Marvel Studios made a major splash with their big-screen announcements at Comic-Con. Instantly, films like “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” rose to the top of our must-see list.
Also on that list is “Ant-Man” from director Edgar Wright. Though the filmmaker finally showed off much-anticipated test footage from the long-discussed film, the project remains without a release date at the moment. But according to a new report, that could well change very soon.
Latino Review reports that “Ant-Man” is gearing up for a London shoot as soon as “Thor: The Dark World” wraps itself up. That would potentially put the pint-sized hero on the big-screen in 2014, adding a third film to Marvel’s calendar in a year that already includes the “Cap” sequel and “Guardians.”
No one officially involved with the project has commented on the report at this time, so take this purely as a rumor for now. But we’re as psyched as anyone to actually, finally lay eyes on that “Ant-Man” movie, so consider our fingers firmly crossed that this ends up being much more than a rumor.
On a related note, Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito recently confirmed to MTV News that the company was exploring the possibility of introducing a third movie to their current model of two films per year, adding credence to the “Ant-Man” rumor.
“The temptation is to try a third, and maybe we will,” he said. “But we’re a small group. It’s very, very difficult. We’re unique as a studio. We’re not just the studio, we produce the films ourselves. It requires a lot of hands on time and effort. You can only stretch it so much before it breaks. So we’re very mindful of that. We have to check our enthusiasm. We can’t be overly aggressive. We still want to make quality films, and that’s the most important thing for us.”
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by Ryan J. Downey
This, True Believes, is why people stock up on coffee and snacks, pull up lawn chairs and do whatever it takes to endure those horrendously long lines for Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con: Marvel’s “Iron Man 3″ panel unleashed a torrent of information about several in-production properties including “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the sequels to “Thor” and “Captain America” and much more.
The proceedings kicked off with a montage looking back on the last several years of Comic-Con presentations, including a bit from Marvel Films honcho Kevin Feige talking about how he’d love to see an Avengers movie way back in the pre-schawarma days of 2006. The montage wrapped up with these incredibly exciting words: “PHASE TWO BEGINS… NOW!” And boom, here came the Marvel bombshells faster than you can say “Excelsior!”
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is definitely happening. Concept art was shown. The team’s lineup — Star-Lord, Draxx the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon (!) and Gamorra – was revealed. Steve Rogers’ next cinematic chapter will officially be titled “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” which was met with huge applause. His Mjolnir-wielding Asgardian teammate’s next outing will officially be titled “Thor: The Dark World.”
Edgar Wright may have tweeted about being in London but – boom! – there he was on the Hall H stage, “Ant Man” test footage in tow! We couldn’t see who was wearing the mask, of course, but we saw a great fight scene where Hank Pym pops in and out of various sizes. “He’s going to kick your ass one inch at a time,” declared the “Shaun of the Dead” filmmaker, just after the audience saw the hero bust somebody’s tooth.
A nice, meaty chunk of “Iron Man 3″ footage confirmed that Ben Kingsley is definitely playing The Mandarin after all. Things got meta when Tony Stark chastised Happy Hogan for quitting on him and his former driver complained about all of the time Iron Man has been spending with his “super friends.” Happy himself, “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2″ director Jon Favreau, joined Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle (who dons the Iron Patriot armor), Feige and “Iron Man 3″ director Shane Black on stage where they joked, chided, ribbed and laughed their way through a rollicking good time.
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