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Ant-Man and The Wasp! Review!

Ok, let’s get this over with. Arguably, this is the weakest Marvel film of 2018 so far! But, is it a bad film? Definitely not!

Set some time after Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is near the end of his two-year stint under home arrest. While he has reconnected with his family, Scott has not been in contact with Hope or Hank since his actions in assisting Cap in Germany. But, when the scientists begin work with the quantum realm, it isn’t long until the former con is back in the fold.

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Ok, I will do a more in-depth look at the film at a later time. There is a lot to take from this movie, first of all is the humour. While Avengers: Infinity War was a more intense and serious affair, Ant-Man and The Wasp is definitely the perfect tonic to the higher stakes we have already experienced. With the comedic timing of Paul Rudd and the unbelievably talented Michael Pena as he gives us some more fantastic improv to bring tears of laughter to the eyes of the audience. Also, the size jokes continue to be a thing…a great, funny, silly over-the-top THING!

The film is not all about Rudd and Pena; though they could honestly do a 2-hour feature with just the pair of them and I would be sold! Evangeline Lilly is indeed a highlight portraying the titular Wasp, it marks a great progression from her first MCU appearance as the feisty Hope looking to fill the boots of her mother (and doing a damn good job). Michelle Pfeiffer’ Janet is great and I hope someone we will see more of in Phase Four! Also, could Hannah John-Kamen’s Ghost be one of the most conflicting antagonists to come so far? Also, wasn’t Walton Goggins fun? How about I just say the whole cast was fantastic (Abby Ryder Fortson is just so adorable as Scott’s daughter, you just really hope she wasn’t subjected to that infamous snap!).

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The film, much like the first, does relish in its smaller scale. Whereas Infinity War and Black Panther had worldwide repercussions, this was a more personal story filled with as many Easter eggs as a supermarket the day after Christmas! If you love some comic goodness or just an affiliation with a certain British musician, this will be right up your street! The special effects reflect well with this and again provide many size related spectacles and gags which again mostly all land. Seeing a GIANT Ant-Man in the water was in one way truly amazing and cheesy in equal measure. Also the car collection, why did that work so well?

If I had a critical point to make, it is within the post-credit scenes (yes, we get two!). While the first clip gives a great tease of what is to come, the second feels like it could have done with maybe a bit more substance. The second actually gives a great hint of what to expect in the future, but it feels almost wasted for a laugh which barely made a chuckle in the packed cinema screen.

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Overall, I have to say I really had a lot of fun. It’s not the best MCU film of this year and would barely scratch my top 10, but there is an appreciation for this segment of the established universe and I do have a particular love for the lead characters. While this sequel may be the most important, it’s fair to say that a potential Ant-Man 3 would make more than perfect sense considering where we conclude!

Give yourself a laugh this summer and remember that we had to wait 4 more weeks in the UK because they thought this film would tank during the World Cup…I waited and I can’t wait for my second viewing.

Final rating: 8/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Marvel Studios ANT-MAN AND THE WASP..L to R: Wasp/Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018
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Captain America: Civil War. “After everything that’s happened, there’s nothing compared to what’s coming!”

Kicking off Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with this explosive, fun and joyous outing, Civil War truly is the best film to come from Marvel so far! By far! This movie does a great job with multiple characters, intriguing story and making both an Avengers movie and a Captain America flick blend together seamlessly. So much good stuff came from this movie, and it really lived up to the expectations I held for it since its announcement in 2014. Also, when you have a movie where the bad guys take the back seat, how does it feel to see the two top MCU heroes go to war and fight each other instead?

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Starting off with yet another huge incident, The Avengers, led by Captain America (Chris Evans. The actor, not the radio DJ), are called to a meeting with General Ross…I mean Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (Am I the only one glad to see William Hurt back in this role?)! He proposes to them a system which would keep them in check and stop them being self-funded and independent. While Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is in favour of a more contained Avengers, Steve Rogers is feeling less enthusiastic and sees that many people may be at risk if they can’t help. This brings a huge divide to the team! Then we go into Cap 3 mode when we pick back up on the story of Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier as he is accused of causing a disaster. While Captain America thinks his former friend is innocent, Iron Man just wants to stop the Winter Soldier and bring order back. Without giving too much away, the two factions eventually develop and come face to face with each other. Both seemingly matching each other, this brings possibly one of the greatest sequences ever put to film. Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany is the setting and to see Team Cap and Team Iron Man face off is just…PERFECT! The scene is well crafted, it’s fun, funny, breathless, epic and I really can’t put all my words down for this scene.

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It’s not just about THAT scene, but that was probably my highlight overall. We also get to see great introductions for newcomers T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl, who gets to have a deeper role in Civil War than many may be expecting) and, of course, Spider-Man (Tom Holland). There is just so much I want to discuss, but I can’t give anymore away. But you must make note of the relationships that are clearly developed in the team, the enemies who look to do all they can to defeat the Avengers by conflicting these relationships really is the key to Civil War. But, we all know it comes down to Cap and Iron Man as they clash over their ideals and what they believe to be right. It is emotional to see these two clash! Steve Rogers has been good friends with both Howard and Tony Stark and to see their relationship come to this is hard to take in. The film may not be as dark as Batman v Superman from earlier this year, but this film really saw a bigger impact of seeing the two heads bang.

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I really don’t want to talk any more about the plot, I want you to see this film and you can see why I find all these points interesting and important. The whole cast really are on top form, and to see the iconic comic book story (even if loosely adapted) come to life on screen was more than we could have ever had hoped for. Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and all the guys we followed through phase one and two of the MCU all put in superb performances. The biggest presence I enjoyed from the already established characters was Scarlet Witch, Elizabeth Olson makes her character stand out and you really do feel sorry for her situation in the movie. It is fair to say her part in AGE OF ULTRON was not exactly top on your list, but to see her really struggle in this world with her powers is certainly gripping. Paul Bettany’s Vision gets some great laughs, as does Paul Rudd continuing as Scott Lang. To pick a favourite between Chadwick’s Black Panther and Tom Holland’s web-slinger is tough. They each provide their own distinct character and Holland really gives Spider-Man the treatment we all wanted. A REAL kid playing a KID! Spider-Man uses his screen time to win people over and you will be begging to see him in Spider-Man: Homecoming next year. And as for Chadwick Boseman? Black Panther really was a great new addition to the cast and brings a new bend to the MCU, as does Spider-Man. Finally, the directors Anthony and Joe Russo yet again give us a brilliant Captain America movie and prove to us these are the perfect candidates to continue making the Avengers movies! They will be tacking Infinity Wars in 2018, and I know this was the perfect way to say they know what they are doing. This film is just the closest to perfect I have seen a superhero movie get to. The laughs are great, the action is enthralling throughout and I can’t wait to see this for a second, third, fourth, twenty-eighth time!

P.S. Stay behind for the two big scenes once the main picture concludes and watch out for Stan Lee!

Final Rating: 10/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE FILM?

With the film just a few weeks away, I was thinking about where the characters will be when Civil War reaches its end credits (and its two scenes after the film). Be warned, I have not seen the film and this is all speculation based on my theories, fan ideas and glimpses from the released trailers. I will break down what all the characters will be doing following the film.

Captain America/Steve Rogers

With this film being centrally still on Steve Rogers (apparently, but this will be crowded!), the biggest personal effect I believe will be to the super soldier. From the evidence in the film, it looks like Bucky is still not 100% himself. With what looks like attempts on the lives of Tony Stark and Rhodes/War Machine, it seems fitting that Bucky may finally face his maker after Cap tries his best to save his best friend. My only evidence for this is that Bucky is still warped from his Winter Soldier persona and there seems to be so many people that want to eliminate Bucky. This I believe will result in the big rift lasting till at least the next Avengers film. Captain America will possibly be looking for revenge against Tony as I believe Iron Man will deliver the killing blow to Buck. Steve will be out for blood, but will probably be in the shadows for a while.

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Iron Man/Tony Stark

As mentioned, I believe Tony Stark will be in some hot water for killing Bucky. I also reckon that Captain America will be hot on his heels for some time as there is a point in the trailer when Natasha Romanoff says “I’m not the one that needs to watch their back”. This could be near the conclusion of the movie and Iron Man may be deeply considering his actions after what unfolds. If the film is anything like the source material, we will see Iron Man really go to extreme lengths to bring his idea of order to life. Also, I reckon this will see Tony pushed more to the side by his fellow Avengers if he does indeed murder the former war hero. Maybe Stark will hope to redeem himself in the Infinity Wars films?

Hawkeye/Clint Barton

Why mention Hawkeye now? Just because I can, no reason is needed. If I am being honest, Barton is probably going to be one of the least affected characters from this film. Though initially quitting the Avengers at the conclusion of Age Of Ultron, it looks like he will be roped in easily enough. But, with his own family to look after, Hawkeye will probably just want to go back to them and forget what happens. Will the Civil War affect him? Of course it will. But, with many more characters emerging, maybe this could be the true swansong for Barton to go live a quiet life and leave Cap and co!

Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff

Though Black Widow will clearly be fighting with Cap at first in the Avengers 2.0, she will then move to Team Iron Man as the movie progresses. But from the trailer, it looks like she will soon be regretting her choice. Steve and Natasha clearly have a great working history, whether it is in the Avengers films or their fantastic chemistry throughout THE WINTER SOLDIER film, and I reckon this will cause one or two clashes between her and the leaders of the factions. In the end though, I reckon she will go back to being a spy and want no more to do with protecting the world…at least until a certain titan appears and threatens the world.

Scarlet Witch/ Wanda Maximoff

Originally having a hatred for Stark in AGE OF ULTRON, I am sure this carries over to her choice in some way to join Cap. Where she probably is one of the least established characters in the MCU, I wonder where Wanda Maximoff will be once the credits roll. I have this feeling she will probably want to go into the shadows. I doubt she will see a fate the same as her on-screen brother, but I have a feeling she may just disappear once this film is over. I hope I am wrong and I really hope she gets a more prominent arc (maybe the love of The Vision could be worth seeing on the big screen).

The Vision

Speaking of The Vision, we know there will be a definite swing to him staying on Tony’s side as he is partially only alive (robot, alive, something like that) as Stark did create him. The relationship between him and Wanda will be interesting to see as he did save her in AGE OF ULTRON and the new trailer shows them definitely against each other. What I would like to see is The Vision taking a little journey into space to eventually see the…GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY! Maybe he will have a part in the next film after he also abandons Tony and wants a new life. Then he accidently gets caught by Thanos and the infinity stone in his head is ripped out to go to the lovely gauntlet.

Ant-Man/Scott Lang

This is one character we definitely know to a degree where he is going. Scott Lang will be teaming up with Hope Van Dyne as she suits up as The Wasp in 2018. Leaving Civil War, I reckon he will no longer go all fanboy around the heroes as he is bound to see a side or two of what they are really like. I think a more serious and focused Ant-Man will be the result of his part of the film. Maybe he could help out Spider-Man with his start as a hero and help him go down a better path after already seeing prison and conflict. Also, let’s hope we also see Giant-Man too!

General “Thunderbolt” Ross

After nearly eight years since William Hurt debuted as the very questionable General Ross and showed he was a great rival to one of the most popular characters in Marvel history. While his involvement in Civil War may not be too huge, it would be great to see him take on Bruce Banner once again and see their conflict happen in a future film. With a possible Hulk film maybe still 4 years away at least, it will certainly be worth the wait if we finally get a Hulk movie which will be fun but also see the two actually reach a conclusion to their rivalry.

Black Panther/T’Challa

After getting a peak of the fictional country Wakanda and seeing the villainous Ulysses Klaue (still a weird way of saying Claw!), we have plenty of teases already leading into his own solo film. Black Panther is definitely going to springboard from this movie and T’Challa will be going into a new realm for the MCU. After he has fought for Tony Stark and had a few fights with Cap and Bucky, I am sure we will then see him become the heroic figure we see in the comics when 2018 comes round. What his future holds is not too clear, but more Wakanda and more Klaue is definitely welcome. Maybe a Black Panther tease in the post credit scene(s)?

War Machine/James Rhodes

He isn’t going to die. I don’t know where Rhodey will go after this movie, but he won’t die.

Falcon/Sam Wilson

While Falcon may not have had much of an impact in the 2015 MCU films (but did have some fun cameos), it will be nice to see where he is come Civil War. I want in the distant future to see Falcon eventually take on the Captain America role once Steve Rogers departs (death or otherwise). Anthony Mackie is definitely a fantastic actor and took a D list superhero and made him so cool. But after the Civil War? I just want him to still be kicking arse and maybe being back-up for maybe Black Panther to fill his on-screen gap after this movie.

The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes

Sorry, I think he will die. Unlike Rhodey.

Baron Helmut Zemo

We know almost nothing about this character so far. We know he is supposed to be the main villain of this film. I believe he will be a character more in the shadows in this movie and possibly be setting up some plans that will come up in Civil War and more that will appear later in the MCU. Zemo is a very popular villain and is someone who is known for manipulating people against his enemies, including Cap. I think this is the character we know the least about for a potential future, and the MCU needs another menacing recurring villain to cause trouble in its future.

Agent 13/Sharon Carter

I actually forget Emily VanCamp was in this film. I don’t think we will get a lot of time with Sharon Carter, except it may show her and Cap in some kind of relationship. Her future, I really don’t know!

Crossbones/Brock Rumlow

A former S.H.I.E.L.D. strike team commander, his allegiance to HYDRA was revealed in THE WINTER SOLDIER and he was able to hold his own in a fight or two. Now, he is Crossbones and looks like he can punch you through 10 walls in a row. I think he will be around after this film, but where he will next pop up is not clear. I reckon a move to the MARVEL/NETFLIX side of the MCU would be a great move. How about see him take on Iron Fist? I can’t see a future on the movies is there for the character, but giving him a chance on the small screen could be fun.

Spider-Man/Peter Parker

The character we really wanted the MCU to have Spider-Man, and now is the right time. After AGE OF ULTRON, the film series did need a bit of a refresher. Ant-Man showed that taking risks in the MCU can still pay off and was clearly superior to the ensemble film that came before it. Spider-Man is a truly popular character, he will certainly be a good way to bring new blood into the established world and set up the potential Avengers 3.0 (which I reckon will be after Infinity Wars it shall be Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain America/Falcon, Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp, Black Widow and maybe Thor because Asgard will be destroyed…maybe!). Spider-Man will go into his own film with a sense of uncertainty after the Civil War events. Peter Parker is certain to maybe be a character in the shadows of New York and only emerge as a hero when the time comes (hopefully it will be against a proper Venom or maybe Doc Ock!). He will not trust his heroes that he grew up seeing and wanted to be like, and I am sure a superior Spider-Man (I apologise for that one) will come to light and set an example of a pure-blooded hero!

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What do you think will happen to the characters? Who will survive (apart from those who have got their own films still to come in Phase Three)?

Captain America: Civil War is out 29th April 2016 in the UK and 6th May in the US.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe

With Captain America: Civil War just a couple of months away, the start of Phase Three will see some huge changes come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With favourites such as Captain Marvel, Black Panther and Spider-Man about to debut in the world, there is plenty of excitement growing for the upcoming movies. But, we should not forget the past. The 12 films in the series so far have proved just how far the series has come. With a great majority of films doing a splendid job, tight casting and some of the most memorable scenes in cinema through the 21st century. The MCU is definitely going to leave a huge mark on cinema history forever. Let’s see how the films so far rank from worst to best…

  1. Iron Man 2

Maybe the obvious choice, but it had to be. First off, we get Mickey Rourke after he wowed in The Wrestler and Sin City being given very little in terms of character development and being made to look too much like a slimmed down Iron Monger suit. We finally get Samuel L Jackson making his first full appearance as Nick Fury, but where exactly does he go for a majority of the film? Then we had Terrance Howard being replaced (though I did grow to like Don Cheadle a lot more from Iron Man 3 onwards). Though not a bad movie on its own, it is certainly misguided.

  1. Thor: The Dark World

Now, in my defence I think this film is very funny and the chemistry between the cast was great. It definitely gave us a better look at Asgard and was the first MCU film to really feature alien planets prominently. Though, the lack of menace from Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith and the story was almost non-existant. It did seem the film was just throwing ideas at a wall, hoping something would stick. Though seeing Stellan Skarsgard running around in the nude at Stonehenge is definitely something fun and unexpected, it couldn’t save the film.

  1. The Incredible Hulk

Don’t make Edward Norton angry…oh, they did! Clearly a huge improvement on the unrelated 2003 ‘Hulk’ by Ang Lee, this film still had a lot to prove. Luckily, the biggest improvement was the actors who stepped up. While Edward Norton may not be the favourite Hulk anymore, he certainly made a good attempt at being Dr Bruce Banner. With Liv Tyler being the heart, Tim Roth proving to be a top villain and William Hurt giving us the true General Ross, what could go wrong? Well not much, but from this film we could see it seemed almost unrelated to the MCU, save for that little post-credit scene which I still believe is a flash-forward to ‘Captain America: Civil War’.

  1. Iron Man 3

After The Avengers did the best job possible for superhero movies, it was then left to Robert Downey Jr. and his friends since 2008 to somehow continue after this peak. While it was not as good as the 2012 team-up, it certainly did keep the entertainment levels up. Breaking the previous formula slightly from the first two films, we see Tony Stark go against someone with powers. The extremis-powered Killian was certainly a good match for strength and proved to be a greater danger and a better villain than some that came before.

  1. Thor

We get to meet Thor, God of Thunder and our first true “alien” for the Avengers. But also, we get to meet Loki. Possibly the best villain the MCU has shown, Loki really gets to have fun and he really gets to show his descent into evil with emotional consequences. The fight between the “brothers” is certainly a highlight for the MCU and to see the legendary Sir Anthony Hopkins take the part of Odin was too great to be true. The film may not be perfect, but it is a fun piece and will be regarded as taking a huge step in the development of the MCU.

  1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Bringing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes together for the second time was no easy task, and the ripples of it still resonate nearly a year later. Joss Whedon had previously done so much for the MCU from taking on The Avengers and giving his touch to phase 2 overall. Though Whedon has said about his struggles with the movie, he certainly did give 110% and maybe put in a bit too much into the runtime of the movie. Setting up many elements for phase three, bombarding many characters into the film and not giving them the necessary breathing space, it was a huge task. Though the film is great, I am sure we could have had a few changes. Ultron was great though!

  1. Ant-Man

Funny name? Think it’s a gimmick? Well, it isn’t. Many didn’t know that Ant-Man actually came to comics before many of the Avengers you may know, and it was a worthy wait to see him finally come into the MCU. Bringing a huge amount of humour and truly creating a different character for the screen, it was indeed a lot of fun to finally explore the world from a different perspective. Plus, how many comic actors can really make a character who is a thief become a popular film hero? Paul Rudd really made this character his own, and I am sure Civil War will see him shine again!

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger

We had Iron Man, we had Hulk and we also just had Thor. To complete The Avengers, we needed the super soldier from the 1940’s. Going back in time, we get a few ties to the other avengers in regards to the serum which would later be adapted and create the Hulk, or even Howard Stark meeting Cap before his son would by 70 years. Also, we get to see a character that possibly is the most vulnerable of all the heroes we had seen so far. Plus, the iconic Red Skull is well achieved by Hugo Weaving, and we need Red Skull back! Plus we got Peggy Carter, and she is awesome!

  1. Iron Man

Iron Man kicked off the MCU, and he made the Marvel world cool again. The bad taste of Spider-Man 3, X-Men: The Last Stand and Fantastic Four made the mid-2000’s a bit dull for comic adaptations. Iron Man though, proved you could be fun and serious. Robert Downey Jr. made himself the coolest guy in Hollywood by taking this B-list Marvel character and making him challenge and better many heroes that came before. Also, it showed that big stars wanted to be in superhero movies, a trend which still continues today.

  1. The Avengers

The results of years of work paid off in a huge way. The highest-earning superhero movie of all time, and for a great reason, and some of the greatest fun I have ever had at the cinema. Seeing the return of Loki, we saw the god come to earth to claim it as his own. The Avengers then assemble and bring everyone on their A-game to make a brilliant work of art. Also, who knew that a superhero movie could be that funny, and the biggest laughs coming from the Hulk of all characters? Definitely a spectacle in cinema.

  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The film which many people apparently dreaded (many people felt mixed on Cap, and few were originally interested in his next solo outing). Coming out in the UK in MARCH! Yes, that is MARCH. It seemed too early of a date to become a blockbuster, but we was wrong. Captain America came back on fighting form and within minutes, proved himself to be one of the most popular characters in cinema today. Chris Evans took the superhero to new heights and brought in “The Dark Knight” of the MCU. It was gritty, intelligent, tough, fun and had heart throughout. The reveal of Bucky may have been obvious from day one, but nobody cares when you leave that film thinking “Captain America is F***ING AWESOME!”. He may not fly, have weapons coming out of his arms or can turn green, but he certainly knew how to fight his critics.

  1. Guardians Of The Galaxy

Where do we begin? This film was almost doomed from the start. An unknown group of heroes, a director known more from Slither and the live-action Scooby Doo films (Yep, he wrote them. No joke!) and how about the idea of a sentient tree and talking raccoon being friends? Well, you was wrong! This film was just incredible. It was a hug punch of adrenaline into the mainstream and showed that risks should still be taken in Hollywood. The film was just a delight for the eyes, the music from the 1970’s was a perfect complement to the visual treat and the acting was second to none! James Gunn is currently making the sequel, due to be released next year. If it is half as good as this movie, I will be very happy indeed.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Ant-Man. “Pick on someone your own size!”

Coming out a few months after the colossal blockbuster Avengers: Age Of Ultron, we all knew that Ant-Man wouldn’t be getting the easiest ride. With many behind the scenes issues such as the departure of Edgar Wright (who has been developing the movie with Marvel for around a decade) and the re-writes of the script to a delayed start in shooting, things were definitely not easy for the movie. Luckily, Marvel manages to pull off another fun and exciting film out of its rather grand hat. Though not as in-your-face as the other MCU film of this year, Ant-Man defines itself and makes its mark on this cinematic universe with great form and a new great hero.

We begin by meeting Hank Pym, the first Ant-Man. Up to 1989, he was a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and we get to see his links to the Marvel Cinematic Universe rather early. We then go to 2015 where we meet Scott Lang, just as he is being released from prison. A professional thief, Scott re-joins with his friend Luis. After originally going straight, Scott is convinced to take one more job to secure enough financial backing so he can see his daughter Cassie again. Breaking into the safe of the mark which Luis got a tip about, Scott Lang finds only a suspicious looking outfit there. Taking the outfit with him, Scott then wears the suit and discovers the power that the suit holds. Eventually, he comes face to face with Hank Pym, who asks for his help with a mission and to become the new Ant-Man. Hank wants to use Scott’s skills and knows he wants to redeem himself for his past. Scott agrees to help as Hank states it will help him to get back to his daughter and be seen as the hero that she already thinks he is. The training then comes next, as Hank and his daughter Hope trains Scott. Hope, has been estranged from her father for some time, but is willing to do anything to stop her boss Darren from perfecting the Yellowjacket and selling it on.

Why does Hank Pym need help? Well, his own creation, the “Pym Particle” is almost perfected by his former protégé Darren Cross. Darren has managed to create the Yellowjacket, a suit which would be used for war. Sending soldiers into battlefields, where they can shrink their size and go anywhere undetected. Hank is worried this technology could go into the wrong hands (wait till you find out who the buyer, won’t take too long). So a plan is made, with Scott taking the role of Ant-Man and infiltrating the company building to destroy all the data and the Yellowjacket suit itself. Scott gets help from Luis and his associates to bring the heist to life. But, as you may guess, Ant-Man and Yellowjacket do come face to face in some intense and at times humorous fight scenes. Though Scott is already dealing with a potentially world threatening mission, he is also being hunted by Paxton, an officer who is engaged to Scott’s ex-wife Maggie and he is determined to arrest him for his crimes and for breaking out of prison. Also, look out for one of the Avengers coming face to face with Ant-Man when one of his missions is to obtain a part from an old Stark Industries building (now The Avengers facility).

With the film being smaller (no joke intended) and with a more minimal cast than a few previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films, Ant-Man perfectly creates a distinctly different film and makes great use of one of Marvel’s older characters and gives it life. The casting of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang is brilliant, he is a very believable figure and you will be eagerly awaiting his return in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Michael Douglas provides a great Hank Pym, it is nice to see the character is more established and having an older Hank helps more with the change of him to Scott as the holder of the Ant-Man costume. Evangeline Lilly surprises many with a great performance and shows she is no damsel in distress as Hope (daughter to Hank and Janet Van Dyne, the former Wasp) and can kick arse when needed. I like Corey Stoll as a villain, but he unfortunately doesn’t really get the development to become a legendary villain and falls short, though definitely not the worst villain the MCU has offered so far. The rest of the cast work well, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton is a great character who clearly is not against Scott, but is very by the book. Judy Greer gets minimal time as Maggie, though is seen to be very caring and also wants to help her former husband. Also, that Avenger is given a rather fun, if short, time to impress and build on his already established popularity. Michael Pena gets the funniest lines and his humour is just perfect, his stories about how he obtains information as well are just brilliant. But the winning performance in the supporting cast has to be Abby Ryder Fortson as Scott’s daughter Cassie as she gets some of the best lines and is just adorable throughout the movie.

Worth every penny of admission, Ant-Man provides the perfect follow-up to The Avengers and piles on the excitement for Phase Three of the MCU. Two things, be prepared to see Ant-Man (and maybe another insect related character) in the future and make sure you watch both scenes that come once the film has finished (yes, an after-credits scene as well as mid-credits is used once again!). Great film, great laughs, great cast and an overall enjoyable movie. Bring on Phase Three!

Final Rating: 8.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

The five reasons you should have faith in the Ant-Man film

July 17th isn’t too far away now. This is the date that Marvel will be releasing its 12th entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With many characters such as Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Captain America already popular and much loved in the public eye, Marvel took a great gamble by introducing Guardians of the Galaxy. Arguably, this film could have failed just by not getting an audience. But, it turned out to be a funny, smart and action-packed feature which you can’t help but love (and possibly the best Marvel movie ever!). So, why are so many people worrying about Ant-Man? Well, it could stem from many people not being as familiar with the character or possibly the behind-the-scenes drama which was widely reported last year. But, this is why you shouldn’t worry about the tiny hero…

  1. Ant-Man has been in Marvel for over 50 years

Many people wouldn’t believe it, but original Ant-Man Hank Pym has been in the comics since 1962. He even pre-dates Spider-Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and many more famous characters. The idea of a man who could shrink in size but increase in strength may not have been seen as the greatest ability, but it was a very fun one. In all those years Hank Pym went through many identities (such as Giant Man, Goliath and Yellowjacket. Last one on this list, look out for more information in this article). His mental state was also a big part of the series as was his relationship with Janet Van Dyne (The Wasp). Also, Hank Pym is the original creator of the villain Ultron. Many traits of Ultron in the 2015 MCU film are still similar to the original comic creation, though Hank Pym is shown to have been hypnotised by his creation to forget it ever existed. Hank Pym would eventually pass the suit to Scott Lang, he would then become the second Ant-Man and show himself going from criminal-to-hero. He has also been part of a certain group too…

  1. Ant-Man was an original Avenger

Yes, when the heroes of Marvel first assembled, Ant-Man was one of the first characters to be part of the team. It was September 1963 when Ant-Man, Wasp, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk first combined forces to become earth’s mightiest heroes. Since then, he has played a prominent part throughout its history. Though Ant-Man may not have been part of the original Avengers roster in the MCU, it has been announced that Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) Ant-Man will be taking part in Captain America: Civil War as a possible recruit to The Avengers.

  1. Three people have become Ant-Man, but none are the same

Yes, three individual characters have taken the mantle since 1962. Scientist Hank Pym originally was the hero, and then he passed it on to Scott Lang. Since then, 2006 saw Eric O’Grady become the 3rd Ant-Man in the comics. O’Grady starts as a SHIELD agent with questionable morals. He steals the suit for his own plans, which includes theft and stalking women. He doe’s eventually become a hero, but I think we can agree that this character should be a long long way off. Scott Lang was seen as a man who had it all to gain. As Ant-Man, he becomes a great man and was able to fight with both The Avengers and The Fantastic Four.

  1. Yellowjacket will be the villain, this gets a little complicated

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has made some big adaptations. They made The Mandarin an actor and gave a different origin to a top villain this year, but this year we will see Yellowjacket become a villain. Why is this a surprise? Well, in the article earlier we saw Yellowjacket was a Hank Pym creation. This was during one of his darker turns, where an almost villainous side came out. In the upcoming film, Darren Cross (Yellowjacket) is to be portrayed by Corey Stoll. He is seen to be a former protégé of Pym’s and wants the technology for his own. See what happens when Ant-Man and Yellowjacket clash next month.

  1. The film has got a lot of talent behind it

The film started with Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) in control of the project. Him and Joe Cornish wrote a script and was originally to be one of the earlier films in the MCU, eventually being given the 2015 release date. Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) signed to the film, as did Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne), Corey Stoll (Darren Cross). Unfortunately, a “difference in their vision of the film” saw Edgar Wright leave the project. From that, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd then tweaked the film script and Peyton Reed was hired to direct. We have many people that have been known to excel in the movie world, and to see the fruit of their labour is exciting.

Ant-Man debuts worldwide on Friday 17th July 2015

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Ant-Man trailer is live! “Huh!”

Well, there may have been a lot of doubt about whether this film was going to be made or even if it could live up to it’s legacy. But, we finally got one step closer to the latter point. Paul Rudd features on the trailer as Scott Lang (AKA. Ant-Man the second) and also stars Michael Douglas as original Ant-Man Hank Pym. During this teaser we see some action, some of the special effects (the shrinking effect looks good) and we also get to see the majority of the main cast in action. After the re-write featuring many contributors, the loss of Edgar Wright and his replacement in the directors chair by Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Yes Man). We may still have a few doubts, but first looks are rather impressive. We have until July 17th till we finally see Ant-Man on the big screen, but until then, just enjoy this trailer that debuted with the US premiere of Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

The Eleven Films You Will Be Watching In 2015

These films are to come out during the year 2015. A mix of action, drama, comedy and animation is here. Whether you want a comic book film, a laugh-out-loud experience or to travel to a galaxy far far away, this is the list for you. So, what eleven films will you definitely are seeing next year?

Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Need I say more? The first film became the third highest-grossing film of all time, heralded critical acclaim all over the world and saw some of the most popular comic characters of all time finally come together in this massively epic story. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and the rest are back to save the world yet again. This time, instead of battling the trickster god Loki, the team are to take on the mad robot Ultron (James Spader) as he looks to eradicate the human race. Be prepared for lots of action, humour, mayhem and possibly the biggest movie to come out this year!

Ant-Man

Completing Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man already has its work cut out for it as not only does it have to contend with carrying on the MCU after Age Of Ultron, but also it needs to establish a new rotation of characters the world. Edgar Wright may have left the project, but indications show that the combination of Peyton Reed and Adam McKay may just pay off and bring us a gem. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas star in this movie which chronicles one of Marvel’s oldest franchises and finally brings Ant-Man to the big screen.

Spectre

Bond 24 now has a title, and the idea that SPECTRE is involved is very exciting. The group, known since the first official bond film in 1962, will be taking centre stage in the latest outing for Daniel Craig. Playing Bond for the fourth time, Craig is about to face Christoph Waltz as he becomes Franz Oberhauser (though many assume this a red herring and that he shall actually play Blofeld who was a staple of the classic Bond films). With the filming just started, it is a long way to October 2015 and we can’t wait to see if this film can top Skyfall!

Fifty Shades Of Grey

I don’t get why this film is made. I know many women are going to go and see this and drag their boyfriend/fiancée/husband to see it. Coming out on Valentines weekend, the film is looking to really take the business and going to the cinema will be a plan for some men to keep their partner happy. Northern Irish actor Jamie Dorman plays the male lead to Dakota Johnson and looks to be one of the most explicit films of the year. If a woman has read the book and liked it, you can be sure they will be sat in the cinema in February watching it.

Furious 7

Next, we say goodbye to actor Paul Walker as his last film is out in 2015. After being delayed following the death of Paul and still having shots to be done, re-writes were put in place and filming was complete using Paul Walker’s brothers and helping bring the movie to a conclusion. Vin Diesel, The Rock, Michelle Rodriguez and more return for the new instalment. Will the franchise continue following the loss of Paul Walker? Who knows? Will you be seeing this film when it comes out? Yes!

Pitch Perfect 2

Ok, I have not seen Pitch Perfect, but I know how popular it was when released. Anna Kendrick led the 2012 musical-comedy with Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Rebel Wilson as part of its cast. The songs were instant hits which spawned the song ‘Cups’ which hit No. 6 in the US single charts and won lots of awards. Compared to Glee, the show was positively seen for its fun characters, comedic tone and having a top soundtrack. If you like music in your comedy movies, this is definitely for you!

Ted 2

Seth MacFarlane brings back the foul-mouthed, ridiculously cute Ted for a second outing in 2015. With his best friend John (Mark Wahlberg) by his side, the two are set to make more laughs and make as big an impact as the first time. Mila Kunis may not be in this one, but with a cast including Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, David Hasselhoff and the return of Sam J. Jones (AKA Flash Gordon). This movie looks to get even funnier and bring about even more stand out moments.

Jurassic World

Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs! More Dinosaurs! Chris Pratt leads the cast of this upcoming sequel to the classic Jurassic Park and it looks good. Hybrid Dinosaurs look set to be the big bad in this film as the park, which is now fully functioning, looks to become in trouble again. Following the years of being in development hell, the movie is finally about to see the light of day and early footage looks impressive. With a new cast, updated CGI and the award winning combination of director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly, I think we will be in safe hands when we return to Isla Nublar.

Terminator Genisys

Is it a remake, a reboot, a sequel, a prequel or something else? The answer seems to be yes. Keeping to the same basic story, the story of a future where machines have taken over the world and are in war with the human race. John Connor sends back his friend Kyle Reese to protect his mother Sarah. On arriving in the past, she is already being looked after by a protector, the T-800. Showing an aged Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator, he is back and ready to fight any and all dangers. Showcasing elements made famous in Terminator 1 and 2, this movie looks set to change all that we know before and create a new legacy. Will Terminator Genisys be worth the effort and turn out good? We will find out. The trailer looks rather decent.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars had to come back. Being one of the most successful franchises of all time, J.J. Abrams steps behind the camera of Episode VII to give us the world post-empire and see what happened with Luke, Leia, Han and the others after Darth Vader was defeated. Set 30 years after Return Of The Jedi, the new film follows a new threat and will unite heroes old and new to take the threat on. Though not out until December 18th 2015, we recently got a glimpse of what to expect in an 88 second teaser trailer, and we were most certainly teased. Look out for your favourite characters, intense action and that John Williams soundtrack which just had to be there.

Minions

No explanation needed. The Minions are probably the most popular animated characters since The Simpsons. They are cute, simple, harmless and funny. This film is a prequel to the hit Despicable Me films and follows three of the minions as they look to serve the most evil person they can find. Being around since the dawn of time, they always look to do the best they can for their master. With this guaranteed to be a hit with the kids and hopefully keeping the humour which had the adults laughing along too, don’t be surprised if Minions was to become the hit film of the summer holidays.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove