Ant-Man

July 12, 2014 | 2:38 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘The Hobbit,’ Marvel surprises, ‘Gotham’ on Saturday

The July 26 schedule for Comic-Con 2014 was officially released Saturday, with big offerings from Warner Bros. and the always highly anticipated Marvel Studios panel topping the day’s events. Warner Bros. will be kicking off the day from 10 a.m. to noon in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center, the event’s 6,500-seat premier venue, in a big way. Peter Jackson will be on hand to share details of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” set to open Dec. 17. Director George Miller will also be appearing to share an early look at “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which reimagines the post-apocalyptic saga and stars Tom Hardy (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role of Max Rockatansky. Finally, “Matrix” creators Lana and Andy Wachowski will be on hand to share their first original science fiction film […]
June 07, 2014 | 10:54 a.m.

‘Ant-Man’: Marvel hires director Peyton Reed to replace Edgar Wright

Peyton Reed. (Paul Smith)
“Ant-Man” has found a new director. Peyton Reed will replace departed filmmaker Edgar Wright in Marvel’s upcoming superhero release. A shadow of uncertainty fell over the planned 2015 standalone film last month when Wright abruptly departed the project he’d steered toward the screen for years. In a statement, Marvel and Wright insisted the split was amicable and related to differences in the creative vision for the film. “Anchorman” director Adam McKay had been talked about as a potential replacement for Wright, but it is Reed who will now direct, with McKay making contributions to the script. Set for release July 17, 2015, “Ant-Man” will star Michael Douglas as original Avengers member Hank Pym, a scientist who in the comics invents a shrinking serum that allows him to sneak around in miniature form and surprise foes. The film also will star […]
March 25, 2014 | 11:53 a.m.

‘Ant-Man’: Corey Stoll looks likely in cast, production begins in June

Corey Stoll photographed at the Los Angeles Times studio on June 12, 2013. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
It looks as if Corey Stoll could be the latest actor to join the cast of Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The “House of Cards” actor is in negotiations to take on an unspecified role in the production, which will be helmed by Edgar Wright and is set to begin filming in June. The planned 2015 release will see Michael Douglas play the original Avengers member Hank Pym, a scientist who, in the comics, invents a shrinking serum that allows him to sneak around in miniature form and surprise foes. The film also will star Paul Rudd as reformed thief Scott Lang, the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man. Additionally, Patrick Wilson, who famously played Nite Owl in Zack Snyder’s 2009 adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ legendary graphic novel “Watchmen,” will have a featured role in the movie. It’s unclear […]
Feb. 28, 2014 | 11:53 a.m.

‘Ant-Man’: Patrick Wilson set for Edgar Wright’s Marvel film

Patrick Wilson photographed in 2008. (Jennifer S. Altman/Los Angeles Times)
Actor Patrick Wilson is set to join the cast of “Ant-Man,” the upcoming Marvel superhero film from fan-favorite director Edgar Wright. It’s unclear what role Wilson might take in the planned 2015 release, which will see Michael Douglas play the original Avengers member Hank Pym, a scientist who, in the comics, invents a shrinking serum that allows him to sneak around in miniature form and surprise foes. The film also will star Paul Rudd as reformed thief Scott Lang, the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man, with Evangeline Lilly, most recently seen on screen as the warrior elf Tauriel in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” widely tipped to sign on to the cast as well. It’s unclear whether either incarnation of the diminutive hero will appear in writer-director Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Avengers” sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which […]
Jan. 23, 2014 | 3:16 p.m.

‘Ant-Man’ moves to July 17, 2015; ‘Superman/Batman’ shifts to 2016

“Ant-Man” has a new release date. The Marvel film, starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, now will open July 17, 2015. That’s two weeks earlier than its planned July 31 release date; it moves into the date that had been reserved as the opening of Zack Snyder’s untitled “Man of Steel” sequel featuring Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. Marvel announced the change on its website Thursday. Last week, in a surprise move, Warners pushed back its “Superman/Batman” project, which also will feature an appearance from Wonder Woman as played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, shifting the blockbuster to May 6, 2016. A release issued by the studio said the move was designed to allow “the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” […]
Jan. 13, 2014 | 1:17 p.m.

‘Ant-Man’: Michael Douglas to star as Hank Pym in Marvel movie

Michael Douglas shows off his Golden Globe Award for his performance in "Behind the Candelabra" at the 71st Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills on Jan. 12, 2014. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
“Behind the Candelabra” actor Michael Douglas will star in “Ant-Man,” Edgar Wright’s 2015 comic book adventure for Marvel. Douglas is set to play original Avengers member Hank Pym, Marvel announced on its website Monday. In the comics, Dr. Pym is a scientist who invents a shrinking serum that allows him to sneak around in miniature form and surprise foes. “With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in the announcement. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.” Douglas […]
Dec. 18, 2013 | 6:07 p.m.

‘Ant-Man’ casting: Paul Rudd to star in Edgar Wright film

Paul Rudd will star in Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man." (Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images)
Comedic actor Paul Rudd appears set to star in “Ant-Man,” Edgar Wright’s 2015 comic book adventure for Marvel. Rudd is currently in negotiations for a starring role in the film — he’d long been tipped as one of the actors most likely to play the superhero. Ant-Man is the alter ego of Dr. Hank Pym, a scientist who invents a shrinking serum that allows him to sneak around in miniature form and surprise foes — he’s also one of the original members of the Avengers. It’s unclear, however, whether Ant-Man will appear in writer-director Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Avengers” sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which also is set for release in 2015. Wright embarks on “Ant-Man” after the success of this summer’s “The World’s End,” his third collaboration with actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The trio’s Cornetto Trilogy — “Shaun […]
Oct. 15, 2012 | 11:49 a.m.

‘Ant-Man’ gets release date; ‘Thor 2′ and ‘Iron Man 3′ will be 3-D

'Ant-Man' (featured image)
Edgar Wright’s much-anticipated “Ant-Man” movie is finally on Disney’s calendar. The film is slated for a Nov. 6, 2015, theatrical release, Disney and Marvel announced Monday in their latest scheduling update. In the comics, Ant-Man is the alter ego of Dr. Hank Pym, who invents a shrinking serum and uses it on himself. In miniature form, he’s able to sneak around and take out baddies. He’s also one of the original members of the Avengers. If you’re not convinced that the tiny character is tough enough to fight alongside Iron Man and the Hulk, you weren’t in Hall H at Comic-Con International this summer, where Wright made a surprise appearance and screened test footage from “Ant-Man.” The footage revealed a hero whose agility, strength and constantly changing size made him a clever (and deadly) character. Though Marvel has yet to […]
Jan. 13, 2011 | 10:00 p.m.

‘Ant-Man’: Edgar Wright back at work on Marvel project

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Over at 24 Frames, our must-read sister blog, there’s news about the Ant-Man film. Marvel Comics fans who’ve been clamoring for Edgar Wright to get to the insect-like business of writing “Ant-Man” may have a reason to feel happy. The director this week picked up the pen on the movie’s script for the first time in more than two years. Wright, who came on in 2006 to write and direct a take on the arthropodal superhero, said Tuesday in an interview with 24 Frames that with much of the international promotion for “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” now behind him, he’s free again to write on “Ant-Man” — the first time he’ll do that since he started developing “Pilgrim.” (He had previously written a first draft of the script.) In fact, the director had just come from a dinner meeting […]
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