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While multitudes of moviegoers will flock to theaters this weekend in order to take in Marvel Studios’ latest release, as best as I can tell, only those attending a showing at Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX will get the full “Ant-Man” experience.
Alamo is more than a movie theater; it’s a full-fledged restaurant, where patrons eat and drink while enjoying a night at the movies. For “Ant-Man,” Alamo has replaced its usual menus with special theme-sized copies, complete with a magnifying glass.
One of showbiz’s greatest and oddest current traditions is that whenever Paul Rudd appears on a Conan O’Brien-hosted talk show — dating back to the “Late Night” days on NBC — when throwing to a clip of whatever movie he’s ostensibly there to promote, he actually plays a scene (the same scene, every time) from 1988’s “Mac and Me,” an otherwise forgotten “E.T.” ripoff that featured heavy McDonald’s product placement.
But surely that streak would have to end with Rudd promoting “Ant-Man,” a big-budget superhero film that’s part of Disney’s massive Marvel Studios franchise, on last night’s “Conan,” right? Well, yes. And no. As seen in the clip, Rudd was able to keep tradition alive while also (kind of) giving “Ant-Man” its proper exposure.
Sure, these days, Marvel has the Midas touch when it comes to making movies, but it was a long road to get to this point. Now, thanks to the handy infographic below, released by shirts.com, we can relive every stage of Marvel’s movie history, from the days when they signed bad Hollywood deals that resulted in terrible big screen adaptations (I’m looking at you, “Howard the Duck”), to the current Marvel Studios era which has pleased longtime fans while creating millions of new ones.
From 1990’s “Captain America” featuring fake ears on the main hero’s mask, to 1994’s “Fantastic Four” which never even scored a release (though it can be easily found via bootlegs), to box office titans like “The Avengers” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” breaking records left and right, Marvel started from the absolute bottom (I’m looking at you again, “Howard the Duck”) and grew to epic proportions. So take a look, revel in the glory that is Marvel and connect the dots of every critical misstep and genius movie making decision they’ve made along the way.
A Stan Lee cameo has become a secondary source of intrigue in Marvel Comics-based films — when will he show up, what will he be doing and how will fit in with everything else going on? He’s able to dwell in the worlds of the in-house Marvel Studios movies, Sony’s Spider-Man films and 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four and X-Men franchises. There have even been fan theories about how he can show up in so many different places.
The UK-based MorphCostumes, who offer a wide variety of skintight superhero bodysuits, have put together an infographic documenting Stan Lee’s cameos in Marvel films, dating back to 1989’s made-for-TV “The Trial of Incredible Hulk” and finishing with “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” released this past May. This follows an earlier infographic from MorphCostumes, looking at the “Murderers of Marvel.”
Donuts are always great — whether they’re giant-sized or “Ant-Man”-sized. And while getting ahold of the former isn’t that big of a feat, there isn’t exactly a huge market for the miniature. However, worry not because Fandango.com has you covered.
In a very fun little write-up, the website gave readers instructions on how to make “super tiny Ant-Man donuts.”
“Even in tiny form, you can’t squash a love of donuts,” the article explains with a delightful tongue-in-cheek tone. “Now through the use of Pym Particles (or cereal) you can make your own miniature version of the glazed and sprinkled sweets. Tiny for your fingers but big on cuteness, these mini donuts are made to look just like their larger counterparts.”
Check out the site for instructions on how to make those tiny tasty treats and check out “Ant-Man” when it arrives in theaters July 17.
The Force is strong with watchmakers MB&F, who have designed an elaborately crafted music box in the shape of a TIE fighter that plays the theme songs from “Star Wars,” “Mission Impossible” and “James Bond” on its right speaker and “The Godfather,” “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” and “The Persuaders” on its left.
According to Gizmodo, MB&F’s latest project will hit the market with only 99 handcrafted pieces, each of which carry a hefty price tag of $18,400+. The music box, called MusicMachine 3, features two speakers, both of which have over-sized rollers dotted with over 1,400 tiny pins placed by hand into an equal number of small drill holes. Of the 99 pieces available, 33 pieces will have a white finish; 33 pieces will have a black finish; and 33 pieces will have a chrome finish.
Hit the jump to check out a video of the MusicMachine 3 in action, as well as a few more photos.
Advertising creative director by day, illustrator by night, Scott Park has taken it upon himself to celebrate the women of science fiction and fantasy with a poster (via io9) that features no less than 63 famous female characters from across the board, including “Agent Carter’s” Peggy Carter, “Mad Max: Fury Road’s” Furiosa, Star Trek’s Uhura and more.
The poster bears the tag “Vol. 2,” as it is the second installment in a series he calls “Hall of Heroes.” The original one, as well as this new one, are both available on his Society6 store. Both feature a character key at the bottom, which runs through where each character originated.
Check out the poster under the cut below!
Proving once again that we live in a fascinating world full of nearly infinite possibilities, here is a photograph of Michael Douglas, the Oscar-winning star of the 1987 classic “Wall Street,” fist-bumping Marvel superhero Ant-Man inside the New York Stock Exchange building earlier today.
Of course, it was promotion for Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” opening this Friday, with Douglas ringing the NYSE Closing Bell. In the film, Michael Douglas plays long-running Marvel character Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man of comic book lore. Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang, Marvel Comics’ subsequent Ant-Man — though unfortunately, it likely wasn’t Rudd inside the costume at the NYSE; perhaps the one thing that could make that photo even more improbable. Fingers crossed that in 2016, we’ll get Doctor Strange high-fiving Tilda Swinton inside the United Nations Headquarters.
Marvel’s First Family is headed to Denny’s for, yes, the “Slamtastic 4.” Seriously, what else could it be called?
The home of the Grand Slam Slugger, the Grand Slamwich and Moons Over My Hammy has partnered with 20th Century Fox to promote the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot with not only new dishes inspired by the film, but also a sweepstakes.
As fun as it is to watch 8-Bit Cinema’s reimagining of Captain America: The Winter Soldier as a classic side-scrolling action game, it’s probably for the best that it’s not really. Because, seriously, if there were an actual old-school adventure-spy game like this, in which you could play as Captain America, Black Widow, Nick Fury or the Falcon, we’d never get anything else done.
Hydra knows I fed enough quarters into Elevator Action when I was a kid …
A fully functional “Tron: Legacy” light cycle has sold for $77,000 to an undisclosed buyer on RM Sotheby‘s website. Though a posting on the light cycle has circulated the internet since March, it officially went up for auction on May 2.
With a “96 volt, direct-drive electric motor with lithium batteries and a computer-controlled throttle, rebound and compression damping with spring-preload front suspension and rigid rear suspension, and front and rear hydraulic brakes,” the light cycle is “a fully functioning motorcycle that can be ridden, as it is powered by a direct-drive electric motor that has lithium batteries, which is mated to a computer-controlled digital electronic transmission. This custom ‘Tron’ tribute boasts a very low seat height of 28.5 inches, making it easy to ride even at low speeds.”
Just when you thought the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens couldn’t get any better, someone comes along and recreates it as a 16-bit retro video game.
Watch the new version below, followed by the original (because, really, who can get tired of that?), then go dust off your old Super Nintendo.
There’s been a lot of Avengers: Age of Ultron promotional material, but there may not be anything quite as distinctive and as capable of holding large amounts of beverages as this Australian souvenir cup, shared by on Instagram by Tim Dillon, Marvel Studios’ executive director of marketing.
Shaped like the iconic Avengers “A,” it’s perfect for grabbing with two hands as you excitedly slurp down Coke Zero while Earth’s Mightiest Heroes attempt to fend off Ultron’s minions.
If you had dreams of being a superhero, you better aim to be bitten by a radioactive spider, exposed to gamma radiation or recruited by a secret government program, because there’s no way you can afford to become Iron Man.
A new video from Super Comic Fun Time uses some pretty solid real-world prices, ranging from Bill Gates’ house to Japan’s K computer to the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, to arrive at a price for living like Tony Stark — clothes, Stark Tower, multiple Iron Man suits, the works.
The new trailer for director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot featured humor, Doom, the Baxter Building and Marvel’s First Family using its powers, but it suffered from a serious lack of H.E.R.B.I.E. However, that regrettable oversight has been remedied in this fan-produced parody, which pairs the soundtrack from the trailer with footage from the Fantastic Four’s assorted (and also mostly regrettable) animated series.
Clearly, the absence of both a robot sidekick and scenes of The Thing kicking sand at a foe indicate Fox has no idea what it’s doing with the property.