Fanboy Fix: 'Ant-Man' Updates, 'Spider-Man' Title Changes and 'Cap 2' Crossovers
Some major stories recently broke regarding your favorite superhero movie properties. What have we learned about the comings and goings at Marvel, DC and beyond?
Marvel wisely used the ABC television program Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to cross-promote Thor: The Dark World. Producers now say that they’ll use the show to also boost The Winter Soldier when that movie opens next spring.
Producer Jed Whedon told TV Guide, "The Marvel brand carries with it a lot of familiar faces. We're trying to flesh out the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. with the established characters and the characters we're introducing to build out the larger organization that we operate in. That's where some of the fun can be had.
"Nick Fury [Samuel L. Jackson] is in [an upcoming episode], and S.H.I.E.L.D. makes an appearance, so we will definitely try to tee-up some stuff and probably play a little bit of the fallout from that film," he adds. "We're hoping to do some cool stuff."
Are you watching the program? Will these crossovers drive you to the show? Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set for release on April 4, 2014.
Edgar Wright’s continuing to construct his version of Ant-Man, which will propel Marvel Studios into Phase Three and beyond. He recently opened up to Entertainment Tonight about his approach to the character, and what audiences might expect.
"I want to make him into a badass [Laughs]. No, I always liked that comic and I always thought it would be an interesting thing to see in live action. That's why I [showed] that Comic-Con test that we did for Marvel, to show this fight scene like a proof of content, like this is what the action is going to look like. I think a lot of people who maybe don't know the character sort of see that test and go, ‘Oh, right, I get it. It's like an action film,’ so that's the idea. I think people will be surprised by what kind of movie it is, and so in that respect it's something that I know is going to stand out because it's got a very different story and is a very different movie."
But it still has to fit into the overall tone and fabric of the Marvel universe, no?
"Well, I think the Marvel movies are funny, you know?” he added. “I think generally the Iron Man films and The Avengers are funny. They're not ever in the comedy section, but they are funny and entertaining, so I think it'll be something in a similar vein to that."
Find out what he comes up with on July 31, 2015.
Is Marc Webb’s Spider-Man sequel going to be subtitled Rise of Electro? That’s what is being suggested by Cinepop.br, which claims that the movie will carry that label in that territory (at the very least).
While it’s possible that Sony could use that subtitle in the States, as well, that seems unnecessary. Planet of the Apes kind of beat it to it. At the same time, Sam Raimi already directed a Spider-Man 2, so keeping “Amazing” in the title might not be enough to distance it from an existing sequel.
Listen, call it what you want. We want to see footage from the movie, so bring on the trailer, which we expect to see online on December 5. Stay tuned!
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.