Here are some basics about what we know of the Ant-Man film so far:
- Ant-Man will have his solo appearance after The Avengers.
- Ant-Man is one of the main five characters who has a film in development.
- It will be strictly a solo film of the character and will not include any other Avenger.
- It will be a comedy, but not in the same style as Edgar Wright’s previous comedies (i.e. It will not be a spoof).
Note the part where Ant-Man’s film will not include any other Avenger. The can be read as not featuring any of the actors from the other films, meaning it is set to act as a completely separate movie from the others. Reading into those words from Mr. Wright could mean that his script, targeted as a stand-alone film, could in fact be ripe for a Disney’s Pixar version of the movie.
Since Ant-Man won’t happen until after The Avengers and since it’s separate, that does allow for the possibility. If this were to happen, would that mean Wright would no longer direct since it’s animated and they’d just use his script? I wonder on the details what Pixar’s idea for this is if they’ve seriously thought about this. Or was it just a throwaway line for Disney officials about the potential future of Disney-Marvel?
This would also represent a new direction for Pixar which traditionally creates original family-oriented films.
Let’s just go with the safe assumption that we’ll get our live-action adaptation of Ant-Man as expected. For those who don’t know about the secondary character, Ant-Man (or Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym) was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and over the years, several folks in the Marvel Universe have used that alias, some of which were a part of The Avengers team at one point or another.
Ant-Man’s powers include the ability to shift in size and maintain his normal strength when shrunk. He’s can also telepathically communicate with insects. It’ll be like Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, but with more dialogue.
As for casting, no official offers or signings have been made but there’s been the obvious speculation and talk of Simon Pegg’s involvement. He’s mentioned in past interviews that he might be involved with the movie because of his connection with Edgar Wright. What that means, we’re not sure. Could you see him as the titular character?
Who would you like to see play Ant-Man and what do you think of Pixar working on Marvel movies?
The Avengers opens May 4 2012 and there’s no set release date for Ant-Man as of yet.