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Tonight will bring the first teaser trailer for Marvel's second summer release this year, Ant-Man. The film stars Paul Rudd, entering new territory as a thief turned superhero who can shrink down to the size of an ant. And hot on the heels of an ant-sized teaser for the film (along with the human-sized one shortly thereafter), the superhero now gets a teaser poster that is actually pretty bold. It shows our title hero, but he's super tiny, amidst a pure white background along with just a title and a date. That's a great teaser poster, and I'm impressed they didn't even use the star power of Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. Look!
After being officially attached to the X-Men spin-off focusing on the card-throwing, kinetically charged Cajun mutant Gambit, hot star Channing Tatum has revealed that 20th Century Fox has officially dated the film for release. Tatum took to Twitter with an amusing update that said, "How do you say October 7, 2016 in Cajun?” This comes after we learned on Halloween that RoboCop reboot write Josh Zetumer was hired to script the mutant spin-off film, which has us a little concerned. But the good news is that it's based on a treatment written by character creator Chris Claremeont, so we're hoping for the best. More below!
Yesterday, Marvel Studios trolled their loyal audience by releasing an "ant sized" teaser for the forthcoming trailer for this summer's release of Ant-Man. The video was super small, making it impossible to see anything, even if you zoomed in. But today they've released a human-sized version for consumption. However, since it's a teaser for a teaser trailer (yeah, we're rolling our eyes too), it doesn't show much. Though we do get a couple good shots of Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll in the film, plus another look at Paul Rudd looking a bit rough. Don't worry though, because the full teaser trailer arrives on Tuesday, January 6th, with the premiere of "Agent Carter" on ABC, and we'll have it online shortly thereafter.
If you're one of those people who hated Spider-Man 3 and have been patiently waiting for director Sam Raimi to admit that the final chapter of his webslinging trilogy is terrible, then we have good news. Raimi was speaking with Nerdist (via Pajiba) on their podcast, and when the host said "I don’t think that ‘bad’ is the right word,” Raimi quickly countered with "Awful!" But thankfully, he actually went into further detail about what didn't work with the third film. Unfortunately, he doesn't specifically mention the absolutely ridiculous jazz montage and club sequence, but he recognizes the biggest problems in the movie. Read on!
One of the earliest acclaimed blockbusters of the year was Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it's been available on Blu-Ray and DVD for awhile. However, one of the things you may not have found in the extras on the home video release was this impressive visual effects reel from Industrial Light & Magic. By now, you know that much of what we see in the big action sequences in Marvel Studios' films is not real, with visual effects creating all the unbelievable things you're seeing brought to life on-screen. With this particular movie, it's moreso the meticulous creation of the destruction that's incredible. Watch below!
While Marvel Studios has done an incredible job building their own cinematic universe, and DC Comics is in the midst of doing the same thing at Warner Bros., it's pretty much a guarantee that we'll never see the comic book giants go head-to-head on the big screen in the same movie, even though they've done so in the comic books. But one fan, Alex Luthor, has decided to mash-up both of the comic book worlds into an epic trailer (via Toybox). With some clever editing, this is one fantastic, epic trailer that now makes me want the impossible. Iron Man fighting Batman, Wonder Woman fighting Hulk, and much more. Watch below!
There's already a toy based on the dancing baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy coming soon, but now a more high quality collectible version of the pint-sized tree is on the way too. Hot Toys has just unveiled their version of baby Groot, and aside from being only a 1:4 scale figure, this is still probably going to be the best representation of the little guy we'll get. He comes with interchangeable heads, bendable arms to be posed with the best dance moves, and it's something that every fan of the Marvel Studios film is going to want. We've got some sweet shots of the cool collectible figure that you can see just below. I am Groot!
Though Hugh Jackman indicated earlier this year that the sequel to The Wolverine might be his last outing as the adamantium clad mutant, a month later he pulled back citing X-Men: Days of Future Past as the force pulling him back to the franchise and the character that made him a star. There's been rumblings of him shooting X-Men: Apocalypse and the next solo chapter of Wolverine's story back-to-back, but as of now, Jackman told Josh Horowitz on The Happy Sad Confused Podcast (via Empire) that he's still in talks about his role in the future of X-Men, and nothing is set in stone. But there could be some bigger plans too.
Now that Marvel Studios has officially confirmed "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch as the title mystical hero in Doctor Strange, the focus has shifted to the supporting roles. So far nobody else has been cast in the film that will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), though there have been rumblings (and potentially confused details) about Daniel Bruhl's character from Captain America: Civil War potentially crossing over into Doctor Strange. But a new rumor pegs Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy & Ken Watanabe on a shortlist for a supporting role. More below!
After learning that Marvel Studios had discussed with Sony Pictures the possibility of using Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, fans were disheartened to hear that negotiations had fallen through. However, that reportedly doesn't mean that Marvel still won't get Spider-Man back in their house. Latino Review has word that a deal could still be reached depending on the outcome of the "Spidey Summit" that we learned is going to happen in January to discuss the uncertain future of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. And it happens, Marvel will ignore the reboot and leave Andrew Garfield out too.
There's a good chance you've heard about the fact that Sony Pictures was hit by hackers, and the fallout from that invasion has resulted in tons of documents being leaked online. Business e-mails, contact information for directors and actors, cost analyses, focus group testing, anything and everything that has gone into development of projects at the studio, it's all slowly being leaked online. And some of the leaks have resulted in interesting information giving an unfortunate glimpse into the inner-workings of a major motion picture studio. The latest comes in the form of a potential collaboration with Marvel Studios.
After reentering negotiations to take the lead role in Marvel's Phase Three film Doctor Strange, the comic book studio has officially announced that "Sherlock" star and Star Trek Into Darkness villain Benedict Cumberbatch has been given the part in the film from Deliver Us from Evil director Scott Derrickson. The British actor will play neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. This news combined with the substantial awards buzz for Cumberbatch's performance in The Imitation Game makes 2014 one hell of a year for the actor, and it's only going to get better since Doctor Strange will be a big part of Marvel's next phase, including The Avengers.
Back in September, some good news came from 20th Century Fox as the studio had finally decided to give Deadpool the feature film spin-off fans have been clamoring for ever since the character was disgraced with his appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The casting was perfect with Ryan Reynolds in the role of Wade Wilson, but then the film went and sewed his mouth shut, literally. But now the Merc with a Mouth will be back the proper way with the film slated to hit theaters on February 12th, 2016, and Deadline has confirmed that Reynolds is closing his deal at Fox to reprise his role and give Deadpool his due diligence.
Right now the cast of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is making publicity rounds since the film is just two weeks away from hitting theaters. And that's why Buzzfeed caught up with Evangeline Lilly, where the conversation eventually turned to Marvel's Ant-Man. The actress, who's playing Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), actually had some pretty interesting insight on the publicized departure of director Edgar Wright, a big part of the reason much of the cast signed on to the comic book film. In short, Lilly says that what Wright wanted to do with the film was great, but she says that it might have been too far out of Marvel's wheelhouse to mesh with the grand scheme of their cinematic universe.