Ant-Man 3 has found a writer.
Jeff Loveness, who currently serves as a writer and co-producer on Adult Swim’s sci-fi comedy series Rick and Morty, has been hired to write the continuing adventures of Ant-Man and the Wasp for Marvel Studios. Get more details below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, Marvel hired Loveness “in the early days of Hollywood’s shutdown,” so writing has already begun on the sequel, which will presumably reunite Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne/The Wasp, Michael Douglas as science whiz Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, and Michael Peña as the fast-talking Luis. I say “presumably” because even though Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed has been brought back on to direct this third movie in the franchise, the studio has yet to officially acknowledge that it’s happening. But Marvel has proven time and again that they’re interested in trilogies as starting points, having used that formula for characters like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor so far with at least one more Thor movie on the way.
Loveness has experience with a different branch of Marvel; THR says he’s written comics centering such characters as Spider-Man, Groot, and Nova, among others. He’s also written jokes for the Emmys and the Oscars broadcasts, was a writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! for several years, and in addition to his Rick and Morty credits, he wrote an episode of the TBS comedy series Miracle Workers, which stars Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi.
Since Marvel has not officially announced Ant-Man 3 yet, it’s tough to tell exactly what the timeline is for it getting underway. And obviously, the coronavirus pandemic will have long-lasting effects on the entire movie industry, not just the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney and Marvel shifted almost all of the upcoming MCU release dates earlier today, and it’ll be very interesting to see if they end up delaying any of the Disney+ shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, etc. because of the way those shows are supposed to tie into the larger story they’re trying to tell now across multiple platforms.
It looks like the main villain in Marvel's Eternals may have been revealed. A list of upcoming Funk Pop! figures has listed the new group of superheroes along with a pretty familiar name for comic book fans. Marvel Studios and Disney just announced a huge shift of all of their Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 movies, which includes Eternals. Instead of hitting theaters in November, the highly anticipated movie will now open in February 2021. Black Widow has moved in on the November spot because of the world's current state of affairs.
list of new pops on the way ???? pic.twitter.com/wdl5bN9B1M— POP O'CLOCK - FUNKO POP NEWS @pop_o_cIock April 2, 2020
Toy lines are often responsible for reliable leaks, especially when it comes to the MCU. Listed for the Eternals Funko Pop! figures are Ikaris, Sersi, Thena, Kingo, Sprite, Druig, Makkare, Ajak, Phastos, and Arishem. However, there is another name that sticks out. Kro is also listed in the group, who comic book fans should know right away. The character is a Deviant and the main villain in a lot of the comic book stories.
However, does this mean that he will be in the Eternals movie? While the list of upcoming Funko Pop! figures seems legit, it could also be a fake. 'Dan Whitman' is another name that shows up on list, which is a misspelling of Dane Whitman, who is the Black Knight. This could be evidence of a fake list of Funk Pop! figures, or it could just be a common spelling error. For now, we'll have to wait and see, which will unfortunately take a little bit longer than originally anticipated. However, this should give director Chloe Zhao some extra time to deliver the best movie possible.
Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani addressed the release date delay on social media. 'There are many more important things happening in the world right now,' Nanjiani stated. And he's right, there is a lot going on right now. He went on to confirm the release date change and then offered a message of hope and safety. 'So be safe, wash your hands, stay away from crowds, social distance, and we'll see you in February.' The MCU release date changes hit a lot of fans hard, mainly because there's nothing else to really do.
The world is currently staying indoors and looking for something to look forward to. It's uncertain when movie theaters will open up again and people are on edge. Hopefully, this latest Funko Pop! list gives MCU fans to think and speculate about together online. Is Kro the best choice of villain in Eternals? Will there be more characters added in to take on these new heroes? There's plenty to think about and discuss while also going back to the source material to read up on Kro and the rest of the characters who will be hitting the big screen early next year. You can check out the alleged Pop! list below, thanks to the Pop O' Clock - Funko Pop News Twitter account.
The Third Floor, the industry's busiest visualization company in tackling superhero movies “Black Widow,” “Avengers: Endgame”, already had an advantage working remotely with real-time tools and virtual workflows when the coronavirus pandemic struck early this year. Turns out, though, that the COVID-19 epicenter was too close for comfort.
“When this crisis began, we initially faced the challenge of protecting our staff in Beijing, who were in the midst of launching our first permanent office in China,” said CEO and co-founder Chris Edwards. “When the virus started spreading beyond Wuhan, the first thing we did was send everyone home and connect them virtually...we learned a lot about the procedures for mitigating the risk of spreading the virus that we began to apply to our other offices in London, Atlanta, and LA [headquarters].
“Time was of the essence to put a highly secure, remote-working infrastructure in place,” he said, “and we needed to leverage the company infrastructure to bolster communication and function as a support group for all of our employees and their families.”
Back in LA, The Third Floor TTF found the resilience of its Beijing crew instructive. The company, which has become the go-to visualization specialist for the MCU performing rough previs of scenes, more elaborate techvis breakdowns of camera lenses, set construction, and stunts, and postvis enhancements during crunch time, used video conferencing and other methods of digital collaboration to significantly advance preparations and stay on schedule. Despite the physical isolation, however, everyone started relying on the video calls for more than just work-related advice.
“At our [LA] hub, we didn't want to take the risk of being unprepared, so we authorized our IT team to increase our internet band tenfold, and build an advanced remote login system that could enable our artists to work fluidly and securely from home,” said Edwards, who worked with IT chiefs at major studios such as Disney for advising and approving their comprehensive work-from-home solution.
But the two-week transition to a completely virtual studio only became possible with the help of industry colleagues and suppliers when California Governor Gavin Newsom and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti issued the stay-at-home order. And, as part of its mobilization effort, the company launched a TTFaid program as a resource for more than 100 employees and their families with supplies, aid, and emotional support.
“With this early foresight in February, we were prepared to roll out a set of guidelines, which I called the TTF Health Vigilance Plan, across our other studios in LA, Atlanta, and...