Feige Confirms ANT-MAN Plot Points
In a conversation with Empire Magazine, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talked a little about next year’s first Phase 3 Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Ant-Man. The movie features not one, but two characters who in the comics have gone by “Ant-Man,” Scott Lang played by Paul Rudd, and Hank Pym played by Michael Douglas. Feige didn’t say much, but he did say that since Wright had pitched the movie very early in the MCU’s development, it actually helped shape that version of the Marvel Universe.
”We changed, frankly, some of the MCU to accommodate this version of Ant-Man. Knowing what we wanted to do with Edgar and with Ant-Man, going years and years back, helped to dictate what we did with the roster for Avengers the first time. It was a bit of both in terms of his idea for the Ant-Man story influencing the birth of the MCU in the early films leading up to Avengers.”
In addition, Feige confirmed they will honor Scott Lang’s comic book origin as someone who comes into possession of the Ant-Man technology through less-than-honorable means.
”Look at that origin of the petty crook who comes into contact with a suit and does his best to make good, and then look at someone like Paul Rudd, who can do slightly unsavoury things like break into people’s houses and still be charming and who you root for and whose redemption you will find satisfaction in.”
ARROW: CITY OF BLOOD Teaser - SPOILERS!
After last night’s shocking events, here’s the trailer for next week’s “City of Blood.” The episode will heavily feature Sebastian Blood and Deathstroke’s new super powered army, meaning Oliver’s woes are from from over.
New SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL Trailer
Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill is out with a second, longer (60 seconds) trailer. Check it out:
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens Aug. 22, 2014.
Bryan Singer Out of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Press
After pulling out, or being pulled out, of a Wondercon appearance amidst sex abuse allegations, director Bryan Singer will not appear in any of the publicity events for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadline reports. The director denied the allegations, but said he didn’t want them to be tied to the release of the film in any way.
”The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false. I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past,” Singer said. “This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I’ve decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film. However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shake down it is. I want to thank fans, friends and family for all their amazing and overwhelming support.”
Whedon Calls AVENGERS 2’s Ultron “Genuinely Disturbed”
The cast and crew of Avengers: Age of Ultron are currently embroiled in an intense filming schedule in England in aims for a Summer 2015 release, but writer/director Joss Whedon had time to step away for a moment to talk about some of the more interesting aspects of this sequel with Empire’s Phil de Semlyen. Whedon dropped some tantalizing clues as to what to expect from Ultron and that he’s having “a blast” with the character.
“[Ultron’s] not a creature of habit – he’s a robot who’s genuinely disturbed,” Whedon tells Empire. “We're finding out what makes him menacing and at the same time endearing and funny and strange and unexpected, and everything a robot never is.”
In the first Avengers film the primary villain worked with an army of faceless Chitauri, but in this sequel Ultron will be standing alongside long-time Marvel villain Baron Wolfgang von Strucker and the twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Whedon is excited to have more prominent adversaries for the Avengers, but assures fans that none are superfluous.
“I fiercely dislike the idea of just throwing in more people for the sake of doing that,” the writer/director stated. “But last time I had all of Earth's Mightiest Heroes versus one British character actor, and I needed more conflict.”
Much of the conflict of Avengers: Age of Ultron will filmed in England – the production is scheduled to film from March to July at the famed Shepperton Studios outside London and the surrounding area. Although additional filming has been done in South Africa, Italy and South Korea, Whedon says that UK locations in particular are helping him define this sequel as its own film.
“The number of different looks and textures and moods we're getting from the British locations is stupid awesome,” said Whedon, who attended college in England for two years. “Because this, palette-wise, is very different. I'm trying to make a different film. Because why would you make one movie twice? That seems weird.”