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Ant-Man Begins Production

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Director Peyton Reed announces on Twitter that it’s time get small.

On Twitter today, Peyton Reed, the director of the upcoming Ant-Man film, which has been through some tough times since Marvel has tried to make it, had this to say.


Fans can finally rejoice because Ant-Man is actually underway! While there have been doubters of whether or not Ant-Man would work as a film, most of the skepticism has gone away after seeing Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy do exceptionally well, for a movie about a group of space-misfits and a talking tree based off of second-tier Marvel characters.

Ant-Man will star Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Evangeline Lily as Hope Van Dyne, and The Strain’s Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket. What do you guys think about this upcoming film and its characters?

Ant-Man is schedules to hit theaters on July 17th, 2015.

SDCC ’14: Marvel Unveils ANT-MAN Concept Art Poster

Featuring the first look at the Ant-Man suit in action, as well as the movie’s leading actors Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), check out Andy Park’s concept art poster for Comic-Con!

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Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, 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.

Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, David Dastmalchian, Michael Pena, and Patrick Wilson, and is set for release on July 17, 2015.

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MICHAEL DOUGLAS TO STAR AS HANK PYM IN MARVEL’S ANT-MAN

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The Oscar-winning actor joins the cast of Marvel’s Ant-Man, in theaters July 31, 2015!

Michael Douglas has stepped into some of the biggest–or should that be tiniest?–shoes of his career.

The two-time Academy Award-winning actor will join director Edgar Wright and Paul Rudd in Marvel’s "Ant-Man," hitting theaters July 31, 2015.

"With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. "We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life."

The legendary actor, who earned an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role for his iconic portrayal of Gordon Gecko in "Wall Street," has also starred in numerous modern classics including "Basic Instinct," "Fatal Attraction," "The Game," "Wonder Boys," "Traffic" and many more. In addition to acting, Douglas has also served as Producer and Executive Producer on a number of films including "Romancing the Stone," John Carpenter’s "Starman" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest," for which he also won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Most recently, Douglas earned a Golden Globe and his first Primetime Emmy Award for his role as legendary entertainer Liberace in the HBO original film "Behind the Candelabra."

Douglas will star as Hank Pym, who first appeared in TALES TO ASTONISH #27 (Jan. 1962), with Rudd starring as Scott Lang in the film.

Ant-Man’s Relative Anonymity Gives Director Freedom


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Although director Edgar Wright said "I don’t want to talk too much about Ant-Man, I get superstitious," he has nevertheless discussed his upcoming (November 6th, 2015) Marvel Studios’ film during interviews for The World’s End, the final film in Wright’s hilarious Three Flavours Cornetto series (that also includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) that debuts in the U.S. on Friday.
 
In an interview with
The Huffington Post, Wright took a positive delight in the relative anonymity of Hank Pym/Ant-Man, "I think there’s something in that it’s a lesser known character, so there’s hopefully more license.  For the one percent of people who are going ‘Wait Hank Pym would never do that,’ there’s 99 percent going, ‘Who’s Hank Pym.’"  So the source material is great, but it also frees you up to be like: I’m going to make a movie.  The movie is not to represent 50 years of Marvel comics since that is impossible.  But I am going to make a 100-minute movie–or 110 minutes."

In spite of the fact that Hank Pym invented Ultron, the fashionable robot bad guy, who starred as the chief villain in a recent Marvel comic book event, and is slated to play the nasty in the second Avengers film, Wright is adamant that Ultron will not be in the Ant-Man movie, stating: "It was never in my script.  Because even to set up what Ant-Man does is enough for one movie.  It’s why I think that Iron Man is extremely successful because it keeps it really simple… I think that’s why the film works and why, sometimes, superhero films fail–or they have mixed results–because they have to set up a hero and villain at the same time.  And that’s really tough.  And sometimes it’s unbalanced… comics have years to explain this stuff and in a movie you have to focus on one thing.  So it’s kind of about streamlining I think.  Some of the most successful origin films actually have a narrower focus."

Whedon Says Movie Ultron Will Differ From Comics

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Joss Whedon has definite ideas about how he wants to change Ultron, the sentient robot who will be the main villain in Avengers 2.  Created by Hank Pym (Ant-Man/Giant-Man) and imbued with the scientist’s brain patterns, the super sentient robot Ultron has a serious Oedipal complex as well as many powers in his comic iteration including superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, plus he can fly at subsonic speeds and repair himself when injured.  His offensive repertoire also includes energy blasts and an "encephalo-ray" that can place its victims into a coma, but also allows Utron to hypnotize and control his victims.
 
Whedon plans to cut back on those powers in Avengers: The Age of Ultron.  In a wide-ranging 10-page interview in the issue of EW that goes on sale on Friday, the director explained: "I knew right away what I wanted to do with him.  He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it he’s got a bee in his bonnet.  He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy.  He’s got pain.  And the way that manifests itself is not going to be standard robot stuff.  So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone (Scarlet Witch) who’s a witch."
 
Whedon told EW that he will have to be careful "to ground (Ultron) while still evoking that guy."  But there is little doubt why Whedon chose to make Ultron the focus of the Avengers sequel, "As a character I love Ultron, because he’s so pissed off."