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Ant-Man And the Wasp: Is Bigger And Better Than The Original

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One of the great things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that with such a wide breadth of characters and diversity of filmmakers, each individual entry in the larger world is given a certain amount of leeway to be its own thing, and perhaps more importantly, to have its own voice.

In Ant-Man and The Wasp, a direct follow-up to the character’s origin story film from 2015, Scott Lang (the always-affable Paul Rudd) is under house arrest after having been captured in Germany following the events of another Marvel movie, “Captain America: Civil War,” in which Ant-Man had a small role– or was it a big one? Lang is now on the outs with his partners in shrinkage Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly of “Lost”) and Dr. Hank Pym (the legendary Michael Douglas), but has reconnected with his daughter (Abby Ryder Fortson), his ex-wife (Judy Greer), and her now probably-overly-affectionate new husband (Bobby Cannavale).

Meanwhile, Pym and his daughter Van Dyne are searching for their long-lost wife/mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer)– the original Wasp– who has been trapped in the Quantum Realm after having shrunk too far down during a mission in the 1980s. To further this cause, Hope has taken up the flying Wasp alter-ego and is setting up a tech trade with a somewhat cartoonish weapons dealer / mob boss played by the excellent Walton Goggins of “The Shield” and “Justified.” Despite his sizable talent, Goggins’ role was the movie’s one major sticking point for me, as he mostly functioned as a one-dimensional foil, showing up whenever the overarching plan needed a monkey wrench thrown in.

The film’s other major villain, known as “Ghost,” is a damaged young woman with a mysterious past and eerie powers (Hannah John-Kamen of “Ready Player One”) who also wants access to the Quantum Realm for reasons I’ll let you discover on your own. Additional supporting characters include Dr. Bill Foster, an old colleague of Pym’s played by Laurence Fishburne (“The Matrix”) and the returning ex-con trio of fast-talking Luis (Michael Peña), Russian-accented Kurt (David Dastmalchian), and straight man Dave (Tip “T.I.” Harris). Of this group, Peña undoubtedly steals the show, and the movie’s most laugh-out-loud scene belongs to him and him alone.

Ant-Man and the Wasp’s greatest strength is its unique brand of humor. As a good portion of the humor derives from Scott’s daughter Cassie, the film is more child-friendly than many other MCU movies, yet the humor is not juvenile. As in Ant-Man, director Peyton Reed expands the humor from the MCU’s typical witty quips to an additional strong sense of quirky visual humor. The film is edited in a stylistic way to emphasize the humor and excitement, especially in the changing sizes.

Ant-Man and the Wasp highlights the MCU’s commitment to unique directorial visions. The film, in both story and style, is like no other in the MCU, yet comfortably feels a part of the same world. The humor and story create a momentum that allows the film to feel fun from start to finish.

 

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Shazam! Trailer Debuts At Comic Con

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Warner Bros is bringing Shazam to the big screen for the first time. Zachery Levi stars as the teenager that turns into a super hero with the magical word.

In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

Shazam! opens April 5, 2019 and also stars Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Djimon Hounsou, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Ron Cephas Jones.

This is a huge tone shift from the dark work from BVS and Justice League.

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Aquaman Is Ready To Rule The Seven Seas In First Trailer

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the underwater epic Aquaman.

Jason Momoa and Director James Wan are changing the narrative of Aquaman with this standalone film. Wan spoke about his vision for the popular DC character.

“It’s going to look very different, it will feel very different, aesthetically, tonally, story-wise, it’s my own take. It’s a much more a traditional action-adventure quest movie…Aquaman has been the joke of the comic book world, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought how cool that would be. Let’s take the character everybody makes fun of and do something really interesting with him.”

For Momoa it’s really simple, “My job is to make this guy cool”.

Check out the official synopsis for the movie.

“From Warner Bros. Pictures and director, James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman”, starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime — one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be … a king.”

Aquaman will be in theaters December 21.

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The First Glass Trailer Is Officially Here

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Universal Pictures has released the first official trailer for Glass.

Glass is the long-awaited Unbreakable sequel, which also serves as a sequel to last year’s Split, finally arrives next year. Samuel L. Jackson is back as Mr. Glass, with James Mcavoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, and Bruce Willis as David Dunn.

Split was a surprise hit for M. Night Shyamalan and fans of Unbreakable. The movie made $40 million on the opening weekend and did a more than respectable $276 million worldwide, off a $9 million budget. But the biggest twist was finding out it was in the same universe as Unbreakable.

Samuel L. Jackson spoke about his character and working with James McAvoy.

“All of a sudden, my character has the thing he wanted: the heroic good guy, the bad guy, and I get to be in the middle of them. It has a distinct satisfaction if you remember what his theory was all along, that there are people out here with extraordinary powers who can do extraordinary things. And it’s amazing to watch James [McAvoy] have an argument with four different characters in front of my face.”

Glass is set to hit theaters January 18, 2019.

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