Edgar Wright Thinks Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Will Surprise Audiences

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 11:03 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Edgar Wright Thinks Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Will Surprise Audiences

The summer of 2015 will see heavy hitters the Avengers, Superman, and Batman all duking it out in theaters.  Around IAR HQ, we're jazzed about a less ubiquitous superhero making his cinematic debut.

It ought to go without saying that Ant-Man will stand out among fellow comic book movies, but Edgar Wright is saying it anyways.  And when Edgar Wright talks, we listen.

After all, Wright's got a perfect record at this point, having directed and co-written Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and The World's End, as well as the truly great British series Spaced.

He has been on board Ant-Man since before Iron Man even kicked off interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Now the filmmaker has shifted his full attention to the introductory adventure of Hank Pym, the scientist who can alter his size at will and, thanks to his trusty helmet, communicate with ants.  Wright is writing the screenplay with his Adventures of Tintin co-writer Joe Cornish, who directed the excellent Attack the Block.

While promoting the Blu-ray release of The World's End, Wright talked about Ant-Man with Entertainment Tonight.  He referred to the test reel that played like gangbusters at San Diego Comic-Con last year, saying, "I want to make him into a badass [laughs]. No, I always liked that comic and I always thought it would be an interesting thing to see in live-action. That's why I [showed] that Comic-Con test that we did for Marvel, to show this fight scene like a proof of content, like this is what the action is going to look like. I think a lot of people who maybe don't know the character sort of see that test and go, 'Oh, right, I get it. It's like an action film,' so that's the idea. I think people will be surprised by what kind of movie it is, and so in that respect it's something that I know is going to stand out because it's got a very different story and is a very different movie."

Like, say, Iron Man 3 director and co-writer Shane Black, Wright has established a very distinctive authorial style of his own.  Wright routinely pushes the limits of clean yet hyperactive editing and sprinkles funny dust evenly over his films.  That style, particularly the sense of humor, shouldn't be out of place in a Marvel movie.

"Well, I think the Marvel movies are funny, you know? I think generally the Iron Man films and The Avengers is funny," said Wright. "They're not ever in the comedy section, but they are funny and entertaining, so I think it'll be something in a similar vein to that."

The director is currently refining the screenplay with Wright and wading into pre-production on Ant-Man, with principal photography set to begin early in 2014.  Last month, a rumor asserted that Wright and Marvel had narrowed their search for a leading man to play Pym down to Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, though representatives for the latter actor denied his potential involvement in the movie.

Avengers: Age of Ultron closes out Marvel's Phase Two in theaters on May 1, 2015, after which Ant-Man begins Phase Three on July 31, 2015.


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