Description of ‘Ant-Man’ Test Footage Screened During Marvel Studios Panel

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 30th, 2012 at 10:48 am,

Ant Man Comic Con 2012 Description of Ant Man Test Footage Screened During Marvel Studios Panel

Marvel Studios has had writer/director Edgar Wright working away slowly on Ant-Man for years, but the character didn’t make the cut for The Avengers. With Wright being a Comic-Con regular, he’s been unable to avoid questions about the project, including last year while promoting Attack The Block. But this year he’s finally got more to offer than another update on the script status.

After reporting on rumors of the character’s potential involvement in Iron Man 3 and later hearing that Edgar Wright shot test footage for Ant-Man last month, Marvel Studios officially introduced the character with a fun and exciting video premiering at Comic-Con 2012.

The panel began with an epic video, highlighting Marvel Studios panels dating back to 2006, with key announcements, clips and forward-thinking statements from key Marvel players (mainly Marvel president Kevin Feige) and Edgar Wright was there from the very beginning. The video ended by saying “and now, phase two begins” to a roaring audience which was then followed up by the panel stating they’d talk about the four films they’re working on.

These were Iron Man 3 – the focus of this panel – followed by Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. But what about Ant-Man said panel moderator Geoff Boucher (Hero Complex)? Edgar Wright came out on stage, the fans went wild, and they screened the test footage he shot a few weeks ago. It was entirely unfinished but he asked the fans if they are sure they want to see it in that state and of course the building went nuts.

So, what was shown in the short clip?

  • Opening shot pans down from inside a vent looking down a brightly lit hallway, lined with silver colored panels. Inside the vent is a very small Ant-Man looking down the hallway to a door at the end, guarded by two men in suits.
  • Angle changes to corridor looking up to vent and we see little Ant-Man jumping down, changing size to normal as the armed men pull out side-arms to shoot.
  • Ant-Man shrinks, jumps up and we see a slow-mo shot of him punching the guard to his in the mouth.
  • Ant-Man goes full size as he engages the second guard, shrinks again as he jumps and grabs the guard’s tie, going full-size as he goes over and using the momentum to flip the guard over his should through a glass window.
  • Ant-Man, then patiently walks and enters the elevator door as a few more glass bits fall from the window.

Ant-Man’s costume concealed his face entirely but is very similar to the books (seen above and below). When he transforms, he phases and instantly becomes the other size. It was a pure action sequence and showcases how Ant-Man can be a very cool and unique spy for SHIELD. His abilities are very unique and he’s a trained operative. Wright said after the footage: “Ant-Man will kick you ass one inch at a time.”

With what was done in so little time, and without finished effects, any dialogue or even an actor, what was shown proves that Ant-Man can work. If they’re willing to make Rocket Raccoon a reality in Guardians of the Galaxy, the Ant-Man character will get his time to shine.

Ant Man Casting Description of Ant Man Test Footage Screened During Marvel Studios Panel

As for casting, Wright says there’s nothing yet, and jokes that Ant-Man has actually been here all day in the audience. He then placed an Ant-Man name tag on the table. That was it for the short Ant-Man segment, then it was straight to the full Iron Man 3 presentation. If you’re a fan, be sure to read our list of 10 actors Marvel should consider for the Ant-Man role.

[Update: Ant-Man may begin shooting after Thor: The Dark World for a 2014 release date.]

Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black based off of his and Drew Pearce’s screenplay, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, Cobie Smulders, William Sadler, James Badge Dale and the voice of Paul Bettany.

Iron Man 3 is currently shooting and is scheduled to hit theaters on May 3, 2013. Thor 2 comes later that fall and Captain America 2 the following spring.

Keep an eye on the Screen Rant Comic-Con 2012 page for all the convention news.

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  1. I’m getting mixed feelings after reading this. First I’m thrilled that the Ant-Man movie seems on its way to become a reality. On the other hand, I must admit also to a certain degree of apprehension regarding the hero of the movie.

    I tend to agree with the majority of the comments on this thread regarding the implication of Scott Lang vs Hank Pym. I know that, for the mainstream audience, it doesn’t make a heck of a difference which character becomes eventually an Avenger, but for the fans… Love him or hate him, when Marvel fans think of Ant-Man, they think of Hank Pym. Fans in general (as very clearly express in this thread, as in many many other forums) DON’T want Lang in the movie, even less O’Grady, or at least not in the lead hero role, and not to become a full-fledged avenger. They want Pym, period. They want to see a movie about how Pym became Ant-Man, they want to see Pym become an avenger, and want to see Pym in an upcoming Avengers 2 or 3 or whatever. And they want the Wasp, too. And frankly, so do I. They don’t want an old Pym passing on his suit to anyone, they want a young Pym arguing with Tony Stark about what is right and what is wrong.

    Of course it’s obviously way too early to start fricking out about the plot of the movie, but I just hope that they will take into consideration what the fans really want. And from the looks of things, it sure as hell ain’t Scott Lang!

  2. guys calm down, it will most likely be Hank Pym. As Marvel admitted that the guy Selvig emailed in Thor was Hank Pym. Meaning Hank has experience with SHIELD. And the idea of Hank passing his suit to Lang was erased, as it does not fit with the cinematic universe timeline. Finally we know Black Panther is in the marvel cinematic universe due to Captain America and Iron Man 2. The reason why he is last is because it would be a crime if he was added to the Avengers before Ant Man and Wasp founding members of the Avengers in the comics.

  3. I think too many characters is bad for the movie. Already you have Captain American, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Hulk and Black Widow add in Ant-Man and you’ve got seven characters. I think maybe they should have Thor leave to protect Asgard for the events of he’s second film to keep the numbers equal.

    I just think not having X-Men, Spider-Man or the Fantastic Four (their enemies mostly) screws things up completely

  4. In regards to the Hank Pym vs Lang issue, I think it’s pretty genius to have both via flashback / flashforward. This way it shows Pym used to be Ant-Man but he has moved on to his Giant Man persona, or Yellowjacket (after Lang steals the tech or whatnot). Let’s face it, Pym has multiple personas so for the fans who are griping about this is so petty. I like the fact that Lang gets his own movie. That way, Pym can play a largely (pun intended) more important role in The Avengers. I’d so rather see him star in Avengers 2 as Giant Man, and introducing his origin in this movie would be so cool (Wasp cameo anybody?). Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish are geniuses. Give them a chance. I have so much faith in this movie and to be honest I could care less about Ant-Man in the comics. This movie gives me hope that even the less popular characters can win.

  5. Cool footage. …