Edgar Wright Confirms Hank Pym in ‘Ant-Man’


This weekend’s big reveal that the Avengers sequel would be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron immediately got comics geeks wondering what that meant for Ant-Man. In the books, Ultron is created by Hank Pym a.k.a. Ant-Man — but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man isn’t due out until after Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters.

Whedon clarified soon afterward that they’d be “doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron,” which would not involve Hank Pym. But don’t worry, Wright has asserted that he’ll still crop up when Ant-Man hits later that same year. Hit the jump to get the latest info.

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Yesterday Joss Whedon introduced a short video at San Diego Comic Con that announced the full title for the Avengers sequel. Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in 2015, and the name tells us that the malicious adamantium robot Ultron — a longtime Marvel Universe nemesis with many different incarnations — will play a major role.

A comic book storyline published earlier this year bears the same name, naturally leading many fans to expect that the movie will be an adaptation of that storyline. (A story which features prominent roles for characters Marvel Studios cannot use.) Turns out that the movie is really using the title and presence of Ultron, and possibly little more from that comic book story. Watch Joss Whedon explain the story — which he says he’s been thinking about since before The Avengers was done — bel0w. Read More »


After the Marvel Studios presentation last night, the /Film Comic Con coverage team (Russ Fischer, Germain Lussier, Angie Han and Peter Sciretta) gathered together to record one last video blog in San Diego. This time our discussion centers on the footage that premiered during the Marvel Studios panel. This footage includes early looks at Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and a small tease for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

If you’re looking for a beat by beat description, look elsewhere on this site or on other blogs. Instead we give you our reaction and thoughts on what we saw. Watch the video embedded after the jump. Hope you had a good Comic Con!

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Joss Whedon took the stage at Hall H today to intro a brief teaser clip for a new film. The footage featured animated close-ups of metal being pounded into shape as we hear clips of dialogue from The Avengers. But as the metal object revolves and the camera pulls back the head of Ultron is revealed.

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Vin Diesel

Briefly: At the end of today’s Riddick panel at Comic Con, room was made for one last question. A guy stepped up to ask Vin Diesel what his vision — emphasis on that word — might be for his possible role in the Marvel Universe. The actor laughed and said he regretted allowing one last question, since it brought up the one thing he’s not supposed to talk about.

Diesel then said that there is “some very big news coming at the end of the month” with respect to Marvel. Why it would take place later in the month, rather than at Marvel’s panel tomorrow, is open to question. Regardless, he’s continuing the long tease about just what he might end up doing for Marvel Studios. The same range of speculation about the answer continues, with the idea of him voicing Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy or playing Vision in The Avengers 2 being the biggest options fans are talking about. (One writer said Diesel told him the role involves a love story, which vaguely suggests he could play Thanos, the being who is in love with Death.)


Vin Diesel

This is more a “don’t get your hopes up” piece than anything else. Vin Diesel is happy to use Facebook and Twitter to issue missives to his fans. Some of these feature concrete info about films like the Fast and the Furious sequels and Riddick. Others are more cryptic, as when he recently talked about setting up a meeting with Marvel Studios. Today Diesel said the meeting went well, and threw in a couple words and ideas that got peoples’ imaginations running.

But are his teases anything more than talk? Hard to say from here. Read More »

Iron Man 3 Final Header

Robert Downey Jr. will be back as Iron Man, but not in an Iron Man movie. The actor, whose lucrative multi-picture contract with Marvel Studios ended with Iron Man 3, has just signed a two picture deal to appear as the character both The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3. A potential fourth Iron Man film is not part of the deal, which gives us some major hints at where the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going. Read More »


Loki memorably made his debut in Thor and then even more memorably provided the Hulk with some Asgardian rag-doll action in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers. And we know the character has a significant role in Thor: The Dark World, which hits this fall.

But if you’re expecting Loki to reprise his villainous role in The Avengers 2, might be time to come up with a new expectation. Whedon is talking more and more about his team-up sequel — which is still quite a way off, with release planned for 2015 — and he seems to say that Loki won’t have a role.  Read More »

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