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Ant-Man

Ant-Man has an alternate opening that exists


A little more time with Pym
Jul 23
// Matthew Razak
Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Ant-Man yet, but they're not that big anyway.  The film opens with Hank Pym quitting S.H.I.E.L.D. in a pretty prolific fashion, but that wasn't always the original plan. Director P...

Japan Cuts Capsule Review: Strayer's Chronicle

Jul 22 // Alec Kubas-Meyer
[embed]219670:42496:0[/embed] Strayer's Chronicle (Sutoreiyazu Kuronikuru | ストレイヤーズ・クロニクル)Director: Takahisa ZezeCountry: Japan 
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X-Men for nihilists
It's hard to make a rip-off of X-Men without hundreds of millions of dollars to back up the production. With a relatively minimal budget, any version of the mutants with superpowers who have to fight other mutants with (bette...

Review: Ant-Man

Jul 17 // Matthew Razak
[embed]219677:42491:0[/embed] Ant-ManDirector: Peyton ReedRelease Date: July 17, 2015 Rated: PG-13  Ant-Man might be the most divergent from the original Marvel comic yet. Instead of focusing on the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the movie skips over to the modern iteration: Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). As Pym, and his then wife The Wasp, were two founding members of the Avengers in the comics this is kind of a big deal, but it's what you get when you can't roll out a movie based on a shrinking superhero until you've established everything you do is going to be a hit. Marvel has done that and so we get an up-to-date Ant-Man, and Pym's daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), instead of Pym. That doesn't mean Pym was never Ant-Man nor that there was no Wasp. The movie picks up in the past as Pym quits his superhero heroics for the then new S.H.I.E.L.D. after the death of his wife and vows to hide the technologies that allow him to shrink and control ants. Jump forward to modern day and we find Lang just getting out of prison and unable to find a job so he goes on one more heist... and steals the Ant-Man suit. Meanwhile, Pym has been forced out of the technology company he runs and his predecessor Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) has finally, after years of denial from Pym, discovered how to shrink people. He's built a suit called the Yellowjacket. The only way to stop him from misusing this power? Steal it. There, my friends, you have a set up for a heist movie, and for the most part this heist works. It's a fun and enjoyable romp highlighted by the great use of Ant-Man's powers throughout. Though his powers cause some of the movie's problems. Any good heist movie is pretty complex, but with Ant-Man's abilities it kind of simplifies things down. The rest of the gang (including T.I. and Michael Peña) seem to be there more for comic relief and to fill a heist movie quota than anything else. The heist itself isn't that clever either as it plays out in a very straight forward manner that you don't see very often in modern heist films. There's no Now You See Me twist coming with this one. The movie does feature a heavier dose of comedy than other Marvel films. This one is very in line with modern heist films that incorporate a humorous gang into the proceedings to liven things up. Plus, you've got Rudd, who delivers his normal comedic talents to the proceedings. This makes Ant-Man easily the lightest of the Marvel films and probably the funniest, though Guardians is right there with it. The problem with the film's focus on traditional heist film tactics is that it trips into cliche constantly. There's a training montage, and a planning montage and a group of stereotypical teammates. Ironically by differentiating itself from other Marvel films it becomes more generic as a whole.  What's great is that it doesn't especially matter because the fun comes straight from the superpowers. Ant-Man's abilities are so unique in comparison to the rest of the heroes out there that it gives a new spin to things. The action is impressively done and uses the shrinking/growing dynamic in some really awesome ways. The final fight between Ant-Man and Yellowjacket is especially well done as they shrink and grow in and out of a variety of locations. Director Peyton Reed did a really admirable job putting the scenes together with just the right amount of comedy mixed into the fight. I'd still rather see what Edgar Wright could have done (he does get screenwriting credit), but Reed does some very cool things here that turn a very straightforward heist into something awesome. One of the possible holdovers from Wright's time is just how referential this movie is to the history of heist films. It is often an homage to the classics of the genre. There's a train fight sequence hearkening back to train robbery westerns, a little Mission: Impossible thrown in, some subtle references to Ocean's Eleven and plenty more for those who know their heist movie history. While other Marvel films have given nods to their respective genres, Ant-Man is by far the most meta of them all. I half expected Rudd to pull a Deadpool and talk to the camera at some point.  Sadly, one of the other effects of Wright leaving is that the story isn't as fleshed out as it should be. At points it feels rushed, as a condensed production schedule would make it. This is especially true of the character Hope, who was created specifically for the film, and creates one of the film's most blatant plot holes. She's a trained fighter who knows how to use the suit thanks to her dad, but we can't have her using it because Lang needs to be Ant-Man. They wrote themselves into a corner with the issue and use the excuse that her father doesn't want her using it to make sure she doesn't. It feels even more forced thanks to the first end credit sequence in which (spoilers) her father shows her the Wasp suit he was working on with her mother (end spoilers). One wonders if Wright had been allowed to finish his version if this pretty sexist problem would still be around.  What really works about Ant-Man, and what keeps its problems at bay is that it's small and and practically immaterial. Much like the hero himself, the film is incredibly micro. It, for the most part, ditches the wider Marvel universes and focuses on fun and adventure. It's not the bloated, overwhelming Age of Ultron and its not the completely disconnected Iron Man 3. It's exactly what the MCU needs right now: a creative dose of fun. 
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Shrinking down the MCU
Marvel has a problem on their hands with the MCU. They've got a cohesive style that can make all the Marvel films feel very similar. The way they've attempted to address this is to deliver movies that are stylistically simila...


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...and Wonder Woman!
I've been cautiously optimistic for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. There's lots to like (cool outfits, there's a great cast, the plot sounds like it fixes Man of Steel's biggest problem) and lots not to like (it looks li...

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Batffleck

Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns are working together on the next solo Batman film


Affleck to direct and write Affleck
Jul 10
// Nick Valdez
I'm guessing that before Ben Affleck agreed to appear as Batman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice one of the stipulations was that he'd get to direct one of WB/DC's next films. Either that or Warner Bros just...
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It's really happening

Deadpool on cover of EW


Further proof that it's happening
Jul 06
// Matthew Razak
If it's on the cover of EW it must really, really be happening. Slight concern that Deadpool is only on the special Comic Con edition, but still, we're all going to go along with this and realize it is actually happening. Dre...
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GoTG 2

James Gunn confirms Guardians of the Galaxy sequel title


It's clever, but also dumb
Jun 29
// Matthew Razak
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Get it? Because the tape in the first movie was Volume 1 and then he opened the second one at the end and... awww, you get it.  Gunn confirmed the title after Kevin Feige accidentally leak...
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If anyone was going to follow Nolan...
Heavy rumor on this one as it comes from Latino Review who has a hit or miss history on these things, but they're reporting that Ben Affleck will be directing The Batman. The film is the next Batman movie after Batman v. Supe...

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It's sloberrin' time
If you're new to the site, there's one thing you should really know about us. We like terrible ideas. Although we'll rip a bad film apart in a review, we all secretly love what they do for cinema. Namely, we get weird ideas l...

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Gambit

Rupert Wyatt to direct Gambit


From Gambler to Gambit
Jun 15
// Matthew Razak
It is kind-of mind boggling that Fox has taken so long to get a Gambit movie off the ground. The character is a fan favorite and perfect for film, and yet they've basically hobbled along for years now with the property. Thank...
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Doctor Strange

Chiwetel Ejiofor will play villain Mordo in Doctor Strange


MWAHAHAHAHA
Jun 11
// Matthew Razak
Doctor Strange is the next film to start shooting for Marvel and that means the details be coming. Casting for the film has taken awhile, but we know that Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing the titular hero and that Ch...
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Batman v. Superman pics

New Batmobile and Wonder Woman costume pics from Batman v. Superman


Pics from The Licensing Expo in Vegas
Jun 09
// Hubert Vigilla
There's a bit more Superman v. Batman news today in case you haven't gotten your fix yet. In addition to the official plot synopsis for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Collider snapped some pics of the Batmobile and the ...
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BvS

Batman v. Superman official plot lays it all out


What kind of hero do we need?
Jun 09
// Matthew Razak
It's pretty hard to imagine that we didn't yet have an official plot synopsis for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice given how much hype (including the trailer and posters) we've already had for the movie, but the fact is we...
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Spidey

Spider-Man reboot/sequel/remake/thing has director shortlist


Spidey actor list known as well
Jun 02
// Matthew Razak
The next Spider-Man film might be the superhero movie I'm most excited for. The Garfield films were fun, but with him joining the Marvel U things should get back on the right track (or not). Sony seems to be doing their ...
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New images of Deadpool confirm that this is actually still happening


The dream is airborne
May 12
// Matthew Razak
Ryan Reynolds is basically the greatest hype man ever. He's just been hammering us with peeks at Deadpool since shooting started. It's kind of awesome that he's this excited about it, and it makes sense considering no on...
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Avengers plot hole

Kevin Feige answers the most annoying plot hole in Age of Utlron


We should all be watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
May 04
// Matthew Razak
WARNING: Spoilers Did you see Avengers: Age of Ultron this weekend? If not, you're probably in the minority as it made a few dollars here and there. If you aren't in the minority than you probably got a little ticked off...
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10 MCU films we won't see

10 Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies I'd Love to See That Will Probably Never Happen


Disclaimer: Forbush Man does not make this list
May 04
// Sean Walsh
If you told me that, after Iron Man came out, Rocket Racoon would steal the hearts of people all around the world in a Guardians of the Galaxy film, I would call you a gosh darn liar. If you told me that we would see Howard t...

Snaxist: Kellogg's Avengers: Age of Ultron Cereal

Apr 30 // Nick Valdez
A little bit of background. I'm a cereal connoisseur, and I've spent the greater part of my life eating all sorts of sugary, life threatening cereals. From the ill-fated Oreo O's, King Vitamin, and Rice Krispy Treats, to the always welcome Waffle Crisp (RIP). Basically, I've worked for years on fine tuning my palette so I'd like to think I know a bad cereal when I eat one. But that doesn't mean I don't dig in on Malt-o-Meal every now and then. Oh, boy I better stop beating around the bush then and get right to it. This cereal isn't terrible, nor is it fantastic. It's aggressively average. That's the saddest cereal could ever be.  If the name didn't inspire any confidence, neither did the cereal's box itself. The front was clearly just bad photoshop, and the back had a neat little decryption puzzle, but nothing about this was screamed effort. The cereal itself is basically a generic Lucky Charms. But where Lucky Charms makes an effort to at least mold the little marshmallow pieces into distinct shapes, this cereal does the opposite. The marshmallows are all circular: one green, one blue and red, and one red. As you can see in the image below, the rest of the cereal is like if Alpha Bits only came in squares. Are Alpha Bits still a thing? I miss Alpha Bits. The amount in the box was enough for four bowls (but only three man sized ones), and I only paid three dollars so it was pretty much what it was worth.  As for the milk, I have some lactose issues sometimes so I always drink vanilla almond milk. It's fantastic stuff. I'd highly recommend almond milk over this cereal. I don't mean over as in on the cereal, but like instead. Do you get what I mean? I like milk. Anyway, where does the milk come out of? Is it just a name or is there a guy whose job it is to milk almonds? Or is it like a crushed almond juice or something? Would that be just a general paste then? That's why I only drink the flavored ones. The chocolate one is the worst, however.  Anyway, don't eat this damn cereal if you don't need to. But do drink milk. Heard it does a body good. 
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Diabeetus assemble
This is the kind of promotion I've been waiting for. When I started Snaxist with Max Roahrig (RIP) some years ago with Denny's ill advised Hobbit Breakfast Menu, it was the fact that'd I'd be able to talk about cereal someday...

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New pics of Ben Affleck as Batman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


Gotta be at the bat-gym in 20 bat-minutes, bat-brah
Apr 30
// Hubert Vigilla
We caught a glimpse of a seething Ben Affleck as Batman in the trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was released earlier in the month. (Batman v. Superman is not to be confused with the landmark Supreme Cour...
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X-Men: Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 to conclude Brian Singer's X-Men universe


As long as something like X3 never happens again
Apr 28
// Matthew Razak
Some unclear news coming from the old rumor mill. El Miyambe reports that once X-Men: Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 are done so is the Bryan Singer X-MEN universe that started back in 2000. You can read his full q...

If other cinematic comic book characters had forehead tattoos like The Joker

Apr 27 // Hubert Vigilla
Batman Superman Captain America Iron Man Black Widow The Incredible Hulk Spider-Man Wonder Woman Groot Daredevil Aquaman Doctor Doom Deadpool Bane Lex Luthor Scarlet Witch Quicksilver Green Lantern Loki Nick Fury
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Wanna know how I got these facial tattoos?
We all know what Jared Leto's version of The Joker will look like in Suicide Squad. It's a little overdone (by "a little" I mean "completely"), but it's all about the execution in the actual film and Leto's performance in the...

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Spider-Man again

Lord and Miller working on an animated Spider-Man film


Apr 23
// Nick Valdez
It seems like I'm talking about Spider-Man every other day, so I care a little less every time. But you know what brings me back into the fold? Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the guys who're pretty much involved with every movie...
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BvS

These Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice posters are badass


Apr 20
// Nick Valdez
So what did you think of that first trailer? The majority seems to swing toward apathy, but I really dug it. It looks a bit weird, more sterile than anything, but I'm hoping that'll ease up during the year. If the film can ca...
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Michelle MacLaren's Wonder Women was pretty different from what WB wanted


More like blunder woman, WB
Apr 17
// Matthew Razak
News that Michelle MacLaren was going to helm the Wonder Woman film got everyone pretty excited, and then news that she left the project got everyone unexcited (until Patty Jenkins came on). Of course the news was not de...
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Justice League

Trailer for Justice League: Gods & Monsters is better than that other leaked video


Apr 17
// Nick Valdez
So the other day, Zack Snyder tweeted out a short teaser to promote the five second tease of a trailer that WB wants you to go and buy IMAX tickets to see. Since that whole situation was ridiculous, we kept ourselves clean o...
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Wonder Woman gets new director, Patty Jenkins


No word on if WB is going to offer her a private invisible jet.
Apr 16
// John-Charles Holmes
Recently, Wonder Woman director Michelle MacLauren left the hotly anticipated film for creative differences, but Warner Bros. has already picked up the slack and found a new director for the project. Enter Patty Jenkins, whom...
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Watch it on your own if you must
Look, we know that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's trailer is a big deal, but releasing a teaser trailer for that trailer is absolutely ridiculous. Back when this trend first got off the ground we thought it was ridiculo...

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Olivia Munn joins X-Men: Apocalypse as Psylocke


Well that costume is going to look good
Apr 13
// Matthew Razak
The cast for X-Men: Apocalypse just keeps getting bigger. If you thought the last one was jam packed with mutant cameos this one seems to be setting some sort of superhero record. The latest news is that Olivia Munn will be j...
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Ant-Man

Newest Ant-Man trailer is a great do-over


Apr 13
// Nick Valdez
Remember how badly that first Ant-Man trailer was received? Mismanaged tone, mismanaged editing, and the whole thing was all over the place. This trailer, which is now the "first" trailer, is essentially a big mulligan and i...
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Ant-Man

Here's our first look at Ant-Man's Yellowjacket


Apr 10
// Nick Valdez
With Avengers: Age of Ultron coming out in May, I've kind of forgotten Ant-Man comes out just two months after. It's almost like Marvel has too as the brunt of the advertising budget has been spent on getting Ultron out there...
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X-Men: Apocalypse

Angel joins the already jampacked X-Men: Age of Apocalypse


Apr 10
// Nick Valdez
X-Men: Apocalypse, the set in the 80s sequel to Days of Future Past, seems like it's adding new mutants every day. We missed the last one, Jubilee, and we're here to remedy that with Bryan Singer's latest announcement that An...
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Avengers: AOU

Here's our first good look at Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron


Apr 09
// Nick Valdez
Though Paul Bettany's Vision (the humanized form of Tony Stark's JARVIS A.I.) has been teased in past trailers, and shoved off to the side in the posters, we've yet to get a good look at the character. Thanks to a range of En...
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Rumor: Chris Miller and Phil Lord wanted for The Flash or Ghostbusters


Flashbusters!
Apr 06
// Matthew Razak
Chris Miller and Phil Lord are awesome. Everything (about them) is awesome. So whatever project they take next will most likely be awesome, and they seem to have some choices. WB is courting them for the upcoming The Flash&nb...
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New Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer gives us plenty of Black Widow


Because we meed to see the entire film before it opens
Apr 06
// Matthew Razak
Think you've seen enough of Avengers: Age of Ultron? Tough, here's a brand new trailer with even more to see. Be grateful. Actually, the folks behind the marketing have done a decent job of not revealing everything. While thi...
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Ryan Reynolds confirms Deadpool is rated R


The dream is real and they're going to cuss a lot
Apr 02
// Matthew Razak
Yesterday, a day when we basically believe nothing we read about any movies, an April Fools joke went up that Deadpool would be rated PG-13 over at JoBlo.com. Funny. Way to go, JoBlo. Reynold's himself got in on the act...
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Ryan Reynolds in full Deadpool suit


You look at this picture now!
Mar 27
// Per Morten Mjolkeraaen
THE DREAM IS THE REALEST IT'S EVER BEEN! 
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Lex Bluth-or

First look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


Mar 25
// Nick Valdez
He sure looks bald. The skinhead look isn't doing him any favors.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice apparently releases March next year. [via EW]
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Avengers: AOU

This Avengers: Age of Ultron TV spot is better than the trailers


Mar 20
// Nick Valdez
While the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailers have been hit and miss (no one's exactly chomping at the bit for that 29 hour marathon), but I'm sure Marvel doesn't really care how they advertise this anyway. Like if the only way...
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They say too many Ultrons spoils the broth...
The third trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron has just hit the interwebs, and if you aren't excited enough for the film already, well, this will do it for you. (Though the too many cooks version of the Avengers poster was pr...

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Avengers: AOU

There are too many cooks on this Avengers: Age of Ultron poster


something something stew
Feb 24
// Nick Valdez
You kind of forget how massive this movie's cast is until you get it all in one image. It's...overwhelming. Notably, the cast includes Idris Elba, Hayley Atwell, and Anthony Mackie as well. Let's hope there's a good balance of all those big names. Avengers: Age of Ultron releases May 1st. [via Twitter] [Header via Hubes]

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