The 1989 Avengers West Coast Annual featured an unusual short story by Mark Waid and then-newcomer Amanda Conner called "Rate The Hunks," in which Wasp and She-Hulk offered their expert assessment on the sex appeal of their male Avengers colleagues. Almost thirty years later, we've assembled our own experts to repeat the exercise, with an updated twist.
A few months ago, Adam McKay didn’t seem so sure about his involvement with Ant-Man and the Wasp, though he did say he wanted to return for Marvel’s upcoming sequel. McKay came on board the first Ant-Man a bit late in the game, helping Paul Rudd with some rewrites when director Peyton Reed replaced Edgar Wright, but it looks like The Big Short director will be on board from the get-go this time around.
While doing the rounds to promote his financial crisis film The Big Short, Adam McKay hinted that he might be back to script Ant-Man and the Wasp — as it turns out, not only is McKay reporting for scripting duties on the sequel, but he’ll be re-teaming with Paul Rudd, and the pair will have a little additional help from uncredited Ant-Man writers Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer.
After Edgar Wright famously parted ways with Marvel on Ant-Man, Adam McKay was briefly in talks to direct before Peyton Reed signed on for the job. Although the timing didn’t work out, McKay still did some work on the script with Paul Rudd, and it’s been reported that Marvel is still very much interested in having him do something more substantial in the MCU. According to McKay, he might be returning fairly soon.
And that’s a wrap…for now. Captain America: Civil War has completed principal filming, and now the post-production process (and our long march to next May) begins. The film shot primarily at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, with additional filming taking place in Berlin (hello, Baron Zemo) and Puerto Rico. The news was delivered by Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito, while additional, supplementary filming will likely occur sometime over the next few months or so.
Having teased Ant-Man's arrival earlier this year, and finally showing off the prototype at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Hot Toys has released the first official images and details for it's upcoming miniature Paul Rudd replica. Ant-Man joins an incredible roster of Marvel Cinematic Universe characters that have been recreated in figure form from the Chinese manufacturer, which makes sense given how popular Hot Toys' Movie Masterpiece line has become in regards to Marvel's characters. However, if you had told me back when this whole MCU thing started that Ant-Man would be getting a ~$200 figure in the future, I'd probably have laughed you out of the room.
Like many of the more recent figures in the this series, Ant-Man will come with some accessories, but the only one that really matters is the 2.8cm (1.1") non-articulated Ant-Man miniature. Judging by the number of similar product releases this year, it must be part of Marvel's contract for toy makers to include these microscopic iterations of the character. We get it guys; he shrinks. On top of being so effing small, there's so little detail in the mini-figures, it hardly seems worth the added inclusion.
Marvel really isn’t holding anything back when it comes to the Ant-Man previews, and with a little over a week to go before the film hits theaters, we have officially reached Peak Marketing. The studio has released an extended IMAX preview for the film, which runs at just under six minutes in length and features new footage mixed with stuff we’ve seen in previous trailers and TV spots.
Last week, Marvel released the first in a series of Ant-Man viral videos, which set out to give Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang a little more backstory and connect the studio’s newest hero to the larger MCU. The second viral video has arrived today, and it once again features Leslie Bibb’s reporter Christine Everhart (last seen in the Iron Man films) shedding some light on Lang.
There’s a fairly sizable (just the first of many size-related puns in this article) cameo in Ant-Man from someone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Marvel had been doing a good job keeping that secret. Until now. The latest Ant-Man TV spot reveals the Avengers cameo, so if you’re dying to know who shows up to meet with Ant-Man, you don't have to wait until the film opens.
By all superficial appearances, Ant-Man pretty much looks like a standalone Marvel film — but the newest hero of the MCU will be making an appearance in Captain America: Civil War, and it’s all but certain that Marvel has plans for Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang further down the line in Phase 3. A new viral video begins establishing those connections with the reappearance of a minor Marvel character.