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Every Ant-Man Character Bill Murray Could Be Playing in Quantumania

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Every Ant-Man Character Bill Murray Could Be Playing in Quantumania

There are a number of possible characters Bill Murray could be playing in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and it’s worth exploring the best ones. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has the unique task of introducing a character who could easily become the most powerful villain in the next saga of the MCU, Kang the Conqueror. Considering Loki introduced He Who Remains as Kang’s benevolent counterpart and given that the multiverse is becoming more volatile with each MCU release, Quantumania will likely devote a lot of screen time to Kang. However, Bill Murray is rumored to play another villain in the Ant-Man sequel.

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The various Ant-Men and Wasps in Marvel Comics are key members of the Avengers. For instance, Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne, the original Ant-Man and Wasp, were founding members of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Yet there are very few villains who can be linked exclusively to the size-shifting Avengers. Ultron, Jocasta, A.I.M., Taskmaster, and Radioactive Man, for example, are all villains who constantly cross paths with different heroes besides Scott Lang and company. This leaves Ant-Man and Wasp without well-defined archnemeses, but it also gives their MCU movies more freedom to play around with new iterations of classic — or obscure — antagonists.


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Just like the first Ant-Man movie turned Hank Pym’s evil alter-ego “Yellowjacket” into a new character and how Ant-Man and the Wasp borrowed Ghost from Iron Man’s rogue gallery, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania could take some creative liberties with whoever Bill Murray is playing. There are countless characters the Ant-Man sequel could turn into new antagonists. However, it’s possible that the Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day star has been cast as one of the following characters.

Old Scott Lang

To say that Avengers: Endgame had many plot points to juggle would be an understatement. It introduced time travel, alternate timelines, and the first appearance of multiversal variants in the MCU. Among everything the Avengers had to do in order to undo Thanos’ Infinity War snap, it’s easy to overlook that they casually found the cure for aging. When Smart Hulk uses the Quantum Realm to test time travel, he ends up “pushing time through Lang” instead of “pushing Lang through time.” As a result, Scott is turned into a young boy, a baby, and an old man. While Kang’s plans in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania are still a mystery, using the Quantum Realm to tamper with age is a weapon that could come in handy. Kang could use his mastery over time travel to bring forth a villainous version of an older Scott Lang played by Bill Murray. Watching Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang interact with his older self would definitely make for hilarious moments, as it would put the comedic chops of both actors to good use.


M.O.D.O.K.

MODOK is one of the most famous Marvel villains who haven’t been adapted in a live-action movie so far. George Tarleton, who became the Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing, a.k.a. MODOK, after a shady experiment, is an extremely intelligent villain with only his ambition to match his oversized head. His volatile personality often leads him to battle a varied assortment of Marvel heroes, but it also leads him to craft short-sighted plans that often result in utter defeat. Although Hulu’s animated MODOK show proved that the villain works well in that format, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania could at least attempt to translate MODOK to live-action.


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Loki briefly showed Yellowjacket’s giant helmet stranded in the Void, which could set up Corey Stoll’s Darren Cross as a new version of MODOK. However, Bill Murray’s comedic talents make him a no-brainer for this iconic bad guy. Murray can capture the sarcastic personality of a jaded villain who just wants to defeat the heroes to prove his worth. The MCU timeline makes it easier for this story to work, as George Tarleton could have been a low-level S.H.I.E.L.D. employee who was mutated while working on the Tesseract and is waiting for the right time to appear.

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Elias Weems

Bill Murray is reportedly not looking to sign a multi-movie deal with Marvel Studios. In that case, he would seem like a fitting casting for a minor villain like Elias Weems. In his brief appearance in Marvel Comics, Elias Weems is an older scientist who weaponizes an aging ray after being forced to retire. Given that the concept of time has become increasingly important for Ant-Man in the MCU, having Weems as a secondary antagonist would help Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania double down on the dangers of tinkering with it. As previously mentioned, the technology Elias Weems uses as a weapon already exists in the MCU, so bringing it back would tie loose ends. Besides, Elias Weems is the kind of funny, grumpy, one-off villain a big-name actor like Bill Murray would like to have fun with.

Growing Man

Of course, the Ant-Man franchise can’t completely abandon Ant-Man’s main superpower in favor of time travel. Ant-Man seemed to have mastered his Giant-Man form in Avengers: Endgame, but a villain like Growing Man could provide him with new challenges. Growing Man is a Vision-like android who grows larger the more energy he absorbs, and his weakness comes from the same source as his power, as he reaches a point where he can’t support his own weight. The MCU hasn’t given viewers a giant vs. giant fight yet, despite Bill Foster’s Goliath form being teased in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Growing Man is another good fit for Murray as a blank slate he can imbue with personality, and it doesn’t hurt that the android is originally a weapon designed by Kang the Conqueror. Alternatively, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania could cast Bill Murray as other size-shifting villains such as Erik Josten, who’s associated with the antiheroes of the Thunderbolts team under the name of “Atlas” and could be adapted in the MCU as a former colleague of Hank Pym and Bill Foster.

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Jack of Hearts

A minor Marvel character with a complex history, Jonathan Hart, a.k.a. Jack of Hearts, is usually the catalyst in other famous heroes’ stories. Jack of Hearts receives explosive powers from a substance created by his late father, but even though his origin story sets him up as a hero like Spider-Man or Daredevil, his most notable achievements are his accidental murder of Scott Lang and his transformation into a zombie. In the comics, Jack of Hearts’ accidental explosion that kills Scott Lang is the first sign that Scarlet Witch is altering the fabric of reality, and it leads Cassie Lang and the Young Avengers to use time travel to undo the tragedy. In Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Cassie Lang’s attempt to save her father through time travel could link her to Kang the Conqueror and his Young Avengers counterpart, Iron Lad. Bill Murray could nail the tragicomedy of Jack of Hearts’ unfortunate contributions perfectly in the movie.

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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
  • The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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