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COMIC REEL: McKay, Rudd Earn “Ant-Man” Screenplay Credit; James Gunn Performs The Baby Groot Dance

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COMIC REEL: McKay, Rudd Earn “Ant-Man” Screenplay Credit; James Gunn Performs The Baby Groot Dance

ANT-MAN

America’s first ever unofficial “Ant-Man” week continues with the reveal of both a new poster and the first teaser trailer. The footage premiered during last night’s “Agent Carter” block and gave fans their first look at Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly in action.

Just hours ahead of the teaser premiere, Entertainment Weekly unveiled their “Ant-Man” cover featuring Paul Rudd rocking his new super suit.

Collider noticed that the official screenplay credits for “Ant-Man” have gone to Adam McKay and Rudd, which indicates that the film has undergone a significant change from the previous draft written by former “Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. Wright and Cornish still have a “story by” credit, but McKay and Ant-Man himself have the “screenplay by” credit.

USA Today learned a bit more about Hank Pym’s role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.

“Hank Pym invented the Ant-Man technology, went on many adventures and is now much older and trying to recruit a new person,” said Feige. “It’s the first film we’ve made in which the story is about a torch being passed, essentially.”

Opens July 17

AGENT CARTER

Following last night’s two-hour “Agent Carter” premiere event, ABC aired a promo for next week’s “Time and Tide” episode. While they don’t get any lines or hero shots in the promo, you can clearly see Dum Dum Dugan (Neal McDonough) and possibly the rest of the Howling Commandos providing Agent Carter with some backup. Tara Butters hinted at the Commandos involvement in a new interview with Yahoo, saying that everyone hoping for more Commando action will be “very happy.”

Just prior to last night’s premiere, a new “Agent Carter” poster was revealed via the official Captain America Twitter page.

Airs Tuesdays on ABC

ARROW

In a showrunner-on-showrunner interview over at the Hollywood Reporter, “Arrow” EP Marc Guggenheim revealed his thoughts on having Batman on his CW series to the “Agent Carter” team of Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters.

“At the end of the day it’d be so awesome to have Batman on the show,” said Guggenheim. “That’d be really cool. I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon, but you never know… one day. One thing we’re always saying…we never expected to have had the Huntress (Jessica De Gouw), Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) or Deadshot (Michael Rowe); we ended up with a lot more DC Comics characters becoming part of the show than we had ever planned. It wasn’t initially part of the pitch or the conception of the show. Now here we are in our third season and we’ve Flash (Grant Gustin) and the Suicide Squad and we’re going to have Katana and we have Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), and it seems like you could field an entire show off the characters that we have introduced on Arrow. That’s so beyond anything we expected. That’s a long-winded way of saying I’ve learned not to expect anything or make any predictions because the reality has far exceeded any of our initial predictions or initial conceptions.”

Returns January 21 on the CW

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Hawkeye actor Jeremy Renner revealed via his WhoSay page that he has picked up his bow and arrow once again — except he didn’t say why. Renner wrote, “Tues morn. I find myself in costume again. I just can’t tell you why. And it still fits!”


“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is scheduled for reshoots soon, so it’s possible that Hawkeye’s return happened for that reason. There’s also speculation that Renner could have just shot an appearance on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” following his earlier admission that he’d be up for a guest role on the ABC drama and a cryptic hint from Clark Gregg.

IGN has a rundown on the new “Ultron” footage screened yesterday at Samsung’s ‘Night With Marvel’ event. According to IGN, the footage centered around Ultron and repurposed footage from the previous trailers interspersed with actor interviews discussing the titular villain. A few new scenes did appear, though.

The footage did contain a couple of new scenes, including a shot of what appears to be Ultron bots bursting through the walls of the train in the slow-mo Quicksilver sequence. In another new shot during the villa sequence, Iron Man flies at the camera, leaving tumbling Ultron bots in his wake. A third sequence showed the destruction of a Samsung-owned building.

Opens May 1

DAREDEVIL

USA Today revealed another still from “Daredevil” in an article focusing on Netflix’s 2015 slate of original programming. The image is similar to ones we’ve seen before, wherein a masked Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) roughs up a criminal (Piotr played by Paul Mann).

Premieres on Netflix in 2015

DEADPOOL

The Wrap has heard from multiple unnamed sources familiar with the upcoming anti-hero film that T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) and Ed Skrein (“The Transporter Legacy”) are in early talks to chow down on chimichangas with the popular sword-swinging super-mercenary. It’s assumed that Miller is being added to the film in a possibly less intense — and more humorous — role than Skrein, who The Wrap suspects could play the film’s antagonist.

Opens February 12, 2016

FANTASTIC FOUR

Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot has found itself a composer. Film Music Reporter has learned that Marco Beltrami will compose music for the Josh Trank film. Beltrami’s previous credits include “Snowpiercer,” “The Wolverine” and “World War Z.”

Beltrami could have a steady gig on his hands if all goes according to Fox’s plans; the movie studio already has a sequel lined up and, according to The Wrap, it’s had its date bumped up. The next installment in the new “Fantastic Four” franchise is now slated for June 2, 2017.

Opens August 7

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

During a taping of Doug Benson’s Doug Loves Movies podcast at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn treated the audience to a live performance of his Groot moves to the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” The dance, which also saw “Guardians” stars Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn join in, was captured and uploaded to Instagram. Keep in mind while watching this that James Gunn provided the motion capture for the dancing Groot scene, so this is the real deal.

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