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Ant-Man and The Wasp Movie Night
First things first, you need to get the movie. Ant-Man and The Wasp is available wherever movies are sold (starting October 16th) and through the Movies Anywhere App right now!
Back In The Ant Suit: Scott Lang – Hero and all-star dad Scott Lang brings the laughs both in the film and on set.
A Suit Of Her Own: The Wasp– Check out how some of the Wasp’s craziest stunts and action-packed scenes were brought to life.
Subatomic Super Heroes: Hank & Janet– Witness the legacy of these characters and the iconic actors who portray them in the film.
Quantum Perspective– Explore the movie’s VFX and production design
Audio Commentary By Director Peyton Reed
Then stock up on all the mini candy an Ant-sized hero could ask for! Bonus points if you also pick up these pretty sweet Ant-Man and Wasp figurines available at ShopDisney.
Any movie night, needs a themed dessert. At least, that’s my opinion. So what would an Ant-sized hero enjoy? Mini dirt pudding cups!
Ant-Man and The Wasp Dessert Cups
- Chocolate Pudding (make your own or buy pre-made, no judgement here!)
- Crushed Oreos
- Red, Yellow, and Black Sprinkles
- Whipped Cream
- Mini Cups/Bowls from the Party Store
- Crush oreos and place a layer in the mini cup.
- Top the oreos with some of the chocolate pudding.
- Add another layer of crushed oreos
- Top with whipped cream and sprinkles
Did you know they don’t make gummy ants? Or at least none that I could find. Sure I found chocolate covered REAL ants but I don’t think Scott would appreciate us eating ANT-thony’s cousins. Also I’m not eating real ants. Gross. I settled for sprinkles representing the two heroes and their tiny friends.
I think they turned out pretty ANT-tastic. See what I did there?
Okay you got your movie, candy, and a tasty treat. I think you are ready for an ultimate mini movie night in with your favorite heroes!
Get Ant-Man and The Wasp today on Digital HD and 4K Ultra HD and on Blu-ray and 4k Ultra HD on October 16th!
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5 Reasons to Watch Marvel Rising Secret Warriors
This next generation team of Marvel heroes is predominately female. The HERoes come from all different backgrounds and bring with them kick butt abilities. You know we love our Marvel supers, Team Cap all the way, but it’s been a boys’ game for awhile now. All that has been changing, from Okoye and Shuri to Wasp and Captain Marvel, the ladies are taking centerstage.
Marvel Rising’s leads are showing girls everywhere that we too can run things and save the day with or without the boys.
Confession: I completely gushed when I realized just how inclusive this show was going to be. It is important for children to see someone who looks like them on the screen. This show is going to be universal, I think everyone can find someone to relate to in Marvel Rising.
Squirrel Girl and America Chavez are drawn curvier than your typical female cartoon characters. Thank you Marvel! Ms. Marvel is a Pakistani American, Patriot is African American, Inferno is Hispanic, and Quake is Asian American.
America Chavez is from a family with 2 Moms. I’m all for seeing this kind of representation on the screen. Families don’t have to look the same. Love is love.
One of the main themes in the Secret Warriors premiere is accepting others despite their differences. I’m not talking gender or racial differences but rather how they came about their powers. The Inhumans are seen as something to be feared, less than human, and not even on par with other heroes.
In the end, our main characters learn that it doesn’t matter where they came from, or what their powers are, that everyone deserves the same chances and to feel cared for and loved.
Alongside accepting others, is accepting yourself. A lot of characters have doubts about themselves. It’s always nice to have friends who, no matter what, help to lift you up when you are feeling down. Daisy was concerned with Rayshaun knowing her secret, that she is an Inhuman. But when he finds out instead of freaking out he accepts her, right on the spot.
“Don’t be ashamed of who you are.”- Patriot to Quake
Ms. Marvel wants to be Captain Marvel, she looks up to her, idolizes her. She is pretty amazing but as she tells Kamala, she is amazing too. We need to stop wanting to be other people and walking in who we are. We are awesome, all of us, in our own unique way.
“Nobody needs to be anybody else, can’t be done. You just gotta be you.”- Captain Marvel to Ms. Marvel
Age Doesn’t Matter
It doesn’t matter how young you are you can make a difference. My kids watched this show and when they finished they were ready to take on any bad guy they could find. We even talked about what they could do to help right here in our community- volunteering, food drives, and more.
Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors Trailer
Dove Cameron “Born Ready”
This is going to get stuck in your head. You’re welcome.
Watch Marvel Rising: Initiation, play games, and more on Marvel HQ and catch the show on Disney XD and Ondemand.
Captain Marvel Trailer Breakdown
Captain Marvel Falls From Space
Is she escaping the Kree or was she sent here on purpose? We don’t know for certain but we do know that she is confused by what she sees on Earth.
Blockbuster Sets The Year
Marvel announced that Captain Marvel would take place in the 1990s. The opening shot with Blockbuster sets the year for the film, I’m guessing early 90s, maybe 1993, only because Blockbuster eventually rebranded in the 90s to Blockbuster Entertainment and this clearly says Blockbuster Video.
Carol Danvers in S.H.I.E.L.D.
Carol is sporting a S.H.I.E.L.D. hat. Side note: I want one.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Experiments on a Skrull
Look closely at the hospital looking scene and you can see that S.H.I.E.L.D. is experimenting, dissecting a Skrull.
The Bus from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
For fans of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. like me, Coulson and his crew get around in style in a ship called The Bus. The aircraft in this shot of the trailer looks like a version of The Bus. Maybe this is what it looked like before Phil pulled it out of storage and dusted off the mothballs.
Fury wants to quit S.H.I.E.L.D.
It seems that Fury, a junior level agent at S.H.I.E.L.D., is ready to quit his job. But then something interesting happens that draws him in, his encounter with Carol Danvers. It will be interesting to see if Captain Marvel also proves to be an origin story for Fury as well.
Carol Danvers Amnesia
Captain Marvel is drawing heavily from Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel run. DeConnick wrote that Carol’s power came from exposure to Kree energy creating a third lobe in her brain. Excessive use of her powers led to Carol developing lesions on her brain. We end up discovering that the lesions were caused by an old enemy, Yon-Rogg the Kree Commander.
The Kree also replace Carol’s memories with fake ones, which explains why she thinks she might be from Earth but really has no clue.
Kree Homeworld of Hala
First mentioned in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, Captain Marvel actually gives us a glimpse at Hala. Whether this is in a flashback or just one of her fake memories courtesy of the Kree, we don’t know yet.
Carol Danvers Training
The military training scenes parallel those of Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger. Since he is my all time favorite, I love catching homages paid to him in other films. With Captain America, as we know him, done after Avengers 4, Captain Marvel is the perfect person to step into Cap’s shoes and lead the Avengers going forward.
We see Carol leading a group of fighters known as the Starforce. These are traditional enemies of hers and it will be interesting to see what happens between them once she realizes who they are. Starforce includes Korath the Pursuer, Att-Lass, Bron Char, and Minn-Erva.
I questioned how they would work in Carol Danvers’ origin story in this film. She is not the original Captain Marvel, but the one who took the mantle from Captain Mar-Vell, a Kree superhero. Could Jude Law be the answer? When he was originally cast, rumors were Jude Law would be playing Mar-Vell, but we have not been given a definite yes or no to that.
On the flip side of the coin, he could easily be Yon-Rogg, the Kree commander and warlord who conspired with Ronan the Accuser (also in this film) in an attempt to overthrow the Supreme Intelligence and lead the Kree back to their militaristic roots.
Myself and a lot of other Marvel fans believe Marvel Studios is setting up a Secret Invasion for Phase 4. In this 2008 comic book event, the Skrulls successfully infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers, and almost succeeded in conquering the planet.
We got our first look at these gruesome baddies. They are an alien race of shapeshifters who are not here to make friends with us humans.
The old lady she punches on the metro is in fact a shapeshifting Skrull.
Ronan the Accuser
Ronan the Accuser was the villain of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 but he is a little more complicated than that in the comics. Like Fury and Danvers, Captain Marvel might also act as an origin for Ronan, and honestly I hope it does him more justice than GoTGVol1 did.
The son of Coul is back and sporting some fresh 90s style hair. Like Nick Fury, Hank Pym, and Bill Foster, Phil is also remarkably younger. Gotta love those special effects. Whatever Marvel is using it is spot-on.
Nick Fury’s Pager
Ah the pager. Almost everyone had one in the 90s, even high tech Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We know Nick uses the same pager in Infinity War to page Captain Marvel as he disappears. This appears to be the same pager, prior to some sweet upgrades.
Captain Marvel should answer the question we all have, Where was Captain Marvel? She could’ve been useful in the attack on New York, Sokovia, Ragnarok, etc.
Captain Marvel’s Mohawk and Helmet
I’ll admit I squealed a bit when I saw Captain Marvel’s Mohawk. If you see any drawings of her or watch the Avengers cartoons you instantly recognize it and her iconic helmet.
Captain Marvel’s Origin
In the comics, Carol Danvers gained her powers after she was exposed to alien radiation when a Kree device known as a Psyche-Magnetron exploded. In this split second, it looks as if she is standing next to something that is blown apart.
These effects look similar to what we saw in Ant-Man and The Wasp, suggesting that Captain Marvel may have been exposed to energy from the Quantum Realm. I would love to see her team up with Ghost, The Wasp, and of course Ant-Man in Ant-Man 3.
This trailer shows us Carol has been fighting back her whole life. Showing her standing again and again as a young child, a tween/teen, and as an adult. This message also pays homage to Steve Rogers- I can do this all day.
The Real Villain?
The final fist clench comes with her facing a blurred out villain. Could this be Jude Law revealed as Yon-Rogg?
Captain Marvel’s Powers
In the comics, Captain Marvel has the power to transform into a Binary form. In this form, she can tap into the power of a white hole and manipulate stellar energies. The end of the trailer looks like powers on a cosmic scale are happening and I’m here for it.
Captain Marvel Poster Easter Egg
Look closely and a furry little shadow is off in the left-hand corner. In the comics, Carol has a cat named Chewie. Rumor has it that her cat in this film will be renamed Goose. Which makes sense as she would have also grown up with Top Gun and would have loved Goose. Either way, I’m ready to see him on the screen.
Thanks Carol from LifeSheHas for making this!
Also fun to note, in the comic books, Rocket Raccoon almost kills Captain Marvel’s cat because he believes he is a Flerken. Flerkens are alien creatures that resemble cats.
CAPTAIN MARVEL TRAILER
Captain Marvel Trailer Reaction
CAPTAIN MARVEL IS IN THEATERS MARCH 8TH 2019!
Captain Marvel Trailer
Captain Marvel follows the story of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of this maelstrom. Yes Comic Book fans, that means we will get to see the ancient Kree-Skrull War come to Earth!
We also got a glimpse of a pre-eyepatch Nick Fury, looking young thanks to the same special effects that Marvel used on Michael Douglas and Laurence Fishburne in Ant-Man and The Wasp. And even Coulson showed up for a split second! Son of Coul!
My favorite part was seeing her powers on display including her helmet that is straight out of the comics! LOVE it!! Oh, and when she punched that Skrull in the face! Slay all day Carol!
Captain Marvel Trailer Reaction
Captain Marvel is in theaters March 8th 2019!
Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t seen Ant-Man and The Wasp.
I was invited by Disney and Marvel to attend the Ant-Man and The Wasp press trip. All opinions are my own.
Cover Bands to the Quantum Realm: Ant-Man and The Wasp Director Peyton Reed Interview
After seeing the film and starting to feel like I could heal after what happened in Infinity War, we get to the cut-scenes and dang. What the hell Peyton? I thought we were having a moment.
What the hell? (Laughs) Separate them in your mind.
It was not completely planned in the beginning. We knew we were gonna have to deal with that thing (Thanos Snap) at some point in some way. Actually, we weren’t sure at the beginning. We knew that our movie was gonna take place not only as a sequel to Ant-Man but also to Civil War because we couldn’t ignore what Scott did in that movie. But we weren’t always sure how we were gonna fit into the larger timeline with regards to Infinity War. Somewhere during the process, this idea occurred to us-well we could do something like that.
It seemed to work for us tonally and allowed us to do our very standalone movie but then have it fit into the larger Marvel happenings.
Doctor Strange and Ant-Man took the visuals of the MCU to a whole new realm, the Quantum Realm. The imagery feels different and yet familiar to us as we traverse through them in the films. In Ant-Man and The Wasp, we get a more detailed look inside the Quantum Realm and it is beautiful.
There was a concerted effort in the first Ant-Man and in Doctor Strange to start embracing that psychedelic aspect of the Marvel Comics, which was always part of the Marvel Comics since the ’60s, but had not really been explored in the MCU. There are different dimensions and hopefully, they’re all gonna serve different purposes in the future. With regards to our movie, it was something we were trying to figure out- what we were gonna show and how we were gonna deal with the plots around it. We had to key off what we saw in the first movie, but we wanted to show the audience a little more.
It was really fun to design what that could look like. But it also had to fit into the rest of our movie which is, compared to some of the other Marvel movies, a little more grounded. It takes place in our world not in outer space or Asgard. So it had to have a reality to it too.
Music typically plays important roles in movies and when you hear a particular song, you know there has to be a reason behind it. There is a lot of Morrissey in Ant-Man and The Wasp and the reason behind that might surprise you.
Okay, so how that came about was, for a very brief time, years ago, I played drums in a Morrissey/Smiths cover band called “Louder Than Bombs.” We played a few shows around Los Angeles, just for fun and then quickly learned from people seeing the show “Wow, you guys, you’re kind of like the other Smiths cover band.” I was like wait another cover band? And we went and saw that cover band who were way better than our cover band. (Laughs) They were all Latino kids and I learned that Morrissey had a huge following in Los Angeles.
It was because of his particular singing style but also now, he has started to write and embrace LA culture. It occurred to us that Luis would know about and be into it. Particularly the idea that his Grandma has a karaoke machine that only plays Morrissey. It seemed like one of the crazy things that Luis would mention in the course of his conversation.
We were talking about how are we gonna do a version of what we did with Luis in the first movie that doesn’t repeat it. And so when the writers came up with the idea of the truth serum thing? Yeah, that was really fun.
Scott and Cassie have a discussion about her wanting to be his partner. I sucked in my breath in excitement, is this a nod to her eventual role as a Young Avenger? Fingers crossed.
I think that everybody is aware who Cassie Lang is in the comics and that she does become a hero. We wanted to definitely start laying some groundwork for that possibility.
She’s got that side of Scott, a little mischievous and everything, but she’s a tough kid. I really loved the idea of doing that intimate scene where she’s talking about maybe you need a partner and in her mind, it’s her. I think that’s one of the things that I liked the most in the movie is that evolution of the Scott/Cassie relationship.
It helps that Abby is so good. They (Paul and Abby) have a really nice chemistry together. Fathers and daughters is a real theme, it certainly was in the first one, and we wanted to progress that in this movie. Whether it’s literal fathers and daughters, like Hank and Hope, and Scott and Cassie, or are more figurative like Bill Foster and Ava.
After an action-packed movie and that end-credit scene, we need more. The fans want more, c’mon Peyton, we know you know something! A little Tom Holland slip won’t hurt anyone right? *Insert sweetest smile here*
I have to be so careful. Wasp is gonna shoot me in the neck (Laughs) But to me, the whole idea of spoilers thing is Tom Holland’s job. (Laughs) There are certain things that you want to keep secret and there’s an exhilaration as an audience to experience something. It’s so rare now to see a movie that you know nothing about. It’s kind of a lost art.
But even as a kid, like I had a love/hate relationship (with spoilers). When “The Empire Strikes Back” came out, the novelization came out two weeks before the movie opened and I couldn’t wait. I read the novelization and I learned the revelation about Darth Vader. But it didn’t really spoil my enjoyment of actually two weeks later seeing the movie. There are certain things I think that are predetermined that we’ve all talked about, and then there are things that we’ve talked about, that could possibly happen or wouldn’t it be cool if?
I think one of the fun things about the Marvel Universe is, Kevin has a larger plan but that plan is extremely fluid. People always ask “what did you have to do in this movie to pay off the other thing?” His general philosophy, at least with the Ant-Man movies, has been make them as stand alone as possible. Anything you guys decide to do, whoever the Directors are in the next movie, they’re gonna have to deal with the ramifications. But there’s a fluidity and I think it’s the idea of whatever makes for the best character arcs and the most interesting and maybe surprising thing, wins.
I know things that I want to do with those characters and stories that I want to tell. Obviously, in this movie, it excited me putting Wasp at center stage and really telling that story. This whole movie is really does she need him as a partner? Are they gonna be able to work as a partnership? I feel like this movie really answers that question. What’s next? The possibilities are really endless. Just as an audience member, I want to see what happens to them next.
I guess we will have to wait for Avengers 4 and hopefully Ant-Man 3 to find out. All I know is Ghost and Bill need to help Scott and the remaining Avengers take down Thanos!
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