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‘Ant-Man’ full length trailer arrives

- January 6th, 2015

The first full length Ant-Man teaser trailer is here and it’s the appropriate size for human beings!

Unlike that uncool teaser trailer Marvel released last week for the official teaser they premiered tonight at the end of their two hour Agent Carter television event, this trailer is definitely legitimate.

Ant-Man follows Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a former con-man and thief turned computers expert who comes under the attention of renowned scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) after breaking into his lab to steal the original Ant-Man costume.

When he goes to return the costume, Pym decides against turning him into the authorities. Instead, he offers Lang the chance to become, “a real hero,” and take over as the masked crusader.

The trailer alludes to all of these points, but also finds its best part in Paul Rudd’s perfect comedic timing.

This isn’t going to be a super serious Marvel film in the same vein as Captain America, but will survive on the sporadic use of witty one-liners and a self awareness of the ludicrous nature the whole film is based on, much like Joss Whedon’s Avengers.

There’s flying ants, giant ants, ridiculously fast ants, and of course, Ant-Man.

At the very end of the trailer, Rudd makes a joke about the name of the superhero (although it plays out a little more tongue in cheek once the trailer comes to a close), asking if it’s too late to change it.

There’s still a large measure of doubt surrounding the actual successfulness of the film, and I for one can’t see it measuring up to Marvel’s first cinematic phase of superheroes, including Iron Man and Captain America.

That being said, once the Ant-Man trailer finally hit, the internet was all a rumble with opinions and excited or disappointed thoughts.

Maybe it takes an insect sized superhero to make a giant splash in the Marvel universe.

I mean, hey, no one thought Guardians of the Galaxy would do as well as it did, right?

‘District 9′ director posts pretty rad ‘Alien’ concept art

- January 2nd, 2015

If a director draws up a bunch of Alien concept art, but Fox isn’t aware it even exists, does it still make it a movie?

Or better yet, is Ridley Scott ready to hand over the Alien franchise just yet?

All of these questions set the internet a blaze after Neill Blomkamp (District 9) posted multiple concept art photos for what looked like an upcoming Alien movie to his Instagram account.

The art varied by subject, but all of the major elements that make up the DNA of an Alien movie were included, from Ripley sporting a Pilot Space Jockey helmet to Wayland Corporation.

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Although Blomkamp doesn’t specify whether he’s drawing up the mock designs as a hobbyist or for an actual future film, a representative from Fox reached out to Entertainment Weekly and confirmed that the director isn’t currently involved in any future productions within the film franchise and weren’t even aware the director had taken it on.

Blomkamp hasn’t responded to questions about the drawings, but just from glancing at them, it’s clear he’s a rabid fan that might take the franchise to a whole new level.

At least we have Chappie to look forward to.

Marvel posts ‘Ant-Man’ teaser trailer, full trailer to debut on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

- January 2nd, 2015

Well, isn’t Marvel just hilarious?

To hype anticipation for the official launch of the Ant-Man trailer on January 6 (during the return of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on television), the studio has released an ant-sized teaser of the film.

Literally ant-sized.

You can catch glimpses of moving objects floating in the background of an otherwise entirely black screen, but good luck trying to make out anything specific during the 18-second clip.

All I could see – I think — was a boat race or chase scene, and even then, it might have just been water.

It’s a cute marketing gimmick that’s clearly worked for the company since I’m blogging about it, but for those interested in the upcoming Paul Rudd/Michael Douglas film, be sure to tune in to the mid-season premiere of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Tuesday.

Or, if you’re like me and can’t stand the show, just wait half an hour and watch the trailer on YouTube, when someone will inevitably post it.

‘I messed up plenty’: Sam Raimi on Spider-Man 3

- December 31st, 2014

Almost eight years after Sam Raimi unveiled Spider-Man 3 to the world, the director admits he made more than a few boo-boos.

Speaking with Chris Hardwick on The Nerdist Podcast this past week, Raimi agreed that the universally panned film was just slightly better than atrocious.

“I messed up plenty with the third Spider-Man,” Raimi said. “It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well.”

That may just be the understatement of the decade.

From a grinning and dancing Peter Parker to Tobey Maguire’s emo styled hair, Spider-Man 3 felt more like a satirical farce on the entire franchise than a new installment.

Raimi told Hardwick that each Spider-Man movie had its own set of difficulties, and with the third entry, he just didn’t believe in the characters or the story they were trying to tell.

“I tried to make it work, but I didn’t really believe in all the characters, so that can’t be hidden from someone who really loves Spider-Man.”

On top of not believing in what he was shooting, Raimi also confessed that he felt pressure from the studio to create the best and biggest super-hero film the world had ever seen. All just one year before Marvel would debut their Iron Man and begin constructing their cinematic universe.

“I think that’s what doomed us in the end,” Raimi said, referencing the pressure felt.

No matter what wrong ingredients may have been added to the boiling pot by accident, the result was still calamitous. It derailed the entire franchise and turned a celebrated character into the butt of a pop culture joke. It wasn’t until 2012 that Sony was willing to try again with a whole new cast and crew.

Even though Raimi is burdened with forever having Spider-Man 3 attached to his resume, the director isn’t slowing down anytime soon. He’s currently working on adapting his most beloved horror film franchise, The Evil Dead, for television.

Whether or not Raimi will ever take another super hero directing role? That’s still debatable.

Vin Diesel hints at Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ role

- December 29th, 2014

It appears Vin Diesel has a long career ahead of him with Marvel.

Diesel posted a photo of himself on Facebook last night sporting an Inhumans muscle tank, with the question, “Are you Inhuman,” scrawled behind him.

Inhumans, of course, is slated to roll out with their Phase Three collection on November 2, 2018.

This isn’t the first time Diesel has hinted about a possible roll in the distant future blockbuster, either. On August 9, just one week after his first Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy was released, Diesel posted a thank you note on his Facebook page to fans who had come out to support the movie.

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Within the thank you note, however, Diesel dropped his first official hint that Guardians of the Galaxy, and his role as the three word (okay, four words) speaking tree wouldn’t be his last.

“I get the strange feeling that Marvel thinks I’m Inhuman…Haha,” Diesel wrote.

Although there haven’t been any casting rumours for the film –to be fair, it’s still four years away- Diesel seems like an obvious choice.

By the time they’re ready to start shooting Inhumans, Diesel will just have wrapped up the last two Fast and Furious movies and will be looking for a new project to donate his time too.

Inhumans may not be a superstar Marvel production, but it has the potential to garner an entirely new fan base, much like Guardians of the Galaxy did.

For many years, various Inhumans, who were described as humans with super power strength (think Superman meets X-Men), were strewn across various Marvel heavyweight publications including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Avengers comics starting in 1965.

With the Avengers looking to wrap up in 2019 with the final instalment, Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2, head of Marvel Entertainment Kevin Feige and his team will be looking for a new superhero team to keep audiences streaming steadily into theaters.

Vin Diesel may just be the kind of muscle power they’ll need to get the team off the ground.

We’re not just talking about his biceps, either.