Marvel Movie News

Ant-Man Actor Chosen

An actor has finally been chosen to play Henry ‘Hank’ Pym in the 2015 Edgar Wright directed super hero film Ant-Man; the talented Michael Douglas has been chosen. Although recently Paul Rudd was in the news for being chosen to play the size-changing crusader, he has actually been cast to play Scott Lang; the hero who was given the abilities after Pym passed them on. It seems as though Wright is attempting to portray the time lines of both these ant-men, and, although the film is part of Marvel’s ‘Phase 3′, Pym is going to be linked differently to The Avengers; unlike in the comics in which he creates the artificial intelligence Ultron (the villain from the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron film). I wasn’t sure if Douglas was the right choice at first, mainly due to Hank Pym being much younger. However because of Douglas’ acting experience I’m sure he will pull it off flawlessly.

ant-manThe Amazing Spider Man 2 Characters

When I first heard about the Spider Man franchise being done again I wasn’t too thrilled; partly because I thought Tobey Maguire made an excellent Peter Parker. However I have to admit, Marc Webb did a great job with The Amazing Spider Man, and with the new characters and plot details I am nearly as excited as when I first heard that Marvel were going to bring The Avengers to the screen.

The-Amazing-Spider-Man-2-9If it’s not enough that two of the most famous Spidey villains from the comics are making an appearance in the sequel; Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti). But Harry Osborn (Dane DeHann) will also be brought back into Peter Parker’s world, and could possibly be appearing as the Green Goblin. Exciting right? Well there is some more news which will have fans of the comic books on the edge of their seats. Webb is planning on making more sequels to the franchise, and as you can imagine there will need to be a great story line to keep the audience entertained. One of which that is planned will contain the alien symbiote Venom, who appeared in the 2007 Spider Man 3. The other may be leading up to a ‘Sinister Six’ plot. Taken straight from the comics, the Sinister Six were a group of six super-villains who teamed up in an attempt to defeat Spider Man. The line-up did change throughout the years and I would imagine the original six would not be used for the films; however they were some of the most famous villains to ever grace the panels of a Spider Man comic: Vulture, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, Doctor Octopus and Mysterio.

Sinister_SixOn top of all that two of my favourite characters in the Marvel Universe are being introduced in The Amazing Spider Man 2; Felicia Hardy and Cletus Kasady, in other words Black Cat and Carnage. Both have played major roles in Peter Parker’s life, with the Black Cat rocking his world in more ways than one, and Carnage being one of his toughest villains due him being able to change form, heal himself and suck the life out of his victims. How they will be brought into the story, I don’t know, but I imagine Carnage (possibly being played by Jim Carrey) will either be part of the Sinister Six or be part of a later story line, and Black Cat could quite possibly help Spidey out when he has to take on all these villains.

carnageWhatever Sony decides to do with the franchise in the future, with all of these incredible characters it will surely be a sight to see.

Just to wet your taste buds even more check out the trailer for The Amazing Spider Man 2 underneath, now you try to tell me that your aren’t excited.

Kick-Ass 2

The epic sequel to 2010s Kick-Ass is finally here, and it punches everything up a notch.

Yes, all our favourite characters are back, in the story which has been taken straight from the pages of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr’s successful comic book series of the same name.movies-kick-ass-2-international-poster

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Chistopher Mintz-Plasse are back, and reprising their roles as Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl and Chris D’Amico. Mindy Macready (Hit-Girl) is trying to deal with the death of her father, Big-Daddy, and finds that the only way to do this is by fighting crime and training Dave Lezewski (Kick-Ass) during school time. However once Marcus – the cop who is now taking care of her – finds out, he makes her promise to give up being a caped-crusader and live a normal life. With Hit-Girl out of the picture Kick-Ass must roam the streets on his own, until he finds what he has always been looking for, a super-hero team. The team – Justice Forever – consists of Doctor Gravity, Remembering Tommy, Night-Bitch, Insect-Man, Battle-Guy and Colonel Stars and Stripes, along with Kick-Ass they wander the streets fighting crime and helping the poor, and at one point have a group photo taken which is a direct reference to Watchmen.

However this is reality, and revenge is always around the corner, this time shaped into Chris D’Amico’s new super-villain alias ‘The Mother-F***er’. ‘The Mother…’ creates his own team of super-villains and begins to terrorize the city and destroy everything which Kick-Ass holds dear. Can the green wetsuit-wearing hero defeat his nemesis, restore order, and avenge the ones he loves, or will he end up a bloody mess like so many before him.

The lead roles are taken so well by Taylor-Johnson, Moretz and Mintz-Plasse once again, but we had already seen them like this in the first film. The real stand out role in Kick-Ass 2 is given by an unrecognisable Jim Carrey as the ex-mafia, born-again Christian hard man Colonel Stars and Strips, who leads Justice Forever. Although in the comic books they are actually two separate characters – Colonel Stars and Lieutenant Stripes – putting them together to make one character worked really well. Carrey shows that he is not just a simple comedy actor here, as he portrays the ex-goon so flawlessly, and really brings the characteristics of the Colonel from the vibrantly coloured pages to life.

One major thing that Kick-Ass brought to the table in 2010 was the shock-factor, which is not used very widely in superhero films due to them being primarily aimed at families. As Kick-Ass is based in the real world though – in other words, people don’t have super powers – then what occurs must have some realism to it. Therefore people are going to get killed and profanity is going to be spewed left, right and centre. The first film achieved this shock-factor, with blood jumping across the screen and a 11-year-old girl saying c***. So attempting to have the same effect was a difficult challenge for Kick-Ass 2. However they made it work, the gore and effects are largely the same as they were in the first film, which is not a bad thing as they are in-keeping with the comic book theme – comedic violence and not Tarantino-esque. But what makes it slightly more controversial – certainly for the American audience – is the language used, it seems as if they have actually tried to slide a bit of the British crude, sexual comedy into it, with lines like; “I’ll kick you in your snatch” and referring to certain ladies as ‘axe-wounds’.

What is really great about the Kick-Ass films, is that they stick so closely to the source material, which is something that the fans of the comic books will love. Majority of the time, with graphic novels, comic books and with books in general, so much is changed that it is not the story you fell in love with when you first read it. When reading the Kick-Ass graphic novels there were so many scenes to it which were just spectacular on paper, and therefore in your mind would be great to see on the big screen. Although there are a few exceptions, most of the best parts were created in the films and were done so well, literally being shot-for-shot in the film as they were panel-to-panel in the comics.

As Matthew Vaughn did an amazing job with Kick-Ass, Jeff Wadlow has done just as good a job with Kick-Ass 2. Together they have captured the characteristics of the heroes exactly, and have created films which are not just for fans of the comic books to enjoy, but for everyone.

The Kick-Ass 2 graphic novel was much darker than the first, and the film-makers brought that to the big screen very well. Capturing the main sombre themes but still making it an enjoyable, hilarious thrill-ride. What more can comic book fans ask for than a gigantic super-hero fight – like in the incredible ‘Civil War’ novel – and right from the beginning we all knew that it would happen, but who knew it could look so good.