Ant-Man (2015)

Ant-Man PosterRelease Date: July 17, 2015

Director: Edgar Wright

Writer: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish

Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas

Synopsis:

Biochemist Dr. Hank Pym uses his latest discovery, a group of subatomic particles, to create a size-altering formula. Though his first self-test goes awry, he develops an instrument that helps him communicate with and control insects.

There is exactly one piece of information about Edgar Wright‘s upcoming Ant-Man movie that actually matters. That piece of information is not its release date or where it will film or when it will film or how long that shoot will take or how much Marvel plans to budget for catering. That piece of information is who is going to star in the film. Agreed? Admittedly, there is a certain level of excitement that we can ascribe to most Ant-Man news because, guys, Edgar Wright is actually making his Ant-Man movie and we’re going to get see it. Like, in theaters and stuff. Yet, beyond that, what do we really care about when it comes to the film? Perhaps we can try to care about its possible filming details because that will determine when we get to see it? Perhaps? Maybe? If so, Latino Review has a lead on both when and where the film will supposedly lens, which might also give us a hint as to when the final film will hit movie theaters.

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The above image shows off Tony Stark’s latest creation, the Mark VII (I think that’s what we’re on) Iron Man armor that will be seen in use for the upcoming Marvel Studios film Iron Man 3. In the wee hours of the Comic-Con morning, it was unveiled at Marvel’s booth, where Stark’s Hall of Armor has been standing guard all weekend. Later in the day, the likes of director Shane Black, producer Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr. took the stage to show off the first footage from their movie. They also brought Marvel’s Kevin Feige along with some other special announcements up his sleeve.

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From the looks of it Django Unchained, Pacific Rim and Anything Marvel Does Forever are topping the list of the most anticipated movies hitting Comic-Con 2012. The question is, with 400 million (number estimated) other movie panels showing up in San Diego, how will you possibly see everything? And how can you see anything if you aren’t going to be there? Since the list of events is massive, we’ve teamed up with 14 other movie websites to make sure that every inch of the convention center is locked down. Consider this your portal, bookmark it, and return often to check out the full spectrum of coverage from ours and other fine sites. To get started, here’s a small look at what all of us are most excited to see.

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What is Movie News After Dark? At all times, it is an attempt to run down 8 or so stories that you should be reading today. Or should have read today, and should be reading tonight. Sometimes it’s helpful. Sometimes it’s silly. But it always is. We begin tonight with a shot from Disney’s potentially very cool 2D animated shot Paper Man. Classy, simple and with little bits of color (look closely, it’s there) and some really great buzz from the animation community are fueling the fire around this one, which will play alongside Wreck-It-Ralph in November.

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More than a few people will consider this a spoiler, so consider that your spoiler warning, but really it’s just a bit of speculation that might be a really cool element to a part of a movie that’s not even part of the movie. Confused yet? Excellent. According to the rumor mill over at indie haven The Playlist, art house film Iron Man 3 might be introducing a highly-anticipated hero in its post-credits tag. Of course that isn’t really a spoiler because, well, of course Marvel is going to tease the next movie in the line-up at the end of their current movie. The question is, what hero will it be?

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What is Movie News After Dark? This week, it is like the idiotic parents’ suburban Pasadena home in Project X. The responsible party is taking some time off, so he has handed the keys to some of us on staff, and we are having the Movie News After Dark House Party of the century. We’re doing our best to remain somewhat respectable and deliver some entertainment news you may have missed this week, but at some point we all know we’ll put a dwarf in the oven. On with the show. The first story is one you’ve likely seen already this weekend, but it’s worth repeating for the sheer joy it brings. This weekend, Movies.com published the story of George Lucas doing something we can all get behind. After decades of trying to develop land in Marin County to make the biggest movie studio in the galaxy, and with his snooty neighbors blocking the $300m a year initiative for fear of causing problems, he has decided to develop low-income housing. Finally, people can pat him on the back and forget about Jar Jar, Han shooting first and a certain crystal skull.

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Now that The Avengers is a Hulk-sized hit on North American shores as well as overseas, the big question is what will Joss Whedon do next. As seen in this interview with Collider, the man appears to be pretty damn tired from this monster film that officially wrapped only a couple weeks ago. But Hollywood moves fast, and Marvel Studios moves even faster. Acolytes of Whedon are sounding the charge as if a revolution has occurred that makes the later seasons of his shows pale in comparison. The question is will Whedon be courted by the inevitable Avengers 2? Will he resurrect his TV series onto the big screen? Will Neil Patrick Harris be involved in any way? Here are the main options Whedon has before him.

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Ant-Man

Marvel, as it’s own studio, has been the production team that’s dreamed the impossible dream. In a few weeks, they’ll unleash a movie with more superheroes per capita than any before which also assembles a cast that will probably never be in the same room all together again. The inevitable sequel to The Avengers is not as inevitable as other blockbusters considering the schedules involved. On that same front, the geek chorus of getting Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man out of the paper and ink prison and onto the big screen has been justifiably getting louder over the past two years. It’s easy to imagine Marvel head Kevin Feige leading that chorus, and now he’s claiming that it’s “as close as it’s ever been.” In an interview with Hey U Guys’ Ben Mortimer, Feige said, “we are gonna take some forward steps in a few months that will bring it closer than ever.” There’s still no concrete information here, but alongside the studio’s new focus on lesser-known characters, it looks like Wright might need to carve out some big time for a small hero. Plus, Feige wouldn’t needlessly tease fans. The studio has dreamed impossible dreams, but they’ve managed to make a lot of them come true.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news and link collection column that is running late, but it’s not sorry about it. Tonight it went to see Cowboys & Aliens, which was a lot of fun. So deal with it. As you know, it is always worth the wait, baby. We begin tonight with the first look at Blake Lively and Chloe Moretz in Hick, which was released as part of the Toronto International Film Festival laying down its Gala and Special Presentation line-up. Lively is a drifter, Moretz is a runaway and in this scene, they’re moving quickly away from something. Perhaps its Lively’s cinematic career thus far. Someone should tell her there’s no escaping that wooden performance in Green Lantern.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Mark Walters stops by to discuss the host of Big Fan Boy news and the future (or lack thereof) of the comic book movie. Of course, one night after discussing the need for originality and the weariness of even looking out on seeing yet another Spider-Man origin story…news breaks that a famous director wants his shot at Batman. Of course. Plus, we manage to find time to grow beards and review The Green Hornet. Listen Here: Download This Episode

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The greatest thing about the possible Ant-Man movie is that no one on the planet has any idea how anyone could pull it off, but since Edgar Wright is in the creative driver’s seat, that normally debilitating fear vanishes like a superhero who gets so tiny you can’t see him. Wright told the LA Times that he’s had a casual meeting with Marvel head Kevin Feige, and that he’s sitting down to take another pass at his Ant-Man script with Joe Cornish. The same small-budget elements seem to be in place, and Wright claimed that, “this one’s not about about the urgency of summer tentpoles and things going into production without a script.” Magical golden words for fans that like their spectacle with a little meat to it. If that script doesn’t keep him busy enough, he has a new idea for a project that will have him partner up with Simon Pegg again. It could very well be the third film of the Cornetto Trilogy that that every single human on earth has been waiting for.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Brian Salisbury joins us with his own theme music, and Robert Fure joins us with enough anger and rage to make you think you’re hearing music. We bash the idea of an animated Terminator film, sneak the word “taint” into almost every discussion, and then my guests go head-to-head in a huge action film trivia face-off. Who will emerge victorious? How many times will we mention Michael Dudikoff? You’ll have to listen to find out. Or at least skip ahead to the end where I announce the winner. Plus, we find time to review Scott Pilgrim vs The World and The Expendables.

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Henry Pym was born in 1962 in a story titled “The Man in the Ant Hill” in which Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers saw a character fooling around with shrinking technology. Lee once stated that the fun of the character and his initial popularity caused him to think about turning him into a super hero, but it’s unclear as to whether Stan Lee would have ever imagined Pym, or Ant-Man, as a super secret agent. That’s how director Edgar Wright sees him. He’s still working on a script for a possible adaptation of the comic to fit into the Marvel universe, and he’s revealed that he’d like Ant-Man to be a technologically advanced spy.

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Ant-Man

When director Edgar Wright is done promoting Scott Pilgrim vs. the World later this year, he will return to Marvel to talk about the future of his Ant-Man movie. This, according to Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige.

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A desperate cry for help from a major Hollywood director. For years, this epidemic has been shrouded in secrecy. Studios — the kind that make the films you love — have long held creative types, many of whom have slightly longer-than-average hair, under their thumbs. In this case, we find director Edgar Wright.

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JackKirby

Sarcastic hyperbole aside, the heirs to Jack Kirby have finally realized that there’s some money to be made in this here comic book adaptation business, and they are looking for their piece of the pie.

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Normally, it would be pretty ridiculous to be excited about a film not due out until 2011, but since it’s still in the planning stage, we have some things we’d like to see make it into the script.

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Marvel Studios

Empire gets quick updates from the directors of the next two Marvel flicks…

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