Did you know that Marvel has been working on an Ant-Man movie since the late-1980s? Stan Lee originally pitched the concept to New World Entertainment (then Marvel’s parent company), but they turned the idea down because Disney had just released Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. This is just one of the little facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which proves size matters with Ant-Man!
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Ant-Man star Corey Stoll could’ve blown me off. Somehow his appointment to call me got lost while he was doing press for the latest Marvel movie, and he had already wrapped for the day and was headed home. But instead of canceling, Stoll called while he was driving home, and even after a long day of movie promotion, you could still tell how excited he is to be in this movie. He’s not one of those actors who pretends he’s a big geek while pushing a superhero movie, but in reality has never read a comic cook: he’s the real deal. In fact, as he says below, he originally wanted to be a comic-book artist. I spent the afternoon talking to Stoll about his role in Marvel’s latest film, whether he thought about leaving the film when Edgar Wright was replaced and how he was surprised as anyone else how much he enjoyed working on it.
Marvel is all about bigness. In the last couple years, the comic-book company turned Hollywood goliath has become become synonymous with a certain kind of blockbuster that’s so large it metastasizes beyond its own borders and crosses over into others. Marvel doesn’t make movies; they make universes. But you can paint yourself into a corner by perpetually topping yourself. At a certain point, how much bigger can you get?
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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.
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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.
Marvel has released the final trailer for Ant-Man following the reveal of the first in a planned series of viral videos connecting Scott Lang to the larger MCU. Hopefully when the next video hits next week, we’ll have a bit more to go on, but until then we have the final official trailer for Marvel’s latest superhero adventure — and it looks pretty fun.
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.