Since Marvel Studios went independent as a film production house (pre-Disney acquisition), Ant-Man has been top of mind for fans of the Marvel cinematic universe who’ve followed along since before Iron Man even hit theaters. For years, writer-director Edgar Wright has worked in the background, revising scripts to bring the littlest Avenger to the big screen. There was speculation and doubt that the project would never see the light of day, at least as a theatrical wide release, but that all changed a few weeks ago at Comic-Con 2012

Edgar Wright made a surprise appearance during the Iron Man 3 panel to present fans to fans in attendance Ant-Man test footage, a brief incomplete action sequence to demonstrate how Ant-Man and his ability to alter his size could be realized in live-action. It must have been a success since all of our theories and supporting rumors about Ant-Man releasing in 2014 may be coming true after all…

Despite missing special effects, the Ant-Man footage did successfully showcase how Edgar Wright can bring a somewhat obscure and odd character to the big screen. From the outset, we knew Edgar Wright would bring his brand of style and comedy to the project, but that didn’t mean it would be a all-out comedy. To date, all of the Marvel Studios films have maintained a relatively light and fun tone, and within that, Edgar Wright plans to deliver a spy movie where Ant-Man is an agent of SHIELD. What we saw was very reminiscent of Mission: Impossible and perhaps that’s the winning formula to introduce another character unknown to mainstream moviegoers, before said character shares the screen with the other heroes in The Avengers 2.

The latest scoop comes from Latino Review who specialize in breaking Marvel movie news, and they claim that Marvel Studios is planning to have Edgar Wright begin shooting Ant-Man in London once Thor: The Dark World wraps up. As we know, Thor 2 is prepping (also in London – at least, partly) to shoot as early as next month. Edgar Wright is currently working on The World’s End, which just got the greenlight and will begin shooting in October. This means that Ant-Man could begin shooting early 2013. When Captain America 2 was confirmed, we expected Ant-Man to follow, but with the former releasing in the Spring, we wonder now if its production will overlap with Ant-Man.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to see Ant-Man on its way for 2014. Most of Edgar Wright’s projects take years to come to life (see: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World & The World’s End) and 2014 is the year that Marvel President of Production (and producer on all films) Kevin Feige has hinted at in interviews, which could mark the studio’s first time releasing three films in one year. Co- President of Marvel Studios and Executive Producer Louis D’Esposito also teased a potential 2014 Ant-Man release date at Comic-Con.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is coming spring 2014 with Guardians of the Galaxy coming later that year in August. Ant-Man could therefore take up one of Marvel Studios’ original two scheduled summer slots of May 16th or June 27th. These three films make 2014 the riskiest, yet potentially most exciting, year for the young studio to date. Captain America on his own didn’t snag the same box office numbers as Thor and both Iron Man films, and to make up for it, the sequel will be boasting an impressive supporting cast that will feature plenty of S.H.I.E.L.D. characters (new and old). Guardians aims to accomplish what Green Lantern failed to do, in opening the Marvel cinematic universe to the cosmic side with very over-the-top and outlandish characters. Throw in Ant-Man and Marvel Studios is ready to flex their muscles after the success of The Avengers.

If you’re a fan, be sure to read our list of 10 actors Marvel should consider for the Ant-Man role.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014.

Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes.

Source: Latino Review