‘Ant-Man’ Director Shortlist: Marvel Looking For Comedy Background [Updated]

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is about finished its theatrical run at the box office after breaking records for the month of April, and for Marvel Studios, that means it’s time to put all focus on Guardians of the Galaxy – their big unknown property that aims to make a mark in the unusual superhero release month of August.

Next summer, Marvel’s heroes assemble once again in The Avengers Age of Ultron and just eight weeks later, fans will again meet a new hero from a lesser known property in Ant-Man, a film that’s been in the works for the better part of a decade from writer and director Edgar Wright. Ant-Man was meant to begin shooting shortly, except now it doesn’t have a director. It doesn’t have the director who pitched the film and helped get it greenlit in the first place.

Last week, Marvel made the official and shocking announcement that Edgar Wright had parted ways with them over creative differences. It was at the last minute and Marvel – committed to their release date – made sure to couple the news with the statement that the production is still on track for a July 2015 release and that a new director will be announced soon.

Ant Man Movie Logo Fan Made Ant Man Director Shortlist: Marvel Looking For Comedy Background [Updated]

Speculation ran rampant, with some pointing internally for who Marvel could look to take over the director’s chair but we had heard they had someone in mind, someone they’ve not yet worked with before. Who could possibly fill the void left by Edgar Wright when it comes to his unique take on the character? According to THR, one of these directors who are all reportedly on the shortlist and meeting with Marvel:

  • Adam McKay (Anchorman 1 & 2, The Other Guys)
  • Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50)
  • Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, We’re the Millers)
  • Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad)

Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige clearly is looking for someone with comedic chops and proven hits under their belts which speaks volumes to the style and humor we can expect from the Paul Rudd-led action heist film we’re told Ant-Man will be. THR claims Levine may be off the list, according to another source of theirs, but all the names represent directors who have a knack for blending genres but who’ve not hit the “A-List” of directors quite yet.

Update: According to The Wrap, Rawson Thurber is the current frontrunner. More details shortly!

Update 2: Ant-Man has a new director and writer. Find out who HERE!

Who would you choose to replace Edgar Wright for directing Ant-Man? Let us know in the comments!


More: Marvel Plans Ahead All The Way To 2028


Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Patrick Wilson, Michael Peña, Corey Stoll and Matt Gerald.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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Source: THR

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  1. Why go the comedy route? I don’t get it. What’s funny about a man who decided to turn superhero and develop unique abilities to avenge his wife who was brutally murdered right on their honeymoon? What’s funny about a man who busts out of prison and steal a superhero suit in order to save his dying daughter?

    Why would the ability to shrink and grow to a hundred feet tall call for a comedy, but a big blond dude with a red cape, wielding a hammer and flying through the air uttering shakespearian sentences would not?

    Am I the only one not seeing anything funny in this?

    • No, not at all. When I read this article, I said “Why on Earth would anyone want to ruin a good hero with comedy that will in all likelihood fall flat?!” We want super-hero movies, not Dorko the Clown hi-jinks. Hank Pym was a basically serious character in the source material (anyone out there in movie-land remember canon and the source material). He was a dedicated founding member of The Avengers, and extremely useful as one of their resident scientists, as well as a brave warrior when the battle-chips were down, be he in his Ant-Man persona , Giant-Man, Goliath, or whoever, one of the under-appreciated Marvel Greats! An occasional mild chuckle is fine, but too often it is hard to take a super-hero movie as serious as one would like when there are just lame jokes being cracked all over the screen until they become the main focus of the film (Green Lantern is an example of a movie I liked, but it could have been much better if they had dumped the “What’s happenin’ dudes!” type of humor). It is bad enough that they are diminishing Pym’s role and rewriting it so badly to substitute in Lang, but they are painting themselves into such a corner that they will never be able to gracefully get themselves out to put Goliath and wasp into The Avengers, unless Kang or somebody grabs them and time-travels them (actually not a bad idea, if they go with what they are so far talking about, to try and save the canon for the plot a little bit at least). I am looking forward to Ant-Man, because at least it is a start at getting Pym onto the big screen, but I am very worried about the direction this flick is taking, and Pym’s future in the franchise.

  2. Why all marvel movies are comedies?

  3. Brad Bird?? Just my two cents :P

  4. Ruben Fleischer has an Edgar Wright aesthetic with his filming, so he gets my okay.

    (as seen mentioned before)Also Guy Ritchie, what’s he up too.

  5. adam mckay will be good he did the other guys which had action and comedy or kevin smith

  6. Yep, couldn’t care less about this flick anymore.

  7. People complain. See footage and change their minds. Then pretend they liked the director all along. Just look at how people treated the Russo brothers.

  8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    Revenge of the Nerds (the first one)
    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
    Night Patrol
    Maybe even some of the Naked Gun movies

    These are examples of funny movies, with comedy as the maiun focus. And they are good.
    Superhero movies, however, are about super battles and saving the world.
    They are about serious threats, not about the 3 Stooges in costumes.
    Let’s keep our superhero movies basically serious and focused, not falsely-funny.

  9. I have zero interest for antman.

    Then again I had zero interest for Guardians of the Galaxy until I saw the trailer.

  10. Not really surprised. By going comedy-superhero they’re appealing to as large of a market as possible. Sounds about right.

  11. This is what i don’t get about Marvel movies, they go to the comedy route. They do not balance the comedic aspects of the superheroes.

  12. I think Ruben Fleischer is the best name on that list. The other dudes have made really good movies, and arguably all better than the 2 Fleischer movies that exist, but he has a very noticeable visual style, and if they still have a good script then his delivery would probably fit best.