‘Ant-Man’ Begins Filming in San Francisco

Published 1 month ago by , Updated August 19th, 2014 at 10:42 am,

Ant Man comic con poster excerpt Ant Man Begins Filming in San Francisco

[Update: First official photo of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in Ant-Man released.]

With only eleven months to go before Ant-Man hits theaters in summer 2015 as Marvel Studios’ second superhero movie release of the year, the pressure is on to get the cameras rolling. Ant-Man‘s pre-production has been through quite a bit of turbulence lately, after director Edgar Wright – who had been attached to the project since before the release of Iron Manparted ways with Marvel and Peyton Reed (Yes Man) stepped in to take over.

Ant-Man will star Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang – two different iterations of Ant-Man from the comic books. The very first poster for Ant-Man was released at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, and showed a fully-costumed Ant-Man riding on the back of a winged ant (this scene had better make it into the movie). Corey Stoll (The Strain) was also confirmed to be playing antagonist Darren Cross, who adopts one of Hank Pym’s alternate identities from the comics – Yellowjacket. Meanwhile, The Hobbit star Evangeline Lilly will play Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym’s daughter.

Despite the setbacks, Ant-Man has officially begun filming today, with Peyton Reed celebrating the start of filming on Twitter with a possible tagline for the movie (“LET’S. GET. small.”) and reports indicating that the first scenes will be shot in Tenderloin, in downtown San Francisco. The Bold Italic has shared an image of a flyer spotted there last week, which was posted by Pym Particles Productions LLC and gave residents advance notice of street closures due to the filming of a project called “Bigfoot.” Very subtle.

The notice states that street closures on Monday 18th August will be for the purposes of setting up and testing equipment for a rain effect, but on Tuesday 19th the cast and crew will be filming a dialogue scene (no clues as to which actors will be in the scene, unfortunately). A great deal of Ant-Man will no doubt be filmed on sound stages, but for location shoots like this it’s likely that we’ll see a few candid set photos emerge on the internet before long.

Marvel Considers 2 New Ant Man Directors Ant Man Begins Filming in San Francisco

Despite the reworking of the script, Ant-Man was recently described by Reed as having maintained the heist movie elements that Wright had long been planning, and will also be a “passing-of-the-torch movie” as Hank Pym hands the Ant-Man mantle on to ex-con Scott Lang. Comic-Con also saw the reveal of the first teaser footage for the movie, in which Lang (in costume) engages in a daring chase scene with Pym feeding him directions.

Ant-Man is definitely one of the lesser-known superheroes that Marvel has brought to the big screen so far, but the success of this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy (which grossed over $400 million at the worldwide box office within the first couple of weeks of its release) has shown that it’s possible for even the very weirdest of movies to snag the attention of mainstream audiences – especially if that movie happens to have the Marvel logo attached.

Here is the full official press release from Marvel, confirming the start of production on Ant-Man:

Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.

Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.

The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “The Bourne Legacy”), Bobby Cannavale (“Danny Collins,” “Annie,” “HBO’s “The Long Play”), Michael Peña (“End of Watch,” “American Hustle”), Abby Ryder Fortson (“Togetherness”), Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight,” “Prisoners”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans,” “The Wire”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 2″) and Gregg Turkington (“The Comedy,” “On Cinema”) and multi-hyphenate T.I. (“American Gangster,” “Takers”).

Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the upcoming Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Director Peyton Reed’s creative team also includes Oscar® winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (“Titanic,” “21″), production designer Sheppard Frankel (“Identity Thief,” “Horrible Bosses”) costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ (“X-Men: First Class,” “Kick Ass”), visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” “The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers”), stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudik (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”). The editors include Dan Lebental, ACE (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” Marvel’s “Iron Man”) and Colby Parker Jr. (“Lone Survivor,” “Hancock”).

Ant-Man arrives in theaters on July 17th, 2015.

Source: Marvel

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  1. Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym’s daughter? Wouldn’t that be Hope Pym then?

    Does anyone know for sure if Evangeline Lilly’s Hope is going to be the MCU’s Wasp? Is her mother going to be Janet?

    • @nightcrawler
      I doubt evangeline will be the wasp , as her character name is hope van pym where as the wasp is Janet Pym so it would be weird if marvel dropped the ball and got the names wrong accidentally, likely this was intentional and maybe there will be some hints to Hank Pym having another daughter named Janet but as of right now seems unlikely she ll be in the film.

      • My bet is that Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne will inherit the Wasp name and powers from her mother.

        • That’s exactly my same thought. New AntMan/Wasp generation couple.

          • +1
            I agree completely, I think we’ve got ourselves a new Wasp to add to the Avengers as well. Evangeline Lilly is supposedly signed up for 3 movies at least.

      • In the comics Janet van Dyne is the daughter of a wealthy scientist named Vernon van Dyne, who in turn is an associate of Hank Pym. Janet and Hank ended up married, hence she became Janet Pym (“The Wasp”). Then they divorce and she used her single name again.

        Anyway, the original Wasp was the wife (not daughter) of the original Ant-Man, so since in the MCU we are not getting the original Ant Man, I doubt we are gonna get the original Wasp. It is a matter of age.

        My correction to the article was that if Hope is the daughter of Hank, they should share the same last name, no? Why would she be Hope van Dyne?

        • Marvel has flip-flopped on the name but the latest official press release, included in the article, names her as Hope van Dyne.

          • I guess the explanation is that Hope (daughter of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne) has chosen to use her mother’s maiden name following the nasty divorce of her parents?

            In any case it is also clear that rather than getting the original Ant-Man/Wasp from the comics (Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne), in the MCU we are gonna get a new pair of Ant-Man/Wasp (Scott Lang/Hope van Dyne). I am ruling out the Red Queen option for Hope as I don’t see Evangeline Lilly playing a villain.

    • @Nightcrawler

      In a previous Ant-Man related article, you posted a very interesting comment regarding the involvement of Hank Pym, Howard Stark, and Arnim Zola into the creation of the algorithm that may ultimately be used to create Ultron.

      The confirmation that John Slattery (Howard Stark in Iron Man 2) will appear in the film supports your speculation, however the absence of Toby Jones doesn’t fit. Given that the flashbacks will likely take place in the 60s, do you think they will cast another character to portray an older Arnim Zola? Or do you think he’ll be left out of it?

      • My comment was speculation based on the reported first act, but answering your question, I don’t think we have the full casting news, as the recent expansion just proves, so we might still get Zola.

        Howard Stark was played by actor Gerard Sanders in Iron Man, John Slattery in Iron Man 2, and Dominic Cooper in Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter. I guess they might use John Slattery as the old Howard Stark and Dominic Cooper as the young Howard Stark, but that’s gonna be a bit confusing for the average movie goer and they should have not stick with Domic Cooper for everything, no?

        • I would have to disagree with you about Howard Stark. There’s about 20 years between CA:TFA and Ant-Man, so it would make sense to cast an older actor. Also, it’s a smart move on Marvel’s part as they can use the same character in multiple movies without having to worry about over-burdening any one actor’s contract.

          Having said that, it would be difficult to cast a different actor as Arnim Zola as he has been characterized by Toby Jones’ distinctive voice.

          • 20 years is not that much… if Peggy Carter can do it…

        • i don’t even remember Howard Starks in IronMan

      • Do you have a link to this article? I can’t find it and I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the timeline.

    • Hope Van Dyne is a Wasp from an alternate universe in the comics.

  2. Well i lost a bit of interest as soon as Edgar dropped out, but as said in the article it does have a marvel logo so I’ll definitely be interested in the final product as guardians of the galaxy was amazing and all marvel films have been good. Yes ..yes.. i know fans keep harping on about iron man 2/3 and Thor 2 .. but if you look at the critic and audience score on rotten tomatoes, those films are still far superior to man of steel/green lantern/transformers/TMNT and in my book were all good films even iron man 2 was passable after seeing the green lantern.

    So go get them marvel!! keep the original and fresh products coming !! be the new pixar of today ! and keep inspiring other wussy studios like DC and sony to get there shared universe running.. (and good ones as sony needs to learn)

    • I agree with 95% of what you say, but why are we now grouping Man of Steel in with Green Lantern, Transformers, and TMNT?

      I get it, I also initially disliked MoS, but MoS merely failed to be amazing, it didn’t actively suck like the other ones.

      That’s like saying “The Dark Knight Rises was a failed Batman movie, like Batman Forever and Batman and Robin.”

      Like I said, I agree with your overall sentiment, but as this market gets more and more saturated, I think it’s really important to maintain perspective on the difference between movies like Man of Steel and Dark Knight Rises vs movies like Superman Returns, Green Lantern, and the Schumacher Batmans (I’m even hesitant to put Superman Returns in there. It’s in a disappointing middleground).

      • Completely agree

  3. Bad news for marvel fans good news for dc fans. This movie will surly be the biggest flop marvel has ever had. Hopefully this movie failing doesn’t affect marvel making movies based of of some of its more obscure characters.

    • alot of ppl thought tht about guardians of the galaxy….but as unlikely GOG ant man=trouble production but the one thing i think u forget is… its release date.. this mofo is coming straight after the AVENGERS:AGE OF ULTRON! you saw what happened to iron mans gross, from 600million to 1.2billion. Also iron man 3 was a year after the first avengers… so whether this film fails quality wise or not , I believe there’s no way in hell it can flop due to it’s release date and the avenger buzz it’s gonna get.

      • I don’t see how this has troubled production. They’ve probably already knocked out a tremendous chunk of the CGI, such as all the ants and stuff, which was likely the same whether it was Wright, McKay or Reed at the helm. So all that’s left is the human interaction. Marvel doesn’t make mistakes.

    • Also Jit you said “biggest flop marvel has ever had”, since they started producing there own independent film’s in 2008 iron man, all there films have been massive successes.Even the incredible hulk was considered a financial success after dvd sales and tv rights were sold.

    • @jit

      This has been the most turbulent pre-production Marvel has had to deal with. But it’s way to early to call it a flop. As kraken notes, it will have the benefit of riding on the success of Avengers 2. So box-office wise, it will surely still be a success, and will likely still do better than “The Incredible Hulk” or “Captain America: The First Avenger”.

      In terms of critical success, we’ll have to wait to find out. But Marvel also has the benefit of experience from producing 11 movies.

      • The problem I find most in these comments is that there seems to be a very fine line between greatest movie ever and worst movie ever.

        Marvel has yet to have a flop. Every single movie they’ve released has made hundreds of millions of dollars. A good example of a flop is The Lone Ranger. That movie didn’t hit 100 million domestically and under $200 million internationally (including domestic US).

        There is a massive middle-ground for comic book movies where they performed ok, were mostly entertaining, and fairly well recieved, but failed to hit some objectives. Movies like both Thors, Amazing Spiderman 2, and Man of Steel all belong there.

        • Once again, completely agree. I’m not really looking forward to Ant-Man now that Edgar Wright left, but there is no way it’s going to flop.

    • Why would the movie flopping be good news for anyone? It’s that kind of thinking that leads to so many “fanboy” comments posted to message boards. People should realize that a flop wouldn’t be good for the fans of either company. If Marvel releases a movie based on a more obscure character that flops, Warner Bros will probably be less likely to take chances as well. These companies watch each other. The success of the Guardians is good for fans, because companies have seen that a well-made CMB movie, based on obscure characters can sell tickets. A major failure could have the opposite effect.

    • What do you mean with biggest flop? You mean the first flop of marvel.
      Marvel studios never had a flop. I define a movie as a flop when it makes less money than it has cost.

  4. First of all, you guys shouldn’t worry so much . I’m confident that marvel is going to make something awesome!

    Second,T.I IS GOING TO BE PART OF THE MCU!?
    Well then, if they make him part of it, then what comic character could he be?

    • I was just waiting for someone to mention this. Who in the hell is TI going to play? And I’m incredibly stoked on the rest of the supporting cast, as Booby Cannavale, Judy Greer, and Michael Pena can do both serious and comedic acting really well. And Stoll has been absolutely killing it on The Strain.

      • Seriously, I can’t tell who T.I is going to be.
        The only black hero left that I know of is black panther, but that would cause fanboys to freak.
        Nah, maybe he is just an assistant to either pym or the villain, Scott’s friend or Hope’s friend.
        That’s all I could think of.

        • Why not Bill Foster?

          • I’ll have to borrow a quote from a great movie to answer that:

            WHO?
            -Korath

            • Wikipedia is your friend: “Dr. Bill Foster, also known as Black Goliath, the second Giant-Man, and the fourth Goliath”

        • Black Panther will either be in Avengers 2 or strongly teased in it, as Ultron will go to Wakanda to obtain Vibranium. I’ve read that it’ll be Chadwick Boseman.

    • They’re filming in Atlanta, Georgia. Maybe it’s just a cameo nod to the city.

  5. Good Luck on your production ANTMAN, I really want you to be good! You have the potential to be a Gargantuan hit. I bet the sequel, if there is one will be GIANTMAN.

    • Hm. They’re going for Scott Lang as the contemporary Ant-Man. He has NEVER been Giant-Man. Pym has been known as Giant-Man for the longest time. Marvel has messed around with comics canon enough as it is. I’m good with them making the villain wear the Yellowjacket gear, but that’s as far as I can go, personally. De-age Pym somehow (time gem, Kang, whatever!) and bring him as Giant-Man, fine. But I really would be disappointed if they give Pym’s CURRENT persona to someone else.

      • Let it go already.

      • Who was Giant-Man is immaterial to the MCU. Adam Warlock is about to be Star-Lord’s dad and is that really the biggest farce in the world since it doesn’t follow the comic book perfectly? I don’t think so. Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch aren’t Magneto’s kids in the MCU and I don’t think that’s a big deal either.

        • I thought it was supposed to still be an adaptation of the comics… Now it’s suggested that they give someone’s superhero persona to someone else? Okay, why don’t they make Hawkeye the next Captain America and turn Black Widow into Capt. Marvel. I’d like to see people’s reactions to that. That is the reactions of the real fans of Capt. Marvel or Cap, of course. Not of those who will say this is a great idea just to troll me :P

          “Yeah, Marvel fans. We’ll make a capt. marvel movie in which Carol Danvers will appear, but she’ll be an old gal, so the current Black Widow will become Capt. Marvel because you know… who cares about canon anyway?”

          Sure.

  6. isn’t John Slattery the same actor that played Howard Stark in the films tony watched in iron man 2? I wonder if he is playing a different character or if an older hank Pym was another “founding member of shield” that knows Tony’s dad….interesting

    • Yup! Screen Rant posted an article a few days ago that the first act of Ant-Man will likely be in the 60s and will include Howard Stark, Peggy Carter, Arnim Zola, and a young Alexander Pierce. It would make sense that they cast John Slattery instead of Dominic Cooper as it would be 20 years after Agent Carter.

      Interestingly, Hayley Atwell and Toby Jones weren’t listed in the announcement. So maybe they’ll cast older actors to play Peggy Carter and Arnim Zola as well?

      • Wow I either completely missed that announcement or completely forgot that I had read it I think that is fantastic news and a really cool way of linking the universe I hope it happens.

      • Maybe this announcement was only for relatively minor characters that have only a scene or two in the movie, just to give us something to chew on.

  7. Scott and Hope are going to fall in love, aren’t they?
    Oh well, as long as there is a nude scene.
    Oh wait.. Disney.
    They don’t do nude scenes

    • Disney owning Marvel has nothing to do with Marvel not making an R-Rated movie. On the flip side it has everything to do with where Marvel gets the money to take chances on characters like Groot and Rocket. So pick one.

      • Hmm.. now that you say it,Disney getting marvel is the best thing to happen to them. They get tons of cash and we get to see lots of cool stuff. Maybe after the first batch of Netflix shows are done, they could use Netflix to make more r rated type of stuff. Heck, if they ever get spiderman back, I wouldn’t mind a live action show for him on Netflix.

        • Whenever Marvel hits the reset button on movie canon, I hope they build the foundation of the universe in TV. Every character should have their own show with Game of Thrones production quality, then all the movies should be major crossover events.

          The contracting will work better, there will be more shared events, because it’s easier to cross characters over between shows.

          Hell, I’d even subscribe to a Marvel service if it was available exclusively (outside of movie theaters). I’d pay the same that I pay for Netflix for that. They could make bank doing that.

          • +100
            The most important tip I could give to marvel is DO NOT REBOOT UNTIL 15 YEARS HAVE PASSED FROM THE END OF THE MCU.
            Because the one thing I want to see in the future the most is a live action avengers TV show.
            We will have the technology to do it by that time and we will possibly have spiderman back by then. So hopefully that is how marvel will pull the reset button.

            • I wonder how TV rights work. Marvel has TV rights to Spider-Man and X-Men already. Does that include *live action* TV?

              • Don’t think so. But here is my stand on the rights issue:
                Xmen: fox is doing a better job, so I’m OK with them keeping it
                Ff: will wait to see if the movie is OK to decide( like RATIONAL people!)
                Spiderman: please give him back,Sony. You don’t need a spiderverse, you just want money.

              • actually – yes Marvel retains all rights for all characters for all and any television appearances – animated and/ or live-action. I don’t have a link or source to verify this – but I’m 99.9999% sure I’m correct.

                the contracts with Sony & Fox (and Universal who still has Namor) – are only for live-action feature films.
                but clearly Marvel would not want to try creating Spiderman or X-men on a tv budget to compare to the films budgets. And certainly they don’t want to confuse audiences so they’ll likely just wait until they can get their characters back and then they can do whatever they want.

                • Strange, because I heard that the deal was that all live action xmen, spiderman and ff stuff belong to fox and Sony. Marvel can only use those guys for cartoons I think

                  • Plus, a spiderman show could work if they only use CGI for some scenes. Later in the future, we could have the technology to make it on a TV budget

                  • well here’s an article that seems researched and informed on the rights of each property
                    http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/XaviersSchool/news/?a=99040

                    according to the above link – looks like we’re sort of both right
                    Sony doesn’t have Spidey TV rights
                    Fox does have X-Men TV rights

  8. I’m definitely interested in this film, being released only 2 months after age of ultron, I just wonder what the timeline is gonna be. I’m not a huge ant man fan but if anyone can elaborate that would be helpful.

    • The MCU goes in chronological order, almost exactly the same amount of time between movies as in the real world. So Avengers 2 comes out in the theaters two months before Ant Man and that will literally be about a two month difference in the MCU as well.

  9. Finally!!!!!!!!!!! I was worried that this movie may never be made I’m so happy its finally starting can wait to see some good set pics. I had no idea Slattery was in the movie I would assume he is Howard Stark around the time when Pym is Ant-Man but we will have to see. I’m really excited for this one.

  10. Throw Patrick Wilson in the mid credit scene to tease Crossfire for Ant-Man 2 in 2019

    • OMG yes that would be awesome!!!!!

  11. Funny enough I’m actually more excited for this film now with that Peyton is on board. As much as I love Edgar Wright’s work with Shaun of the dead and hot fuzz, Peyton Reed is bringing a level of excitement from within the production that I haven’t seen at Marvel in a while. I’m glad to see Slattery back, after the report this week is assumed Dominic Cooper would be Howard again. Wait, OMG Howard Stark isn’t killed by Hydra! He survives his attempted assassination and flees Earth, taking him true form HOWARD THE DUCK!!!

    •      O_O  

  12. re: GotG
    why does virtually every article continue do describe GotG like this:
    “has shown that it’s possible for even the very weirdest of movies to snag the attention of mainstream audiences”

    it’s a movie with aliens of all types .. in outer space .. with green & blue people … laser guns, etc and a really tall creature that makes one sound
    isn’t this EXACTLY how Star Wars could be described ?? and that was over 35 years ago

    what is so weird about that ?? it’s 2014 – not 1960s or 1970s – aka BS (Before Star Trek/ Star Wars)
    it’s a fantasy adventure movie – just like many many MANY that have come before it – many many MANY of which are just accepted for what they are – how is this movie any different ?? The Never Ending Story & Princess Bride came out like 30 years ago – those had plenty of fantasy characters, etc – mainstream audiences seemed to accept those pretty easy back then – intact it’s easy to say – these type of movies are exactly what mainstream audiences love – so why describe GotG as strange ??
    just because mainstream audiences might not be familiar with the Marvel characters ?? so ? they were also not familiar with any other characters before those movies were released –

    when Star Wars first came out perhaps it would have been considered weird – but not really since Star Trek was already around for over 10 years on TV.

    as I’ve said before – a STRANGE Weird – WTF movie – would be if they had character(s) that were LITERALLY a walking piece of s*** and a talking/ floating PISS (yes urine) – THOSE would be strange & weird characters

    a talking raccoon and a tree – not so much – there have been talking trees in other movies, talking/ walking rock creatures, plenty of talking animals in other movies

    GotG is not some kind of anomaly of a film or characters that have never existed before – please stop referring to it this way
    and for all future films – stop trying to make a big deal of audiences not being familiar with the characters etc before – so what ??

    Honey I Shrunk the Kids & Innerspace were over 20 years ago – people get it – Ant-Man – he shrinks, he’s a super-hero – easy peasy. Audiences DO NOT care if they’ve ever heard of characters before – when they see a trailer they simply say: looks cool – I’ll go see it – that’s it – they don’t get confused or care: oh no I’ve never heard of Ant-Man – screw that I’m not going to go

    they will however say: oh it’s a Marvel movie – cool – let’s go see it
    oh it has Paul Rudd (and all the other actors) – cool let’s go see it

    oh it’s a new movie that has been all over the media and on virtually any website that stuff about movies – ie. Huffpo, etc – so now I know all the basics about it – cool let’s go see it

    rant over :)

    • Really agree with this post. On top of what you said, Screenranters and commenters vastly underestimate the power of children in the marketplace. Parents need something to do with their children in the middle of the summer and when their child loved the last Marvel movie they will want to see another. It’s mostly marketing, and I am surprised at how few people don’t understand the concept.

      • thank you

        I just get so tired of reading how amazing it is that a movie like GotG has succeeded – why wouldn’t it ??? it is mainstream fun
        heck this summer alone has: talking cars/ robots that transform — Apes and Turtles – talking and walking
        and superhero movies galore

        GotG is NOT weird – it’s totally normal and mainstream – group of (self-called) losers join together form a team and bingo-bango save the universe – awesome – audiences are already excited for the sequel

        sci-fi fantasy/ superhero movies ARE mainstream – always have been – same as westerns, dramas, comedies, etc – Buck Rodgers was quite popular back in the days – as were the original Superman shorts and TV show w/ George Reeves

    • I sincerely apologise for insinuating that the movie with the blue cyborg space pirate, the genetically engineered talking alien raccoon and the immortal hyper-intelligent tree creature is a little weird.

      • no reason to apologize – I wasn’t offended or anything
        but GotG is no weirder than the last 30 plus years of films that have come before it of a similar nature – ie. all the stuff I mentioned or any of the stuff I didn’t that have all just been considered not only mainstream but some of top films of all time.

        obviously Sci-fi type movies aren’t going to be the same as a rom-com or legal story movie, but they are fairly mainstream – always have been – does every article describe Star Wars (past or present) as strange ? or any other movie with aliens, etc
        talking animals and/ or fauna is not totally new and definitely not weird.

        heck in real life most people talk to their animals anyways and some even treat them like they are people :)
        and even 30 years ago when Star Wars was released there were lines of movie goers blocks and blocks and blocks long = mainstream — and those movies had a hug growling Wookie (whatever the heck that is) and a a little green dude with magic powers and a huge laughing slug who puts his enemies in carbonite!!!!

        all 30 years ago – so a talking raccoon and a tree dude – not that weird.

        • correction: talking animals and/ or FLORA is not totally new and definitely not weird.
          ie. – talking/ sentients plants — not a new concept – I’m not positive – but aren’t there talking or “living” trees in the Wizard of Oz?? I haven’t seen it in a while – or are there talking tress or rocks, etc in LotR ?? I know it’s not new

          and isn’t the movie Air-bud about a dog that flies ? and Scooby Doo has certainly been talking with Shaggy for a long time – same for Brian from Family Guy, Bugs Bunny and all the Looney Tunes characters and all the Disney animas, etc etc.
          personally I love Rodger Rabbit – you know the RABBIT who talks and pulls out huge weapons, props, etc out of nowhere

          I’m sure other readers can come up with more examples.

          • “No reason to apologise”?

            You are like Drax, right? Sarcasm is not your strong suit…

            • well like I said – I wasn’t offended – so yeah no reason for H. Shaw-Williams to apologize :)
              either way it didn’t read to me that his “apology” was sincere – and no reason for it to be sincere – I’m not “offended” by the line in the article – so no reason for an apology – heck I didn’t make the movie
              if his comment was sarcastic – that’s cool – if HSW simply said: hmmm- I stand corrected wouldn’t that be more appropriate?

              I just find it both odd and unnecessary to keep referring to GotG as weird, strange or whatever as well as any other movie – somehow it got this label since it was first announced and I’ve just never understood why – especially now that it is clearly a major success (as I’ve always expected it would be)

              as I noted by the many examples of other films that have come before it – are the Transformers or Planet of the Apes or Star Trek movies weird ?? if yes – that’s an awful lot of weird movies over decades that seem to make a lot of money from mainstream audiences around the world.

              do you think GotG and the characters are weird ? any weirder than the 30 plus years of a similar movies before it that are just considered successful and mainstream movies (without the label weird)

    • @guest
      “as I’ve said before – a STRANGE Weird – WTF movie – would be if they had character(s) that were LITERALLY a walking piece of s***…”

      see the film Dogma for that.

      • hmmm – now THAT sounds like a weird character !!!

        I know I’ve seen parts of Dogma – can’t remember if I’ve actually seen the whole thing or not – probably but I don’t remember
        definitely don’t remember a walking piece of … sh***t — :)

        • It’s called the Golgothan

          • i just looked it up – YEP – that counts as weird !! 100%
            from the mind of Kevin Smith – yeah that sounds about right

            Wizard of Oz, Narnia and LotR definitely never had a Golgothan – that Sh**t is NASTY!
            talking raccoon and his tree buddy – DEFINITELY not that weird

  13. This is my guess/wishlist

    Judy Greer will play Dr. Sondheim
    Abby Ryder Fortson will play Scott Lang’s daughter Cassie…
    John Slattery will play Howard Stark again…
    David Dastmalchian as Odd John Judson, Taskmaster, or Kang the Conqueror
    Corey Stoll as Crossfire or Yellowjacket,
    Wood Harris as Luke Cage pre-powers? (Maybe Cage and Lang are cell mates and friends in prison?)
    Gregg Turkington as Egg Head?
    Bobby Canavale as Crossfire or Taskmaster?
    T.I. as a crony or thug
    Michael Pena as a fellow friend scientist to Pym and Odd John Judson.

    • I like those castings. I was researching Ant Man and figuring out who is going to be what and was trying to piece things together.

      Obviously, the cast will increase in size, but they still need Arnim Zola, young Pym and young Pierce. It’s worth noting that Avengers 2 also has a similar 1940s flashback scene so it’s fair to suspect that the flashbacks will be intertwined.

      Looking at some photos of Turkington, I think he could pass for a young Michael Douglas. Imagine like a quirky, dorky scientist.

      • Good call on Turkington looking like Douglas. I will agree and change my prediction of Pena as now playing Egg Head.

        I was also thinking T.I could play a young Bill Foster (Black Goliath) and Wood Harris will play the older version. Looking at picks of T.I and Wood Harris, they look similar. T.I. has a baby face and could play a young college nerd while Wood Harris could put some grey in his hair and beard and play an older version (same age as Douglas)

  14. Really What u guy’s fighting for.

    is this childish fight or discussion.
    marvel .dc. warner .Disney
    Great Movie 1.The Dark Knight Trilogy

    Good Movie.1. Iron Man1
    2.Captain America 2. 3.x men days of future past. 4.guardians of galaxy.5. avengers6. iron man2.7.The Amazing Spiderman1.8. Blade1. 9. x men wolverin origins. 10. x first class

    1,Batman1 Tim Burton.2.Superman 1978. 3.Watchmen.4.V For Vendeta.5.Man of Steel.

    Weak Movie. 1,Hulk . 2. Green Lantern. 3. Captain America 1.4. Constantine. 5. Inc Hulk.. 6. Both Thor. 7 TASM2.8. x men 2,3.
    This is My Idea

  15. Unrelated, but this is really bugging me:

    Screen Rant, Devin Faraci from BADASS DIGEST has claimed that the Doctor Strange movie will not be an origin story, and will begin in medias res as Stephen Strange already established as the Sorcerer Supreme.

    Could you please report on the veracity of this claim?

    • @Rey0208, I believe it’s because of [SPOILER!] the reference made in Cap America 2. Agent Sitwell said that SHIELD was monitoring special people like “Stephen Strange”.

      Now, logically, if Stephen Strange was NOT the Sorcerer Supreme yet and was still a surgeon who had to go on his journey to gain his super powers, why would SHIELD be monitoring him? There would be no reason to do so to the point that he gets name-dropped.

      Even then, it would be very easy for Marvel to say “we’re going 5 years back in time” when Doctor Strange is released and create his origin story anyway. However, I think it would make a lot more sense to show like a small montage of scenes to explain Doc Strange’s origin story, and immediately jump into the vastly cooler and more interesting story lines available for exposition once he already has control of his powers! But that’s just my opinion.

    • I see no reason for a Dr. Strange origin story. Reason being is there might not be a sequel so to burn a Marvel movie for an origin story with limited sequel potential might not be most advantageous. That’s not to say there won’t be, but it’s not a guarantee either. That said, Disney’s calling card is magic so they really could do great things with the franchise and could greatly increase sequel potential.

      Nevertheless, Captain America 3 will probably delve into him a little deeper and don’t be shocked if Avengers 2 and Ant Man do as well. For example, we still don’t know what Ant Man’s heist will be — hopefully something deeper in importance than the secret to the growing/shrinking technology. It could be something related to Dr. Strange, which would be great. Perhaps the Eye of Agamotto, which was teased in Thor I believe.

      For what it’s worth, I hope Ant Man is pursuing Quasar’s Quantum bands.

  16. Just once, I’d like to see a comment thread not get hijacked by 1) marvel vs dc, or 2) discussion of how bad/good another off-topic movie is.

  17. T.I. as a young Bill Foster?

    Wood Harris as an older Bill Foster?

    I compared both their pics and the 2 of them could definitely pass as older and younger selves.

    • There would have to be a 40 year difference between the characters.

      • You should check out pics of both dudes.

        T.I. has a baby face and can easily play a college aged science genius at around 20 or 21 years old

        Wood Harris has some pics where he looks like he is in his early to late 50′s.

        Add a little grey to a beard and to his hair and even a little aged make-up? Maybe a little CGI like they did to Patrick Stewart and Ian Mckellan in X3?

        Wood Harris could easily pass for a 60+ year old.

  18. Wait a minute..someone help me out. This might be a stupid question, nevertheless…how could they possibly have “teaser footage” of the movie at Comic Con if they just started filming today?

    • They filmed a special teaser scene for Comic Con, similar to the test footage from a previous Con.

  19. It’s good to hear this has started. It was a guarantee before, but it is truly real now. It sounds as though this movie will be rich in Marvel Cinematic history, which will make it a very important inclusion.

    I would love to see a Doctor Strange story that didn’t center on the origin. People who want to see that can check out the 2007 animated film. I think Strange could be more compelling as a new Sorcerer Supreme who is discovering the vastness of his role and mastering his abilities. I want to see the more nuanced character development that can occur following the origin story. I want to see familiar faces in every movie from now on too.

  20. it’s really sad how little I care for this movie these days. the fact that micheal douglas hinted at janet van dyne (one of my favorite heroines btw) being dead since before the start of the movie, sure as heck didn’t help either.

    might be the first mcu movie I’ll skip, unless something seemingly very worthwhile shows up in the trailers.

    • Aaah, just get over it man. It’s Janet and Hank who are the prominent characters in the comics, and I’m assuming it will be Scott Lang and Hope in the MCU. That means you’ll still get Ant-Man and the Wasp on the Avengers in Phase 3. I would not be surprised if Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly have multi-film contracts.

      • It wouldn’t be the same.

        I understand what Iro means. I know the MCU and the comics are two different universes, but most of the fans were wishing for Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne to join the MCU, and the Avengers. Yes, Scott Lang is currently Ant-Man in the comics, but his character has never been fundamental in the building of the Marvel Universe, contrary to Pym and Jan. As for Hope Van Dyne-Pym, or whatever her name will end up being, she appeared only in an alt-universe obscure mini.

        To the people saying: “You’ll have an Ant-Man, and you’ll have a Wasp. What are you complaining about?” I say it’s just not the same. There are people in those suits, and those people are way more interesting than just their powersets.

  21. This movie is gonna suck and I love Marvel. This is definitely one movie I will miss.

    I know that’s what they said about GOTG but you can’t even compare GOTG to this crap with Scott Lang

    • The TMNT beat GOTG two weeks in a row!!!! I’m just sayin.

      • And yet TMNT still can’t catch Guardians in total box office (domestic or foreign). Guardians only dropped 41% in its 3rd week while TMNT dropped 57% in its 2nd week.

        Guardians has made 418 million worldwide and TMNT has only made 185 million. TMNT DOES have some more foreign markets it has to open in.

        • Because it opened a week earlier. It dropped but it still beat GOTG at the box office.

          Don’t get mad TMNT beats GOTG every week. If it would have came out the same weekend TMNT would have made more. Just face it.

          I hope the sequel comes out the same weekend as Cap 3.

          • Lol, obvious troll is obvious.

          • U don’t know that, your just assuming

          • Not too good with statistics and numbers are you? Your argument is that TMNT would have beat Gaurdians if it came it the same weekend? LOL!!

            Gaurdians set the record for an August debut. If TMNT is that great, box office wise, as you are alluding to, then it should have had no problem beating the GotG record for an August debut.

            Also, like I said before, “Guardians only dropped 41% in its 3rd week while TMNT dropped 57% in its 2nd week.”

            In other words, TMNT had a larger drop in only its second week versus GotG which had a lesser drop while in its 3rd week a.k.a. a longer run. GotG is in its 3rd week so we would expect a bigger drop cause its been out longer than TMNT which is only in its 2nd week.

            Come on man! Figure math and statistics out!

  22. Well it looks like Cassie Lang will be played by Abby Ryder Fortson considering she’s about 5 years old. I reckon there’s also a fair chance that Judy Greer will be playing Lang’s ex-wife. The cast seems pretty solid to me I’ve got to say.

  23. Is this movie no longer being filmed in Atlanta?

  24. im am trying to figure out why is marvel using two different version of Tony Dad, i don’t understand why would u use the howard starks from IM2 and not Captain America:First Avengers, They don’t Even look alike!!! WTH!!!!

  25. Guys…! What if… SHIELD in the 60s, young Pym, young Pierce and… young Nick Fury, played by T.I.!

    • I love the idea of TI as young Nick Fury. As I typed that, though, one would have to be a pretty convincing actor to pull off a Samuel L. Jackson character. Do you think TI has it in him?

      • I honestly have no idea. Never saw him act at all ;) But as I watched a few pics, I could see a similar attitude and stance between him and SLJ. I guess I would just really like to meet a young Fury.

  26. Costume is not quite canon, but still looks good. Looking forward to this movie, but still wish it were more concentrated on the Pym and Van Dyne (Giant-Man, Wasp) we all know and love.

    • Same here, Goldi :) Good to hear from you!

      Personally, at this point, the only part of the movie I’m interested in is the flash-backs to the 60s and how this all ties in to SHIELD history. Strange to say considering the premise of the movie, but the story about Lang doesn’t interest me. My only wish at this point is that the flash-backs will be substantial, but of course they won’t be, because Wright pushed forward Lang into the MCU, and somehow Marvel thought it was a good idea.

      • I think Wright’s idea of a stand alone Ant-Man movie is incredibly stupid. If that’s really why he left, then good riddance. Here’s my basis why — the wider universe is the key to all of this success. This is why the Fantastic Four has completely bombed and why Spider-man is somewhat stagnant because a lot of the villains and interactions with the Avengers and other characters in the MCU cannot be done. It’s very limiting. Without a much larger universe, these movies just don’t have the staying power. If you think an Ant-Man in the MCU would be a poor sell, imagine Ant-Man stand alone. Yikes!

  27. I’m really excited for this film. Marvel and Kevin Feige absolutely insisted on this coming to fruition so I’m wondering what really lies beneath the surface level stuff. Now that Pym works for SHIELD, it’s fair to wonder about other connections to SHIELD, such as Quasar and Ms. Marvel. This is the type of stuff I’m excited for. Also, since there’s a flashback to the 1960s, I wonder if this is where the stage is set for Star-Lord’s dad and what not since Star-Lord’s music was mostly from the 70s.

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