explicit plans for an Ant-Man 2 at the moment, it’s not a stretch to imagine there could be, as long as the first film doesn’t bomb completely. And if that does happen, director Peyton Reed would like Marvel to know he’s interested in returning. Read the Ant-Man 2 Peyton Reed comments after the jump.  Read More »

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Ant-Man set visit

On October 9 2014 I visited my first Marvel set. The film was Ant-Man, Marvel Studios’ latest gamble and the final film in Phase Two of the company’s influential and uber-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. I mention it was my first Marvel set visit because, like me, Ant-Man represents many firsts for Marvel. It’s the first time they’ve hired a director, Peyton Reed, just weeks before shooting. It’s the first time their central hero, Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd), has a family. It’s the first time we’ll see a man shrink down to ride on ant. Those are just the tip of the iceberg.

Below, read 65 things we learned over two days — days 37 and 38 of the 74-day shoot — on the Atlanta set of Ant-Man. There’s also info from a day spent at ILM on June 15, 2015. Read More »

Paul Rudd in Ant-Man

This summer’s tiniest hero is teaming up with this summer’s biggest villains, on the world’s most gigantic screens. Marvel has announced a six-minute extended preview of Ant-Man to debut this weekend with IMAX 3D screenings of Jurassic World. After the jump, get a little taste with a new teaser for the Ant-Man IMAX extended look. Read More »

Ant-Man Paul Rudd Shower

Marvel Studios has just issued a trailer for its other big release of summer 2015, Ant-Man. Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang, who’s recruited by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to become the Ant-Man. Yes, Scott, it’s too late to change the name. Check out the Ant-Man trailer after the jump. Read More »