In the scenic city of San Francisco, California, one of Marvel’s next big super hero franchises has just started principal photography.a “Ant-Man” brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production has also scheduled on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.
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.
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.
A few weeks ago those in the know would have told you Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” had a tough road ahead of it. It had unknown characters, an unproven lead actor, a director best known for films that are kind of out there, and was opening in an already dreary summer as far as box office goes. A Marvel film without super heroes? Who would go see it?
Turns out, just about everyone. Early estimates for the weekend show James Gunn’s space opera ringing in $94 million in space credits. That’s a new record for August openings. That’s freakin’ fantastic. The Global Box Office is now over $160 Million already. Not too shabby.
On Saturday, Marvel showed first footage of their upcoming blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron as the crowning piece of their SDCC’14 presentations. But their reveals weren’t just happening in the panels. Marvel also unveiled several props from the movie at their booth.
The first to be revealed was the Harley Davidson that Black Widow rides in the film, complete with Cap’s shield on the front:
Nearby was a prop from the first Avengers, Loki’s spear:
If you read our article on the Avengers: Age of Ultron presentation, you’ll remember a key scene in the teaser trailer shown centered on the smashed shield of Captain America. This was the centerpiece of their display:
Marvel Studios had decided to go bold by setting dates for its upcoming movies through Spring 2019, which will take them into the start of Phase 4 of the Marvel Universe.
Already on the schedule for upcoming films are Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, along with The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, and Ant-Man on July 17, 2015.
For 2016, Marvel plans to release Captain America 3. This leaves 1 more movie for 2016, 3 movies for 2017, 2 movies for 2018, and 1 for 2019 (though I’m sure a second will be scheduled for later that year).
So what other films could Marvel plan to release?
Well, The Avengers sequel is coming three years after the first one, which means The Avengers 3 could occupy one of the 2018 dates. Doctor Strange already has a director, so that might get the second 2016 date. Thor 3 is also in the pipeline, so that will probably get one of the 2017 dates, as will a most likely sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel is also said to be developing standalone films around Black Widow and Black Panther. That leaves one slot unaccounted for.
Hopefully we’ll know more once Marvel has its big reveals at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
Below is the full slate of Marvel releases scheduled through 2019:
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