Ant-Man and The Wasp Trailer Debut

Ant-Man and The Wasp has had it’s first trailer released and it’s looking pretty damn solid. With Black Panther out in a few weeks time, Infinity war on the way in April (May for America, suck it!), it’s going to be a huge year for Marvel. Starting with a few references to Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) last MCU appearance in Captain America: Civil War, it picks up shortly after being broken out of prison by Steve Rogers. Despite now having a FBI sanctioned monitor on his ankle, he’s continuing his escapades as the tiny hero but now he has Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne / The Wasp by his side after her suit was teased at the end of the first Ant-Man. It’s not clear what the plot is exactly however there are moments from their past about to be uncovered after Ant-Man is assigned an urgent mission by Pym.

Returning are Rudd and Lilly, as well as Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, Michael Peña as the superbly hilarious Luis and Judy Greer as Maggie Lang. Joining the ironically large cast are Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster / Goliath (an ally of Hank Pym’s) and Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost. Peyton Reed, who did a great job in the time he had with the previous film has returned to direct, with Paul Rudd once again getting a writing credit, as well as Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. Ant-Man and The Wasp is due for release in July and it will be the MCU’s 20th film. That’s certainly nothing small. Check out the trailer below:

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Spider-Man: Homecoming posters

It’s not long until our favourite wall crawler is back up on the big screen in his own solo movie. Spider-Man: Homecoming is out in just a few months and we’ve not seen much of him lately besides a trailer about 3 months ago and Tom Holland waxing lyrical on the set of Avengers: Infinity War. Well just as a reminder that we’ve got an MCU filled year ahead of us with this as well as images and posters being released for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok, we now also have a couple if brand spanking new posters for Spider-Man. One is a fairly typical Spider-Man pose, sticking to the side of a building and the other is not. Lying down, thinking about whatever this iteration of Peter Parker thinks about, chances are you would have noticed the Avengers tower in both posters, just in case you didn’t know that he is now an Avenger this is set in New York. He’s wearing what is probably an Oscorp jacket in one and hanging off the big A in the other one.

In July we’ll see the story of Spider-Man: Homecoming tell us about Peter dealing with school, girls, being Spider-Man and balancing all of that out. Whilst dealing with all of that he’ll be taking on Michael Keaton’s Vulture. It certainly sounds like we’ve seen it before however with Tom Holland playing this version, someone who looks and sounds like a teen (he’s actually turning 21 this year), his characterisation of the web slinger and without telling his back story again, it will hopefully be very different. Directed by Jon Watts and also starring Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man for the seventh time, this film is the 15th in the MCU. 

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Thor: Ragnarok New Images

The previous two stand alone Thor films haven’t been great. They’ve had their moments and given us Tom Hiddelston as Loki, who is so far the best Marvel villain, they’ve just been lacking something. But I’ll say this, the worst MCU films are better than the best DCEU films. Thor: Ragnarok is out towards the end of this year, besides a few details confirmed mainly including cast and characters, we haven’t seen a lot just yet. Until now! 

Yes! Images! Sexy, shiny, new and bloody colourful! Turn the colour pallet down guys, I’m going blind from your disco revival! With a lighter looking movie and Thor’s trademark look of long hair whilst wielding his mighty hammer seemingly gone, what are we to make of what we see? Well there’s a meeting of Thor and Bruce Banner who look very excited, Jeff Goldblum has an interesting get-up with his choice of hair, makeup and clothes and Loki is making his return to the MCU after not being seen since the last Thor film. Yay!

From what we know regarding the story, it certainly sounds different. Thor has to face the Hulk, in order to save his people from Hela, played by Cate Blanchett as seen in one of the images below. It’s yet another way the MCU is cleverly incorporating it’s characters into the stand alone films. With the addition of Doctor Strange played by Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as Karl Urban, Tessa Thompson and Sam Neill joining the crew, it’s going to be a very interesting film. Thor: Ragnarok is due for release in October this year and directed by Taika Waititi.

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New Images for Wolverine

A mere couple of months until we see Hugh Jackman take on the role of Wolverine for the final time. Logan shows him as an aging mutant with Professor X and a young protégé accompanying him in a world where there are no mutants. The director James Mangold has offered some new images he’s taken while on set with his cast which shows the three protagonists. 

Jackman confirmed the synopsis of the film in that he is taking care of an ailing Charles (Patrick Stewart) in a hideout near the Mexican border in a world where no mutant has been born for two decades. During this time a young mutant arrives who is pursued by dark forces. Or big guys with guns, going from what we’ve seen in the trailer. 

The film is out in March with Jackman saying this is in fact his final outing as Wolverine. 

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Doctor Strange set to appear in Thor: Ragnarok 

When the MCU began, it made perfect sense to have stand alone films, with just one protagonist fighting against the odds. However as this universe has developed and grown into what it is today, this can no longer be and Marvel understands this. Black Widow showed up in Iron Man 2 and in Captain America: Winter Soldier, with Falcon making his debut appearance in the later. Next year Spider-Man is teaming up with Iron Man and now it’s been announced that Doctor Strange will be joining Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok.

Benedict Cumberbatch has finally been confirmed for the film in which he is reprising his Stephen Strange character and joining a huge ensemble cast which already includes Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddelston. This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise due to the after credits scene in 2016’s Doctor Strange where he and Thor had a chat over a beer. Fans were hopeful to see him appear on the third Thor film and their wish has come true.

Thor: Ragnarok is released in October 2017 and directed by Taika Waititi.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer

Well, it’s finally here. After that 17 second teaser yesterday, 14 years of being with Sony and a small amount of screen time recently, we’ve now got a full length trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming. He’s home. He’s back. Marvel has control of one of its most popular and most famous characters of all time! We had an incredible glimpse as to what Marvel can do with him in Captain America: Civil War (to the utter joy and delight of fans and critics alike) and now in just a few short months we will see him in his first ever solo film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Along with the teaser and the trailer, a fresh new image was released which looks very reminiscent of what is thought to be one of the best superhero movies of all time, Spiderman 2. The photo shows Tom Holland as the wall crawler holding his mask as a train whizzes by in the background. This could be a call back to the superbly choreographed fight scene on a train, with Spiderman and Doctor Octopus.

In the trailer we see Holland effortlessly play the painfully awkward teen who only has one friend, trying to get through high school, whilst also wanting to save the world as Mr. Stark tries to protect him by treating him like a kid. All Peter wants to do is prove himself and defeat The Vulture (Michael Keaton) whilst being told to “forget the flying monster guy, there are people who handle this sort of thing”. Of course Peter wants to be one of these people, he wants to be a full time Avenger. Who can blame him? He fits right in and did a good job in Civil War. The trailer ends with a shot of Spider-Man and Iron Man together, possibly on their way to fight some crime. An international trailer has also been released with a little bit more of both Holland and Keaton, but not that much. I’ve included that below as well, you lucky spider-loving freaks!

So what do you think? Have we had too much Spider-Man? Are you happy he’s back in the MCU? Is he just getting started?

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Iron Fist: first set of images

We’ve had a lot of new Marvel content flying out from Netflix this year and 2017 isn’t going to be any different. With Jessica Jones, Dare Devil and Luke Cage all having shows which premiered in 2016, it’s time to bring the fourth Defender on board. Iron Fist completes the foursome of new superheros who are defending (see what they did there??) New York. Iron Fist’s alter ego is Daniel Rand and played by Finn Jones of Game of Thrones fame. Now that’s not a bad career already, Game of Thrones then jumping into two Marvel shows once they all combine in 2017’s The Defenders.

About a month ago we were treated to a pretty decent trailer and now the first images have been released in anticipation of the show’s start in March. Not too much to see, besides what looks like a few shots of Rand training to become Iron Fist. He is a man who has lost his parents and who, after plunging his fist into a brazier containing the molten heart of a dragon, gains some magical powers. Standard stuff at your local karate centre. After a few years away, he returns to New York in order to fight crime in the city with his new found powers.

Exciting stuff! What do you think? Looking forward to it or is it overkill on Marvel? And just in case you’ve not seen it, I’ve thrown in the trailer at the bottom.

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Doctor Strange is coming quicker than you think

The latest offering from Marvel, Doctor Strange, will be arriving in UK cinemas even earlier than we thought (suck on that USA!) The newest Marvel character will grace our big screens three days earlier than before, on the 25th October. The film was due to be released on 28th October, so who knows why they changed it? It was announced via Twitter earlier today and has received several re-tweets and favourites.

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The fourteenth movie in MCU sees Benedict Cumberbatch take on the role of Doctor Strange, aka Stephen Strange, his first comic book role. The film also stars Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor. It’s directed by Scott Derrickson who previous credits include Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Day the Earth Stood Still.

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Happy Hogan returning to the MCU in Spider-Man: Homecoming 

The interactions between Iron Man and Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War were utterly superb. Combining these two tech geniuses, their conflicting personalities and the right amount of heart and humour really showed what the MCU is about when it comes to character relationships. The thought of these two appearing together again in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming is such an exciting prospect. And now there’s even more amazing news with the fact that Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan will also be appearing in the film.

It’s a welcome addition to the cast, Happy and Tony have always had a comedic and sweet bond which is hard to have on screen. Happy hasn’t been seen since Iron Man 3 as he stayed out of Civil War, possibly because he took Pepper’s side in the break up! 

Spider-Man: Homecoming also stars Robert Downey Jr, Tom Holland, Logan Marshall-Green, Marisa Tomei and Michael Keaton. It’s directed by Jon Watts and set for release on July 7 2017 in the UK.

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Man of Steel 2 is coming

DC is suffering. This is an understatement. Whilst it’s doing well financially, critically things could be so much better. Batman V Superman was almost universally panned by the critics, and the fans mostly hated it too. Suicide Squad has garnered similar results, with slightly less hatred than Dawn of Justice. The reason these movies made so much money is purely to do with hype and marketing. Even Man of Steel, the film that was aimed at reclaiming the comic book movie crown for DC, wasn’t really that loved despite to broad appeal of such a major character who has arguably never had a good film made about him. Then again it was directed by Zack Snyder. So it comes as quite a surprise that a Man of Steel sequel has just got the green light from Warner Bros.

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DC have plenty of films in the pipeline to carry its Justice League plans and the DCEU including solo films for Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman plus the two part Justice League movies which are out in 2017 and 2019 respectively. There has been an announcement of two more untitled films DC films, with pencilled in released dates of October 5, 2018 and November 1, 2019. No word at all on what these are yet. So Chances are the Man of Steel sequel won’t be out for quite some time. But it’s welcome news to fanboys who were disappointed not to see another solo film for Superman. Fingers crossed they get it right this time. Whilst I was a fan of Man of Steel and this is the best Superman we’ve ever had, there was always something lacking. His ability to fly doesn’t mean that he’s going places.

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