7/23/15 Marvel News Mash-Up (Spider-Man, Punisher, Ant-Man, Etc.) np

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How Did They De-Age Michael Douglas In “Ant-Man”?

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My answer would be witchcraft but it turns out that the answer is the people at Lola VFX, who were also behind skinny Steve Rogers in “Captain America: The First Avenger”, Magneto and Professor X in “X-Men: The Last Stand” and Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button”.

From Vulture:

Mostly that meant no anti-aging makeup on the 70-year-old Douglas (it messes with the way light works on the face) and a sprightly stand-in to give a reference point for the way young skin looked on the S.H.I.E.L.D. set. Unlike on previous transformations, they had a plenty of reference material — multiple feature films’ worth — of exactly what a 45-year-old Michael Douglas would look like.

The only solution was to view as much of Douglas’s late-’80s oeuvre as possible, as closely as possible. They found themselves watching Wall Street not only for its dramatic indictment of corporate greed, but also for its great shots of Douglas’s middle-aged wrinkles. “What’s really important is the way his face moves as he speaks, the way that the muscles in the face have changed over time, the way the skin reacts to those muscles. To sell the effect you have to look at the way [the face] looks in motion.”

De-aging an actor is essentially giving them a digital face-lift, and Lola’s team do the same work with digital composites a skilled plastic surgeon would do with a scalpel. “The most obvious thing is that the skin along the jaw in most people tends to get lower and lower and sag a little bit as you get older. Particularly around the throat and the Adam’s Apple area, you’ll get a build-up of extra skin down there,” Claus told me. “One thing we’ll have to do to de-age someone is restore that elasticity and try to not only to remove the excess skin, but pull it back up to where it once was.”

Our cheeks thin out and sink as we get older, so Lola also added a little more fat to the middle of Douglas’s cheeks. And since human ears and noses never stop growing, they also had to shrink Douglas’s back to their 1980s’ sizes, as well as remove some of his ear wrinkles. Then it came time to restore what Claus called Douglas’s “youthful glow,” adding shine to his skin and hiding the blood vessels in his nose.

Source: Vulture

The New “Spider-Man” Meets The New “Punisher”

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What is going on here? Recently Tom Holland, who has been cast to play Spider-Man, posted a photo of Jon Berthnal, who has been cast to play The Punisher, and himself on Instagram. This could be purely coincidence that they happened to meet or it could be that maybe The Punisher will appear in “Captain America: Civil War”. In the Civil War comic book series, The Punisher had a impactful role and helped save Spider-Man from Iron Man’s goons. Only time will tell.

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The Punisher also made his first appearance in the comics in Amazing Spider-Man #129.

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Source: Tom Holland Instagram

First Look At Jon Berthnal As “The Punisher” Filming “Daredevil: Season 2″

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Here is the first look at actor Jon Berthnal as The Punisher on the set of “Daredevil: Season 2″. This looks like a daytime shot of Frank Castle and definitely expect to see the classic skull on his chest when he goes to work as The Punisher at night. Looking good so far.

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Source: Just Jared

Kevin Feige Talks About How The Movies Of John Hughes Will Inspire The New “Spider-Man” Movie

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This should be interesting! While talking about “Ant-Man” Kevin Feige was discussing the upcoming Spider-Man movie and that the movies of John Hughes will play a role in how Peter deals with some of his High School days.

It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting. Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie — only John Hughes could — but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us […] Particularly at that age, in high school, everything feels like life or death. The tests feel like life or death. Coming home from being out with your friends seemed like life or death. The stakes are high at that age.
Source: Screen Crush

The Great Spider-Man Conspiracy!

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I saw this in the New York Post and I have to say something definitely was covered up. Back in 1954, Ben Cooper Inc, a Brooklyn costume manufacturer, created a Halloween costume called “Spider Man”. In 1964, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced The Amazing Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy No. 15. Grant it, it is primarily yellow but the Cooper design looks a lot like the Spider-Man costume that we are familiar with. Steve Ditko was the artist who designed Spider-Man’s costume in 1964 but there were rumors that artist Jack Kirby was asked by Stan Lee to design the costume and before Kirby worked with Stan Lee he was employed by Ben Copper Inc.! It sounds like Ben Copper may have approached Marvel about the similarities of his and Marvel’s costume and a deal was made between the two. What do you think?

John "The Mega Stretch Hulk" Cimino of Waltham, Massachusetts holds his 1963 Ben Cooper Spider-Man Halloween costume, the first product licensed by Marvel, signed by Stan Lee as his daughter Bryn, 10, holds a late 1950's Ben Cooper Spider Man costume.

John “The Mega Stretch Hulk” Cimino of Waltham, Massachusetts holds his 1963 Ben Cooper Spider-Man Halloween costume, the first product licensed by Marvel, signed by Stan Lee as his daughter Bryn, 10, holds a late 1950’s Ben Cooper Spider Man costume.

The 1963 Ben Cooper Spider-Man Halloween costume, the first product licensed by Marvel, signed by Stan Lee, right and the a late 1950's Ben Cooper Spider Man costume, left, owned by John "The Mega Stretch Hulk" Cimino, of Waltham, Massachusetts.

The 1963 Ben Cooper Spider-Man Halloween costume, the first product licensed by Marvel, signed by Stan Lee, right and the a late 1950’s Ben Cooper Spider Man costume, left, owned by John “The Mega Stretch Hulk” Cimino, of Waltham, Massachusetts.

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 Source: New York Post

“Ant-Man” Coming To Disney Infinity 3.0

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Recently Disney Infinity teased that “Something Big Is Coming To Disney Infinity” and it clearly is the MCU’s newest hero, Ant-Man. This could actually be a fun character with his shifting size and his ability to communicate with ants.
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SideShow Collectible Corner:

“Ant-Man Collectible Set”

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The newest release in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man, will give audiences an interesting perspective. In this superhero hit, ex con-man, Scott Lang, is armed with a super-suit that has the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. He must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, pull off a heist that will save the world against the Yellowjacket.

Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys are delighted to officially introduce the Ant-Man Cosbaby Series! This series includes Ant-Man and the movie’s villain – Yellowjacket. The Collectible Figure each stand approximately 9.5cm (3.75 inches) tall and have a bobble-head. The Collectible Set of 3 is also available, which will feature the Ant-Man and Yellowjacket plus a special Ant-Man (Black Out Version) that is only available in the set.

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The Ant-Man Collectible set is available for pre-order exclusively through SideShow Collectibles at a price of $46.99 and will ship in the last quarter of 2015.

Source: Sideshow Collectibles

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