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Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Heroes don't come any bigger. Time to meet Ant-Man. The new Marvel movie is playing in theaters! Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed, starring Paul Rudd & Michael Douglas, is now playing in theaters everywhere. Another new origin story from Marvel, this time introducing us to Scott Lang as Ant-Man, a superhero who can shrink in size and communicate with ants. He ends up going against Corey Stoll as the villain Yellowjacket. The cast includes Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale and Judy Greer. So how is it? Did Marvel make another hit or dud? How is Rudd? Once you've seen it yourself, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Marvel's Ant-Man.
Marvel's Ant-Man could have been the strangest superhero movie to date. The comic character who can shrink himself down to minuscule sizes - and, in the comics, blow himself up to gigantic heights - and has a telekinetic link to our ant population had countless avenues in which to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Our minds could have been blown despite the inundation of superhero stories since Spider-Man first leapt onto the screen 13 years ago. Instead, fun as it might be, the Ant-Man we get is a basic, hardly-any-frills, comic book origin story. Its potential for strangeness aside, the movie delivers on all the surface-level excitement & adventure you've come to expect from Marvel. You just expect a bit more, as well.
"Who the [bleep] are you?" That's the first line out of Magneto when he first meets Apocalypse. "Come and see…" is his reply. It's unlikely that 20th Century Fox will release the Comic-Con footage for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse, despite it leaking online. Instead, they've let Entertainment Weekly debut a new set of photos showing us a good look at Apocalypse as well as the rest of the cast. The mag also debuted a new cover, but it's Photoshopped so much it doesn't even look like Apocalypse anymore (refer to photos). Oscar Isaac plays the villain. We also can see: Michael Fassbender, Olivia Munn (as Psylocke), Alexandra Shipp (as Storm), Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, James McAvoy + Evan Peters (as Quicksilver).
"You don't know anything about what's coming…" 20th Century Fox has debuted a new trailer, the final trailer, for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four movie. Yes, it's the best trailer yet, and finally makes this look like it might be pretty damn good. It also looks quite wild, including traveling to another dimension and massive battles on Earth and elsewhere, flying across space and time. We also finally get a good look at Dr. Doom, the villain, played by Toby Kebbell. The main line-up of the Fantastic Four - Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan & Jamie Bell - seem like a fun team, but I'm hoping the action delivers on all fronts. Only a few more weeks until this is in theaters, so get your last look below. Are you planning to go see this?
Meet En Sabah Nur. This weekend at Comic-Con 2015, director Bryan Singer debuted the first two minutes of raw footage in Hall H from the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse (which has only been filming for 5 weeks). While I wish that was out for everyone to see, in the meantime we have the first teaser poster for the movie, and it's all about Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac. The immortal supervillain from the comics series is known as the very first mutant, from thousands of years ago, hence all the symbols around the poster's edge. Just wait till you see what Isaac actually looks like in the film. For now take a look below.
It's just about time to kick off our last live Hall H blog coverage of Comic-Con 2015. The final movie panel on Saturday this year is for 20th Century Fox, and it's mainly an upcoming look at three new Marvel Movies: Deadpool directed by Tim Miller and starring Ryan Reynolds, the new Fantastic Four directed by Josh Trank, and of course, X-Men: Apocalypse directed by Bryan Singer. There of course may be even more surprises, reveals, announcements or other details that may arrive during the presentation. We're excited to get underway and find out what secrets Fox has in store, and if Marvel will make a dent at Comic-Con 2015.
This is awesome…! Calling all Deadpool fans! This is your chance to get a rare, one-of-a-kind sketch of your favorite Merc with a Mouth. Comic book artist/writer Rob Liefeld, one of the creators with Fabian Nicieza of the Deadpool character, is an outspoken social media user. With Comic-Con 2015 about to kick off, and the Deadpool movie starring Ryan Reynolds likely making its debut on Saturday, Liefeld will use social media for a giveaway of Deadpool sketches he has drawn. You can see some images of the art on his Instagram already, or at SlashFilm where they announced details. They'll be hidden everywhere at the Con.
"I think our first move should be calling The Avengers." With only a few weeks left until the official release of the movie, Marvel has debuted on more trailer via Marvel UK for Peyton Reed's Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. This is a much more energetic, action-packed trailer than usual, cutting between action scenes and some of the fun dialogue. They even toss in that Avengers reference I included at the beginning, and I like the music. Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, and Judy Greer also co-star. This looks like tons of fun, I'm ready to see it now. Arriving in theaters in a few weeks.
Deadpool is coming to Comic-Con 2015. As part of their Comic-Con preview, Entertainment Weekly has featured a first look at Tim Miller's Deadpool movie. The film has been shooting up in Vancouver and is being readied for release in early 2016, and it's likely they'll make a big show of things at Comic-Con next week (during the 20th Century Fox panel on Saturday). Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds as the infamous "merc with a mouth", and it sounds like they're not holding back with his mouth in this movie. It will be hard R - producer Simon Kinberg: "It's graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don't." Take a look at a few new photos below prior to Comic-Con.
"We'll revisit a story from a few years ago in the case of former Vistacorp employee and cyber-criminal Scott Lang." The countdown is on to the release of Marvel's Ant-Man, just a few weeks away. Right away the corner, however, is Comic-Con 2015 and while Marvel isn't hosting a Hall H panel, they may still make a mark. A new viral video has debuted teasing a news program, featuring Leslie Bibb as Christine Everhart from Iron Man, talking about Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, played by Paul Rudd. It's a nice MCU mash-up that also connects the most recent Avengers: Age of Ultron events with the bigger universe. The tweet that linked to the video says there's more coming next Tuesday, July 7th, just before Comic-Con. So stay tuned.
Briefly: Well, there you go, the internet has ruined everything again! Not really, but in related news, James Gunn has confirmed that the new title of Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy sequel will be: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. That makes sense, and is pretty much what we all were expecting, especially after the name of the (totally badass) soundtrack was also Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1. Gunn recently snapped a photo of the finished script, which he referenced in a tweet while saying "Okay, I'm not being sarcastic, guys. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 IS truly the title." The original scoop he mentions is from Collider, where they nabbed the title in an interview with Kevin Feige. That's all for now.
See an exclusive sneak peek! IMAX and Disney/Marvel have announced that showings of Jurassic World in IMAX 3D will have special previews of Marvel's Ant-Man in front, with 6-minutes of footage. This is a big marketing push since the movie comes out in just about a month anyway, in July, and this is a chance to get hyped with an extra bit of 3D footage. Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, who becomes Ant-Man with Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas, as his mentor. The press release doesn't say if it's one long scene, it just says "more than six minutes of footage will screen exclusively in IMAX theatres domestically and in select international markets beginning June 12th." So go see Jurassic World, if you weren't planning to already.
"One question… Is it too late to change the name?" We've been featuring numerous posters for Marvel's Ant-Man over the last few months, mostly because it's interesting to see the range of good/terrible artwork being released by the actual movie studio for this movie. On the other side of the spectrum is Poster Posse, a website which has just launched another fan-made gallery of prints and fine art made for Ant-Man. As always, their selection has some crazy unique design in it that I just can't help posting about. This time it's that trippy shrinking Ant-Man red poster, and it's awesome. That vintage comic book cover is fantastic, too.
They're coming… In all shapes and sizes, all colors and costumes, all backgrounds and nationalities, from different planets and our own planet – superheroes. By the dozens, by the hundreds, by the thousands. Marvel and DC are both working on scores of big new superhero movies that will involve crossovers, and characters appearing in franchises left and right. So how crazy do the next four years look? Overwhelming, might be the right word. Or exciting, if you're really a die-hard comic book geek who hasn't had enough of the superhero movie machine already. Below is a chart made by a fan and posted on Instagram showing the logos of 25 different comic book/superhero movies coming up between now and 2019. There's a lot on here.