People have been buzzing for months now about the ‘test reel’ for Ant-Man that Edgar Wright brought to Comic-Con this year. Marvel executive Louis D’Esposito and producer Victoria Alonso have been suggesting the material will eventually be made available for public viewing. In the meantime, a Deviant Artist who saw the footage this past summer has assembled a storyboard slideshow that offers a good approximation of what was shown.
What’s missing here, obviously is Wright’s keen sense for how to organically mix comedy with stylized action, which we can report as present and accounted for in the actual test footage. However, for anyone wondering about the schematics of what a fight sequence featuring Ant-Man in a live-action movie could be like: this illustrates just that.
Dr. Henry ‘Hank’ Pym – alter ego Ant-Man – could still end up being a member of ‘Phase Two’ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (as could another Marvel doctor, according to recent rumors). Marvel Studios has a few months to spare between the completion of filming on the sequel Thor: The Dark World and the beginning of principal photography on Captain America: The Winter Solider next spring, so that break could allow for Wright to begin actually shooting Ant-Man.
Wright and his Ant-Man co-writer Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) appear to have finished up the script, so the former is now focusing on pre-visualization. That process is all the more important here since, as the fan-made test reel illustrates, this is one Marvel superhero movie that calls for a meticulous visual structure – due to the changing size of its title character – in addition to general complicated visual effects requirements (see: those necessary to bring Hulk to life).
Wright took on similar technical challenges before with his comic book adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, resulting in a visually-daring and energetic film. Marvel head Kevin Feige wants to keep pushing the envelope with ‘Phase Two’, so what better way to do that than with a project such as Ant-Man – that is, one which combines an unusual non-A-list superhero with the artistic sensibilities of a cult filmmaker like Wright?
Marvel already has one ‘risky’ project lined up as part of ‘Phase Two’, in the form of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Thus, there is a chance that Ant-Man won’t arrive until after The Avengers 2 opens in Summer 2015. Moreover, Wright has to finish filming The World’s End before setting to work on Ant-Man, making those rumors about the late 2012/early 2013 start date all the less likely to come true. As always, we’ll keep you posted on the situation.
In the meantime, feel free to join our discussion about which actors Marvel may have been (or could be) considering to play Ant-Man.
Meanwhile, Iron Man 3 releases on 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; and The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015.