Goofy humour, a smaller scope, father-daughter relationships -- there are lots of things that set Ant-Man apart from the other franchises in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, though, director Peyton Reed wanted to add at least one more thing to the list.
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When Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theatres next week, it will be the 20th Marvel Cinematic Universe film released in the past 10 years. That's a lot, and - especially after the unprecedented success of the last two films, Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther - it's easy to forget this was never a sure thing.
The instant fans walked out of Avengers: Infinity War, we all started speculating. How did that happen? Is that character really gone? Can these events be reversed?
After the release of Avengers: Infinity War, everything about the Marvel Cinematic Universe was suddenly in question, with an obvious problem: How in the hell will Marvel market movies released in the future starring characters who Thanos seemingly snapped into oblivion?
Whenever the credits roll on a movie showing these days, you've probably noticed that while some people get up and leave, a lot - perhaps even yourself among them - stay put. Whether it's Marvel, DC, or any other big franchise, audiences have been trained to wait for a little snippet at the very end. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, one of the driving architects behind that decade of behaviour modification, had no idea that would be the case at first.
Captain Marvel won't just finally give us the Carol Danvers movie we've been waiting on for four years (and counting), it will also be using its '90s setting to bring back a few friends and foes from Marvel movies past. According to studio head Kevin Feige, part of the reason why old faces are cropping up is to explore some important comics mythology.
For the past 10 years, Marvel Studios has followed a simple structure. Make a bunch of movies, bring them together with a huge event, rinse, and repeat. And while we'll see the beginning of the end of the current three-phase drama this week in Avengers: Infinity War, the films that follow are likely to do the same.
Last week, we heard a rumour that we honestly thought was too weird to be true- Marvel was planning to bring Jack Kirby's cosmic superbeings, the Eternals, to its Cinematic Universe. It's no longer a rumour - Marvel's officially putting the Eternals into consideration.
Just when we thought the Marvel Cinematic Universe couldn't get bigger or more successful, Black Panther brought things to another level. However, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, that was kind of the plan all along. Feige revealed that, and a whole lot more, in a few wide-ranging interviews with Entertainment Weekly, and we have some thoughts to share.