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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.
From the feeding frenzy of 'Jurassic World' to pretty much everything Tom Cruise does in 'Rogue Nation,' all of these stunts are stupendous.
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.
Spidey, Mandarin, and water bears, oh my! Massive list of comic-book references, callbacks to previous films, and clues to upcoming events in Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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.
‘Ant-Man’ Trailer Release date: July 17, 2015 Written by: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd Director: Peyton Reed Starring: Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne