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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.
Free Guy, the film in which Ryan Reynolds plays an NPC living in a violent video game world, was among the many movies that Disney shuffled around on the release calendar today due to the coronavirus pandemic. The movie, which was initially supposed to arrive this July, will now hit theaters on December 11, 2020. To make that delay a little more bearable, Reynolds shared a clip from the film on his YouTube page of his character sitting inside his apartment as the outside world goes absolutely insane around him. #RelatableAFFree Guy Clip
In his caption to the video, Reynolds wrote:
Free Guy is moving to Dec. 11. Here’s a clip that’s weirdly appropriate. We cut it a while ago while there was still a Fox and before it was just 20th Century Pictures and couldn’t finish it so ignore the watermarks. Thanks to Aspect for cutting it.
Seems like it could be the opening scene of the movie, since it does a good job of setting the stage and painting a grim picture of the insane world that this character is living in. I’m probably one of the few people who weren’t super impressed by the first trailer that came out, but I enjoyed this clip, so I’m hoping that I’ll dig the movie when it’s eventually released and that the construction of the trailer below isn’t fully representative of the final product.
Shawn Levy Real Steel, Stranger Things, Night at the Museum directs, marking his first feature directing gig in six years. The story is from Matt Lieberman The Christmas Chronicles, Scoob!, and Lieberman wrote the screenplay with Zak Penn Ready Player One. Reynolds stars alongside Jodie Comer Killing Eve, Joe Keery Stranger Things, Lil Rel Howery Get Out, Utkarsh Ambudkar he did that bizarre recap rap at this year’s Oscars, which feels like it happened several lifetimes ago, and Taika Waititi Thor: Ragnarok.
Here’s the official description which is slightly outdated, since it’s still described as a “Fox” movie instead of 20th Century Studios:
In Twentieth Century Fox’s epic adventure-comedy “Free Guy,” a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own story…one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way…before it is too late.
Free Guy now hopes to hit theaters on December 11, 2020.
Deadpool arrived on the scene with a bang as one of 20th Century Fox’s biggest successes in recent memory. The sequel was one of those rare follow-ups that performed nearly as well as its predecessor, dropping only slightly in the domestic and global box office. But now the R-rated, fourth wall-breaking Merc with a Mouth has a new home thanks to the purchase of 20th Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company. Fans have been wondering what the future holds for the mostly jolly guy in the red suit played by Ryan Reynolds, and they have a more official answer straight from the man himself.
During an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan on ABC also owned by Disney, Ryan Reynolds was asked about Deadpool 3, and the actor and producer of the comic book franchise had this to say via ComicBook.com:
“Yeah we’re working on it right now with the whole team. We’re over at Marvel [Studios] now, which is like the big leagues all of a sudden. It’s kinda crazy. So yeah, we’re working on it.”
We’re not exactly sure who “the whole team” is, but we’re fairly certain that it includes writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who were behind the scripts for both the original Deadpool and Deadpool 2. Whether or not X-Men franchise producers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner are coming with them remains to be seen. We’re also not sure if director David Leitch will be returning yet either. But we’re hoping for the best.
As of now, we won’t expect to see Deadpool 3 anytime soon. After all, the next couple of years are pretty packed for Marvel Studios. But maybe Deadpool will be something separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It might be hard to include him without losing the dramatic power at the center of the interconnected comic book franchise, but Disney certainly won’t let such a valuable character fall by the wayside. They might not even interfere with the character’s R-rated sensibilities.
Ryan Reynolds posted a Deadpool tribute to Kenny Rogers on social media a few nights ago. Reynolds posted a deleted scene from the first movie and informed fans that the original idea was to have him singing Rogers' iconic 1978 hit 'The Gambler' while beating the hell out of Ajax. Kenny Rogers passed away on Friday evening at the age of 81. He sold over 100 million records worldwide and fit into a number of different categories, though country is what normally first comes to mind.
Deadpool aka @VancityReynolds singing @_KennyRogers. I wish they had kept this in the first movie. #RIPKennyRogerspic.twitter.com/z54KOxBL7b— _-_-_-_ a disappearing boy_-_-_-_ @ChalametTheGod March 22, 2020
Ryan Reynolds posted the video via his Instagram story, which showed the unfinished Deadpool deleted scene. There are no visual effects, but one can get the idea through all of the action on the screen. From there, Wade jumps into a version of Kenny Rogers' 'The Gambler' as he continues to beat the hell out of Ajax, straining when kicking and punching. The choreography in the scene works perfectly along with the song, but one can easily see why it was left on the cutting room floor.RELATED: BossLogic's Spider-Man 3 Posters Bring Daredevil and Deadpool Into the Mix googletag.cmd.pushfunction ;
Deadpool and Kenny Rogers may seem like an odd combination, but it worked pretty well, as you can see below. 'The Gambler' is a song written by Don Schlitz in 1976, though the song is best-known with Rogers' name attached. A number of other artists recorded it first, including Johnny Cash, but it was Rogers' version, from his album of the same name, that took off. The country song crossed over into the pop charts, which was incredibly rare in the late 1970s. The album and single were a huge success and it eventually earned him the Grammy award for best male country vocal performance in 1980.
Deadpool is no stranger to pop culture and his version of 'The Gambler' would have fit right in. The scene in question comes up before the flashback where Wade is introduced to Ajax, so the deleted scene would not have set things up as well. The dialogue in the final cut lets the audience know how much these two characters hate each other, which ultimately works much better for the Merc with a Mouth and the storytelling in the first installment.
Deadpool 2 hit theaters and was a success, despite the fact that it did not include a Kenny Rogers song either. Deadpool 3 is reportedly being worked on currently, though we have yet to really hear anything official as of yet. Ryan Reynolds has held meeting with Marvel Studios and Disney, but we're still waiting for the confirmation. As to whether or not the movie with be R-rated, that's a whole other question at this time. For now, Marvel fans should just sit back and enjoy a deleted scene from the first movie,...