Ant-Man will follow Avengers: Age of Ultron when it opens July 17, 2015, taking over that date from DC’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Michael Douglas appears as Lang’s mentor Dr. Hank Pym, with Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, John Slattery and T.I. co-starring. Corey Stoll stars as the main villain, Yellowjacket.
The film has had a bit of a tumultuous history. Previous writer-director Edgar Wright exited over script changes and was replaced by Peyton Reed – the man who brought us Yes Man and The Break-Up. Not exactly a great sign for what is presumably Marvel’s next tentpole franchise, but considering two of the guys behind Community successfully helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I’m game for anything.
The official plot synopsis is as follows:
“Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”
Warner Bros. has decided to move up the release of their highly anticipated superhero epic, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice from May 6, 2016 to March 25, 2016 after reports surfaced that Marvel Studios have plans to release Captain America 3 the same weekend.
The studio house also confirmed the upcoming Batman movie would be released in 3D to no one’s shock.
Did DC wimp out? Possibly, but Batman v Superman is being considered the final tipping point for the franchise financially. Warner Bros. simply can’t afford to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into a sinking series.
Plus, just to hazard a guess, they’re probably not too keen on possibly losing the critical warfare to Captain America 3. Snyder has already proven to be a tricky sell with critics in past movies (Watchmen, Man of Steel), whereas Captain America has practically been unanimously approved of.
Although, one insider close to the project told The Wrap that it wasn’t a moment of weakness or insecurity about the success of the film at all.
“Not flinching – it’s a fantastic corridor for us,” he said.
If Batman v Superman is actually released on March 25, 2016 (this is the third time the date has been changed for the film), it’ll be the earliest blockbuster release since this superhero genre resurgence began, with the second Captain America film, The Winter Soldier, previously holding that spot with an April 4 release date.
Warner Bros. also released the time frame for nine unannounced projects, all relating to the DC universe.
Although there hasn’t been any indications made as to what the titles may be, we can assume one of the 2018 dates will be a Justice League film, considering previous news stories on the production cycle of the film.
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.
We’re going to need a little bit of magic ourselves to sort through the list of names being attached to Marvel’s next big character.
Three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is the latest name to be attached to Doctor Strange, Marvel’s upcoming movie based on the mysterious, mythical, and slightly ostentatious character of the same name, The Wrap reported Friday.
According to The Wrap’s inside source, Phoenix, “is inconsideration and has had discussions about the movie.”
Doctor Strange focuses on Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon turned sorcerer who devotes his magical abilities to protecting the earth from otherworldly enemies and magicians.
Joaquin Phoenix isn’t the first name attached to the project, and unless Marvel makes an announcement about casting during their highly anticipated panel on Saturday, he probably won’t be the last.
The other big name floating around the rumour mill as of today? Benedict Cumberbatch.
Although Cumberbatch’s name has been attached to the film from the start, with no comment on the role from his camp, speculation has increased with his attendance at this year’s Comic-Con.
One of the biggest issues I have with the rumour is whether or not Phoneix, a man known for staying away from major blockbusters and choosing to spread his interests over a variety of indie darlings, would be willing to commit to the multi-film deal other Marvel stars have had to sign.
A contract that asks Phoenix to star in three movies over the course of five or six years doesn’t seem like something the star’s willing to do.
Plus, can you see Phoenix walking the red carpet at Comic Con and getting into character as well as someone like Robert Downey Jr or Tom Hiddleston?
No, neither could I.
Although, it doesn’t change the fact that his name has actually been added to the rat race.
He’ll have to compete with stars like the aforementioned Cumberbatch, Jared Leto, and Justin Theroux who have all been rumoured to be up for the same role.
Hey internet, you’re going to want to sit down for this one – the Avengers 3 may have just gotten a release date.
All of this is ahead of Comic-Con, so don’t expect any confirmations or denials from the Kevin Feige camp anytime soon. They’ve got their hands full already.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, amidst various release date announcements from the FOX and Sony camps, Marvel is joining the bidding war.
It took only hours after Sony made the announcement they were delaying Amazing Spider-Man 3 from 2016 to 2018, and pushing back Amazing Spider-Man 4 to an announced date for Marvel to swoop in and snap up the May 4, 2018 weekend.
Although Disney won’t confirm what movie will be released (remember, busy with other things), one source close to the Reporter confirmed it would be a big movie and it falls directly in line with the other Avengers release dates.
The first Avengers was released on May 4, 2012 and Age of Ultron is scheduled to be released May 1, 2015. If the rumours of the unannounced project being the third Avengers movie are true, it would be exactly six years after the first movie premiered.
Talk about fan pandering in the best (and most convenient way) possible.
The May 4, 2018 weekend announcement comes just one week after Disney revealed they had five massive films set for release dates through 2019.
With Sony and FOX reorganizing their big budget blockbusters to get the biggest bang for their buck, it’s very apparent the bidding war has only just begun.