Marvel fans: Get excited.
People got to check out Ant-Man and the Wasp for the first time on Friday night, and while reviews will have to wait until next week, the inevitable tweeting has begun. And if the initial reaction from critics is any indication, Marvel fans are in a delightful sequel to the 2015 film.
Of note: Much of the initial reactions suggest viewers should stick around until the very end. Per critic Ben Davis, the film “has two post-credit scenes you can’t afford to miss.”
Ant-Man and The Wasp has two post-credits scenes you can’t afford to miss.
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) June 23, 2018
Another word that’s appeared multiple times in reference to the film: “Fun,” with critics lauding its comedic sensibilities.
…Don’t go in expecting to get answers to questions from Infinity War. The movie is mostly a stand alone film, even more so than the first one. That said, you’re stupid if you don’t stay in your seat for the credits, more so than a lot of Marvel films.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) June 23, 2018
Here’s what other critics had to say:
#AntManAndTheWasp has everything Marvel fans are hoping for. Amazing tech, hilarious quips, Ant-Man enters the Quantum Realm and eats Bucky’s ass, and some twists and turns that’ll leave those left heartbroken by the events of INFINITY WAR with something to look forward to.
— ben mekler (@benmekler) June 23, 2018
Ant-Man: A bit more charm than the first and more character work. Everyone seemed to love it. I liked it, but not as much as the first one. Pena is awesome again. Must stay for post credits!
— John Campea (@johncampea) June 23, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp is superfun AND has the most Morrissey content of any superhero movie. recommended for both reasons
— Albert Ching (@albertxii) June 23, 2018
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is probably the closest Marvel will ever get to #nicecore. there’s no villain! just… mild impediments. And teamwork! I love teamwork.
everyone says “quantum” a lot, and then they joke *about* how everyone says “quantum” a lot. fun, funny, and forgettable.
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) June 23, 2018
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is for sure an upgrade from the first film (I didn’t love the first Ant-Man). Lilly’s Wasp has at least the same, or probably more, action scenes than Rudd’s Ant-Man.
Also: Michael Peña has a scene halfway through that brings the house down.
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) June 23, 2018
Sounds like Jon Hamm would be interested in playing Batman
Jon Hamm, future Batman?
“There have been been rumours and speculation about Ben Affleck stepping down as Batman for a long time now — and with the recent reports that Henry Cavill may also be on his way out as Superman, they’ve been given a fresh lease of life.
The question is, who would replace him?
Well, there would probably be no shortage of actors lining up — and it sounds like Jon Hamm is keen to place himself towards the front of the queue.
“It depends on the script, what the story is,” Hamm recently told Graham Bensinger during an In Depth interview, per the Hollywood Reporter. “I am a huge comic book fan, always have been. I’ve read comic books since I was nine or younger. And I’m pretty knowledgeable about a lot of them. And I like the genre, and I like when they’re done well.”
“I’d probably fit the suit.”
Hamm went on to say that he’s heard rumours of fans calling for him to play Batman since the early days of Mad Men — but so far it’s not something he’s ever discussed with anyone.
“I have never been offered anything,” he said. “I think the internet wants what it wants. But, I mean, a lot of people have to sign off on that, obviously not just the internet.”
So would Hamm be interested if someone were to approach him about the role?
“I’d probably fit the suit,” he said. “I’d have to work out a lot, which I don’t love. But, I am sure there’s an interesting version of that being out there.
“And if they wanted to tap me on the shoulder and ask me to do it, why not?”
Why not, indeed.”
‘Guardians’ star Dave Bautista: ‘I dont know if I want to work for Disney’
“I dont know if I want to work for Disney.”
The ousting of James Gunn from the third Guardians of the Galaxy film has left Dave Bautista incensed.
In an interview on Saturday, the Hollywood star — who plays Drax — told The Jonathan Ross Show that his future in the third film of the franchise is in doubt.
“It’s a bittersweet conversation. No, it’s a bitter-bitter conversation, because I’m not really happy with what they’ve done with James Gunn,” he said.
“They’re putting the movie off. It’s on hold indefinitely. And to be honest with you, I don’t know if I want to work for Disney.”
“Bautista has long threatened to cut ties if Gunn wasn’t given his job back, telling ShortList that he would “ask [Marvel] to release me from my contract, cut me out or recast me.”
Back in July, Gunn was ousted as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after inappropriate tweets written years ago were unearthed, and last month, Disney and Marvel finally closed the door to giving him a second chance.
“I’ve been very vocal about the way I feel. I am not afraid to admit how I feel,” Bautista told the show.
It might be surprising to hear an actor be so outspoken against his employers (especially since others would just opt to shut up and take the money) but as Bautista puts it: “I don’t think I’m your typical Hollywood guy.”
Ethan Hawke: superhero movies are overrated
The actor has drawn anger for comments suggesting that commercial concerns are behind presentation of films such as Logan as highbrow entertainment
The actor Ethan Hawke has questioned the quality of superhero films, saying that even the most praised are not Bresson … not Bergman. But they talk about it like it is.
In an interview with the Film Stage, Hawke discussed what he saw as the increasing marginalisation of indie movies at the multiplex.
Now we have the problem that they tell us Logan is a great movie, he said. Well, its a great superhero movie. It still involves people in tights with metal coming out of their hands. Its not Bresson. Its not Bergman. But they talk about it like it is.
Logan, in which Hugh Jackman played an ageing Wolverine, won acclaim for what many saw as an emotional depth unusual in the genre. Its screenplay won nominations from the Academy Awards and Writers Guild of America.
Hawke continued: I went to see Logan cos everyone was like, This is a great movie and I was like, Really? No, this is a fine superhero movie. Theres a difference, but big business doesnt think theres a difference. Big business wants you to think that this is a great film because they wanna make money off of it.
Hawkes comments met with a mixed reception online, where many accused him of pretentiousness.
The actor who is currently winning acclaim for his performance in Paul Schraders First Reformed was accused of a similar elitism five years ago, when he attacked the Oscars for celebrating forgettable, stupid movies and mediocre performers.
Making a priority of chasing these fake carrots and money and dubious accolades, was, he said, I think, really destructive.
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