Marvel’s track record of movie successes is nearly unblemished. Sure, Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 2 didn’t exactly set the world on fire (though both made plenty of money), but they were not nearly as strong or satisfying as Captain America: Civil War or Black Panther.
It’s inevitable that sooner or later Marvel will slip up and produce a bomb. Right? I can hear my father’s voice in my head: nothing lasts forever… and learn a trade to fall back on. Dad was right on both fronts. Except that we’re talking about Marvel, and they seem to know something the rest of the industry doesn’t.
Clearly, no one working on a Marvel film wants to wear the shame of failure, nor be the first MCU movie that breaks the streak. But here’s the thing, Marvel hasn’t been lucky, they’ve been good. Their movies aren’t just wildly entertaining, they’re also carefully constructed and calculated to hit certain rhythms and beats.
Maybe that’s why today’s news that Ant-Man and the Wasp is undergoing late reshoots — barely three months before release — is a little surprising.
BadTast.it (via ComicBook) reports that additional footage is now being shot in Los Angeles, which just happens to correspond with Captain Marvel‘s production. An anonymous source inside Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s cast or crew relate that the reshoots involve amending or outright replacing the film’s opening sequence, which didn’t test well. That doesn’t sound too outrageous, and it probably isn’t. Reshoots are certainly nothing new in Hollywood… but the timing is a bit concerning.
However, given the amazing success of Black Panther and the impending box office obliteration by Avengers: Infinity War, you really can’t blame Marvel for giving Ant-Man and the Wasp a little more love. There’s also the possibility that Marvel is giving Evaneline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne/Wasp character a little more screen time. She’s not only the co-headliner in this film, but also one of the first major female characters in the history of Marvel Comics.
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