‘Ant-Man’ Undergoing Rewrites to Fit Into the Marvel Movie Universe

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Ant Man 2015 Release Date Ant Man Undergoing Rewrites to Fit Into the Marvel Movie Universe

After the fun of seeing inventor Tony Stark and nuclear physicist Bruce Banner team up in The Avengers, there’s a lot to be said for adding another scientist to the Marvel movie universe – for the banter, if nothing else.

Now, after years of Edgar Wright (The World’s End) developing an Ant-Man movie, it looks like Henry Pym – a biochemist who discovers subatomic particles that allow him to dramatically alter the size of his body – might finally be the character to fill that role.

Speaking to Slash Film on the subject of the new Marvel IPs coming to the big screen over the next couple of years – including Guardians of the GalaxyAnt-Man and Doctor Strange – Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explained that, as they dust off the existing script for Ant-Man, they’ll also need to spruce it up.

“Frankly, now we have to rewrite it to put it a little bit more into the [Marvel Cinematic Universe] because it was written before it existed. [Edgar Wright] has done a great job being incredibly true to the comics but is putting his own spin on it, so we’ll be drawing on multiple mythologies for this one.”

Ant-Man will have a pivotal role for Marvel when it eventually arrives, as it will kick off Phase Three of the Marvel movie universe’s overarching story and set up the next wave of adventures, which could include sequels to the existing franchises but could also mean a whole host of new adaptations.

As such, it’s important to lay the foundations for future crossovers and team-ups, even if it’s just through something as simple as having a character from The Avengers or one of the other series show up on the periphery of Ant-Man’s story.

Ant Man with his ant friends Ant Man Undergoing Rewrites to Fit Into the Marvel Movie Universe

The current version of Edgar Wright’s script predates the events of quite a few Marvel movies, including The Avengers, so if the film takes place chronologically after the other movies then there should probably be some acknowledgement of that time an alien race come through a wormhole in New York and tried to take over the world.

Feige’s mention of drawing on multiple mythologies, however, also means that we may see a selection of Marvel characters, both old and new to the movie universe, guest-starring in Pym’s adventure.

With Ant-Man‘s late 2015 release date, however, there’s plenty of time to pull the movie together, and Feige says that things probably won’t start to move ahead for another few months yet, both on the rewrite and the casting front. When asked about which actors he currently had in mind for the role, the producer replied:

“We’ve talked about various names over the past eight years, but as you can imagine, they keep changing as time goes by. But toward the end of this year, we’ll buckle down and start casting and start refining the script.”

Another challenge for Ant-Man is that it’s based on a series of comics that aren’t immediately known to the average moviegoer. Non-comic book fans have had enough of an ongoing awareness of characters like Spider-Man, Superman, Batman and The Incredible Hulk to get over the mental hurdle of incredulity that often arises as the instinctive response to such concepts, but Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy (which features a gun-wielding raccoon) have the challenge of getting new audiences on board so that they can put their skepticism aside and just enjoy the story.

Ant Man fitting in with the Hulk storyline Ant Man Undergoing Rewrites to Fit Into the Marvel Movie Universe

Feige admits that, embedded as he is in the center of the Marvel world, he sometimes forgets that not everyone is as familiar with the characters as he is.

“Sometimes we take it for granted that people know what we’re doing. Some people don’t get it: ‘Ant-Man …? Is that goofy? What? He talks to ants? What is this…?’ But after they see the [test reel], then they suddenly go, ‘Ohhh…’ ”

Wright has said that the film will be similar in tone to Iron Man, and has also hinted that he plans to shake up the standard origin story by offering “a little twist on it in terms of the way that it plays out.” His more recent comments suggest that the spin he will put on the story will involve telling a superhero tale through the lens of another genre, though he hasn’t gone into specifics about which genre that will be.

Speak up on what you want to see on Ant-Man, and who you want to see playing him, in the comments.

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Iron Man 3 releases May 3rd, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015.

Source: Slash Film

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  1. Has it been confirmed it is Hank Pym in the suit? While we dont know much about the story I would rather see Scott Lang in the suit with Pym as a “scientist”.

    • I know in some of the older releases that pre-dated all the new Marvel Cinematic stuff it was described as being about first Pym in the 60′s and Lang present day. If that was true I imagine that being a big part of teh re-writes going on.

  2. I think the biggest hurdle this film has to overcome is its own title. No matter what, Ant-Man just has a “huh?” sort of ring to it.

    In all honesty, with this material and Edgar Wright at the helm: Ant-Man seriously has a shot at BEST MARVEL MOVIE EVA

    • + 1000
      Marvel is at a point right now where they’ve taken their brand to about as high as it could go. Even casual moviegoers know Thor, Iron Man, etc and how the standalone films are part of a shared universe.
      But Ant-Man is going to be a though sell. Even the people (like myself) who have no idea what it’s about can see a title like Guardians of the Galaxy and put 2 + 2 together but selling a movie with Ant-Man is going to be a hurdle.

  3. Besides all of the other SHIELD drop-ins, easter eggs, and tie-in scenes, they HAVE to be setting up Ultron in Ant-Man for a larger role down the line. You don’t have to devote much time to it, but it must be established that Ultron was 1) created by Pym, and 2) based off of his own brain pattern.

    That’s if Ultron isn’t the heavy in Ant-Man, but I think it will be. Once he is defeated in AM, he will improve himself (like the evil Iron Man) and be a serious baddy in a team movie.

    • Oh, and I think there absolutely needs to be one scene:

      An fight sequence from Hank’s POV, with the world shrinking and growing around him as he kicks his ass, and his hands/feet/body stay the same size, and on the same position relative to the screen.

      Look at the game Mirror’s Edge to see action POV done 100% right.

      • That sounds amazing!

      • I dunno how big of an Edgar Wright fan you are, but that totally sounds like a shot he’d include.

  4. I think they should have hank pym as antman the first time around and through the avengers so they can set up ultron but then later in the antman sequel they can have the Scott Lang story line play out and bring in yellow jacket. They could fit in heros for hire somewhere in there too. Wasp is a must have obviously and if they have hank as a sheild agent they could bring in mockingbird and have a romance with hawkeye setting up a love triangle between him, blackwidow and mocking bird.

  5. I dont think they should ever mention/bring in scott lang. Ever. Would be stupid to introduce an obscure character already as a hero then during the movie or the next movie he just gives the job to lang. I never liked Lang and hope hes not in it. Only Pym and Wasp. Thats it.

    • Agreed 100%

    • Here here

    • Yeah that would be my preference too, stick to those two.

  6. Ryan Phillipe, Leonardo DiCaprio, or Simon Baker are the only actors that I can see as Hank Pym.

    • There are options. I think John Krasinski would do great as Pym. He looks the part, he’s got the banter, and he’s tried out a few times for Marvel movies now.

    • I am sorry but I gotta say James Franco. He has the look and he is a riot.

  7. Zachary Levi!!!

  8. I have very few things I want out of this movie, but they’re big things.
    I want them to make Hank and Jan WORK as a couple. If Hank is abusive, like he was in the comics, I might just drop the Marvel franchise entirely. Hank has ALWAYS been a pacifist. It makes NO SENSE, WHATSOEVER for him to be a wife beater.
    Going along with my first want, I want Janet Van Dyne. If she’s not in this movie, I have no interest in it at all, and will not be seeing it. Don’t get me wrong, Henry Pym’s a pretty cool character, but the Wasp is his other half. Without Jan, there is no Hank; literally. She funds his work, and is the reason he became a hero. If I don’t get that, I’ll not see any follow-up Ant Man movies.

    If it’s Scott Lang rather than Henry Pym, I probably won’t see it at all. I just have no interest in that creep.

    • Oh, and I can’t get the image of Ewan McGregor as Hank out of my head.

      • I see Simon Baker myself, most of the time :-)

    • I so completely agree with you, on everything you said. Just pointing out that it goes both ways: without Hank, there is no Jan ;-) I think those two come as a pair, they always have. Now, with this newfound habit of Marvel of making the comics like the MCU and the other way around, I’m afraid that we could actually have a Jan-less Pym, like in the current comics, which would make me scream. Or, on the other hand, they could somehow put them back together in the comics, but I highly doubt that.

      I would go see the movie even if Jan is not in there, but I would be highly disapointed, and would still expect her to show up at some point. If the movie is about Lang, of has Lang as the main character, I most probably won’t go see it. I’m not interested at all in seeing a story about Lang. It holds no interest to me whatsoever. Pym’s background is a lot richer and more interesting than Lang’s. No offense to Lang fans…

  9. I am ecstatic to hear there is going to be an AntMan movie which of course includes Wasp and Ultron in AntMan’s mythos. I am disappointed it can’t be an Marvel Ultimates verison of Wasp which was an Asian mutant women like in the comics do to Fox Studios rights over mutants in Marvel now but AntMan was a pretty cool character who could be funny in a Big Bang theory tough guy way. Can’t wait to see it

  10. I am ecstatic to hear there is going to be an AntMan movie which of course includes Wasp and Ultron in AntMan’s mythos. I am disappointed it can’t be an Marvel Ultimates verison of Wasp which was an Asian mutant women but I know their introduction to the avengers will still be amazing

  11. I have been a Marvel fan since day one with F.F. #1. I loved Ant-Man from the beginning and hated it when he started changing his name and costume. I hope to see Egghead and Janet on this movie. There should be at least a cameo appearance by Tony Stark as well.

  12. Hank Pym is a great complementary character to The Avengers mythos. If done correctly, he would be one of the key support people to Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk in The Avengers movies.

    However, Pym has never been developed in fifty years as a stand-alone character. Unless this movie is going to be an introduction to Ultron, I don’t see what a solo movie brings (and even that could be developed in an Avengers movie).

    There are better Avengers-related characters Marvel can use for stand-alone movies, such as The Black Panther. For that matter, make a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie to get more mileage out of Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johanssen and Jeremy Renner. There is more source material for a movie with those characters compared to Hank Pym.

  13. Hank Pym is a great complementary character to The Avengers mythos. If done correctly, he would be one of the key support people to Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk in The Avengers movies.

    However, Pym has never been developed in fifty years as a stand-alone character. Unless this movie is going to be an introduction to Ultron, I don’t see what a solo movie brings (and even that could be developed in an Avengers movie).

    There are better Avengers-related characters Marvel can use for stand-alone movies, such as The Black Panther. For that matter, make a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie to get more mileage out of Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johanssen and Jeremy Renner. There is more source material for a movie with those characters compared to Hank Pym.

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