Now that we’ve seen Avengers: Endgame (which is absolutely fantastic), we can tell you how to be fully prepared for this monumental pop culture event. Yes, there are 21 films in total that precede this movie, and Avengers: Endgame somehow offers an epic conclusion to each and every one of them. But you don’t need to remember every single one in order to fully enjoy this sequel. We’ve put together a list of the six most essential movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that you should watch (or rewatch) to get the most out of your Avengers: Endgame experience.
Get the full list of Marvel movies to watch before Avengers Endgame below. Read More »
Your hip vinyl collections are about to get a whole lot more super. Marvel Music and Hollywood Records are teaming up with Mondo to bring the soundtracks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to vinyl. Starting with Christophe Beck’s score for Ant-Man and The Wasp, Marvel Mondo vinyls will be rolled out with the typically stylish cover designs that we’ve come to expect of the collectibles company. Check out the eye-catching Mondo vinyl cover art for Ant-Man and the Wasp first.
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(Welcome to Road to Endgame, where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In this edition: Ant-Man and the Wasp is an easy, breezy, meaningless entry.)
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe increases in bombast, it needs the occasional palette-cleanser. The bloated Avengers: Age of Ultron was followed by Ant-Man, a heist film in the vein of a studio comedy. Similarly, the gargantuan Avengers: Infinity War was succeeded by Ant-Man and the Wasp. The Ant-Man films are as literal as “going smaller” gets, focusing not only on shrinking superheroes, but on intimate father-daughter dynamics, thus steering the MCU away from its usually apocalyptic stakes.
As with its predecessor, though, Ant-Man and the Wasp begs the question: is smaller inherently better when it comes to superheroes?
For what feels like the first time since Thor: The Dark World, a Marvel movie fails to be about anything in particular. Ant-Man and the Wasp is hardly a contender for bottom spot — it’s too well-meaning, and its supporting cast is too likable for the film to be truly worthless — and it breaks from Marvel’s traditions in notable ways. A handful of these deviations are refreshing. For instance, tonal consistency, along with visual and aural filmmaking that actually matches it. Other departures however, render the film thematically vapid, making it stick out even further in a series so otherwise loaded.
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We’ve already highlighted a ton of the cool movie and TV-inspired toys and collectibles that were revealed at the 2019 New York Toy Fair last weekend. But much like the return of Kenner’s vintage Star Wars figures, we thought some new additions to the Marvel Legends action figure line-up from the Marvel Cinematic Universe deserved to be highlighted on their own.
This year, Marvel Comics is celebrating their 80th anniversary, and in honor of that milestone, they’re releasing some figures of characters who you might not have expected to ever see available to display on your collectibles shelf. They include fan favorite characters like Korg and The Grandmaster from Thor: Ragnarok, Luis from Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Peggy Carter from Captain America: The First Avenger. Get a look at all of the new 2019 Marvel Legends figures from the MCU below. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, check out an Ant-Man and the Wasp visual effects breakdown from key action sequences. Plus, Andy Samberg reveals some of the jokes written for his hosting stint on the Golden Globes that ended up being rejected, and Terry Crews goes undercover on Reddit, YouTube and Twitter. Read More »
Peyton Reed, the director of Down with Love and drummer of a long defunct Smiths cover band, once again brought some feel-good laughs to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Ant-Man and the Wasp. The sequel was a bit bigger, a little looser, and even Scott Lang was funnier, but Reed and all involved still managed to keep it as contained and as cleanly told as the first movie. Reed’s Ant-Man still ain’t going big for the sake of going big.
Reed basically made what was a large-scale studio comedy with more emphasis on laughs than action. Ant-Man and the Wasp is a buddy comedy, not another save the world story. With smaller but more personal stakes, Reed delivered a sequel that does a lot more than check boxes. We recently had a brief conversation with the director about the sequel, mostly focused on his days in a Smiths cover band, notes from Marvel President Kevin Feige, working with Evangeline Lilly, and two of his past movies.
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The ending of Ant-Man and the Wasp was actually one of the most exciting parts of the Marvel Studios sequel. And by the ending, we mean the credits scene that actually tied into the more pressing matters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
However, the folks at How It Should Have Ended make a good point about the mid-credits scene from Ant-Man and the Wasp, which packs an interesting punch, but also doesn’t necessarily make the most sense.
Watch How Ant-Man and the Wasp Should Have Ended below. Read More »
Ant-Man and the Wasp is now available on Blu-ray, but a new featurette about the film breaks down several of the movie’s impressive visual effects, including how VFX artists de-aged Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer for flashback scenes. Watch the featurette below!
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Hey, remember Ant-Man and the Wasp? It’s hard to believe, but Marvel Studios had three movies hit theaters this year, but because the Ant-Man sequel wasn’t as successful or Earth-shattering as Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, it barely made a dent in the minds of fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That doesn’t mean it should be ignored, but that also makes it the perfect target for mockery from the folks at Honest Trailers. Read More »
Ant-Man and the Wasp isn’t a movie filled with important universe-altering events. There were plenty of those in Avengers: Infinity War, and director Peyton Reed made the smart decision of not trying to compete with that gargantuan effort; instead, he made a smaller scale film that’s easily one of the funniest films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But one of the ways the movie does tie in to the studio’s larger tapestry is in its mid-credits scene. In a new interview, star Evangeline Lilly has revealed that the Ant-Man and the Wasp original ending was slightly different than the one we saw in theaters, and she’s “grateful” the version they shot didn’t make it into the final cut.
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