Last weekend we got confirmation from Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige himself that every single film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from Iron Man through Spider-Man: Far From Home, would be released in a massive box set. This collection of films is now officially called The Infinity Saga, and when Marvel Studios took the stage in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer, they took a victory lap with an awesome sizzle reel looking back at the entirety of their work so far. Now you can watch it for yourself and remember everything The Avengers have gone through. Read More »
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Though it’s primarily the original Avengers who get the spotlight in this summer’s massive hit Avengers: Endgame, none of it would be possible without Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man. However, when it comes to the superhero’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it seems that franchise star Paul Rudd doesn’t know if Ant-Man 3 will give him another chance to flex his Pym Particles. Read More »
In the months leading up to the release of Avengers: Endgame, there was a lot of chatter about a certain method by which The Avengers could have defeated Thanos (Josh Brolin). Some of the more creative (or disturbing) Marvel Cinematic Universe fans out there thought that if Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) could shrink down to a small size, make his way into Thanos’ body, and then grown inside of him, it would have ripped Thanos apart. All of this would have been accomplished by jumping in Thanos’ butt.
Thankfully, this genius theory was brought up to Avengers: Endgame co-writer Christopher Markus, and he explained why the Ant-Man attacking Thanos’s butt plan wouldn’t work out so well for our hero in the end (no pun intended). Read More »
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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 »
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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 is charming, but feels like two different scripts smashed together)
Ant-Man would’ve been a different beast under director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), who left the project over creative differences in 2014. The Avengers had recently swept the globe, and with the note-factory that was Marvel Creative Committee still intact under Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, directorial freedom wasn’t exactly on the table. (The Committee was finally disbanded in 2015).
Marvel Studios then was a far cry from Marvel Studios today, just a few years removed. While it’s nice to imagine what could have been, Peyton Reed of Yes Man and Bring It On did an ample job; for better or worse, the film the studio wanted seems more fitting for Reed’s wheelhouse than Wright’s. Several visual flourishes people presume were Wright’s were actually Reed’s doing — Luis’ hilarious callbacks, for one — though the story feels like the product of conflicting rewrites.
While Ant-Man’s personal scale feels like a palette cleanser from Marvel’s end-of-the-world bombast, one might ponder whether going smaller and more personal is inherently more sound, especially when major decisions still feel like they’ve had their edges sanded down. Wright was rumoured to have written a more morally grey film, about a hardened criminal being reformed. The end result is anything but, yet it curiously (and paradoxically) echoes elements of Wright’s original drafts — as if the finished product were unable to escape its past.
Like the protagonist at its center, it’s tough for Ant-Man to be truly good when forces beyond its control keep holding it back.
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