Ant-Man Marvel’s ANT-MAN Begins written by Robert Reineke August 18, 2014 After a tumultuous last few months, ANT-MAN starts principal photography today, as Peyton Reed announced via Twitter. A lot is riding on Peyton Reed as he’s aiming to hit a release date of July 17, 2015, although if Marvel has to push back the release date a few weeks, I don’t think anyone but the internet community, and some theater owners, would care. It’s probably also time that we reconsider what constitutes the start of production. No doubt some pre-visualized special effects sequences are already undergoing rendering and tweaking in computers somewhere. Probably with some ADR work already completed. Meshing that pre-viz material with the live action material that Peyton Reed is directing is part of the trick of big budget filmmaking today, and we’ll have to see how much impact Reed has on the computer generated material and how much impact the computer generated material has on Reed’s live action style. The trains are running on time though, and we have less to a year to see how people rise to the challenge. Either way, the future of the MCU does not rely on the success or failure of ANT-MAN. And riding the coattails of AGE OF ULTRON is sure to help, at least financially. UPDATE: Here is the full press release from Marvel Studios. MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON MARVEL’S “ANT-MAN” Principal Photography Begins in San Francisco For July 17, 2015 Release SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (August, 18, 2014) – 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”). Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015, Marvel’s “Captain America 3” on May 6, 2016, and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” on July 28, 2017. Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success in 2014 with more record-breaking films including the #1 releases of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which recorded the largest April opening of all time at $95 million and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which recorded the largest August opening of all time with $94.1 million. Both films were the #1 film in the world when they were released on April 4, 2014 and August 1, 2014, respectively. In 2013 Marvel Studios delivered #1 openings for Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” which grossed over $640 million worldwide and Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” which grossed over $1.2 billon worldwide and was the highest grossing film of the calendar year. In 2012 the studio produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which shattered both domestic and international box office records, is Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marked the studio’s fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide. In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with Marvel’s “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 Marvel’s “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million. In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies Marvel’s “Iron Man” and Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk.” Marvel’s “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally donned the Super Hero’s powerful armor and starred alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success. Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend. On June 13, 2008, Marvel released Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer. About Marvel Entertainment Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. 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June 2, 2015 Marvel’s ANT-MAN Squeezes Into 7 New Posters... June 24, 2015 Michael Lalaian I’m very pumped about this. Like most people online I was disappointed when Edgar Wright left the project, but I actually have a great deal of faith in Peyton Reed, mostly due to his UCB experience. John If a Marvel Studios production had to move its release date back the majority of the Internet community would be more than willing to accommodate. But if it was a DC movie those same people would have a conniption fit and scream about DC being a massive failure. Adrian That’s because Marvel Studios has earned goodwill and the benefit of the doubt while WB’s next superhero film has had three different dates and follows one that polarized many fans. John True they’ve moved dates but they’ve kept the same director, something marvel has a lot of trouble with. And the last date change moved up the release, which was a good thing. Adrian That’s a bit of an exaggeration. They kept Favreau twice, the Russo Bros. are back for Cap 3, Whedon is back for Avengers 2, Gunn will be back for Guardians 2, etc. That’s what, 8 out of 12 films? I mean, you can argue that they can be cheap or stubborn in cases but I can’t really fault a company/machine like Marvel for that. stock Seems very quick considering WB’s BvS timeline. Ant-man doesn’t have quite as much riding on it, though. Any word on possible villains, or will it have a completely unknown bad guy? Robert Reineke I’m hearing a variation on Yellowjacket as the villain. stock I assume that isn’t Hank Pym himself, but that would be an interesting take on it, although the mentor to villain is a bit overdone these days. Sean Gerber Corey Stoll is playing Darren Cross, who will become Yellowjacket in the film.