Joss Whedon & Edgar Wright Discuss Ant-Man in The Avengers?

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Joss Whedon just got the ultimate gig in not only directing The Avengers, but helping re-write the script for it and The First Avenger: Captain America. Joss Whedon is now to Marvel Studios and Disney what Christopher Nolan is to DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. He is the godfather behind bring Marvel’s biggest heroes together in the most ambitious comic book movie to date.

Whedon has only been on the job a few days and he’s already met with director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead). How do we know this? Wright tweeted it a few hours ago to tease the fans. As we know, Edgar Wright has long been attached to helm the Ant-Man movie for Marvel, a project that no doubt will be one of the first in development after The Avengers.

Putting two and two together, the obvious assumption is that they met to discuss Ant-Man and what they want to do with the character in The Avengers movie so it works for both of them and their respective films.

Here’s what Mr. Wright said which started some Twitter fury:

“I just met Joss Whedon for the first time. Speculation commence!”

Speculation from fans (and my predictions) for the roster of The Avengers have Ant-Man being introduced in the team-up film and later getting his solo movie.  It’s an opportunity Marvel won’t pass on, now that there is a clear and defined shared universe between their characters and films going forward.

With the recent rumors surrounding the possibility of Olivia Munn playing the Wasp in Iron Man 2 (I’m not sure I buy that myself), it’s reasonable to assume that both the Wasp and Ant-Man will be a part of The Avengers.

Stay tuned for a lot more about Marvel Studios upcoming movies from Screen Rant.

For now, tell us who you want to see in The Avengers movie and what you think about Wright and Whedon working with Marvel Studios.

Follow me on Twitter @rob_keyes and follow Edgar Wright on Twitter @edgarwright.

The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012 and Ant-Man could come out that year as well…

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  1. There is nothing wrong with it. I have always hoped for it. However it appears we will never get it. I have accepted it.

    So it would not be out of the ordinary for them to take the “history” of Antman choosing bits and pieces from it creating a whole new Antman so to speak.

    I mean whats wrong with a “Gamma Bomb”, Ironman as Tony Starks bodyguard, and Bruce Wayne/Alfred keeping their mouths shut about that secret identity thing?

    I would LOVE to see someone pick up a comic book and “almost” word for word panel for panel recreate it. The Death of Capt DeWolff and Kravens Last Stand comes to mind along with A Death in the Family and Days of Future Past.

    However it would never happen…. :(

  2. Is Wasp gonna get her own solo film or just play sidekick in the Antman movie? I so hope Olivia Munn is the Wasp:)

  3. @Aknot

    You do raise some valid points. I agree that there are always going to be minor discrepancies and modifications when adapting a movie from the source material. It would be awesome to see a movie that is faithfully adapted for the screen.

    I've never collected “Sin City” or “Hell Boy” comics although I've seen them around and had quick glimpses through them. It appears as if those films were fairly closely adapted.

    You picked a few beauties for possible screenplays and “Kraven's Last Stand” has long been a favorite. But you're right, the possibilities of those books coming to fruition is highly unlikely.

    Still I like to dream and nitpick and this site is a great place for such discussions. :-)

  4. @XGuest I agree with that 100% in Avengers #1 just keep Black Widow as a S.H.I.E.L.D agent and Hawkeye as a S.H.I.E.L.D too if he shows up.

  5. @Magnetic Eye, I agree with you and Aknot. The Ant-Man needs to be serious but have some humor just like Iron Man was a serious movie and also had humor. Ant-Man in NO way should be a comedy though. They also need to get rid of Scott Lang and “the flash back into 60's” stuff.

  6. @Magnetic Eye, I agree with you and Aknot. The Ant-Man needs to be serious but have some humor just like Iron Man was a serious movie and also had humor. Ant-Man in NO way should be a comedy though. They also need to get rid of Scott Lang and “the flash back into 60's” stuff.

  7. @Magnetic Eye, I agree with you and Aknot. The Ant-Man needs to be serious but have some humor just like Iron Man was a serious movie and also had humor. Ant-Man in NO way should be a comedy though. They also need to get rid of Scott Lang and “the flash back into 60's” stuff.

  8. @Magnetic Eye, I agree with you and Aknot. The Ant-Man needs to be serious but have some humor just like Iron Man was a serious movie and also had humor. Ant-Man in NO way should be a comedy though. They also need to get rid of Scott Lang and “the flash back into 60's” stuff.

  9. @Magnetic Eye, I agree with you and Aknot. The Ant-Man needs to be serious but have some humor just like Iron Man was a serious movie and also had humor. Ant-Man in NO way should be a comedy though. They also need to get rid of Scott Lang and “the flash back into 60's” stuff.

  10. @Magnetic Eye, I agree with you and Aknot. The Ant-Man needs to be serious but have some humor just like Iron Man was a serious movie and also had humor. Ant-Man in NO way should be a comedy though. They also need to get rid of Scott Lang and “the flash back into 60's” stuff.

  11. @Magnetic Eye, I agree with you and Aknot. The Ant-Man needs to be serious but have some humor just like Iron Man was a serious movie and also had humor. Ant-Man in NO way should be a comedy though. They also need to get rid of Scott Lang and “the flash back into 60's” stuff.

  12. @Magnetic Eye, I agree with you and Aknot. The Ant-Man needs to be serious but have some humor just like Iron Man was a serious movie and also had humor. Ant-Man in NO way should be a comedy though. They also need to get rid of Scott Lang and “the flash back into 60's” stuff.

  13. @Magnetic Eye, I agree with you and Aknot. The Ant-Man needs to be serious but have some humor just like Iron Man was a serious movie and also had humor. Ant-Man in NO way should be a comedy though. They also need to get rid of Scott Lang and “the flash back into 60's” stuff.

  14. Well if I ever hit the big lottery that is one of my bucket list things. I about threw up when I saw the debacle that was “Dragonlance”. So that and a superhero movie will be done by me… just like the books and I will come here and look for help.. :D

  15. Ant-Man was not a particularly humorous character in the comics but I think that such an approach could work very well on-screen. Even the name “Ant-Man” would probably sound like some kind of parody or homage to a casual audience, and powers such as the ability to shrink or to control ants could most likely be used in an entertaining way. Edgar Wright is a great director with a serious respect and admiration for his source material – Shaun of the Dead is a comedy, but it does not mock the zombie-movie genre. It celebrates it. The same can be said of Hot Fuzz and buddy cop-movies. Wright did a huge amound of research for those films – he watched as many zombie- and buddy cop-movies as he could get his hands on in preparation for their production, and it really shows. Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are absolutely packed with references and jokes relating directly back to the films of both genres, and he employs all of their usual tropes and clichéd plot devices in a way that somehow manages to be fresh and highly entertaining. Just because Ant-Man would be written to make the audience laugh doesn't mean that the filmmakers would turn him into a campy buffoon. That certainly didn't happen with the lead characters in Wright's other films. When Wright finally gets around to making Ant-Man, he'll probably watch just about every damn comic-book adaptation in existence, then give them the exact same treatment he gave to the other two genres. God knows what else he'd do to prepare… he reportedly interviewed over two-hundred police officers as research for Hot Fuzz… Ant-Man could be like the homage aspect of Kick-Ass turned up to 11.

    I think it's unfortunate that Ant-Man is probably going to be introduced in The Avengers, rather than his own Wright-directed solo film. That way it will be difficult for Wright to imprint his own interpretation of the character onto the films… I hope that Whedon keeps the character consistent with how he's been written in Wright's script. Maybe Wright could even be brought in to polish-up the Ant-Man scenes that Zak Penn's written in The Avengers, and possibly even film some of those scenes as a second-unit director. I'd be even happier if he took a producer's credit, or got involved in the casting process (at least for the roles of Pym, the Wasp, and Lang, if the latter is to be included).

    Getting back to my original point, I think it's very possible for Whedon and Wright to make Ant-Man a humorous character in a way that would not dishonour the source material and would make the character and his films engaging and entertaining for both casual audiences and fans alike.

  16. Actually he picked up his comedic roots in the Skrull Invasion. However that wasnt Lang I dont believe.

    “Eric O'Grady is the third character to take up the title of Ant-Man. Eric O'Grady is a low-level agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who stumbled upon who he believed was Dr.Henry Pym, but actually a Skrull impostor, in the latest incarnation of the Ant-Man suit, in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s headquarters. A man of very few morals and willing to lie, cheat, steal, and manipulate in order to get ahead in life, Eric really immediately stole the armor for his own selfish plans, which included using his status as a “super-hero” to seduce women, and humiliate and torment others. He had his own short-lived title before being shuttled off, first to the pages of “Avengers: The Initiative,” and then, “The Thunderbolts”.

    So there is your connection issue. While Antman the movie can be about Pym… The Avengers can have O'Grady to a degree via Shield.

  17. @GoldSpire

    I'm not against humour, sarcastic wit or a bit of fun in a super hero film. In fact I would be a little bemused and disappointed if there wasn't. I do however like the super hero genre to have an overall serious, realistic and mature outlook.

    I didn't mind “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”. I thought they were very entertaining, but I wouldn't want to see Ant-Man in the same light. I would also prefer Hank Pym over Scott Lang.

    At the end of the day though, an adventurous, action packed, emotive and thought provoking story should be first priority and who knows Edgar Wright may surprise us all. :-)