Production Officially Begins On ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’

Marvel’s official Twitter feed just confirmed that production has begun on ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’, and marked the occasion with a brilliant video which shows where Ant-Man and The Wasp will spend their down-time between takes.

Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are both returning for their respective roles, but this time Lilly’s Hope van Dyne will don her mother’s Wasp costume, as teased at the end of the first film. It was also recently confirmed that Michelle Pfeiffer has been cast as the original Wasp, Janet van Dyne, mother of Hope and wife of Hank (Michael Douglas).

Also recently confirmed as members of the cast include Walton Goggins, Laurence Fishburne, and Randall Park, who has been confirmed to play S.H.I.E.L.D Agent Jimmy Woo. Michael Pena, T.I and David Dastmalchian are all returning for the sequel.

We also have an updated synopsis for the film, which is as follows: 

“From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.”

Director Peyton Reed has also just released a better look at the new logo for the film.

‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ opens in cinemas July 6th 2018
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Michelle Pfeiffer And Laurence Fishburne Join The Cast Of ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’

During their presentation in Hall H, Marvel confirmed that Michelle Pfeiffer will play the role of Janet Van Dyne, mother of Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and wife of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), who we saw briefly in a flashback scene during ‘Ant-Man’. Laurence Fishburne was also confirmed as a member of the cast, and is playing the role of Dr. Bill Foster, aka Goliath. 

Also recently announced as members of the cast are Walton Goggins, whose character still remains unknown, and Randall Park who is confirmed to play S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jimmy Woo. 

A new logo and some early concept art were shown during the presentation. 

Peyton Reed, who directed the first film, is back in the director’s chair for the sequel which is currently slated for a July 2018 release.

Written by Tom Sheffield

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Year: 2017
Director: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Zendaya

Written by Tom Sheffield

To say there were high expectations for this film from it’s waiting audience would be a understatement. For the third time in 15 years we were about to witness a new actor take on the role of Spider-Man, but this time would be different because he now exists in the same universe as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and all the heroes we’ve seen so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up a whole new world of possibilities that weren’t possible with the webhead’s previous live-action incarnations. Having already been introduced to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker briefly in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, I was eager to see how he would hold his own in his first film. I’m relieved to say he did not disappoint, and neither did the film as a whole.  

Following his participation in the epic airport battle against Captain America and his team, Peter Parker (Holland) returns home feeling that his day-to-day heroics helping average citizens is a huge step down from what he just took part in. Eager to participate in more Avengers missions, Peter wants to impress Stark (Downey Jr.) and show him he’d be a valuable member of the team. When Peter starts interfering in Adrian Toomes’ (Keaton) plans, Toomes sees no other option than to put an end to the Spider-Man.

Tom Holland may just be my favourite portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider-Man to date. He completely embodied Peter’s awkwardness, his eagerness to do more to help people, and his struggle to please everyone. Both in and out of the suit, Holland is a joy to watch on screen and I’m excited for what’s to come for Peter following certain revelations in the film, and the fact we get to watch him progress through High School, juggling school, a social life, and his evening heroics. Michael Keaton was menacingly brilliant as Toomes / Vulture. There’s one scene in particular where he is face to face with Holland and his delivery is enough to send shivers down your spine. Vulture has quickly become one of my favourite villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe because whilst a lot of villains we’ve met so far see themselves as Gods or are willing to cause havoc and mayhem to gain power, Toomes is just a guy who thinks he’s doing the right thing to provide for his family. It’s this protective behaviour that spurs him on to don his Vulture wings and do what he deems necessary.

Despite appearing heavily in the trailers and posters, Iron Man’s involvement in the film isn’t as big as many had feared, with people often dubbing it ‘Iron Man 4’ due to how much he was in the trailers. Stark’s protectiveness over Peter and his heroics provides one of the best exchanges of dialogue between two heroes in the MCU, which I won’t spoil here, but if you’ve seen the film you’ll know what I mean. It truly shows how much Tony has changed from his arrogant, selfish, playboy ways when we first met him in ‘Iron Man’  and how what he’s experienced since then has changed him.

Michael Giacchino’s opening score had me excited from the get go. Incorporating the classic Spider-Man theme tune was always going to be a winner in my eyes, and after hearing it in the little teaser video he released on Twitter, I couldn’t wait to hear it blasting from the cinema speakers. What a treat that was! Sadly, Giacchino’s score throughout the rest of the film is pretty forgettable, which regrettably seems to be a recurring thing in Marvel movies.

Overall, ‘Homecoming’ is one of the strongest first entries in the MCU and I feel that Marvel/Sony taking the risk and not making it an origin story was definitely a huge factor. With this being the third reboot in the last 15 years, the audience for this film know how Peter gets his powers, they know his parents history and Uncle Ben’s fate. Skipping all that allowed them to focus on Peter’s struggle as a kid to balance school, friends, and keeping this huge secret from those closest to him. 

Tom’s rating: 8.7 out of 10

Welcome to Wakanda – The First Teaser Trailer For Black Panther Has Arrived!

Since his introduction in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, fans of the MCU have been on tenterhooks waiting for a glimpse of T’Challa’s solo film. Then yesterday, out of the blue, the first poster hit the web along with an announcement that a teaser trailer would follow a few hours later.

Whilst the poster received it’s fair share of criticism over on Twitter, the teaser trailer seems to have received an overall positive reception. And rightly so..

Joining Chadwick Boseman in Wakanda are Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Winston Duke, and Sterling K. Brown. Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) is in the director’s chair, which I couldn’t be more excited about!

Andy Serkis is reprising his role as Ulysses Klaw, who we met in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ when he sold vibranium to Ultron, who then proceeded to slice off his arm in a fit of rage. Martin Freeman also returns as CIA Operative, Everett Ross, who had a run in with the Avengers and Black Panther during ‘Civil War’ when the CIA captured Bucky Barnes. 

This first teaser does a superb job of being a tease of what to expect from this film and I can’t wait to see more! 

Synopsis:

“Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

“But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.”

‘Black Panther’ is currently scheduled to hit UK cinemas on 16th February 2018

New ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer Shows Off Spidey’s Suit

Two brand new ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ trailers hit the web this morning, with the international trailer offering a better look at Michael Keaton’s Vulture, and the domestic showing off Spidey’s new suit, courtesy of Tony Stark.  

After the last trailer left some fans feeling it had showed a little too much of the film, it’s likely some may avoid these final trailers and wait until the films release on July 5th. 

We also have two brand new posters! You can find HQ versions of them both over on our Twitter – @JumpCut_Tweets

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“A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man, who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark. Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.”

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Composer Shares Teaser Of Spider-Man’s Theme!

Michael Giacchino, who is currently composing ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, has just shared a teaser over on his Twitter or Spider-Man’s theme and it sounds amazing! Take a listen and let us know what you think! 

I think the film’s score is in perfect hands with Giacchino, and I will happily sit through the all the credits with this theme playing! And if the rest of the film’s score is anywhere near as great as this, then we are in for a treat! 

Tom Hardy Cast As Eddie Brock In Sony’s ‘Venom’

Right out of nowhere this evening, Sony tweeted an announcement that Tom Hardy will be playing Eddie Brock, aka Venom, in next year’s ‘Venom’ film. 

It’s also been confirmed that ‘Venom’ will kick star Sony’s own Marvel Universe, which will have no connection to Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe – but with the rights to Spider-Man tied in a contract with both Sony and Disney, we still don’t know if we will see the web slinger go up against Hardy’s Venom. 

Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) has signed on as the director, with Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal, and Avi Arad producing. Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower) will write the script. 

‘Venom’ will be the second comic book film that Hardy will star in, after his memorable appearance as masked villain, Bane, in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. 

‘Venom’ is scheduled for release October 5th 2018

Maisie Williams And Anya Taylor-Joy Officially Cast In ‘New Mutants’

Hollywood Reporter have exclusively revealed that ‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy, who recently starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s brilliant ‘Split’, have both been cast in the upcoming ‘X-Men’ spin-off ‘New Mutants’ 

Williams is reportedly playing Wolfsbane, “a girl struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her power to turn into a wolf.” Taylor-Joy has been cast as Colussus’ younger sister, Magik, who can teleport. There’s no news on other members other than the fact the studio are “making serious efforts to find ethnically appropriate actors”.

Both these young actresses are a fine choice for this film, they are both extremely talented and it’ll be fantastic to see them both work together on something. Since her superb performance in ‘ The Witch’ in 2015, I had hoped we’d start seeing more of her. Williams is a fan favourite on ‘Game of Thrones’ and her stint on ‘Doctor Who’ last year was just brilliant, so a big screen appearance in an ‘X-Men’ spin-off is very much welcomed.

‘New Mutants’ will be directed by Josh Boone and it’s current scheduled release date is April 13th 2018, which is more than likely subject to change.

Written by Tom Sheffield

Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Awesome Mix Vol. 2 Track List Revealed

Whilst there’s no actual spoilers in this piece, Chris Pratt did tweet earlier this month advising that he encourages people to watch ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ before listening to the ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 2’, so if you wish to not know what’s made it onto the mixtape close this article right now! 

The mixtape features the likes of Fleetwood Mac, George Harrision, Sweet, Cheap Trick and.. David Hasselhoff!? That’s right, The Hoff will be lending his singing voice to a song that was co-written by James Gunn himself and is said to be a ‘comedic original’ scored by Tyler Bates.

After the greatness that was ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 1’, I thought Gunn would have a hard job topping it – but it looks like he may have actually pulled it off. I’m excited to hear the music (listed below) in the film. 

  1. Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
  2. Fox on the Run – Sweet
  3. Lake Shore Drive – Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
  4. The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
  5. Bring it On Home to Me – Sam Cooke
  6. Southern Nights – Glen Campbell
  7. My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
  8. Brandy You’re a Fine Girl – Looking Glass
  9. Come a Little Bit Closer – Jay and the Americans
  10. Wham Bang Shang-A-Lang – Silver
  11. Surrender – Cheap Trick
  12. Father and Son – Yusuf / Cat Stevens
  13. Flashlight – Parliament
  14. Guardians Inferno – The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff

I’ve no doubt that someone has kindly put together this mixtape on Spotify or YouTube already for us to enjoy! 

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Written by Tom Sheffield