After teasing her arrival at the end of Ant-Man, Marvel Studios flirted with the idea of introducing the Wasp in Captain America: Civil War. Ultimately, though, it didn’t, deciding the character was too important to debut as just one of a dozen other superheroes.
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Video: The first Ant-Man really kickstarted what has become a Marvel tradition of de-ageing actors to play their young selves with some impressive VFX. But its recent sequel took that heady fantasy of turning back time to some uncanny levels with its flashback scenes starring Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer as Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne — and you can get a glimpse of it in action.
Video: Ant-Man and The Wasp is a delightfully charming movie, and part of that is down to the sheer joy of getting to see Hope Van Dyne suit up as the titular Wasp, one of Marvel’s most iconic female heroes. Not only does Hope play a huge part in the story this time round, she gets to kick major butt — as you’ll see in this exclusive behind-the-scenes snippet.
Laurence Fishburne is, by all accounts, a welcome addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s a great actor, and my only complaint with his appearance in Ant-Man & The Wasp is that there wasn’t more of it.
The end credits scenes in Ant-Man and the Wasp are deliberately meant to leave you asking questions — questions that won’t be answered until next winter’s Avengers 4 at the earliest. But the film’s director, Peyton Reed, was able to explain to us a few things about the scenes, including how the scenes came about and why they are what they are.
Most superheroes come prepackaged. Comic book history has long dictated their origins, powers and adversaries, and most superhero movies simply follow suit.
A rare exception comes in the form of Ant-Man and the Wasp’s villain. The character’s origins are muddy and their powers are rather malleable. So director Peyton Reed used those mysteries to craft a mostly new villain perfectly suited to his film.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is a decent movie. It has great action, funny quips, and a giant Hello Kitty Pez dispenser that knocks a guy off his motorcycle.
Unfortunately, I left the theatre disappointed. The movie focused so much on physical feats, both gargantuan and microscopic, that it forgot all about a very specific emotional arc the movie really could have used: A compelling mother-daughter relationship.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun movie, but there’s something about the time it spends in the Quantum Realm that’s been picking away at me — and maybe you, too, if you were paying very close attention.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is a madcap adventure of a movie about Scott Lang learning to get out of Hope Van Dyne’s way while she takes care of business and saves the day. Unsurprisingly, Evangeline Lilly is one of the major reasons this is an indisputably factual statement.
We have a very bizarre early look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix’s new comics-inspired uniforms. A wild rumour suggests the Alien franchise could come to television. Plus, more behind-the-scenes on Ant-Man and the Wasp, and both the cast of Arrow and Riverdale discuss prison stints for their respective leads. To me, my spoilers!
Ant-Man and the Wasp was born when director Peyton Reed first saw an early version of Captain America: Civil War.
As audience members, we can see that moment and just kind of enjoy it. But, with a new Ant-Man movie to make, Reed had a completely different thought.
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This week, Ant-Man and The Wasp descends on cinemas. Apparently it's pretty good! I'd be excited, but alas, I live in the UK — and for a godawful reason, Disney has decided to delay its release here until August 3. That reason is, unfortunately, a bunch of sports people punting balls around in Russia. And it sucks.