The following is a review of Ant-Man and the Wasp — Directed by Peyton Reed.
When the first Ant-Man came out, it functioned as the epilogue to Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which, at that time, had just given us the jam-packed team-up film Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ant-Man was thus a refreshing solo film that acted as a palate cleanser of sorts.
Now, after Avengers: Infinity War’s ending blindsided audiences around the world, Ant-Man and the Wasp is here to act as the much needed lighthearted palate cleanser, and, just like with the first Ant-Man film, it is another good and fun Marvel movie. It is everything you expect it to be, and yet it doesn’t answer all of your questions. Continue reading “REVIEW: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)”→
A lot of things happened at Marvel Studios this last week. The Creative Committee was, according to some reports, disbanded, and Disney changed who Kevin Feige reports to. Ike Perlmutter no longer makes the decisions. Perlmutter has supposedly treated people poorly as a representative of Marvel, but we don’t know what this will mean in the long run. Therefore I chose to write about something else instead – are we getting an Ant-Man sequel?
The following is a spoiler-free review of Marvel’s Ant-Man (2015).
We’ve reached the final film of Marvel Studios‘ Phase Two – Ant-Man is here. If this sounds like Marvel has gone for one of the most obscure comic books they’ve ever done, then you’re not entirely wrong. The general public wouldn’t be that familiar with the character, but he is not unimportant – his film is much more than a stopgap between Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Captain America 3 – in fact, this origin story is a breath of fresh air for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Continue reading “REVIEW: Ant-Man (2015)”→
Hey! I haven’t written a lot of posts on comic books and specifically Marvel Comics! So this week’s Marvelous Monday is all about comic books! What am I reading? What should you read? Which storylines do I need to catch up on? Let’s check it out.
Having now seen Avengers: Age of Ultron and released a spoiler-free review, I’m ready to now look forward to the next Marvel Cinematic Universe-film. And the next one up (the Phase 2 epilogue) is a controversial one for some, it’s finally – FINALLY – time for Ant-Man.
Expect some comic book spoilers that will most likely also be spoilers for Age of Ultron.
Do you want to know what I am most excited about in Avengers: Age of Ultron? It’s simple really. One of the coolest, perhaps overpowered, Marvel characters is The Vision.
While Ultron may be the title villain, the Vision will be a big character in this film – if done right – and I expect a lot of Marvel fanboys to be overjoyed to finally see him. This is the character that once made the Wasp cry that he was an: “unearthly, inhuman vision” Continue reading “Marvelous Monday #10 – Behold… The Vision”→
Six months ago I was very vocal in saying that Marvel should probably rethink Ant-Man – its release, the film – everything. I even said they should table the character until they, inevitably, reboot the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following the US premiere of Agent Carter – a show about Peggy Carter starring Hayley Atwell, who reprises her role from the Captain America-films – Marvel released the first teaser trailer for Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas & Evangeline Lily. Today, I’ll give you my thoughts. Do I still feel this is a mistake? Continue reading “Teaser Trailer Released For Ant-Man”→
I like to consider myself somewhat of a Marvel fanboy, and that’s definitely the case when talking about Tony Stark. Peter Quill and Thor himself. However, while I was looking very much forward to the Ant-Man movie, it has most certainly stalled – and we are now looking at some kind of trainwreck – unique to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Process so far. This post will dive into whether Feige & Co. can fix this mess – and in length, if that’s the best thing to do right now.
Let’s look at its problems. In late may, Ant-Man director and fan – Edgar Wright – was let go of the project. Thus leaving many fanboys, both of Marvel and Wright, shocked and angered. Do also note that Wright’s director of photography was leaving the project in the process. In the days that followed, numerous directors openly declined the opportunity to rewrite and/or direct the movie. In came Adam McKay (to rewrite) and Peyton Reed (to direct). This will be Reed’s first feature film project since 2008’s Yes Man, and that leaves some puzzled at the direction of Kevin Feige. Now, in late july, three actors have left the project (two due to being written out, and Patrick Wilson due to scheduling conflicts).
Now, worse things have happened in Hollywood – but not really in the MCU. If we were to solely focus on the story of the project, we also encounter problems – in my humble opinion. Do note some PROBABLE SPOILERS for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, to follow. I really attribute two things to the role of Ant-Man. One, there’s the horrible ‘scandal’ involving ‘striking his wife’ in the comic – and secondly (most importantly), the creation of SPOILERS…… Ultron. Now to be created by Tony Stark instead, in the Avengers sequel.
Where does this leave the future of Ant-Man? Well, they could ride out the storm – and still get a good film out of it. However, this has been a publicity failure for the film – and could potentially derail riskier projects from Marvel. Personally? I think it’d be wise to table the Ant-Man project until they reboot/remake the universe around 2025 (I guess, calmly). Ant-Man needs to be the creator of… Well, you’ve read it by now.
What do you think would be wise for Marvel? Should they simply push the date a year forward? Or should they concede defeat, and cancel the film entirely? Is it too late? Sound off in the comments.