Ant-Man and the Wasp finally gave one of the female superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe a proper leading role, with Evangeline Lilly suiting up as Hope Van Dyne, the more capable and experienced insect-inspired partner of Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang. However, just because she’s a big part of the Ant-Man movies, don’t expect the Wasp to spin-off into a movie of her own.
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We all know Marvel Studios is currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while Avengers: Infinity War was one hell of a way to celebrate the unprecedented crossover of all these film franchises, the comic book movie studio has another treat for fans to enjoy this year.
Marvel Studios has announced that all 20 of their movies, from Iron Man to this year’s Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp, will return to IMAX screens for a limited run at the end of August through the first week of September. But there’s a specific schedule for the movies that will make it rather difficult for even the most hardcore Marvel fan to see all of them. Find out more below. Read More »
As Disney grows to be an even bigger industry behemoth following its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the House of Mouse prepares its assault on the biggest streaming giant: Netflix. And the battle is beginning sooner than we thought. Ahead of Disney’s launch of its own streaming service, it’s pulling all of its Marvel Studios films from Netflix. This is something we knew was happening, but kind of expected to take place further in the future — you know, when we all have jet packs and Disney chips installed in our brains. But nope, Ant-Man and the Wasp will be the last Marvel film to stream on Netflix, and the final remnant of the old Netflix Marvel deal.
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The Walt Disney Company is used to dealing with stunning successes, but so far, the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park has been something of a disappointment. The park’s attendance numbers aren’t as high as Disney execs would like, so in order to give the park a slight boost, they’re turning to some superheroes to help save the day.
Hong Kong Disneyland’s Tomorrowland section is being transformed into a mini Marvel land with attractions based on the cinematic versions of Marvel comics characters. Now we have a new look at an Ant-Man ride that will feature stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. Find out the name of the new attraction below, and watch a quick teaser with a few pieces of concept art and interviews with the stars.
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Ant-Man and the Wasp almost had a hilarious Captain America cameo, but director Peyton Reed decided to cut it, because he doesn’t want us to have nice things. Read all about the Captain America cameo below.
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From Ant-Man to Bring It On to his crowning achievement, Down With Love, there’s a sincere buoyancy to director Peyton Reed‘s work. His deft control of tone is currently on display in Ant-Man and the Wasp, which brings good-hearted laughs to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Infinity War‘s downer ending. While Reed made Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) origin story a heist movie, the sequel is a comedy focused more on banter and character than action – though the action is bigger this time around.
Before making the latest entry in the MCU, Reed watched “the holy trinity of romantic comedies”: Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday, and It Happened One Night. “The male and female characters are so smart, and there’s this mutual respect between those characters, particularly in His Girl Friday, they respect each other in terms of what they do,” he told us. Reed, who’s also fond of those movies’ “incredible humanism,” also discussed returning to the Quantum Realm, mini Paul Rudd, the end credits tags, the influence of Elmore Leonard, and more. Read our full Peyton Reed spoiler interview below.
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You might not be aware of this, but Marvel tends to add these things called “post-credits scenes” to their movies. They’re scenes that arrive after, or sometimes during the end credits. Crazy, I know! Ant-Man and the Wasp is the latest MCU film with post-credits scenes waiting to be dissected, and director Peyton Reed took some time to explain their connection to Avengers: Infinity War. Spoilers follow.
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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, a video explores whether Ant-Man could actually be the most powerful Avenger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, Michael Douglas breaks down his career on the screen, from an early role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to Ant-Man and the Wasp, and look back at a vintage clip of Chris Farley being hilariously honest with a song about his life. Read More »
David, Devindra, Jeff, and Kristy discuss AMC’s Stubs A-List, the new season of GLOW, Ryan Murphy’s Pose, and the thought-provoking Nanette.
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Much like the original Ant-Man, the Marvel Studios sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp keeps to itself without many connections to the rest of the events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It allows for an lighthearted, entertaining adventure that doesn’t need a bunch of connective tissue to Avengers: Infinity War or any of the other superhero franchises. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some interesting threads to follow that could have serious ramifications for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Ant-Man and the Wasp has a couple of villains who give the titular superhero duo a run for their money. One of them is Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), who has an affliction that keeps her quantum phasing, putting her in constant pain. She needs something from Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) in order to cure her of this peculiar malady. There’s also Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins), a shady black market tech dealer who has been helping Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and her father gather some rare tech to find her mother Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) in the quantum realm. But he tries to turn a business deal in his own favor by making a play for Pym’s shrinking technology, apparently in the name of an unknown buyer who wants to use it for innovations in quantum energy. And that’s the mystery we want to dig into.
Who is Sonny Burch’s employer? That’s the Ant-Man and the Wasp villain mystery that remains unsolved. But there might be answers just waiting for us in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read More »