August 22, 2014

ANT-MAN Has Officially Begun Shooting And Here Are A Million Updates

Ant-Man has been an endless source of drama the last few months, with Edgar Wright being famously pushed out of the director's chair after the script by Wright and Joe Cornish was chopped to bits by the Disney machine.  But after a few weeks of chaos, Marvel enlisted the excellent Peyton Reed to step in and right the ship along with some script rewrites by Anchorman director Adam McKay.

Principal photography finally began in San Francisco this week and the image above is your first look at Paul Rudd as con-man Scott Lang.  Pretty good!  I mean he MUST be a criminal because he's wearing a hoodie.  That's how that works, right?  Now when are we gonna get a good look at that suit?

Along with this image came news of a number of new additions to the cast, including Judy Greer, Bobby Canavale, rapper TI and comedian Gregg Turkington.  Wood Harris is on board as well, which means that the MCU has now absorbed both Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale.  It's only a matter of time before Bunk shows up, hopefully as a drunken officer of the Nova Corps.

John Slattery will also be reprising his role as Howard Stark, last seen in an old film reel during Iron Man 2.  It looks like we'll be getting some flashbacks to S.H.I.E.L.D. days gone by with Stark and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) pitted against each other as scientific rivals.  In Iron Man 2 we got a 60's era Stark, but I suspect we might jump a little farther forward here, hopefully the 70's. Sign me the fuck up.  I'm finally catching up with Mad Men right now and Slattery is pretty much my favorite thing.  Mostly because of this, which I still can't believe they got away with airing on television.

Last but certainly not least, we've got a peek at Evangeline Lilly's very specific hair style for the film, courtesy of her own Instagram feed.

Lilly is playing Lang's love interest and Pym's daughter Hope Van Dyne, but her haircut is very reminiscent of Pym's wife Janet Van Dyne, a.k.a. The Wasp.  Janet will not be appearing in the film, although it's unclear whether she's dead or simply AWOL.  Either way, Evangeline Lilly can throw down like the best of them so it seems almost certain that we'll see her don those Wasp wings eventually, though not in this film.  That's okay, it gives me something to look forward to.

As sad as we all were to see Wright go, Reed is a very exciting choice to take over and I suspect that he's going to do great things with the most comedic Marvel movie to date.  Expect loads more tidbits and spy-shots as filming progresses.  Now what's a brother got to do to see that Comic Con footage of Douglas telling Rudd that he has tiny balls?

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