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Heroes don't get any bigger! Marvel has unveiled a new poster for Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. This one seems to make up for the atrociously boring official poster they released earlier in the month. This time they have Ant-Man riding on the back of an ant, in full costume, dodging (or perhaps about to punch?) bullets. It actually looks pretty good, much better than the Photoshop disaster before. Despite this art looking solid, it still doesn't compare to some of the fan-art out there that we've included in the post below. Marvel's Ant-Man lands in theaters in a few months! Get ready.
Whoa. Some impressive casting news for Marvel's Dr. Strange movie in the works. THR is reporting that Oscar winning actress Tilda Swinton is discussions to play the character called The Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic who is a mentor to Dr. Strange, originally a male role in the comics but now a female role in the movie. Director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil, The Day the Earth Stood Still) is at the helm of this new Marvel introduction, and it seems like he's really pushing for bold choices in the cast. Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play the lead Dr. Strange, and now with Swinton, this is an excellent duo so far. More casting news is likely on the way soon, as shooting us supposed to begin in November. Read on.
There are very, very few times we would ever even consider posting anything from "Extra", but this is one of those times. "Extra" host Mario Lopez traveled up to Vancouver to visit the set of the Deadpool movie, which is currently filming, and sat down for a one-on-one chat with star Ryan Reynolds. Yes, this sounds cheesy, but because it's Deadpool and he breaks the fourth wall and messes around with everyone, there's some fun elements to this otherwise bland "Extra" segment. It's also cool to see Ryan so excited to be talking about finally making an R-rated Deadpool movie. I'm glad they're embracing the character in all his glory.
On this new episode of The Golden Briefcase 2.0, Tim and Jeremy share a bunch of recent Picks of the Week and touch on a variety of interesting topics including Orsen Wells, May the 4th (aka Star Wars Day!), the Star Wars Expanded Universe, the adorableness of Martin Freeman (who has just joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe), Avengers: Age of Ultron in-depth. From there the guys get into a deeper discussion on Marvel Studio's Second & Third Phases and so much more about Marvel. We hope you enjoy. Send us topics, arguments, whatever, and we will do our best to talk about it. This episode entirely dog snoring free.
Briefly: Marvel is following up with some big news they've been holding onto, waiting until Avengers: Age of Ultron has opened in theaters. The next movie they're making is Captain America: Civil War, which while is a sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it continues after Age of Ultron and seems to be more of a setup for Infinity War down the line. We've been writing about casting for months (including Martin Freeman this week) but now they've confirmed a complete synopsis and complete cast. And included in the cast is one Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, along with Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.
Whoa! This is big. Really, really big. IMAX has officially announced via a press release (here) that Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2, directed by the Russo Brothers, will be shot entirely with brand new IMAX cameras. It explains that "the two-part installment to the global blockbuster franchise will be shot in their entirety using IMAX and ARRI's next generation revolutionary 2D digital camera – a joint customized digital version of ARRI's new large format camera, the Alexa 65." This officially marks the first time that "a Hollywood feature film will have been shot completely using IMAX cameras." Wow. Now we can always say - Marvel did it first. They beat Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay and James Cameron to the punch.
You can do better than this, Marvel! The final official poster for Marvel Studio's Ant-Man has debuted on Marvel.com today, timed perfectly the week after Avengers: Age of Ultron opened theaters. So now they're continuing the Marvel hype train by reminding us that Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd & Michael Douglas is coming up later this summer. Unfortunately, it's another very boring poster from Marvel that Photoshops a bunch of actors into a really bland design. And yet they were doing so good! The first teaser poster was great, and those tiny billboards are brilliant, but why revert to such boring work for the final pay off poster?
Nygaard is going geeky. It has been officially announced by Marvel Studios at Marvel.com that acclaimed actor Martin Freeman will be taking a role in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie, to be directed by brothers Anthony & Joe Russo. This is yet another sequel to Captain America following The Winter Soldier last year, but it also expands the universe by being the first segue into the "Civil War" era. No exact details are specified regarding the character he'll be playing, so unfortunately anything else will have to remain a mystery for the time being. Aside from Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie, the Civil War cast may also include Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo and Chadwick Boseman. So who is everyone?
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "There is only one path to peace… your extinction." Now playing around the world is Marvel Studio's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly-anticipated sequel to Joss Whedon's The Avengers from 2012. The whole cast is back for a superhero team-up unlike anything, but this time the villain is a creation of their own. Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Evans as Cap, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as Vision. Directed by Joss Whedon. So how is it? Better than the first? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Avengers: Age of Ultron.
You might remember last fall that Idris Elba let slip that he and Tom Hiddleston were going to pop up in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, for those of us who saw the early showings of the movie last night around the United States, we noticed a distinct lack of Loki in the film, though Elba's character Heimdall does get some brief screentime. Well, Elba wasn't lying about Hiddleston shooting stuff for the Marvel sequel, but it turns out the scene they shot just didn't work in the final cut. Joss Whedon was asked about the lack of Loki in the final cut of Age of Ultron, and he told MTV why the decision was made.
Meanwhile, back in the Marvel cinematic universe, it's business as usual. Iron Man soars through the air blasting tanks and terrorists with his repulser beams. Thor, immaculate hair flowing, tosses his hammer around controlling the lightning. Hulk, you know, smashes. Even Hawkeye, with his bow and arrows, flings his…arrows with his…bow. Yes, it's everything you've come to expect and anticipate when the Avengers get back together, and Avengers: Age of Ultron has familiarity in abundance. That's good and bad when you get down to it, and even with the bloom off the rose, Marvel sure knows how to entertain with the best.
Just after the emotions of Pixar Animation's Inside Out reacted to a trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, audiences will be reacting to the entire film once it starts screening around the United States this evening. And for one last piece of hype before the Marvel Studios sequel arrives, why not take a look back at the entire Marvel cinematic universe up until this point? This is bound to happen before each installment of The Avengers every few years, and it's a cool montage of the great stuff we've seen from Marvel so far on the big screen, from the first Iron Man back in 2008 up through The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Let's do this!
There's been a lot of talk about X-Men this week, from our first look at Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse to rumblings of the sequel, along with Wolverine 3, bringing the Bryan Singer X-Men universe to a close in favor of letting the X-Men: First Class timeline continue. We'll see what happens next year, but in the meantime, production is underway on Apocalypse, and Singer is certainly being open about teasing the film. Today he revealed a photo from the set of the sequel showing us Lana Condor and Sophie Turner as Jubilee and Jean Grey, all dressed up in 80s wardrobe and hair. Look!
There's no doubt that Hawkeye has been the butt of many jokes regarding his position on The Avengers, mostly because he seems to just be a skilled agent with a bow and arrow standing beside Earth's mightiest heroes with super strength, magical weapons, near-invincibility and more. As I understand it, Hawkeye has a great line addressing this in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but you'll have to see for yourself later this week. In the meantime, Jeremy Renner appeared on "The Tonight Show" last night as Clint Barton to sing about the superpowers people may not know he has, all to the tune of an Ed Sheeran song. Watch below!