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Review: 'Ant-Man: Quantumania' is a Disappointing Start to Phase Five
Despite much discussion about MCU's Phase Four - from its structure to the ever-complicated quantity vs. quality debate - the truth is that it was generally well received. Personally, I prefer this last "Phase" to the other(s), but either way, the adventures of Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) never really impressed me. If the original is a generic yet decent origin flick, the sequel is one of the few movies in the MCU that didn't get a positive review from me. Considering this and the fact that the "big bad" of The Multiverse Saga is introduced – on the big screen – in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, expectations weren't exactly easy to define.
› Posted on February 17 in Marvel, Review | Comments
Review: 'Ant-Man: Quantumania' Dives Deep into the Quantum Realm
Down, down, down to the Quantum Realm ye' go. Marvel Studios is back with their latest, the 31st MCU movie to date so far (with more on the way later this year), yet another sequel - Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. While it technically is a sequel to Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) continuing the storyline following Paul Rudd as Scott Lang as the superhero known as Ant-Man, it really is more of an introduction to "Phase Five" of the MCU. It's a huge step forward, or a giant step down into the tiniest of realms. As the title indicates, this is all about "Quantumania" - taking us down to the Quantum Realm, and exploring the inhabitants of this entirely different, strange and unusual world while following the Pym Family and their attempts to escape and return to, well, the "regular-sized" Earth realm. This truly is the MCU's Star Wars, featuring some spectacularly trippy visuals, turning this sequel into the movie I really wanted to see with the disappointing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Although the script still is the weakest link.
› Posted on February 16 in Marvel, Review | Comments
Second Trailer for James Gunn's Sequel 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3'
"Are you ready… for one last ride?" Marvel has debuted a second official trailer for James Gunn's sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 during all the Super Bowl Sunday mayhem (view the first trailer again). This Marvel Studios sci-fi extravaganza kicks off the summer movie season - launching in theaters on May 5th in a few months. Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally the Guardians on a mission to defend the universe and protect one of their own. But also Gamora is somehow back? This continues after Volume 2 (in 2017) and the Guardians Holiday Special last year, bringing us into Phase Five along with Quantumania. The Guardians are back: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Elizabeth Debicki, with some special guests this time: Sylvester Stallone, Will Poulter, Chukwudi Iwuji, and Maria Bakalova. There's so many slow mo walking shots in this trailer! Did I count four? Ha. This does look like it's going to be a blast.
› Posted on February 12 in Marvel, To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments
One More Trippy Trailer for 'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania'
"This place… it isn't what you think. It's a cage." Will they be able to break free? Marvel has debuted yet another new 60-second trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the third movie in the Ant-Man series in the MCU. Each new trailer takes us even deeper into the very trippy Quantum Realm, with all kinds of epic shots of this weird universe. Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne, along with Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne and Scott's daughter Cassie, go on a new adventure exploring the spectacular Quantum Realm. It also reintroduces the big bad villain Kang, played by Jonathan Majors, who everyone should remember from the Loki series. What does he want with Pym? What his ultimate goal? Clearly he can't be trusted but he might be the only one who can help them escape. The cast includes Paul Rudd as Scott, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathryn Newton, William Jackson Harper, Randall Park. I'm a sucker for these kind of big, psychedelic, whole-other-world visuals - very excited to watch this.
› Posted on January 17 in Marvel, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
Kang Unleashed in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania' Trailer #2
"Witness the beginning of a new dynasty." Kang the Conqueror is ready to join the MCU. Marvel Studios has revealed the second official trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the third movie in the Ant-Man series in the MCU. Is everyone ready for yet another Marvel sequel? This one will be flying into theaters in February later next month. Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne, along with Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne and Scott's daughter Cassie, go on a new adventure exploring the spectacular Quantum Realm. This also reintroduces the big bad villain Kang, played by Jonathan Majors, who everyone should remember from the Loki series. What does he want with Pym? How will he use him for his gain? Very interested to find out. The full cast features Paul Rudd back as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathryn Newton, William Jackson Harper, Bill Murray, and Randall Park. Whoaaa this looks incredible! This seems like it will be an extra vibrant trip into a whole other dimension, so many awe-inspiring shots in this trailer. Might be the biggest and best Ant-Man movie yet? Got a good feeling about it.
Quick Teaser for Disney+ Stan Lee Documentary - Debuting in 2023
"Excelsior!!" Disney has revealed an announcement teaser trailer for a new Stan Lee documentary titled, well, Stan Lee of course. Everyone already knows and loves comic book mastermind Stan Lee, who passed away in 2018. He would've been 100 years old this week, hence the reveal of this trailer. His legacy still lives on and he still makes appearances, popping up digitally in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. There's no details on what exactly the Stan Lee doc will cover, aside from examining his early life in comics and later his iconic role as the comic book hero who has appeared in every single Marvel Cinematic Universe movie as a cameo. There's also a 2010 movie about Stan Lee, called With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, which is available to watch for free on Crackle and Pluto TV. I just hope they don't try to digitally recreate him for centuries using his likeness, but they probably will. We'll update with the final trailer when it lands in 2023.
› Posted on December 29 in Documentaries, Marvel, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
First Full Trailer for 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' Drops In
"We are supposed to be the good guys." "We are." Sony has revealed the first official trailer for the highly anticipated Into the Spider-Verse sequel, now officially titled Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. It's a two-parter, with the second one known as Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse (opening in 2024). In this new sequel, an epic adventure will transport Brooklyn's full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man Miles Morales across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they've ever encountered before. Shameik Moore returns to voice Miles, and Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen. Plus Issa Rae and Oscar Isaac (as "Spider-Man 2099" / Miguel O'Hara), along with Jake Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya as "Spider-Punk", and Jason Schwartzman as the Spot, to give us a tease of some of the characters he meets along the way. This is a really beautiful trailer, capturing the warmth and heart of the first movie and bringing it right into this follow-up. I'm excited!! I love the original and this looks like it'll be everything we're hoping for as a sequel.
› Posted on December 13 in Animation, Marvel, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments
Special Comic-Con Preview from Marvel - 'The Legacy of Ant-Man'
"Your reality… everything you're holding on to – I know how it ends." During the Brazil Comic-Con event today, Marvel revealed a brand new special preview for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania titled The Legacy of Ant-Man, looking back over the past two Ant-Man movies before this. This next sequel is set to open in theaters in February early next year, kicking off MCU's 2023 selection - watch the full trailer. Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne, along with Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne and Scott's daughter Cassie, go on a new adventure exploring the Quantum Realm. This sequel also reintroduces the big bad Marvel villain - Kang, played by Jonathan Majors. The cast also includes Paul Rudd back as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathryn Newton, and Randall Park. This is one of these legacy trailers that pretty much just goes back over all of Ant-Man's scenes in the MCU, and the footage at the end is all from the first trailer anyway. Still got a good feeling that Quantumania will be a kick ass trip.
› Posted on December 1 in Marvel, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3' First Official Trailer
"We'll all fly away together… one last time." Marvel has revealed the first official trailer for James Gunn's sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, landing in theaters next May to kick off the Summer 2023 movie season. This new trailer comes straight from Brazil's Comic-Con, giving us a first taste of next year's Marvel Studios offerings. Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally the Guardians of the Galaxy on a mission to defend the universe and protect one of their own. This series continues after Volume 2 (in 2017) and the Guardians Holiday Special this year, taking us into the next phase of the MCU. The usual cast is back: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Elizabeth Debicki, with some very special guests this time including Sylvester Stallone, Will Poulter, Chukwudi Iwuji, and Maria Bakalova. This is an extra emotional trailer, focusing on the team's dynamics while they look back at where they all came from - with a glimpse of Rocket's origin story as a young raccoon. I'm in!! Always ready to go on a trip with James Gunn.
› Posted on December 1 in Marvel, To Watch, Trailer | 4 Comments
Fun Making Of Featurette for 'Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special'
"This is probably going to be played every year for the rest of our lives." Ahaha yeah that might happen. Marvel has revealed a fun new featurette for the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, arriving for streaming on Disney+ during Thanksgiving. This looks like tons of fun! This video is even better than the trailer, starting with a "The Night Before Christmas" twist about director James Gunn making this Holiday Special. Actors Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Bradley Cooper (as Rocket's voice), and Vin Diesel (as Groot's voice) reprise their roles as the Guardians, with Kevin Bacon also starring as a "gift" for Starlord. It was filmed this year during the end of production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, using many of the same sets from that movie - which is due out next year. Marvel's Kevin Feige is also in this featurette talking about how James Gunn pitched the idea and wrote the script in three days. I just hope it's a good script! It all looks like it's one giant party – with Kevin Bacon.
› Posted on November 18 in Featurette, Marvel, To Watch | Comments
Discuss: Who's Really the Villain in 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'?
"You perform civility here, but we know what you whisper in your halls of leadership and in your military facilities." Playing in theaters worldwide is Marvel Studios' sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, director Ryan Coogler's follow-up to the massively successful Black Panther from 2018. Our writer MSB has already published a comprehensive review with his own thoughts on this MCU Phase 4 finale, so I want to bring up some different ideas about the movie. I think Wakanda Forever is actually better, much better, than the original Black Panther movie – which is a bit of a mess in terms of script and set pieces (aside from the Busan chase). It's better because it's much darker, much more confident, and much more complex - not only with the story and Wakanda trying to recover from the loss of T'Challa / Chadwick Boseman, but also with intricate emotions and characters that are not glossy & flawless. The two leaders in this one, Shuri of Wakanda and Namor of Talokan, are both brooding, angry people who just want to defend their own nation.
› Posted on November 11 in Discuss, Marvel, Review | 4 Comments
Review: Coogler's 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' Deals With Grief
One of the most arduous tasks for a director is dealing with an external issue that affects the filmmaking process entirely, changing all their original plans and carefully constructed ideas. The life & career of actor Chadwick Boseman impacted the world in an immeasurably, overwhelmingly positive way, leaving an inspiring, culturally significant legacy after his passing in 2020. Black Panther director Ryan Coogler had to take on an impossible mission crafting the Marvel Studios sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, but regardless of the film's issues, there's no doubt T'Challa would be proud of what he created in the end.
› Posted on November 10 in Marvel, Review | Comments
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