Marvel Movie Round-Up: ‘Thor 2′ & ‘Iron Man 3′ News; ‘Ant-Man’ Test Footage

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Iron Man 3 details Marvel Movie Round Up: Thor 2 & Iron Man 3 News; Ant Man Test Footage

Marvel movie news has been coming out fast this week. First, we reported some interesting tidbits on Iron Man 3 casting and a possible Ant-Man cameo. Then, earlier today, we shared the bombshell news that a Guardians of the Galaxy film is heading to theaters in 2014.

If that weren’t enough to chew on, though, we have a few more Marvel items to share, including some news on Thor 2 casting, a big Iron Man 3 action scene, Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man test footage, and a first look at the logos for upcoming Marvel movies. Read on for our Marvel movie news round-up.

Dr. Selvig to Return in Thor 2

Stellan Skarsgard has confirmed that he will reprise his role as Dr. Erik Selvig in Thor 2. In an interview with Hey U Guys! for the Norwegian film King of Devil’s Island, Skarsgard said that he would join the production when it starts filming in August.

In addition to Skarsgard, Thor 2 will also see the return of Idris Elba as Heimdall and Jaimie Alexander as Sif, among other key cast members. One notable exception: Chuck‘s Zachary Levi may replace Josh Dallas as Fandral, one of Thor’s trusted Warriors Three.


Iron Man 3 Could Feature Earth-Shaking Action

Recently, a handful of behind-the-scenes photos from Iron Man 3 hit the social news-sharing site Reddit showing construction on the now-familiar set of Tony Stark’s mansion.

As you can see from one of the photos below (courtesy of Latino Review), the pictures themselves were not altogether exciting. However, the follow-up rumor (also courtesy of Latino Review) was.

According to a tipster, the entire mansion set is “actually built on a very sophisticated gimbals system.” To save you a quick Google search, here’s the definition of a gimbal: “A device consisting of two rings mounted on axes at right angles to each other so that an object, such as a ship’s compass, will remain suspended in a horizontal plane between them regardless of any motion of its support.”

Typically, gimbals are used in film to simulate sudden motion. By now, you should probably get the point, but just in case, LR’s tipster spells it out: “This is a set up for total destruction. How do you fight a superhero? Hit him in the most sacred place….his home. Villains of ‘Iron Man 3′ hit Tony Stark and hit him hard enough for his mansion to fall into the Pacific Ocean.

Will it play out exactly like that? Maybe not, but it’s probably a safe bet that a big set piece in Iron Man 3 will take place at Stark’s home. What a shame, too, since he probably just got done redecorating from his fight with War Machine in Iron Man 2.


Marvel Sequel Logos

Marvel has a bunch of films on its slate, but most of them won’t come out for another two or three years. Naturally, that won’t do for all of us fans who are eager for any scrap of information about the new movies. Luckily we have new logos (via for Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2, and The Avengers 2. Okay, it’s not much, but it’s something!


Ant-Man Test Footage

We already mentioned the possibility of Ant-Man appearing in some capacity in Iron Man 3, but perhaps fans will get a chance to see the insect-themed superhero even sooner than that.

The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Edgar Wright “spent just under a week shooting footage for a reel that will be used to test out the potential look and tone of his movie, as well as to decide how convincing Ant-man’s powers look onscreen.

This is fairly common practice for movies that require significant special effects, so it doesn’t mean that fans should expect to see anything jaw-dropping. In fact, they may not see anything at all. Typically, test screenings aren’t meant to be seen by more than a handful of people.

Henry Pym Ant Man Marvel Movie Round Up: Thor 2 & Iron Man 3 News; Ant Man Test Footage

However, the fact that Wright finished the test shoot just in time for Comic-Con 2012 leaves the possibility that Marvel will show off the footage to fans during the studio’s perennial Hall H presentation. We can only hope right?


The Avengers Blu-ray Trailer

Let’s go out with a bang, shall we? If you watched and loved The Avengers (and really, who didn’t?), you’re probably going to pick up the movie on Blu-ray. However, just in case you needed more convincing, check out the newly-released Blu-ray trailer for the film below:

Sources: Hey U Guys!, The Hollywood Reporter,, & Latino Review

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  1. Ant-Man could be a crazy film. Showcase Hank and Janet’s turbulent relationship (Revolutionary Road like). There is the obsessive science geek Hank. The superhero Hank who eventually creates the giant man persona because he felt inferior tohis team mates. Crasy film.

    • The only problem is, if we are going to go by Wright’s last version of the script (we know about), we will get the Scott Lang version of Ant-Man. There will have some intro piece where Pym creates the suit as a young man, uses it for a while then puts it away. Flash forward to present day where Pym is an old man and Lang will steal the suit and use it for personal gain and end up becoming an unwitting hero. Comedic elements were also mentioned so I can only assume they are going to pull a, “Greatest American Hero” and have Lang fumbling around trying to figure out how to use the suit correctly.

      If this this is the version they are indeed using, I will be sorely disappointed in Marvel Studios and it will be their first real misstep imho.

      Wish I could be one of the few who gets to see the test screening of the footage so I can give Wright a piece of my mind if the use Scott Lang.

      • That movie you described sounds horrible. Why would he waste Pym or film on that.

        • You are preachin’ to the choir because I haven’t a clue.

      • I hope they go for another story altogether than focusing on Scott Lang, and have Hank Pym as the hero of the movie. I don’t care about Lang, he never accomplished much in the comics (from what I can recall, he never accomplished anything significant). It would be a very bad idea to go down that line in my opinion. I’m thrilled about an Ant-Man movie, but a movie about Hank Pym, and of course Jan Van Dyne. Period.

  2. Suit? No Pym Particles?

  3. Ant-Man can be a team film also. Hank Pym, The Wasp, Scott Lang (The Vision and Iron Man 3′s Extremis Nano technology, tied in via buttons or cameos); in the way the proposed S.H.I.E.L.D. would be a team film, along with Guardians of the Galaxy.
    If approached the way Whedon did Avengers. Why not?

    The test footage is for Hank Pym’s shrinking technology I’m sure. After The Avengers, Edgar Wright has to take Ant-Man a bit more seriously, and the growth and shrinking abilities of Ant-Man and The Wasp, respectively; has to be better than Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk transformation.

    • Lang is not tied to the Vision is any way shape or form. It was Hank Pym who created Ultron who in turn created “the symbiote” (aka Vision)

    • If we are going to “go there” (re: team film including Hank Pym, The Wasp, Vision and Iron Man), why not do West Coast Avengers? I would love to see Tigra or She Hulk (droolingly).

  4. Pym Particles tho no suit.

  5. As long as the Ant-Man movie is about Hank Pym, and it’s set in the present day, I’m happy.
    I do hope we’ll get to see that test footage though…

  6. I’ve never been a big fan of Ant-Man, but if they go with Scott Lang and don’t focus on Pym Particles, then I will lose faith in Marvel.

  7. Bring on Ant-man, Namor, and The Inhumans films.

  8. I love the call of an Ant-Man film. I just hate that after the initial transformation there will be the move to doing away with the signature “helmet” so as to showcase the actor’s face. :)

  9. If Iron Man 3 is dealing with nanotechnology, Ant-man could fit right in (no pun intended).

    • Except that Ant-man can only go small (approx. 1/2″), not microscopic like DC’s Atom (who can I believe shrink down to the sub-atomic level) and functions on a completely different level from nano-tech.

      Pym discovered subatomic “Pym particles” that enable mass to be shunted or gained from an alternate dimension, thereby changing the size of himself or other beings or objects.

      • I suppose you’d boycott the movie if they altered his abilities.

        I remember Hank Pym referring to a time he walked around inside the Vision and had recognized that he might be different from the android Human Torch. The Vision was supposed to have been the same android modified, for at least 20 years.

        But I digress. Point is, they once did a story where he had to have been microscopic or close to it.

        • Depending on how much they screw with his powers, yes I would just like I refused to give Fox full ticket price for the XMFC abomination (I did spend a buck at Redbox however :) )

          Nano-tech is a fairly straight forward miniaturization process while Pym particles work on an entirely different, “pseudo science” level. Swapping one out for the other doesn’t mesh very well imho (and it would mean that Stark would again be the “inventor”). But why would they even consider altering his abilities though? Marvel hasn’t really tampered with any of the current Avengers power sets (other than costume changes) so this would be uncharacteristic and unnecessary.

          As to his minimum size….he also flew into Ultron’s mouth on the back of an ant in A:EMH to tamper with his robot’s brain. 1/2″ is pretty darn small plus it is always listed as approximate so maybe he can go a bit smaller, say to 1/8″? I think going any smaller is prohibited by the way Pym particles work or at the very least it would be a huge strain on his body, like it is if he grows over about 100′ tall.

  10. I got a horrible sinking feeling in my stomach that Ant-Man is gonna be a hi-jinks movie of misused powers. Honey I shrunk the Kids with Scott Lang. Yikes!

  11. Cant wait for ant man

  12. While I don’t know much about Ant Man I do know and am confident in the work of Edgar Wright. Scott Pilgrim may have bombed in the box office but man that was a great & fun movie.

  13. why does it mention avengers 2 when the title of this doesn`t talk about the film?

  14. At this moment I am ready to do my breakfast, when having my breakfast coming yet again to read additional news.

  15. i see in the avengers blu-ray trailer, the have even more footage not used in the film in the trailer. Joss Whedon has been quoted as saying he wont do a director’s cut, but i hope the studio makes an extended version. i would love to see the 3 hour first cut of the film. oh well.

  16. so excited for IronMan 3…

    just as an Antman side note: if you want some good “Micro-Human” action check out the book “Micro: A Novel” [Michael Crichton, Richard Preston]. A group of grad-students are shrunk down to micro size and have to survive in the Hawaiian jungle. Some awesome Ant vs Human imagery and action that I could def see in an Antman film. In their micro state they even have some “super-human” abilities that are based on physical reality (i.e. being able to lift 50 times their body weight, and running fast..all based on their muscle structure being from a larger/heavier environment, alot like working on a planet with less gravity). I hope the Antman film is along the same lines being grounded in science like Ironman 1.

  17. Not sure how I feel about ironma’s new armor I hope that’s not his got to armor deffinately not enough red. And I’m sorry but an Antman movie would be so freaking terrible. Wow you shrink….and talk to ants….cool. I’m sure Thanos would just have a terrible time scratching those ant bites. I understand how his character and personality could be good for the team but on his own with those powers…no. Even when he does become Giantman he is still useless. He is no where near as strong as Thor or Hulk. If anything he will just cause NewYork a lot of money in building damage. If you want a character who shrinks use wasp, at least she can fly (without hitching a ride on an insect) and she has her laser bolts

  18. is there gonna be a incredble hulk 2