China has finally lifted it's self-imposed 'summer blackout', which means a barrage of big Hollywood blockbusters are about to hit the country like a tsunami. Terminator Genisys debuted to Chinese audiences last weekend, where it zoomed to number one on international charts, giving the movie a second chance at a full blown trilogy after opening to dismal numbers in the states. Now, Marvel is about to unleash Ant-Man on Asian shores, where the movie is sure to be a big hit.
To celebrate it's arrival in China, Marvel has officially released one of the film's biggest and best moments. Yes, the fight between Scott Lang and The Falcon is available for all to see, offering a look at just one of the Avengers cameos the movie contains. Out since July 17th in the states, the presence of Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson was revealed weeks before the movie opened, with a few TV spots and a shorter clip giving it all away. Hey, they needed some way to get audiences in theaters who weren't yet familiar with the more obscure character of Ant-Man.
The ruse worked! Though holding the second lowest opening for a Marvel movie since 2008's The Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man did manage to open at #1 with $57.2 million. The film went onto make $164.8 million against its $130 million budget, enough to claim it a hit. Globally, the solo adventure has pulled in $361 million. The Chinese audience is likely to boost that even further, insuring that Ant-Man gets a sequel sometime in the near future.
Though, it's not likely that we'll see Ant-Man 2 until at least 2020. Some suspect that it will be announced alongside Blade 4 as part of Marvel Phase 4. Rumors abound that Blade 4 will actually be a reboot that follows Blade's daughter, a female vampire hunter who will first debut in the comic books. Wesley Snipes has confirmed that he is in talks with Marvel to reprise the character. Most suspect that he will play the new Blade's daughter, serving as a mentor figure who trains his little girl to dispatch bloodsuckers in true fashion.
You don't have to worry about waiting until 2020 to see the return of Paul Rudd's Ant-Man. The character is confirmed to appear in Captain America: Civil War. Ant-Man's second post-credit scene even teases this crossover, with Falcon's second appearance alongside Captain America. The duo discover The Winter Soldier trapped in a deadly device, and only Scott can help him break free. This post-credit scene has yet to appear online. But give it time. We might see it before the end of the week, depending on China's hunger for spoilers.
China's 'summer blackout' keeps all Hollywood blockbusters off theater screens for several months. The initiative is in place so that the country's own movies get a chance to shine at the box office without being overshadowed by some much bigger, more popular movies being imported from American shores. The country is obsessed with robots and superheroes, so Ant-Man should have no problem pulling in audiences. But it sounds like they need even more incentive to go see it on the big screen. Hence the reason we're getting this full-blown fight scene between Scott Lang and Sam Wilson. The extended moment is full of fun action, but if you haven't seen the movie, you might want to wait.