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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?

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.

Thanos, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver first looks in new Marvel video

- August 1st, 2014

Thanos, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver: Three names Marvel aficionados are going to want to acquaint themselves with.

Marvel Studios released a five and a half minute video Thursday re-examining the tiresome crusades their billion dollar superhero team trekked upon in their first cinematic phase, before launching into an in-depth look of the new misfit guardians stepping up to the plate.

While the first half is a delight, a nostalgic remembrance of the reason Marvel’s blockbusters continue to win us over with each new release, the juiciest parts occur around the middle of the video, with first glimpses of mega villain Thanos and the two aforementioned X-Men characters, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

Reader be warned, from this moment on there will be some Guardians of the Galaxy spoilers and fangirl musings.

In the trailer, we get a glimpse of Thanos’ highly anticipated scene from Guardians of the Galaxy.

“Humans, they are not the cowering wretches we were promised,” Thanos’ eerie monotonous voice croaks out, his face hidden behind a metal face plate. “To challenge them, is to court death.”

Although it’s a small glimpse, we can also see his giant pod floating aimlessly in space, with a universe of potential possibilities of where he could end up.

Speculation has been floating around for quite some time that some of the Avengers and some of the Guardians will have to team up to defeat Thanos, most likely in the third Avengers film due out in 2018.

If that’s true, Thanos still needs to kick around for quite some time as we still have a second Guardians of the Galaxy film and the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron to get through.

While chances are slim, there is still a possibility Thanos appears briefly in Age of Ultron. He already exists in the Avengers world (remember Loki’s deal with the demonic villain in the original movie), and we already know that Loki fakes his death in Thor: The Dark World in an attempt to reclaim the throne he’s so viciously desires.

James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, also confirmed that some of the Avengers and some of the Guardians will have to meet up to take down Thanos…eventually.

Does this necessarily point to Thanos appearing? Not really, but there is a lingering hope that Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige are planning multiple glimpses of Thanos before the final epic battle.

The video also treats us to a quick look at Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in Age of Ultron, however, it won’t be new footage for those who stayed to watch the post-credit scenes of Thor: The Dark World.

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are the only two characters that can legally be shared between Fox and Marvel Studios, so it’ll be interesting to see if there’s any mention of their father, Magneto, or any of the other mutants living within the Marvel comic book universe in Age of Ultron.

I’m leaning toward that probably not happening. Disney isn’t going to risk a lawsuit from Fox.

We’ll just ignore the elephant in the room and treat Fox like the illegitimate child they often times appear to be.

James Gunn to write, direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sequel

- July 25th, 2014

James Gunn will be stepping behind the lens a second time for Marvel, sources have confirmed.

Nicole Perlman, Gunn’s co-writer on the movie, confirmed to The Wrap on Friday at San Diego Comic Con that Gunn and Marvel have signed a contract for the blockbuster’s sequel.

“It’s a decision that’s based on what the buzz is, what the box office predication is,” Pearlman told The Wrap. “James will be directing Guardians 2, so he would also be writing Guardians 2,” Pearlman confirmed.

Gunn had previously said he would be up to making a sequel, confessing in various interviews he began thinking about a sequel since the moment they began production on the most recent film.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is releasing world wide on August 2, and is expected to make at least $60 million over its opening weekend.

‘Guardians and Avengers will team up’: James Gunn

- July 24th, 2014

James Gunn, director of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, has some big news for Marvel fans.

And he’s not even at Comic-Con!

In an interview with Digital Spy, Gunn confirmed some of the Avengers and some of the Guardians will need to team up, and the website believes it will be in an effort to take down Thanos.

“In the future, either some of the Guardians and some of the Avengers will meet at some point in time,” Gunn said.

It’s not overly surprising, as one colleague pointed out, considering the two superhero teams take place within in the same Marvel universe.

Different planets, sure, but what does that all matter when transporting between planets is as simple as building a golden space road. Thanks Thor.

Gunn also admitted he’s had ideas for a sequel in his head since he began filming this one.

“I wanted to set it up as a movie by itself, but I also wanted to set up a whole new galaxy of characters that we could play with in different ways,” he said. “I have a ton of ideas for things we could do, we just have to see how it goes.”