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Last month, prior to spending some time with the cast and filmmakers behind MARVEL's ANT-MAN at Walt Disney Studios, I had the opportunity to attend the very first press screening of the film at an AMC in Burbank. It's always best to see the finished product before delving into interview territory for those involved, but that can be a tricky situation - depending on the film itself. Fortunately, I exited ANT-MAN with a smile on my face, and a ton of thoughts racing through my head as I worked to digest the multi-layered approach to a comic book character that most mainstream audiences are likely unfamiliar with. MARVEL's ANT-MAN scores big by "going small" - the first true "family" film in the MARVEL Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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After witnessing the first-ever press screening of MARVEL's ANT-MAN in Burbank last month, I wandered out onto Universal CityWalk while collecting my thoughts and trying to fully comprehend the multitude of elements at play within the 12th entry into the ever-expanding MARVEL Cinematic Universe. Those who've seen the trailers and clips or have really delved into the coverage here on this site or others, have seen bits and pieces already, but when I say that ANT-MAN is a superhero movie like no other - I truly mean it. There's the action you'd expect; a comedic side carrying the torch first lit in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; stories of family drama with father and child; and then there's this whole "heist film" thing happening... and for me, that's the real hook. With 2001's OCEAN'S ELEVEN remake being one of my favorite films (and I worked for one day on its 2004 sequel), the fact that a MARVEL film brought some of that stylish humor into the mix is an unexpected treat - one made perfect by the crew assembled by Paul Rudd's Scott Lang/Ant-Man. Enter the "Antourage": The Getaway - Dave (T.I.), The Hacker - Kurt (David Dastmalchian) and The Inside Man - Luis (Michael Pena).

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Growing up as a child of the 1980s - watching certain, more "grownup" films than I probably should've at the time, Michael Douglas was a hero - my first memories of his performances coming from THE CHINA SYNDROME, ROMANCING THE STONE (and its sequel) and A CHORUS LINE. Later, WALL STREET, FALLING DOWN and THE GAME - all of which became personal favorites - really hit me, and those are just such a small, small fraction of the work of a man whose ANT-MAN co-star Paul Rudd refers to as "acting Royalty." The amount of pure good in Douglas' filmography is immense - as is the diversity... but something had been missing until 2015, and that's a full-blown Comic Book movie. So how did the 70-year-old actor decide that MARVEL's ANT-MAN would be his entry into that world? It's all about diversity, fun and friends...

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Later this month, I will be among the first to screen the completed version of MARVEL's ANT-MAN when I return to Los Angeles to cover the film's press junket as part of the #AntManEvent (but more on that later). For mass audiences, Paul Rudd will hit the big-screen in the small suit on July 17th, and today the first TV Spot has arrived online - serving up a fresh look at ANT-MAN (get tix via Fandango) and his nemesis, YELLOWJACKET. Check out the new clip below, and let me know what you think!

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On July 17, MARVEL's biggest new hero is actually pretty small sometimes, and that's because he's ANT-MAN (get tickets via FANDANGO). I've been covering Paul Rudd's foray into the MARVEL Cinematic Universe here for a bit, and I'm still completely looking forward to it. Today comes the latest theatrical poster, and I'm sharing it with you here on THE ROCK FATHER... because if you dug AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, you need to start getting excited for the next chapter of MARVEL goodness to unfold. 

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On July 17, the MARVEL Cinematic Universe will get a little bit... smaller. MARVEL's ANT-MAN is coming, and today the first full trailer for the film has arrived, and it looks pretty fantastic. ANT-MAN stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s ANT-MAN also features a cameo by THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE. Who knew?

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