The amazing effects of recent films like Downsizing and Ant Man &The Wasp, show how far Hollywood has come in making a convincing reality that is grounded in science fiction. Where the MCU Ant Man films have brought the idea of shrinking into modern pop culture and Downsizing gave us a new vantage point to view our culture and how mankind has mistreated the planet we call home, they were not the first films to deal with making people little.
Some of their predecessors were full on fantasy films, while others were the predictable mad scientist tale of power and control. There were even a few that were written and intended to be funny (and many that were unintentionally funny).
Here is a brief look at the history of shrinking in the cinema up through the 1950s.
Fresh off the news that Michelle Pfeiffer will be playing Janet Van Dyne in Marvel/Disney’s upcoming Ant-Man sequel Ant-Man And The Wasp, we have learned that Judy Greer will return to reprise her role in the sequel. Greer played Scott Lang’s ex-wife, Maggie Lang, so her return indicates there will still be some family drama for our hero moving forward.
For those fans who bothered to stick around for the post-credit scenes from 2015’s Ant-Man, it should come as no surprise that Evangeline Lilly’s character from the first film, Hope Van Dyne, will be strapping on the wings and taking on the mantle of the Wasp in the film’s upcoming sequel. Of course, since the sequel is titled And-Man and The Wasp, you probably already knew that anyway even if you rushed to the bathroom at the film’s ending instead of sticking around. Even though we got to see a costume on the wall in that scene, a final approved look had yet to be revealed… until today! (more…)
Though it turned out to be a successful addition to the Marvel cinematic universe, grossing $519 million worldwide and generally getting good views from both audiences and critics, for a long time prior to its release, fans were expecting a very different kind of movie from Ant-Man. For a long time the director behind the world famous Cornetto Trilogy, Edgar Wright, was attached to the direct the movie, having been involved since 2006 – two years before the release of Iron Man. His vision combined with the wealth of Ant-Man source material would certainly have made for an interesting film and many fans were eager to see it. (more…)
Before Ant-Man made his big-screen debut, if fans were asked whether they would ever imagine dropping a couple hundred dollars for an Ant-Man figurine, the question would have been met with a hearty balk look followed by a “How dare you, sir!” slap across the face, but here we are. Ant-Man got his solo movie and a favorable return appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Oh, how easily those early doubters were converted into fans. What was once a laughably lame hero (“You mean his power is he can make himself really small?”) turned out to be far more impressive than anyone would or could have expected – the character was received as a charming and winning edition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Suddenly, spending a little scratch on a high-end collectible Ant-Man figure doesn’t sound so absurd. (more…)
Not too long ago, Anna Kendrick called “shotgun” on Squirrel Girl, the rodent themed Marvel comics super-heroine that started as something of a gag, but became an actual fan favorite. To be clear, Marvel has never announced plans to make Squirrel Girl (or any of the teams she’s been on, like the Great Lakes Avengers) into a movie—Kendrick has simply stated her interest in playing the character (even though she admitted to knowing little about her, outside of a few comics her brother sent her). Now, someone else in Hollywood is saying “Hey Marvel, I’m team Squirrel Girl!” (more…)
With the premiere of Captain America: Civil War right around the corner, publicity for the film is going into overdrive. One obvious example of this is that Jimmy Kimmel Live is having an entire Marvel week this week. Last night he sat down with members of Team Cap, featuring Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, and Sebastian Stan. The quartet were really enjoyable and charismatic, as always, but the real highlight was a new clip from Civil War, showcasing Rudd and his famously acerbic wit. Check out the clip below!
We’re drawing closer and closer to Marvel’s next big movie release: known colloquially to the fans as Avengers 2.5 due to the copious amounts of heroes being featured, Captain America: Civil War is sure to be action-packed from start to finish. Fans everywhere are already “picking sides” between Team Captain America and Team Iron Man, and previous trailers and promotional images have shown potential viewers which heroes are choosing to align themselves in either corner (no word yet on the preferred affiliations of Baby Groot, however). While we are rumored to get a new Civil War trailer this week, Marvel has already hit us with new stuff to fawn over: a deluge of new character posters featuring the characters who are affiliating with Cap himself. (more…)
Evangeline Lilly, the center of everyone’s favorite love triangle on that much missed show of the early aughts, Lost, may be on track to receive her own solo Wasp film. Lilly’s Wasp will join Paul Rudd’s Antman in summer 2018 for the Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, but writer Adam McKay has indicated that may not be the last we see of the Marvel heroine. It all depends, it would seem, upon the success of the upcoming sequel. 2015’s Ant-Man was another success for the Marvel franchise, bringing in a worldwide total of $519.3 and sitting well with both critics and the general population. But will returns like that be enough to get Wasp her own movie? (more…)
Toys and play-sets from mega movie properties will see the films core characters and battle scenes make it to plastic form, obviously. One thing toy tie-ins often also do… is spoil a movie surprise. Toys are made and released months ahead of a film premiere; with the purpose of getting toys in the hands of kids (and collectors) to market the movie. So that being the case, there’s really no avoiding it. Still, that doesn’t make it any easier when you’re perusing the aisle of a toy store, see some toy set that catches your eye… and boom… spoiler!
Such as the case with Marvel’s latest super hero mega fest – Captain America Civil War. An upcoming LEGO set depicts a truly transformative reveal… and here we are complaining about spoilers, but sometimes we just can’t help ourselves. So click away to check it out if you just have to know before hand. (more…)