Marvel’s “Phase Two” initiative is proving to be as much fun for fans as the “Phase One” buildup was; everyday brings new rumors about characters, storylines and casting we may or may not see happen, with plenty of fun speculation left over to discuss.
As of late, Rumors about the more imminent sequel films – Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3 – have been taking up our time, but we now have new word about a film that is just taking solid shape: the recently confirmed Ant-Man solo film. In addition, we have an update on a recent rumor that had to do with Doctor Strange appearing in Thor 2 – specifically in regards to who might be playing the Sorcerer Supreme.
The Website Omelete scored an interview with Victoria Alonso, who has co-produced/executive produced virtually every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (notable exception being Incredible Hulk), and who will be involved with this next batch of films as well. Alonso had some interesting updates regarding the latest pool of rumors, staring with Ant-Man.
Anyone following this film knows that writer/director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) has been working on an Ant-Man script for years now. Wright also directed the Ant-Man test footage that premiered at Comic-Con 2012 – to overwhelmingly positive fan response.
According to Alonso, it’s possible that Wright’s Ant-Man teaser could be released online – it all depends on fan demand. Collider translated her quotes from Porteguese to English:
“What we showed at Comic-Con was a work in progress. We’re working on finishing it, and I think you might see it. Not sure where, but we always listen to the fans. And if the fans demand it we make sure they get it. I don’t know if we are going to post it online, but I don’t have [any reason] to believe we may not.”
Alonso continues that Wright is still the man being eyed to direct the film, given how happy the studio is with his script. Of course, Wright is currently working on The World’s End, a finale to his “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy (started by Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz); however, as we’ve previously speculated, Marvel’s timeline for Ant-Man puts it in a place where Wright could finish shooting World’s End and pick up with Ant-Man in early 2013. The film could conceivably hit theaters in 2014, in what could be Marvel’s biggest gamble yet, putting out not two but three films – Captain America 2 and new properties Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man – all in one year.
We’ll keep you updated, as casting news about this film is sure to come flying at us in the fall season.