I know what you’re thinking – that’s a mighty bold statement you’re making there in the title, sailor. Now hold up, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers, I’mma let you finish… but Ant-Man just may truly be one of the greatest Marvel films of all time. Of all time!
WARNING: Mild spoilers ahead – I did my best to keep quiet about the big stuff, but some parts of the film required a little explanation in the review.
There’s a scene in the latest Ant-Man trailer where Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is giving Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) a pep talk to encourage him to suit up as the insectoid hero. Lang’s responses is that Pym’s dire straits seems more like a job for the Avengers than a new Ant-Man. Well, one out of six ain’t bad. It’s not exactly a state secret, and the appearance of the Avenger in question can be spoiled as easily as looking at Ant-Man’s IMDb page, but if you’d rather not know, then you’re advised to look away from this post, because the following Ant-Man TV spot pretty handily ruins what looks like a cool cameo in the upcoming Marvel Studios‘ film. (more…)
There’s no question about it anymore: nostalgia sells. Things that make people reminisce about their younger days have been absolutely killing it for the entertainment industry as of late. A look at any TV station’s lineup will likely reveal a show or two being re-booted, re-imagined, or spun-off from an earlier series; some of the biggest draws in the music world are bands that have gotten back together for a new album or a “reunion” tour; and of course, big-budget films love to take existing storylines or universes and live in those worlds some more. On the latter front: it seemed almost inevitable, and now it’s official: Jurassic World has become the fastest movie in history to reach the $1 billion plateau. (more…)
We all know that after Secret Wars, things are going to be “all-new and all-different” in the Marvel Comic Book Universe (as they always are after a major event series). One of the most tantalizing bits is that elements from the regular Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Marvel Universe will be merging, thus resulting in a new normal that may genuinely be “all-new and all-different” after all. The biggest change is that Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales, will be in the regular Marvel 616 Universe and be part of the new Avengers line-up, but more than that, Marvel is releasing a solo book for Miles, which will simply be called Spider-Man. (more…)
This is why we can’t have nice things Internet. First you take a site like The Daily Star, then throw an incredibly poorly written and researched post about a big star against the Internet and then just see what clicks. Seriously though, the ridiculous “Word Of The Day” making the Internet rounds is that Beyonce is in talks with Disney and Marvel to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a super heroine role in time for the next Avengers movie. I’ll give you a minute to stifle that fit of giggles that news should have generated. Once you’ve caught your breath, check out what roles The Daily Star thinks Beyonce might play. (more…)
You might think that Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Guru Kevin Feige might have had some snarky remarks about Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic World taking the Opening Weekend Crown away from Joss Whedon‘s Avengers, but as it turns out, and most of us already knew, Feige is a stand up guy. He’s usually too busy handling Marvel’s movies to take shots at other franchises. So when the Opening Weekend Crown was passed, Feige sent his congratulations in this manner. (more…)
Man, that’s a long title! But I’ve got a lot to share with you fine Bastards today. Following on the heels of my review of the film last week, movie-goers around the world turned out in record numbers to check out a sequel 22 years in the making. The film crushed worldwide opening-weekend expectations, its star is ready and contractually willing to make another film, and your deep, burning question of how much a theme park like this would actually cost is all addressed below – so without further ado, let’s get to it!
Man, those Marvel types are a fickle bunch, eh? I mean geez, the guys create one mega-million dollar “shared universe” cinematic behemoth, generate another few hundred million dollars in advertising and tie-in product revenue, and single-handedly save not only their company but the superhero genre itself from the Pit of Despair, and they think they can just pick and choose whomever they want to play their characters on their own time frame. The nerve!
Okay, that pseudo-rant is not all entirely accurate. Marvel is working closely with Sony to pick the successor to the Spider-Man mantle, what with their “shared business universe” and all, so all sides need to be on the same page with the casting – and apparently, Asa Butterfield won’t be the winner of this race. While the reasoning for his being dropped isn’t immediately clear, some people think he may have rubbed Marvel the wrong way by recently hopping on Reddit threads and replying to posts about him portraying the web-slinger.
According to The Wrap reporter Jeff Sneider, there are only three actors left in contention for the role of Spider-Man in the MCU: Tom Holland (“The Impossible”), Charlie Plummer (“Boardwalk Empire”), and Matthew Lintz (“Kill the Messenger”). In his report, Sneider indicates that Plummer is the leading choice from the Marvel side, and Holland is the frontrunner in the eyes of the Sony camp. The two companies are going to have to start drawing straws or something soon, as romor has it that Spidey is slated to start filming his portion of Captain America: Civil War next month.
The newest Captain America film – jokingly labeled Avengers 2.5 by many fans, due to the high superhero count – is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016. Sound off below, fellow Bastards: who would you most be interested in seeing cast as Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man?
Is anyone truly excited about Marvel’s Ant-Man – yes, no, maybe? Seems most are considerable unimpressed with Marvel’s latest entry into their Cinematic Universe. Maybe it’s because the lead characters super powers of shrinking down to the size of a popcorn kernel and talking to Ants isn’t all that interesting. Or, maybe, it’s something deeper. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was as nonstop kinetic force – it was as fun and exciting as a super hero movie can get. Any Marvel solo film following a blockbuster like would be akin to being the guy that has to go on and perform after The Beatles .
Obviously feeling that Ant-Man isn’t tracking as strong as they may like, Marvel has dished out some movie posters with some familiar faces. When in doubt, cross promote! (more…)
The Marvel Comic Universe features a plethora of characters – some that would translate well off the colored pages and onto a movie or TV screen, and some that wouldn’t. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently plugging away at full steam, and after a rocky start with the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s TV offerings seem to be hitting their stride as well. Of course, both the film and television productions are all part of the larger MCU, which begs the simple-sounding yet very-convoluted questions: what characters will be added, and how? (more…)