Ant Man

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Ant-Man

Ant-Man was supposed to be made over 8 years ago. Edgar Wright had a screenplay written and ready and it finally came go time. And then uh oh, Edgar Write no longer fits in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So in comes Peyton Reed. Can this comedy director do the MCU justice? With a character that no one knows, or cares about? A character who arguably is dumber then Aquaman? Well let me tell you what, Ant-Man does not disappoint! Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lily, and Corey Stoll, it is an action packed, fun filled, heist film!

Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) has spent his life trying to protect the secret of the Ant-Man. But when his protégé Darren Cross (Stoll) finds the secret to his technology, Pym must find a way to stop him from certain doom. To do so, Pym recruits career cat burglar Scott Lang (Rudd) to help him and his daughter (Lily) break in and steal back his technology.

This movie is sooo much fun. It was easily my most anticipated of the year. Not for any other reason than it was the most different. It had that Guardians of the Galaxy feel to it! It’s not a sequel, it is new, and it was interesting. It was the newest property from Marvel, and with its history of Edgar Wright leaving the property, it had the biggest possibility of failing. However, I do not think it will be a failure. This is a true heist film. It’s almost Honey, I Shrunk the Kids meet Ocean 11. Everyone was well cast, the story was fun, and the action is on par with the Marvel films. There are many tie ins and Easter eggs that link to the rest of the films, and the ever growing universe. They aren’t thrown in there just to be there either, they actually fit well.

One of the positives is obviously Michael Douglas. He is amazing as Hank Pym. I really want a Hank Pym prequel! Starring Michael Douglas! Paul Rudd kind of tones down his Paul Ruddyness, and is fun to watch, and believable as badass superhero. Evangeline Lily has really set herself up to be a great action starlet. Between her work on The Hobbit films, and her incredible job here, she is really going to be a big part going into the rest of the Marvel Universe. I loved the side cast too. Michael Pena and TI are great! Awesome comic relief.

Ant-Man does a great job of being an origin story, without being an origin story. While being an origin for Scott Lang, it’s not an Ant-Man origin. And that is a great plus to the film. As well the story itself is fun and a different take on Marvel films. After The Avengers Age of Ultron, they do a good job at scaling down the films stakes. It’s not world defeating, while still having grave stakes!

But no film is perfect, and this one has a few problems. While Corey Stoll is an incredible actor and great at his roll, the roll is not great. He is kind of one the things that Marvel does do bad, and that’s make a weak villain. He is scary, and ominous, but he’s just a bad guy, to be a bad guy. There is no real reason for it, other than “You never gave me your secret so I’m bad!” Which I noticed very early on. Also as cool as the ants are, especially ANTony, they kind of took me out of the film when they were on screen. I didn’t really like the CGI of them. It felt very cartoony, not what they did, just the look of them.

So folks that is Ant-Man. I’ll let you know, there are 2 post credit scenes, so stay till the end. Falcons cameo scene is incredible, and a lot of fun. Basically, Ant-Man is just as exciting and awesome that I had expected it to be! I’m giving it a score of 3.7, with a full .5 bonus for the SECOND post credit scene, because it was so epic! That gives it a Jeebus Score of 4.2! SO much fun! But how about you Jackass Nation? What did you think about Ant-Man? Have you seen it? Are you looking forward to it? Let me here your thoughts in the comments below! And as always, keep on nerding!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

San Diego Comic Con Day 3

Ok, so major news Saturday out of Comic Con, I know I am two days late, but there was a lot to talk about. So without any further au due, let’s get into it.

DC opened up with nothing but Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. No rumored Shazaam info, no rumored schedule. Just pictures, and footage. The footage which is unable to be seen by anyone not at Comic Con, which is crap. But, I have a slight description. The footage allegedly opened up in Gotham, Supes is hovering in the air then on comes the Bat Signal. He glances down and it reveals Batman on a rooftop. Batman’s eyes glow blue revealing him to be in his tech armor, very reminiscent of Frank Miller’s the Dark Knight Returns. Supes eyes glow red and he flares up toward Batman and the footage ends. The film seems to take a lot of its cues from the graphic novel, which I think is a great idea. If you’ve read the novel The Dark Knight Returns or seen the animated film, you know how detailed and incredible that story is. From the announcement of the film with the quote from the graphic novel to this test footage, it’s been pretty clear what direction they are taking it. I for one am still not 100% onboard. I think Bat-Fleck is the best thing going for the film but it has its issues. The casting of Mamoa as Aquaman, great casting, but putting Aquaman in the film, unnecessary. Same with Victor Stone, AKA Cyborg. And for Wonder Woman, the casting of Gal Godat is horrendous. They have finally released an image of her, and yes, the costume looks phenomenal. Yes she is very hot. But I don’t by her as Wonder Woman. Yes she was in the Iraqi army, she just too skinny. Not to mention, she is not an actress. She is a model who acts. If you didn’t care to have a trained actress play the most iconic female superhero ever, why would not just get Gina Carano? That’s just my 2 cents. Facebook-20140728-012253 Facebook-20140728-012328 Facebook-20140728-012357 Facebook-20140728-012414

Next up we had Legendary. Legendary had two pretty big major announcements. Godzilla 2 will include more of our favorite monsters. Mothra, Rodan, and King Gidorah, AKA Monster Zero. I was in the camp of the not so thrilled with Godzilla. I felt they needed much more Godzilla in the Godzilla film. However, with the introduction of these three iconic monsters, I am back on board. Will they let me down? That remains to be seen. I will say though, historically, sequels give you more of what you want. Batman Returns more Batman, Terminator 2, more Terminator. So I assume that Godzilla 2, will give us more Godzilla. On a possibly related note. Legendary and Universal will be teaming up to give us what a teaser called Skull Island. Skull Island the legendary home of the iconic King Kong. Rumor has it that the film will give us an origin of Kong. How he back King of this island and the islanders began to worship him. As well that it will be taking place within the Godzilla universe. If this is true, it makes me even more excited that we could get King Kong Vs Godzilla later on down the road!

Warner Brothers also released a trailer and new poster for Mad Max: Fury Road. The film looks fun, Tom Hardy plays the title character and is definitely a good successor for Mel Gibson. It looks action packed, it looks like them going back and taking their time really paid off for them. I cannot wait to see this film!

WB also aired the Pilots of both Flash and Gotham. While most people have already seen the Flash pilot, The Gotham pilot was aired for the first time. Reception seems to be pretty positive. It is said to be much grounded in reality. Not being a Superhero television show, but a cop drama. Even characters like Robin Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot, and Corey Michael Smith’s Edward Nygma are believable. The Arrow panel seemed to be the most fun with them showing an extended trailer for season 3. Looks like we will be upping the action and drama. Ra’s Al Ghul will apparently be making his long anticipated debut. They spoke of the crossovers that will take place between Flash and Arrow. Most notably Felicity’s presence on both show. The Constantine panel answered a few questions and also showed an extended trailer. Needless to say, DC is on top of their TV game.

I don’t know if there was a full panel, or not but at some point this weekend this image of The Thing pre CGI from the Fantastic FOur reboot surfaced. Looks about the same as The Hulk from the Avenges. First bit of good news in a while coming out of this film. Facebook-20140728-012312

Finally, the bread and butter, the winner of Comic Con, in my opinion. All though they did not announce any of their untitled projects, Marvel did give us a lot. Evangeline Lily will be playing Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym. Will probably be Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang’s love interest. Corey Stoll will be replacing Patrick Wilson as Darren Cross AKA Yellowjacket. Plot seems to revolve around Pym and Cross being business partners. The Ying and Yang of the business. Cross seems to be the one who wants to take the company in an evil direction while Pym is out to help mankind. Seems as Pym will recruit Lang to take his place and become the Ant Man.

Marvel brought out the Avengers and they answered some fun questions. Hemsworth was asked where he would like them to take Thor, to which he replied “I’d like to see them turn him into a woman”. Ruffalo joked about how he used to be nobody now he walks down the street and has a name, everyone yells “Hi Hulk”. All he pieces of the puzzle have been released and they create an amazing picture of the Avengers all being over powered by Ultron Drones. Most notably The Vision appears in the background in the top left corner. Finally they showed some footage. Do you remember the photo released a about a week ago with the Avengers all hanging out in plain clothes in Avengers Tower? Well the apparently the footage opened up there will all the Avengers joking and hanging around trying to pick up Mjolnir. Stark can’t do it, not even with an Iron Man glove or help from Rhodey, Banner can’t move, then Cap steps up to the plate and it budges just a little and they all go nuts. That is until a ruffling is heard and out walks a damaged Iron Man suit, that begins to speak of the extinction of the human race, and that he is the Ultron. A montage of action footage rolls, including Black Widow in her new outfit, Banner in a strait jacket, tanks being thrown. The footage ends with the Avengers laid out in a desolate desert. The Hulk raging out, then in comes Iron Man, in the Hulk Buster gear. The two go at it and the footage ends. I don’t know about you, but just the mere thought of how this looked gives me Goosebumps. I am so excited for next year!

To end Marvels panel they brought out James Gunn who revealed that Guardians 2 is coming. Says a lot for the studio to green light the film before the first has even been released. Guardians of the Galaxy is my most anticipated film of the year and I cannot wait to see it this Thursday night!!!!

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San Diego Comic Con Preview Day News

Ok so I am going to do my best to keep up with a little bit of San Diego Comic Con info. Sadly I am un able to attend this year. So obviously this is not going to be the first you’ve heard of this news, or if it is, thanks for coming here to get it. But I will do my best to give you a little insight on what I believe it all means, and where my opinions on what we got.

So today we got actually got a little bit of news today, and we kick it off with what I think is the most exciting, The Ant-Man concept art poster. Now keep this in mind, this is concept art. This isn’t a true poster. But from the look of it, I like it. You get Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd in the back, plus a pretty, Bad A looking Ant Man front and center. Ant Man is still a pretty big risk for Marvel. Much like Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be. Luckily it looks and sounds like Marvel has knocked it out of the park with Guardians. The hope is that even with all the drama behind Ant Man, if this concept art is any in indication of the tone the film will take, I for one, am very excited.

Next up, is CW’s Arrow. We have finally gotten our first look at Colton Haynes’ Arsenal costume. If you do not watch Arrow, you need! Arrow is, in my opinion, one of if not the best show on Television today. Haynes plays Roy Harper, who is training to be the hero we know as Arsenal and from the look of this, we are just about there. A lot of people have their opinions about the character, I for one actually enjoy his story arcs. And this costume, is awesome! It plays off of Stephen Amell’s Arrow costume very well.

We got some Spider-Man news. After what was a mixed reception to Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the internet blew up in speculation about what was next for the franchise. A lot of people feared their planned spin offs and sequels would be cancelled. Well luckily (in my humble opinion) that will not be happing. Sony announced that while yes The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been pushed back to 2018, in its place, we will be getting the Sinister Six film on November 11 2016. This film has me really excited. While I enjoyed TASM2, I understand it had it problems. Sony does not have a very large gallery of hero’s to create a shared universe like Fox has with the X-Men and Fantastic 4, and WB has with all the DC property’s, and Marvel has done so perfectly with the Avengers. What Sony does have is Spider-Man’s rogue gallery. Which next to Batman is one of the largest and most interesting group of villains. The thought a villain centric film excites me. A movie where you are rooting against your main characters. I am excited to watch this develop.

In some other quick tad bits. Mad Max: Fury Road has released a new poster and image. This looks like it’s going to be a legit film. And we finally have gotten a logo for Warcraft starring Collin Ferrell. Pretty simple, and basic, hopefully this one does well. Along with Michael Fassbender’s Assassins Creed film this will do a lot for the future of video game movies (ZELDA!) Marvel has released two more conceptual art photos of Iron Man and the Scarlett which kicking some major robot butt. The marketing campaign for Age of Ultron looks to already be running and I love how it’s going. Finally the first image/logo for the Hitman film, another video game property, Agent 47 has been released. Exciting! Not much to tell from these photos other then they are all really cool!

Finally, last week Marvel announced 5 dates for upcoming Marvel films. None of which have been named. Today, a 6th was announced. May 4th 2018. So all together that gives us Avengers 2 on 5/1/15, Ant Man on 7/17/15, Cap 3 on 5/6/16, and untitled mystery films on 7/8/16, 5/5/17, 7/28/17, 11/3/17, 5/4/18, 7/6/18, 11/2/18 and 5/3/19. That’s a lot. Me personally, I think you got to assume the 1st is Dr Strange. Followed Guardians 2, followed Black Panther in 2017. Then you the new one which I will get into, Ant Man 2, and Thor 3 in 18, and finally Avengers 3 in 19. But what excites me about this separate date they announced, is Robert Downey Jr’s comments today. Downey said, “It’s down to Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and Ike [Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree,” Downey said. “When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement.” He continued with “It’s that thing of: Why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed?” he says—then adds a caveat. “Most people are saying that right when they get knocked out.” So that leaves me to believe that May 4th 2019 will be Iron Man 4. I am in the camp that was not a fan of Iron Man 3, but I still trust in Marvel. Hopefully these comments mean a deal will be worked out, and Iron Man 4 is coming! Hopefully with Jon Favreau back in the directors.

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