Marvel Movie Interview Roundup: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Ant-Man’

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Ant Man with his ant friends Marvel Movie Interview Roundup: Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant Man

Edgar Wright – director of cult favorites like the ‘Three Flavors Cornetto’ trilogy and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – sat down recently for an interview with ET, in order to promote the DVD/Blu-ray release of The World’s End (the finale to his Cornetto trilogy, with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost). Naturally, the conversation eventually turned to Ant-Man, a Marvel Studios project that was first announced some 6-7 years ago now.

Ant-Man will finally open in theaters in late July of 2015, around two months after “Phase 2″ of the MCU finishes with the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron; plus, Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman opens a couple of weeks before Wright’s superhero film launches into the stratosphere. Hence, it’s fair to say that Wright’s shrinking hero has a challenge ahead of him, when he attempts to stand out (see what I did there?) alongside the titans of the Marvel and DC universes.

When ET asked Wright how he plans to bring attention to Ant-Man, the director replied:

I want to make him into a badass [laughs]. No, I always liked that comic and I always thought it would be an interesting thing to see in live-action. That’s why I [showed] that Comic-Con test that we did for Marvel, to show this fight scene like a proof of content, like this is what the action is going to look like. I think a lot of people who maybe don’t know the character sort of see that test and go, ‘Oh, right, I get it. It’s like an action film,’ so that’s the idea. I think people will be surprised by what kind of movie it is, and so in that respect it’s something that I know is going to stand out because it’s got a very different story and is a very different movie.”

Wright, as a storyteller, certainly possesses a voice that is clear and easily to identify, which perhaps makes him working on Ant-Man most comparable to Shane Black directing Iron Man 3. The difference is, Wright’s projects tend to be genre movies first, his own spin on the genre second; for example, the Ant-Man test footage looks and feels like it might’ve come from a traditional superhero espionage thriller, only envisioned by Wright.

Hence, fans of previous Marvel Studios’ releases may well be pleasantly surprised by how Ant-Man turns out (as Wright suggests), while the hardcore Marvel fans may not have the same complaints that they had about Black’s (kinda) subversive take on Tony Stark.

Ant Man fitting in with the Hulk storyline Marvel Movie Interview Roundup: Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant Man

Further case in point: Wright told ET that he doesn’t anticipate that the tone of Ant-Man will deviate so far away from the light-weight fantastical adventure vibe of previous installments in the MCU:

“Well, I think the Marvel movies are funny, you know? I think generally the Iron Man films and The Avengers is funny. They’re not ever in the comedy section, but they are funny and entertaining, so I think it’ll be something in a similar vein to that.”

We’ve seen evidence of that in the casting rumors swirling around Ant-Man, with a list of names being thrown around that includes – or has included – Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon) and Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin) – all of whom are people that have done serious dramatic work, but also have a good deal of experience in the area of comedy performance. Expect the final cast lineup to also include folk who know a thing or two about how to keep their tongue pressed firmly in cheek.


Ant-Man opens in theaters on July 31st, 2015.

Source: ET

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  1. Zoe Saldana just gave me so much hope for this movie. It has to be good. Not just her either, all of the cast has been genuinely glowing about it. August 1st can’t come soon enough.

  2. She’s a lovely person, isn’t she?

  3. I can’t wait to see GotG. It looks like a fun movie in general, and that’s what the world needs right now something fun.

  4. i’m not too familiar with Gaurdians of the Galaxy (not my cup of tea), but from what i’ve seen it looks like it will suprise me

  5. Have you EVER seen the cast of any film that was not glowing about a movie they just filmed?? OTHER than Jim Carrey crying about the violence in Kick ass 2!!

    I mean that is part of their job, to promote the movies they are in! Not many actors will say gee that film I just did was sh*t I hope it fails and flops hard! That would not be very smart on their part…If they like acting anyway.

  6. Usually when you hear actors talk about the movies they just made and it sounds like they are being possesed by what a movie executive would say but with the past interviews Ive seen with the cast of GoTG, they seem like geniune answers and that they really mean it, and seeming that its coming out next year I dont think Marvel would have them promoting the movie like this so soon. With that being said it excites me to hear that the actors are as equally excited as the fans.

  7. Zoe Saldana should had been Cat Woman. But she can be the only actress to ever be in ANY movie and I’d be stoked. So perhaps I’m alone on that.

    • ^ have

  8. Hyped for this film. Please be good.

  9. Zoe <3

  10. Love you Zoe marry me !

  11. Stoked for this movie! The cast seems genuinely excited for audiences to finally see Gunn’s film.

  12. How about a Inhumans film, and why has Universal not made a Namor film yet?

  13. I am ready and hopeful (with a degree of caution) for Ant-man, to see what it has to offer, but I am afraid I am lacking quite a bit of much-needed confidence for GOTG.

  14. Does anyone want an ant man movie?

  15. I don’t really care much about Ant Man, but since Edgar Wright is doing it I’m in. All his films have been great.

    I’m just concerned that it will be opening so close to Avengers 2 and Batman Vs Superman, and won’t get the attention it might (probably will) deserve.

    • They said that about TASM too but it did pretty ell for itself, despite the Avengers train still rumbling and TDKR and its imminent and much hyped release.

      That’s why TASM was a last minute decision for me and I didn’t regret it whatsoever.

      • True, but Spider-man had a lot more going for it (three previous films) and a lot more recognition than Ant Man, who not many people have even heard of.

  16. I love all this comicbook movies. It’s like going to comicbook store to pick up a book that interest me!! TDKR/GotG may not be a book that pique my interest,but that’s ok. Someone else may enjoy them :D