Ant-Man, Gambit, Wicked, and the Lego Movie 2 News.

First Ant-Man Trailer Released

During the premiere of ABC’s Agent Carter TV show Marvel released the first full trailer for their upcoming Ant-Man movie. Long in development, Ant-Man stars funnyman Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a man with a criminal past who, according to the trailer, must “become the Ant-Man” to……. save the world? Who is Ant-Man? He’s a guy who can shrink down to the size of an ant while still retaining all his normal strength. Not the greatest or flashiest super power in the world but it can come in handy when used to spy on women in the shower.

But ugh. The trailer was not at all what I was expecting. From all the rumors surrounding the film’s long road to production Ant-Man was supposed to be a quirky, fun, tongue in cheek movie about a B-list superhero. And instead Marvel gave us a formulaic and heavy handed trailer. Instead of some funny jokes or cool special effect shots the trailer instead chose to highlight that Lang is a deadbeat dad, down to his last chance, up against a faceless corporation with plans on world domination. Yawn.

Either Marvel is supremely confident after the success of the quirky Guardians of the Galaxy that they can do no wrong, and have stopped caring about building up buzz for their movies or Ant-Man is in trouble and could be Marvel’s first flop. The studio is on an extremely profitable roll right now which can’t be denied. Guardians and Captain America: The Winter Soldier  were the number 1 and 3 top grossing movies of last year and the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron is sure to be number 1 this year. Critics have been waiting for Marvel to release their first real dud and it looks like Ant-Man might have a good chance of being that if the initial trailer is any indication.

Gambit Movie Release Date

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In my favorite news of the week Variety reported that my favorite superhero Gambit will finally be getting his own big screen adventure to be released on October 7, 2016 from Fox. I can’t tell you how excited I am to hear this as I’ve been wanting a Gambit movie ever since I was 12 years old.

Who is Gambit? Remy LeBeau is a member of the X-men who has the power to charge objects with kinetic energy. Basically he can turn anything into a bomb just by touching it. He usually like to throw charged playing cards at opponents but even a wad of chewing gum can be deadly in Gambit’s hands, er mouth. On top of that the Gambit is a master thief and one suave heartbreaker.

Gambit had a small vapid role as a sidekick in Wolverine Origins as played by Taylor Kitsch but it was all wrong. In that movie he was more like a bad magician than a master thief. Also, Taylor Kitsch. But with news that Channing Tatum will play the Ragin Cajun first in the new X-Men: Apocalypse movie before his solo outing, things are looking up. First of all Gambit happens to be one of Channing Tautm’s favorite characters so he is familiar with him and wants to do him justice. Two, he has the looks and build to bring the ladies in and swoon which is a big part of Gambit’s character. Third, Tatum was born in the South and according to reports has been working on his cajun accent in preparation for the role.

The Lego Movie 2 in the Works

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I don’t know about you, but The Lego Movie has been running non-stop at my house the last two weeks since Christmas. My two year old can’t get enough Lego Movie and has begun quoting scenes verbatim. Not that I’m complaining.

Everything about the Lego Movie is awesome!

No seriously. It’s awesome. Which is why I was excited to hear that the Lego Movie is in full development. Not much is known right now about the film except that it will take place 4 years after the first and focus on a 12 1/2 year old Finn, the boy who’s imagination the first film was taking place in. Screenwriters Chris Miller and Phil Lord have recently spoke about the sequel and said.

“Well I don’t want to give you spoilers but we were really interested in what happens to that boy who’s in the meta story in the first movie when he’s four years older”, said Miller. “When he’s an adolescent how does that change his point of view?

What kind of things does a 12 year old boy think about? Sports? Video games? Girls?

I loved the first movie because not only is it gut busting funny but the detail and imagination that went into all the sets blows my mind. See thousands of Lego cars driving down the highway in a city made completely of Lego would have exploded my 8 year old mind back in the day. Hell, it still blows my 34 year old mind today.

That said here’s a list of things I’d love to see in The Lego Movie 2

1. An ongoing war in the background between the Lego minifigs and the alien invaders from the planet Duplo.

2. More Benny and MORE SPACESHIPS!

3. More Star Wars Lego characters. They made an appearance in the first film and it was one of the funniest parts.

4. Lego Marvel characters. The Lego Movies might be the closest thing ever get to a crossover onscreen between Marvel and DC characters. DC is owned by Warner Brothers whose animation department made the Lego movie in the first place. But Lego creates Marvel sets so they have the license for those toys. How great would it be for example to see Lego Batman and Lego Iron Man duke it out with each other?  However Lego also makes The Hobbit toys but was seemingly unable to include the property in the first film, instead referring to the Hobbit toys as being from Middle Zealand,

5. And finally, more double decker couches!

Wicked Coming in 2016?

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And finally there is recent news on the on again, off again Wicked movie. Wicked is a hit Broadway musical based off of the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. Screenwriter Marc Platt (Into the Woods, Wanted) recently spoke about his project.

“2016 is the goal, but I don’t know whether we’ll make that goal or not. We will make the movie, but like I said, the bar is really high. We’re going to scrutinise our work on the screenplay and our prep on the movie, and when we feel like it’s ready, okay. We’re not going to shoot a release date is what I’m saying. It’s in the works, it’s not in a rush.”

My wife LOVES this musical. No doubt I’ll be in line for the inevitable midnight release in the near future.

 

 

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