The cast and their roles in the upcoming Marvel Studios production Ant-Man were confirmed at Comic-Con International: San Diego over the weekend, and the surprise to me was the character Evangeline Lilly will be playing: Hope Pym, the daughter of scientist Hank Pym.
We’ve known for a long time that Paul Rudd will be playing the titular hero, and his civilian identity will be Scott Lang, the petty criminal who steals a size-changing suit from the brilliant inventor Dr. Henry Pym, to be played by Michael Douglas. Corey Stoll – currently visible as the hero on FX in Guillermo Del Toro’s THE STRAIN – will play the villainous Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket.
Marvel Studios’ head of production, Kevin Feige confirmed that Oscar-nominated actor Josh Brolin plays the villain Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy – and has signed a multipicture deal.
you may recall Thanos as the deep-space Big Bad who was revealed to have been pulling the strings in The Avengers. Well he’s a cosmic-level baddie, so it’s no surprise to see him pop up all over the place, including in GotG.
Like many Marvel movie fans (including me), you’re probably wondering why Peyton Reed was hired to replace Edgar Wright as director of the long-gestating Ant-Man movie. Well, Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, told IGN.com why Reed got the gig.
When this happened and Edgar [Wright] said ‘Not for me,’ we met with a handful of people, but Peyton was always one that I thought would be great.
There was never a doubt that there would be a third Thor movie, and now the project has its screenwriting team settled: Joining Christopher Yost (who co-wrote Thor: The Dark World) will be a former Marvel Studios executive, Craig Kyle, who worked in the animation division, and whose biggest claim to fame is co-creating the popular character X-23.
According to TheWrap.com, Kyle most recently served as senior vice president of production and development, but resigned to become a full-time screenwriter after spending years writing for Marvel’s various animated series and movies, as well as comics.
One of the most interesting points to come out of the Guardians of the Galaxy panel at San Diego was, I think, the amount of faith that Marvel and Joss Whedon are showing in James Gunn as he guides this very important film, which is currently shooting in England.
Just think about it for a moment: GoTG is not a well-known property, yet Marvel is throwing a lot of money at it and making it a pivotal film in its movie universe. What’s more, they are apparently encouraging the creative force behind the movie to make it as gonzo as possible!
At last, Marvel Studios is getting around to putting my favorite character on the big screen: Doctor Strange!
The Master of the Mystic Arts (and one-time sorcerer supreme) has been confirmed as a key player in Marvel’s upcoming Phase 3, which will follow the release of The Avengers 2 in 2015. Phase 3 will kick off with director Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man in the fall of 2015, so I (and you) can look forward to the release of Doctor Strange sometime in 2016.
Tomorrow will see the release of the first real trailer for next summer’s Iron Man 3 (will they change the title?), and to whet appetites, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has released some cool new images, including the first of Sir Ben Kingsley as the big bad, the Mandarin, and provided some spoilerific commentary.
In the comics, the Mandarin has always been a Chinese character — he dates from the 1960s — but the movie’s casting suggests that the character will be reimagined. (I leave it to others to fight out the politics of not casting a Chinese actor in the role.)