May 9, 2012

What We Know So Far About 'ANT-MAN' (2014-2015)

Edgar Wright has been working closely with Marvel Studios over the last eight years to put together a solo adventure for an Ant-Man movie. The founding member of the Avengers was left out of the first film so his origin can be revealed in his own film. Wright and his Tintin writing partner Joe Cornish (Attack The Block) have been working on the film's script off-and-on for a couple of years now. A second and possible third draft of the script have been handed in to Marvel, Kevin Feige has stated it would "go sooner, rather than later". He also mentioned an upcoming announcement concerning Ant-Man, telling people to keep an eye on Edgar's Twitter. Earlier, Wright had Tweeted that he was back behind the camera. Some believe this ment he was shooting test-footage for his Ant-Man pitch.

UPDATE: It's been announced that Edgar Wright will be making World's End this fall with it releasing in Spring 2013. This means that at the very earliest Ant-Man won't go into production until Summer/Fall 2013, with a possible 2014 release date. 

Actors such as Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Simon Pegg, Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty) and Bradley Cooper (Limitless, The Hangover 1-2) have been all rumored for roles in the film. Simon Pegg is really the only one who has commented on his link to the Ant-Man role, stating he'd rather play the villain (perhaps Egghead). This announcement will likely be the release date of the film likely Summer 2013 or May/Summer 2014. I have to assume casting announcements could be saved for Marvel's Comic-Con pannel which will have actors from Iron Man 3 and possibly Thor 2. The talk of "Ant-Men" could mean multiple actors donning Pym suits.

Ant-Man will have at least two of the Ant-Men including Dr. Hank Pym and burglar turned-hero Scott Lang (2nd Ant-Man) which was confirmed by MTVThePlaylist was able to speak with Joe Cornish which he became coy when the question of Ant-Men was raised again. However, they mention several "Ant-Men" are rumored which could mean SHIELD Agent Eric O'Grady (3rd Ant-Man) could be in the film as well. As for villains, it seems to be up in the air but there has been talk of Ultron or Egghead being the baddie. I think Ultron is the best bet as his inclusion would lead to the introduction of Vision, the android and Avengers member.

CORNISH: "We had heard that at one point Cornish and Wright were going to put several of the Ant-Men (meaning people that had put on superhero scientist Hank Pym’s suit) into the script, meaning that they could have thrown in our personal favorite Ant-Man – Eric O’Grady, low-level S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent turned shadily “Irredeemable” Ant Man"....Cornish smiled at our implication and said, slyly, “No comment.” He then started to say something, “Well, you know…” before shutting himself off with another “No comment.”

WRIGHT: "I think it's a really interesting high-concept idea. [...] I know there's a big stigma attached to it, mostly because every movie about shrinking has been about people in peril. I think it'd be great to do a shrinking film about a bad-ass secret agent. [...] Even something like The Incredible Shrinking Man, which is a fantastic film, is about a guy in trouble. But this is going to be nothing like that. It's essentially a high-tech spy heist film with somebody with a very particular power."

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