A drum-playing bug steals the show as a new "Ant-Man and the Wasp" clip introduces a slew of new characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The stars of this summer's Marvel team-up are pictured together in costume for the first time.
It was 2010, and Eric Pearson had spent the past eight years working menial gig after menial gig — from pizza delivery guy to messenger to ticket-taker at an arthouse theater in West Hollywood, the closest the aspiring screenwriter could get to the film industry. “It was close, man,” Pearson told Yahoo Entertainment last week at a coffee shop in Beverly Hills, on the day Thor: Ragnarok, the first movie for which he’s been the central writer, opened across the world. Pearson, who’d already given up his dream of becoming an actor (“I was just bad, I know it now, too, and I probably even knew it then,” he laughed) and studied screenwriting at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, had one last shot to escape the unsustainable clutches of the minimum wage.
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To the delight of studios and fans alike, 2015 was the year that audiences decided to go back to the movies. Films like Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens became full-blown cinematic events, attracting massive crowds and shattering box-office records. This week, industry analysts confidently declared that domestic box office would surpass $11 billion by the end of the year, an all-time high. While tentpole films made waves, it was also a good year for low-budget cult movies and limited-release Oscar contenders, as well as demographics that have often been underrepresented in Hollywood (like films starring African-American characters and/or female protagonists). Click through for a sampling of 2015’s biggest box-office winners. (Stay tuned for tomorrow for a roundup of the biggest losers.)
Though he certainly stands on his own two legs, Ant-Man nearly took a cue from another Marvel hero in his big screen debut this summer.
In a movie career that has spanned nearly fifty years, Michael Douglas has always had a great big-screen batting average, winning his first Oscar at the age of 31 for producing 1975’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. As an actor, he became part of the cultural zeitgeist in the ‘80s and '90s, starring in a string of hit movies, including Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, and, of course, the 1987 drama Wall Street, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Paul Rudd in ‘Ant-Man’ (Marvel/Disney) In late October, word came that Marvel and Ant-Man director Peyton Reed were in talks on a contract to make a sequel. In mid-2014, Reed took over for fan-beloved director Edgar Wright, who had been developing the project for nearly a decade, only to split up with Marvel in a highly publicized divorce. Thanks to his own history with Marvel (Reed grew up a comic book obsessive, and had some near-misses with the studio before) and a crucial rewrite by star Paul Rudd and collaborator Adam McKay, Reed was able to make the project his own. Since we know [the characters’] origins, we can go in some weird, unique and different territory.” Reed’s Ant-Man was more of a heist film that superhero epic, with Rudd’s Scott Lang using his master lock-picking skills — and the super-powered suit given to him by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) — to interrupt the terrorist plans of former Pym protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll).
Peyton Reed (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) By Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit Marvel Studios is getting busy with its deal-making. Less than two weeks after dating a slew of movies including an Ant-Man sequel for 2018, the studio is in negotiations with Peyton Reed to return as director of Ant-Man and the Wasp. Read More: Marvel Sets ‘Ant-Man’ Sequel for 2018 It wasn’t immediately clear that a sequel to the tentpole about the world’s smallest hero, played by Paul Rudd, would be part of Phase 3, but the movie and the character proved quite popular.
‘Ant-Man’ (Photo: Marvel Studios) Ant-Man and The Wasp will push Captain Marvel into 2019. By Graeme McMillan Good news for Scott Lang fans — Marvel Studios’ smallest hero will ride again, with Ant-Man and the Wasp, a sequel to this summer’s Paul Rudd vehicle, announced for a July 6, 2018 release. The news means that the previously locked “Phase 3” schedule will shift for a second time (The first being when Sony’s Spider-Man deal with Marvel was announced), with Black Panthermoving from July 6, 2018 to a Feb. 16 2018 release, and Captain Marvel being pushed out from Nov. 2, 2018 to March 8, 2019. The studio also scheduled three untitled Marvel movies for 2020, on May 1, July 10 and November 6 of that year.
With Ant-Man ready to astonish at the box office this weekend, it’s time for the toys. Aside from the exclusives that debuted last week at Comic-Con, Ant-Man will be hitting shelves in the guise of action figures, construction sets, and even race cars. First out of the gate is Lego, which today unveiled its blocky take on the film’s poster to promote its cheeky building set based on the film’s climactic battle.
Long before George R.R. Martin became the author of the wildly successful Game of Thrones books, he was a Marvel Comics geek, digging into Stan Lee and co.’s creations from an early age. Martin has always been a fan of Ant-Man, so when he went to see the character’s movie debut earlier this week, he was skeptical. According to a new post on the writer’s blog, Martin was particularly concerned with the decision to focus the film on Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man, and not the comic’s original hero, Hank Pym.
From Spider-Man, the Hulk, and Daredevil to the Avengers, Fantastic Four, and X-Men, former Marvel Comics editor-publisher Stan Lee has helped create the most indelible collection of heroes in any universe. Lee, along with his younger brother, Larry Lieber, and ace illustrator Jack Kirby, originated the character of an accidentally shrinking scientist for the January 1962 issue of Tales to Astonish. With the Marvel movie version hitting theaters Friday, we asked Lee, who is an executive producer on the film, to give us a miniature oral history of the mini-superhero.
Like the Guardians, Ant-Man is considered a lesser character in the Marvel Comics canon. Marvel acted quickly and replaced Wright with hit comedy director Peyton Reed, who brought an undeniably sunshiney approach. Abby Ryder Forston, the young actress who plays Ant-Man’s daughter held a count-the-Goldfish-cracker contest, and stars Paul Rudd (as the titular shrinking superhero) and Corey Stoll (as the villain Yellowjacket) sang the ubiquitous Frozen song “Let It Go” in between takes.
You’d never know Peyton Reed was a fanboy based on a résumé that includes Bring It On, The Break-Up, and Yes Man all the way back to TV shows like The Weird Al Show, Mr. Show, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade. Reed’s chance finally arrived in June 2014, when he replaced Edgar Wright as the director of Marvel’s Ant-Man. The film stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a master thief recruited by inventor Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man in the comics, played by Michael Douglas) to take control of a suit that can shrink humans to microscopic size.
Marvel’s tiniest hero is going big for Comic-Con. With Ant-Man set to hit theaters July 17, Hasbro will offer two different sets featuring the itty-bitty crimefighter at the geek-friendly fest, and Yahoo Movies has the exclusive reveal. First up is the 0.75-inch figure — “that’s smaller than a penny (or a really big ant)“ as Hasbro helpfully points out — and is the littlest ever created by the toy makers.
When director Edgar Wright left his longtime passion project Ant-Man over “creative differences” with Marvel, no one was more shocked than Joss Whedon. In a lengthy new Buzzfeed profile of Whedon, the Avengers: Age of Ultron director says that he still has no idea what happened between Wright and Marvel — but that Wright’s Ant-Man screenplay was one of the best he’d ever seen. “I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I’d read,” Whedon tells Buzzfeed.
The signs have been spotted in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Queensland, where they’ve been displayed on top of trash cans, next to public benches, and other places where they’d probably be stolen if marketers tried the same thing in the U.S.
The release of the movie’s first trailer on Tuesday evening earned some attention back for the on-screen product, which stars Paul Rudd as the titular miniature hero, but, as the new Entertainment Weekly cover story proves, the behind-the-scenes machinations that saw fanboy favorite director Edgar Wright replaced by comedy vet Peyton Reed is still making waves. “It is true that there were disagreements about the direction the script should take, but everything was aboveboard,” he said.
“Finished my last days on Ant-Man this weekend,” the Oscar-winning actor wrote on Facebook. “Had a great time, a new experience with all these blue screens! These are some photos of myself and Mike Runyard, my stuntman and golfing buddy for the last 26 years, including films like Black Rain and The Game.” A longtime stuntman, stunt coordinator, and second unit director, Runyard has also doubled for Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, and Christopher Walken, among others, and has credits on everything from The Fast and the Furious to Balls of Fury.