First Footage from ANT-MAN Revealed; Plus New Behind-the-Scenes Footage from AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Last night, ABC aired the television special Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop!, which aimed to inform viewers of the history of Marvel Comics.  In the spirit of synergy, the special was tied very closely to Marvel Studios’ output as it premiered the first clip from the upcoming TV series Agent Carter, and it also provide a look at the very first Ant-Man footage featuring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas.  It’s a dialogue-free behind-the-scenes tease, but it does give us our first look at Scott Lang and Hank Pym together in the Peyton Reed-directed film, and also provides a brief snapshot of Rudd’s Lang approaching the Ant-Man costume.  Marvel also threw in a little behind-the-scenes footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron for good measure, and now both clips have made their way online.

Watch the Ant-Man footage after the jump, along with a new look at Avengers: Age of UltronAnt-Man opens in theaters on July 17, 2015, while Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives on May 1, 2015.

Agent Carter Will Be In ANT-MAN For At Least a Few Seconds

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I love several Marvel movies but am often baffled by the ravenous appetite for even the most minute of details, but if people want to know I guess they want to know.  One of the bigger stories sweeping the web this afternoon is the somewhat solid confirmation that Hayley Atwell‘s Peggy Carter will be in Ant-Man.  At least for a little bit, since the information seems to indicate that she will be on the Atlanta set for just one day later this month.  What’s funny is that, even though I feel like I sort of don’t need to know info of this nature at this stage, it still makes me excited for the movie.  It also seems to confirm early reports that Michael Douglas‘ Hank Pym would have a run-in with S.H.I.E.L.D.  And if they’re no longer using that scene (it’s from an early draft), then it’s at least a little bit fun to speculate where they might go with it.

Hit the jump for more on Hayley Atwell in Ant-Man. The film also stars Paul RuddEvangeline LillyCorey StollBobby CannavaleMichael PeñaAbby Ryder FortsonJudy GreerDavid DastmalchianWood HarrisGregg TurkingtonT.I., and John Slattery.  It opens July 17, 2015.

Superhero Movie Release Dates: From 2015 to 2020

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There’s no denying that the most popular genre around these days is that of the superhero movie.  Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy proved that comic book adaptations could be just as dramatic and heavy as non-genre films, Marvel Studios jumpstarted a massive interconnected series of superhero movies that were significantly more colorful and humorous, and audiences have been turning out to both kinds of superhero movies in droves.  With every major studio now working to turn its own comic book properties into the next big thing, it’s sometimes tough to keep track of what’s coming out when, who’s in it, and how it fits into the overall picture.  Not to worry, though, because we here at Collider have you covered.

After the jump, you’ll find a comprehensive guide of superhero movie release dates for every major comic book adaptation on the calendar, going all the way up to the year 2020.  Moreover, we’ll be updating this guide regularly with the most current information, so if you’re ever looking for the latest news on a specific film, you can come right back here for a quick overview.

Composer Steven Price Talks Using WWII Weaponry for His FURY Score, Working with David Ayer, His Career and Process, Leaving ANT-MAN, and More

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Following his Oscar-winning score last year for Gravity, acclaimed British film and television composer Steven Price scores Fury, director David Ayer’s gritty WWII epic starring Brad Pitt as a battle-hardened sergeant who commands a Sherman tank and its five-man crew on a perilous mission behind enemy lines.  Ayer’s dedication to the accuracy of the film’s portrayal of war as the Allies make their final push into the European Theater inspired Price to give the film’s score a raw, guttural feel using mechanized rhythms within emotional moments to convey the intense action and character themes.

In an exclusive interview, Price talked about his collaboration with Ayer, his used of cellos and choirs to portray the war-torn solders and actual WW II weaponry to create percussion sounds that echo the bombast of tank warfare, how he layered the sounds of a huge orchestra with those of intimate instrumental groups to convey the weight and exhaustion of the characters, his roots as an artist, his experience on The Lord of the Rings and Batman Begins, what he learned from composers Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore and James Newton Howard, and why he decided not to do Marvel’s Ant-Man once Edgar Wright left the project.  Check out the interview after the jump.

Adam McKay Talks Rewriting ANT-MAN with Paul Rudd; Reveals They Added “a Giant Action Sequence”, Made the Film Bigger and “a Little More Aggressive”

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While Ant-Man was one of the first feature film projects that Marvel Studios began developing, it went through some rather dramatic changes just months before finally starting production this summer.  Filmmaker Edgar Wright had been developing the movie for years, writing the screenplay with Joe Cornish and even casting the majority of the roles, but he left the project a few months before production over creative differences with Marvel.  The studio worked quickly to keep the project together and eventually signed Peyton Reed to direct, but before that Anchorman and Step Brothers director Adam McKay briefly flirted with the director’s chair.  While McKay subsequently opted not to take the helm, he did agree to come onboard as a screenwriter, fine tuning the script in the months leading up to the start of filming.

Steve recently spoke with McKay in anticipation of the upcoming short film series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss, and during the course of their conversation McKay talked a bit about his involvement with Ant-ManPaul Rudd told us at Comic-Con that he had been working with McKay “every day for six weeks” on the Ant-Man script, and McKay confirmed as much in this new interview, elaborating on how he got involved in the project and his initial apprehension.  McKay also discussed the nature of the rewrite, saying they added some action beats and made the script “a little bigger, a little more aggressive, and funnier in places.”  Much more after the jump.

Martin Donovan Joins ANT-MAN in Unnamed, “Pivotal” Role

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Ant-Man has been filming for almost two months, but they’ve just added another bit of casting.  According to THR, Martin Donovan (Weeds) has joined the cast to play a “pivotal” role that’s being kept under wraps.  At this stage in the game, it’s presumably a minor role, but if it’s “pivotal”, I’m going to assume it might have consequences far beyond this movie, and with Marvel, that’s my working theory: everything branches out to much, much bigger stuff.  Or maybe he’s just a guy that tells Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) some stuff about ants.  Entomology is important.

The film also stars Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington, T.I., and John SlatteryAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.  Donovan will next be seen this December in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice.

Evangeline Lilly Shows Off Her Hope Van Dyne Look for ANT-MAN

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You know all that Ant-Man news that flooded the web prior to filming courtesy of the director shuffle?  Even though the film is finally in production, based on these first few days, it doesn’t look as though the Ant-Man updates will slow down anytime soon.

Three days ago director Peyton Reed tweeted that filming had finally begun, two days ago we got our very first official still of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, yesterday it was those unofficial images and video, and now today, we’ve got even more Ant-Man material to share – some Instagram photos from Evangeline Lilly rocking her new Hope Van Dyne hairstyle.  Hit the jump to check them out.  Ant-Man also stars Michael DouglasCorey StollBobby CannavaleMichael Peña, Judy Greer, T.I. and John Slattery, and is due to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.

First ANT-MAN Set Images and Video Leak Online; Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Chats It up with Paul Rudd

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Yesterday, we got the first official Ant-Man image, and it was a savvy move since filming has begun, and now plenty of unofficial official images and video have landed online.  I’m glad our first look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang wasn’t a grainy Instagram photos.  But if you’re into those, you now have plenty to enjoy as the movie is shooting on location in San Francisco.  There’s nothing particularly amazing about these photos—no crashes; no explosions; no Paul Rudd riding around on ants.  Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is on set, so that’s nice I suppose.

Hit the jump to check out the Ant-Man set images and videos.  The film also stars Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington, T.I., and John SlatteryAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.

First ANT-MAN Image Features Paul Rudd Brooding by the San Francisco Bay

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Yesterday, Marvel sent out a press release announcing the start of filming on Peyton Reed‘s Ant-Man.  Today, the first Ant-Man image has gone online, and it features thief-turned-hero Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) standing out by the Golden Gate Bridge.  Specifically, he’s at Fort Point, which is where Scottie “rescued” Madeleine in Vertigo, so there’s some fun movie trivia for you.  I’d be surprised if Hitchcock’s classic had anything to do with Reed’s movie, but it’s certainly a lovely, scenic viewpoint.  I have no idea where in the movie this could take place, but probably not near the conclusion unless Marvel is going for their first bummer ending.

Hit the jump to check out the Ant-Man image.  The film also stars Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington, T.I., and John SlatteryAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.

ANT-MAN Begins Production Today in San Francisco before Moving to Atlanta; John Slattery, Judy Greer, and More Added to Cast

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Ant-Man was supposed to begin filming around the beginning of summer, but when Edgar Wright and Marvel parted ways in mid-May over the studio’s massive changes in the script, Marvel began a hunt for a new director.  After spending a few weeks looking for a replacement, the studio settled on Yes Man director Peyton Reed with Adam McKay working on the script followed by a last-minute polish by writers Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer.

Now we’re at the end of the summer, and filming has finally begun.  Hit the jump for more.  The film stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015. [Update: We've added the full Marvel press release after the jump, which reveals that John Slattery has been added to the cast presumably as 1970s Howard Stark (possibly confirming this story), in addition to Judy GreerT.I., and more.  Additionally, final credits on the screenplay still haven't been revealed and likely won't be until the Writers Guild of America arbitration.]

ANT-MAN Connection to the Larger Marvel Cinematic Universe Possibly Revealed

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It’s been arguably Marvel’s most contentious production since Iron Man, but Ant-Man is finally gearing up to start filming in the next few weeks.  By now you know the story: Edgar Wright developed the film for several years, set his cast, was prepping to shoot, and then ran into creative differences with Marvel Studios that led to his exit from the project.  Peyton Reed is now at the helm of the superhero adaptation with Paul Rudd in the lead, supported in the cast by Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey Stoll.  One of the key points of contention between Wright and Marvel was reportedly the film’s connection to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the studio wanted to see more threads between Ant-Man and the other films that make up the MCU.

As filming is about to get underway, possible spoilers have surfaced by way of some earlier drafts of the script that reveal which characters from the MCU were/are poised to make an appearance in Ant-Man, and the answers may surprise you.  More after the jump, though be warned that these details contain potential spoilers for Ant-Man

Corey Stoll Talks THE STRAIN, Looking Forward to His Character’s Dynamic Arc, the Excitement of TV, HOMELAND, ANT-MAN, and More

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From filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and showrunner Carlton Cuse, The Strain tells the story of an epic battle for survival between man and vampire.  When Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control in New York City, and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak that is eerily similar to an ancient and evil strain of vampirism, they quickly realize that they are waging war for the fate of humanity itself.  The show also stars David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Kevin Durand, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown and Jack Kesy.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Corey Stoll talked about what attracted him to The Strain, why his character isn’t an anti-hero, the great dynamic between Eph and Setrakian (Bradley), what David Bradley and Kevin Durand bring to the show, how fortunate he feels not to be stereotyped, his experience shooting Season 4 of Homeland in South Africa, being a part of House of Cards, and how thrilled he is to be doing Marvel’s Ant-Man.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

The Problem with Superhero Sagas: Why Treating Movies Like Television Is a Bad Idea

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When Marvel Studios started producing its own films with Iron Man in 2008, many in the industry and the public at large were quite sure that they would fail.  Headlines famously accused the comic book company of delving into its “second-tier superheroes” in order to compete with the likes of Batman and Spider-Man at the box office, and few could have predicted just how successful the studio’s new venture would be—or that Iron Man was only the beginning.  The tag at the end of the Iron Man credits introducing Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury kicked off one of the more ambitious feats in recent film history, beginning a series of interconnected movies that featured different lead characters inhabiting the same cinematic universe.  This culminated in the 2012 team-up film The Avengers to the tune of $1.5 billion.  Marvel Studios is now no longer just a production company; it’s a brand.

As with any successful brand, imitators followed.  Other major studios are aiming to mimic Marvel’s success with their own interconnected universes, and just recently Warner Bros. announced release dates for nine untitled DC Comics adaptations that will surely all connect to one another.  However, this new approach to franchise filmmaking—ostensibly treating movies as episodes in a TV series—may actually be robbing us of more creatively satisfying superhero adaptations. 

Corey Stoll Talks ANT-MAN, Playing Yellowjacket, the Script, Working With Michael Douglas and More at Comic-Con

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Corey Stoll is handling being in a tough position rather well.  After all, he was cast by Edgar Wright in Ant-Man some time ago and now finds himself under the stewardship of an entirely different (albeit quite capable) director in Peyton Reed.  But Stoll himself seems cool as a cucumber under these circumstances (not to mention proving himself remarkably adept at fielding tricky questions).

After the Marvel panel this past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Stoll fielded questions from reporters (Steve being among them) about the nature of his role as Yellowjacket and the status of the script.  He also gives some impressions of SDCC as a whole.  Hit the jump for our Ant-Man interview with Corey Stoll.

ANT-MAN Director Peyton Reed Talks Stepping Into Edgar Wright’s Shoes, the State of the Script and the Film’s Villains at Comic-Con

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Director Peyton Reed, known for his fantastic work in Bring it On and Down With Love, was most certainly facing an uphill battle this past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con. After all, he’s not just the new director on Ant-Man, he’s replacing geek-beloved auteur Edgar Wright on the project.  It takes a confident hand to introduce yourself as the guy who replaced Wright at this kind of convention, but I’m confident Reed will turn in a good movie (however different it may be than Wright’s take).

But life moves on and Ant-Man is marching forward (as ants do) with cast members Paul RuddMichael DouglasCorey Stoll, and Evangeline Lilly still in place.  Steve caught up with Reed at SDCC right after the film’s panel and was able to spend a few minutes with him getting a status report on the project.  Topics include the state of the script, how it fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film’s villains and more.  Hit the jump to watch.  Ant-Man opens July 17th, 2015.

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