Peyton Reed


The first true teaser trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man debuted this evening during the premiere of the same studio’s own Agent Carter TV series. In the days ahead, many of us will be poring over each frame to know exactly what we’re looking at, but for now it’s time to just watch. And listen to Michael Douglas slowly explain to Paul Rudd why he needs to take over the role of a superhero called “the Ant-Man.” Is it too late to change the name, indeed? Just kidding, I like the name and just how faux-serious this movie is sold as right up until that little joke. After that, we can re-watch and appreciate how silly it actually all is (in a good way), especially Ant-Man riding on the back of a flying ant. Watch the Ant-Man teaser after the jump.


Marvel Ant-Man Test Sneak 3

When Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, a lot of excitement for the film went out the door with him. His involvement is what made the project so appealing in the first place. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World showed the director isn’t interested in making a run-of-the-mill comic book movie, but doing something fresh, new, and its own thing. Of course, that’s not the kind of comic book movie we see often enough. Since Wright left Ant-Man over creative differences, was it a matter of Marvel balking over taking some risks? That’s what a lot of fans understandably suspect. After seeing James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s difficult to fathom Marvel getting cold feet over taking another risk. Guardians of the Galaxy is a superhero movie with a talking raccoon, some good old-fashioned dick jokes, and, basically, more of what you’d expect from James Gunn (Slither). Guardians doesn’t feel like a project Gunn had to make compromises on, but instead got to make a movie he can call his own that happened to cost $150m. Perhaps taking chances wasn’t the problem with Ant-Man. Maybe it really was just two different visions that couldn’t see eye-to-eye.


Bring It On

If it suddenly got cold where you are, there must be some Toros in the atmosphere. After a wild, post-Wright ride to pick a director for Ant-Man, Marvel has picked a winner that absolutely no one could have guessed. Even when you tell your friends that it’s the director behind Bring It On, Yes Man and The Break-Up, they probably still won’t be able to pull his name out of thin air. But it’s right there in the headline, so we’ve got an advantage. Peyton Reed will step in where Edgar Wright has stepped out. According to Marvel, Reed will helm the project, and the major cast is all still in place. Paul Rudd is still Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Michael Douglas is still Henry Pym/Probably Old Ant-Man. Plus, Marvel is also reporting that Adam McKay — once thought to be in the running for the director gig — will be contributing to the script.



Jim Carrey goes back to the well with a Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar-esque performance in Yes Man, a comedy about saying yes to life — or at least, saying yes because Terrence Stamp says so.

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