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‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Trailer: Joe Cornish Modernizes Arthurian Legend Into Kid-Friendly Fun
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The Kid Who Would Be King

The latest trend is to make an origins story dark and gritty. Those family friendly films seems too old-fashioned. But if you are tired of the dark and gritty and are looking for something of a lighter fare, then The Kid Who Would Be King could be just the film you are looking for.

It sees Alex (Ashbourne Serkis), a kid who thinks he is a nobody, stumbling upon the legendary Excalibur. He is then pulled into a world where he must unite with a band of knights and work together with Merlin (Patrick Stewart) to defeat Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson). Check out the trailer for the film below along with a poster.

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Blu-ray Review: Marvel’s Ant-Man
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Marvel's Ant-Man

Marvel’s Ant-Man
Blu-ray | 3D Blu-ray | DVD
DIRECTOR: Peyton Reed
WRITERS: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd
CAST: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Bobby Cannavale
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: December 8, 2015

Marvel’s Ant-Man takes a comedic page from its Marvel Cinematic Universe counterpart Guardians Of The Galaxy, and delivers a superhero story that’s appealing to all audiences, even those not interested in capes and cowls.

Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang, a master thief who’s just finished a three-year stint in San Quentin prison. While his crime was more of the Robin Hood variety, his criminal record is making it very difficult for him to keep a job and make ends meet on the straight and narrow path. Motivated by his desire to be there for his young daughter’s life, Scott joins forces with former prison buddy Luis (Michael Peña) and his crew (Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian) for a sure-thing burglary job. Unbeknownst to Scott, the safe he’s cracking belongs to Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist who developed the shrinking technology that powers the Ant-Man suit.

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‘Marvel’s Ant-Man’: The Complete Geeks Of Doom Timeline
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Ant-Man Header Image

What a long, strange trip it has been for Ant-Man, Marvel Studios’ latest entry in their constantly expanding cinematic universe. It had been in development for a decade before it went before the cameras, and by then the director who had been with the project since its inception had long departed due to the dreaded “creative differences.” This has probably been the most difficult baby for Marvel to birth since The Avengers, and when Ant-Man brings Marvel’s Phase Two line-up to a rousing conclusion this weekend, we’ll finally find out if the movie has proven to be worth the wait.

I decided to trace Ant-Man‘s obstacle-fraught journey from the pages of Marvel Comics to the big screen beginning when the visionary British filmmaker Edgar Wright first signed on to develop a live-action feature based on the character. From 2010 onward, the development will be recounted as it was covered by several writers here at Geeks of Doom over the years, myself included.

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‘Ant-Man’ Makes A Tiny Appearance In ‘Avengers’-Themed Posters
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Marvel's Ant-Man

The ingenious part of Marvel’s Shared Universe is that the marketing team can have fun and find creative ways to market each film, whether it involves the solo ones or the ensemble ones. Their latest effort turns its attention to the upcoming Ant-Man.

But for one of the more obscure heroes of the MCU, how would the marketing team make sure that audiences know that Ant-Man exists in it. Well one way is having him do some tiny cameos on the Avengers’ signature weaponry. Check out some of the cool posters below.

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‘Ant-Man’: Marvel Studios Debuts First Full Trailer
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Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in Marvel Studio's Ant-Man

Marvel Studios has released the first full theatrical trailer for their latest solo comic book adventure, Ant-Man. You can check it out here below.

The teaser trailer, released in January, leaned heavily on setting up the story basics. The latest delivers on the action and visual effects fronts and then some, with Paul Rudd looking mighty badass as the titular incredible shrinking superhero as he encounters insects of an unusual size and takes on Corey Stoll‘s villainous Darren Cross when the latter suits up as Yellowjacket. We also get a sense of the on-screen relationship between Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and the stakes involved in their recruiting thief Scott Lang (Rudd) for their battle against Cross.

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Legendary Wants Joe Cornish To Direct King Kong Feature ‘Skull Island’
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Skull Island King Kong movie from Legendary

In a surprise announcement on Saturday in San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H, Legendary Pictures revealed their plans for a new King Kong film called Skull Island and showed the crowd a sneak peek video.

Now, Deadline reports that the studio has offered the directing job to Joe Cornish, who made his feature directorial debut with 2011’s well-received Attack the Block. No word yet on whether Cornish will accept the gig, which is said to be an origin story/prequel tale set on the behemoth ape’s island home, Skull Island. The filmmaker has reportedly been getting quite a bit of offers for big films, such as Universal’s Section Six, the James Bond-esque action-spy film written by Aaron Berg.

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Did Edgar Wright Leave ‘Ant-Man’ Because Of Product Placement?
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Edgar Wright

Ant-Man has been a hot topic on the site as of late. More so than Dr. Strange finding a director or even Marvel’s shortlist of possible actors to play the character. With so much negative press fueling the Ant-Man press machine, one would have hoped that settling on Peyton Reed as director with Adam McKay doing the rewrites would have cleared the air. But this latest update just adds more fuel to the fire.

One of the reasons why original director Edgar Wright left in the first place was because he did not like how Marvel’s in-house writers homogenized his script. After his departure, Marvel was left scrambling to find a replacement in hopes of meeting the scheduled start date. From there we all know the story. But according to a new rumor, product placement was another reason why Wright had an ugly divorce with the studio. Hit the jump for more.

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Peyton Reed Will Direct Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’, Adam McKay To Rewrite Script
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Marvel Studios has officially announced that Peyton Reed will replaced Edgar Wright as the director of their Phase Three kick-off superhero feature Ant-Man. Adam McKay, the director of the Anchorman movies and Step Brothers, is also coming aboard to rewrite the screenplay previously in the hands of Wright and Joe Cornish.

Reed’s past credits as a director include Bring It On, Down With Love, The Break-Up, and Yes Man. He’s accustomed to making entertaining comedies for major studios that are both visually and verbally inventive, so hopefully he will prove to be a worthy successor to the departing Wright. His hiring brings to an end a brief but exhaustive search for a viable replacement director that has sucked in and spit out names such as Ruben Fleischer, David Wain, Rawson Michael Thurber, Michael Dowse, and Nicholas Stoller. McKay himself was also mentioned as a possible pinch-hitter for Wright but bowed out close to signing a deal due to other directorial commitments.

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Edgar Wright Briefly Breaks His Silence On His Departure From ‘Ant-Man’
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Edgar Wright

Last Friday, Edgar Wright, the globally adored filmmaker behind the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, abruptly departed the production of Ant-Man, the movie intended to be the kick-off to Marvel Studios’ Phase Three slate. During the weekend that followed, details over Wright’s surprising surrender of his directing duties emerged that suggested Marvel had taken the script out of his and co-writer Joe Cornish‘s hands and reportedly assigned it to Eric Pearson, writer of the Marvel One-Shot short films.

Unable to make a film that would have satisfied both the desires of Marvel and Disney and his own creative instincts, Wright decided to take a hike from the project he had been attached to on-and-off for the better part of the past eight years. Marvel already has his replacement cuing up in the bullpen as I write this, or so they claim. Meanwhile, Wright’s filmmaking colleagues/Marvel employees Joss Whedon and James Gunn have both expressed their sympathy and solidarity with his plight, but the man himself has remained silent on the issue until recently.

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Edgar Wright Will No Longer Direct ‘Ant-Man’ For Marvel Studios
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Edgar Wright

This week started out pretty good for Marvel Studios with the extremely positive response received by the latest trailer for their big summer flick Guardians of the Galaxy that was released on Monday. Now that it’s Friday, we’re getting one of the worse pieces of Marvel-related news imaginable.

Action-comedy filmmaker extraordinaire Edgar Wright has departed Marvel’s upcoming Phase Three kick-off film Ant-Man as director. Wright has been attached to directing the film long before the studio became a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. But just as principal photography was gearing up to begin, the universally adored British director behind such classics as Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World decided to split with Marvel “due to differences in their vision of the film,” or so a joint statement issued by Wright and the studio claimed.

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