One person MIA in Avengers: Infinity War was Ant-Man. Something the film’s cast addressed this week.
The answer to the path Scott Lang’s been on since we last saw him in 2015’s Ant-Man will presumably be answered in July’s issue #20 of the MCU: Ant-Man and the Wasp. The new film will also introduce the Wasp (one of the founding Avengers in the comics) to the MCU. The villain will be the Ghost, which is an extremely cool choice for a great character that has never gotten mainstream attention. The film will also add Michelle Pfieffer to the cast as the original Wasp and Laurance Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, the original Giant-Man. After the intensity of Infinity War, we could use an infusion of fun, and the trailer looks like they’ve clearly been taking the time to think up all the possibilities inherent in Ant-Man’s size-altering powers. Ant-Man and the Wasp will open July 6, 2018.
With Black Panther, MCU issue #18, almost upon us, and Avengers: Infinity War, MCU issue #19, ready to dominate the summer in May, today Marvel released the first official trailer for issue #20: Ant-Man and the Wasp. Some people consider Ant-Man the slightest of the MCU movies, but I really loved it and it set a good foundation that this trailer is clearly building on by bringing in one of the best female characters in the Marvel Universe in The Wasp. Also joining the cast this time are Walter Goggins, Michelle Pfieffer (as the original Wasp), and Laurence Fishburne. It looks like the villain will be The Ghost, which is a fantastic character that I’m looking forward to seeing how they utilize on screen.
The film will clearly deal with Ant-Man’s fallout from his choices in Civil War, and the telegraphed storyline from the first film that the original Wasp may still be alive and trapped in a subatomic universe. It’s funny, it builds on the original, and I’m looking forward to seeing Scott Lang, Hank Pym, and the rest of this corner of the MCU in July.
Director Richard Linklater has a powerful-looking follow-up to Everybody Wants Some! and Boyhood in Last Flag Flying. The timeliness of the topic plus the caliber of the three leads, all Academy Award nominated actors (Cranston, Fishburne, and Carrell) lends both gravitas and unexpected humor to the story of a father and his friends taking his son’s body home for burial. Amazon Studios looks like it has another winner here after the overlooked Lost City of Z that came out earlier this year. Last Flag Flying will open November 3, 2017.
In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Richard “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with ex-Marines Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared experiences of the war that continue to shape their lives. Director Richard Linklater and author Darryl Ponicsan collaborated on the screenplay which follows the trio as they wrestle with the pangs of war both past and present.
I think the best compliment you can give a sequel is not only is it a better film than the one it follows, but it makes that original film better in retrospect. I was not an enormous fan of John Wick when it came out (you can read my underwhelmed review here, which I would now probably bump up several points). I think it was a combination of it being one of those cult movies that gets overhyped by the time it gets to you and you can no longer be pleasantly surprised along with some thematic material in John’s origin that whacks certain personal buttons with me (btw, we’ll try to stay spoiler free on Chapter 2, but if you read on, I’m assuming you saw the first film). John Wick Chapter 2 takes everything that worked in the first film, amps it to 11, and ends up being a much better movie that earns both its own existence and the inevitable Chapter 3 to come. Continue reading Movie Review: John Wick Chapter 2 “A Ballet of Blood”
I was not a huge fan of the first John Wick (or THE WORLD’S ANGRIEST PET OWNER). People hyped it to me as an amazing action movie, and I just thought it was kind of boilerplate, and with any Keanu Reeves movie, you need to have a whole lot of stuff happening so he doesn’t have time to try to, God forbid, act. It’s kind of like jangling your keys in front of a Golden Retriever so he gets all excited and forgets to drool. That’s how you win with a Keanu movie. I did give it a second try, and was less harsh on it. I can see it as a guilty pleasure action movie. It did extremely well at the box office and revived Reeves dormant career, so there’s obviously now John Wick Chapter 2 (cause it’s so literary). For more details reed Coming Soon’s take below and check out the trailer and poster for the February 2017 release. Continue reading Trailer Time: John Wick Chapter Two Trailer #2 (2017) *Man Loves His Dog; S’all.”