‘Ant-Man’ Is Coming to Comic-Con 2014

Published 2 months ago by , Updated July 10th, 2014 at 9:20 pm,

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Marvel’s Ant-Man has had a rocky couple of months – director Edgar Wright dropped out for yet unconfirmed reasons and Marvel went through a slew of replacement directors before landing on Peyton Reed (Bring It On) – but it looks like the film is finally moving forward at a steady clip.

Which isn’t to say that there aren’t still people disappointed that Wright won’t be making the film. Michael Douglas, for example (who’s playing Hank Pym), previously spoke out about his disappointment that the Hot Fuzz director had departed the project. Now, in a recent interview, Douglas reiterated his disappointment and also confirmed that Ant-Man will be at San Diego Comic-Con in just a few short weeks.

Speaking to Collider, Michael Douglas revealed that Ant-Man – and Douglas himself – will be at the Marvel panel in Hall H on Saturday, July 26th. This will (presumably) be the second time that this film has made a big splash at SDCC. A couple years back, former Ant-Man director Edgar Wright showed test footage for the film, and the audience reacted quite favorably to it.

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Douglas didn’t say whether or not the rest of the cast and crew – Paul Rudd, Patrick Wilson, Evangeline Lilly, Reed, and so forth – will be in attendance, though that’s probably a safe bet (if not all of them, then most of them). While it’s doubtful there will be any footage to show at this point, we can probably expect an unveiling like the one for the cast of The Avengers at SDCC 2010.

Michael Douglas also revealed that he’ll start filming for Ant-Man sometime in “August,” though it’s unclear if that’s just for him or if it’s for the entire production.

Finally, Douglas talked about Edgar Wright exiting the film, saying:

“Yeah, he’s a wonderful talent.  It was very disappointing, yeah.  It was a big disappointment and more so for him because he had a lot of years invested and he was really the one initially who got them to even consider it, you know, the screenplay that he wrote.  I’m not the producer on it and I’m an actor for hire, and, you know, Marvel certainly has a pretty amazing track record, rightly or wrongly, so I think it just was that kind of combination where although they like the idea of the individual and somebody with Edgar’s individual spirit and everything, maybe just collided with an operation – I think they’re all on relatively decent terms.”

As Douglas said, Wright spent a lot of time on the film. Work on Ant-Man started way back in 2006, before Iron Man or anything else, which means the filmmaker spent nearly a decade on the film before he walked out on it.

It’ll be interesting to see how the fans at SDCC 2014 react to Ant-Man after all the hullabaloo. Edgar Wright is a favorite of the Con – hence Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was a huge hit there but not at the box office. Then again, Marvel’s a favorite, too (obviously), so maybe they’ll just let bygones be bygones.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2014 will take place from July 24 – 27th in San Diego, CA. Stay tuned for our coverage.

Ant-Man hits theaters July 17th, 2015.

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  1. Someone use a shirt camera to record footage! Plzzz

  2. i’d love to go to one of those, sadly i’m most of the way on the other side of the country. it’s doubtful any of the big stars would ever come to the thing they cave here. hero-con or something like that. but would love to see pics of the whole cast and such. if all involved are keeping positive about the film despite all the hiccups, i think it can still turn out good/great. time will tell. maybe they will have some footage, i thought they started filming this month. GOTG showed up after 12 days with footage.

  3. A lesson learned. If you have the chance to work a passion project, work it. Don’t wait 10 years. Considering how tight a grip Marvel likes on it’s projects, I’m surprised they let it go that long. I wonder if we will ever get the official reason for the split.

  4. Agree with TrueDat, things wouldve been different if Wright had done it years ago, or at least in 2011 when he actually got the greenlight. Well, too bad for him, and though it’s good if we ever learn what happen behind the scene, it’s not really that much of a big deal anymore now. Let’s just forget about this and move on

    Anyway, hope Paul Rudd will come too. Imagine if the cast of Ant-Man show up together with Age of Ultron’s? That’ll be yet another memorable con moment!

  5. Unless they announce they are dropping this and making a black panther or ms marvel movie in it’s place I could care less about this train wreck of a movie. If Guardians doesn’t alienate marvels fan base this disaster sure as hell will.

    • Dramatic much?

    • So, Jit, there’s a possibility that you could care less about this train wreck of a movie? So that means you care some, right? Well it’s good to know that you care.

    • “In its place”??? What, you think Marvel is walking around with finished scripts, storyboards, full casting and crew, locations secured, etc… to be able to put up a movie IN 12 MONTHS?? Do you really want your BP or Cap. Marvel movie to be a rushed out crapfest?

  6. Enough time to cycle through 3 more directors and 2 more rewrites.

  7. Stop trying to make Ant-Man happen.

    He’s not going to happen.

  8. wow..interesting.. but where does THE WASP fit into all this?

    I can’t wait for ANT MAN, was very disappointed that he and THE WASP , the founding members, were left out of the first AVENGERS film..

    • Concur with Jimi, I surmise that having Ant Man & The Wasp would have been quite the arduous task with CGI/SFX as compared to just having Hawkeye, but I am going to miss the dynamics between Wasp/Antman & Ultron (in an Avengers sceene) in regards to the former Hank being the original creator and Ultron having an affinity towards Janet.

      • Apparently Joss Whedon’s reasoning for dropping Ant-Man and The Wasp from The Avengers was nothing more than “too many characters to write for and give enough meaning to”.

  9. one question? ,who is ant man?

    • you needn’t concern yourself with that. it will only cut into your Bronie time.

      • just say “i dont know” , troll

    • One question: what is google? And I find it funny you’re calling others trolls.

  10. Antman will happen this is Marvel not DC . I want to see announced Doctor Strange , Inhumans, and Black Panther

    • INHUMANS hell nooooooo,we already have xmen,no need for that crappy ripp off.

      • Please tell me they deleted your old account and you made a new one to continue trolling Marvel stories from.

    • “Happen”

    • No idea what DC has to do with Ant-Man, he’s a Marvel property.

      Besides, DC’s shrinking superhero, The Atom (who debuted years before Ant-Man in the comics) will appear in Arrow season 3, beginning this October.

      • Not years… The Atom: October 1961, Hank Pym: January 1962 and Sept. 1962 as Ant-Man. If you’re talking about Lang’s stealing the suit and being given the persona, then yes, that was years after. But you’re right, the Atom did come first.

  11. I can’t imagine this is going to be a successful movie. With all that’s happened with the director(s), the departure from how he’s seen in the comics, and the fact that he isn’t very well known except among comic fans, Marvel is going to have to really sell this movie with advertisements beforehand. Characters like Captain America and Iron Man sell themselves, but Ant Man is not one of those characters.

    • Hymmmm… I surely can imagine a successful movie, heck, I am hoping for it! I suppose being an old, avid comic book reader I should rather be expecting it (that in conjunction with Marvel producing some quality material). Furthermore, the attributes of Ant Man are fascinating (shrinking, interacting with ants, etc.)can lead to quite the enjoyable movie (Remember Honey I Shrunk The Kids?). Add to that the move toward a more light hearted movie, I think Marvel can pull it off. Just look at what Fox did with Quicksilver in Xmen, that scene with him running around moving objects while everyone stands still stole the show. If they can pull off scenes that linger in our mind all the while being slightly frivolous, it just might work. Seems to be working for Guardians so far.

      • I think you and I have different hopes/expectations for these movies. I know that a lot of peple are entertained by comic book comedies like Iron Man 3, and I’m not against humor in these movies, but a lot of it seems so empty or, to use your word, frivilous. I hope Ant Man is anything but Honey I Shrunk the Kids because that movie is terrible. Fun, but terrible in terms of quality. I want an Ant Man movie that is the same quality as Cap 2, but I seriously doubt that will happen.
        I’m a long time comic fan as well. I’ve been reading them for over a decade now. That’s not quite as long as some other people, but I think I can still call myself a long time reader. I can honestly say that the only thing interesting about Ant Man is Ultron and/or the Negative Zone and neither of those are in the cards for this movie. It’s going to be bland and generic and no amount of cheeky humor and flashy effects is going to change that.
        On your point about Guardians, it looks fun, but again, there doesn’t seem to be much substance there. I guess I’m just one of the few that wants some genuinely impressive comic book movies. Cap 2 was great. Is it too much to ask to expect that to be the bar?

  12. Inhumans vs X-Men! That would be awesome!
    Black Bolt vs Wolverine
    Medusa vs Storm
    Triton vs Iceman
    ….blah blah but yea Antman is coming to C-Con to probably bring the hype back up after these follies and bad press and so on and if they take questions from the audience we will probably hear something like:
    “WHY DID YOU GUYS F WITH WRIGHTS MOVIE!?” from some foaming at the mouth fanboy lol

    • I’m not sure if you’re just being sarcastic or what, but you know that all those characters you had ging against each other are owned by different studios, right? We’re not going to see Black Bolt vs Wolverine.

  13. I’m sorry but this movie doesn’t sound like it is going to be to hot.
    Ant Man just doesn’t appeal to me I don’t know why. Generally I love all CBM’s and have seen almost every one of them in theaters, but I’ think I’ll just wait for this one to be out on DVD.

    • People used to say the same thing about GotG, and now everybody can’t wait to go see it. Let’s wait until we see some teasers, pics from the set, and trailers before we say this movie might suck (although I am aware that’s not what you said :))

      • Be careful with your use of the word “everybody.”

        • Yes, I’m sorry about that. I should have put quotation marks around that word, since ironically, I personally am still not interested in GotG myself ;)

          But I do see the hype building for that movie, and think that the same thing could apply down the line for Ant-man.

      • +1

    • Remember, Marvel has stated that Ant-Man is a heist film. I’m thinking this film will be comedic version of “Heat” or “The Town”.

      The first Ant-Man is Hank Pym, who created (Pym Particles) – which shrinks matter into an alternative sub-atomic dimension. Pym’s most powerful weapon is Ant control. The second Ant-Man is Scott Lang, an ex-con with a good heart that commits robberies to finance his kids medical procedures. With Pym Particles he can get into any location and with Ant-Control he can summon millions of ants to assist in a jewel theft at a moments notice.

      Plus, this movie will tied into AoU, and it will most likely explain and Vision and Ultron’s origins. What the US government did with the cosmic cube after Howard Stark retrieved it from the ocean and also give us some horror scenes when the film details how Pym accidentally shrinks and is attacked by bees and Ants.

  14. Well… of course if people keep asking Michael Douglas what he thinks about Wright’s departure, he’ll keep saying he’s disappointed. It would look strange if he started to say “Heck I’m glad he’s gone!”. Now if people would only start getting over that and focus on the positive and start asking DIFFERENT questions, now we might start moving forward in a positive way.

    It’s been almost two months. Let’s just get over it. Wright is gone. Peyton Reed will direct. The movie is being made. Period.

    • Well, the public has seen an Edgar Wright action movie. We knew what to expect. Peyton Reed is a complete unknown in the action film genre, so naturally, people are going to be disappointed with Wright’s departure and many will never get over it.

  15. Hey guys wasn’t the third Antman named Eric O’Grady? Do you think he could be teased or Easter egged in Antman? That would be cool and really if Wasp isn’t in this movie it will be dissapointing. Lol they should get Merly Streep or Mary-Louise Parker to play an older Janet/Wasp. And Hurricane needs to make a cameo that would awesome

    • A small Easter Egg for O’Grady would be fun, I admit :) And a definite yes for the Wasp, but not as Lang’s love interest… Marvel needs to stop screwing with canon, enough damage has already been done with Pym and Ultron (and potentially Vision).

      About Hurricane… it’s a pretty minor character that I had to google to know who he was, and he has nothing to do with Pym or Lang. Do you mean Whirlwind?

      • Mary Jay > Agreed with your assessment about Marvel (Or any other Studio) screwing with canon, but at least they are not as distorted as Fox. Of course I am rather partial to The Vision (ya think?) so I am hoping they do his character right. Paul Bettany should suffice as The Vision, I trust (hoping) the writing will be on at least the same level as the casting (better than avg). I also agree about The Wasp, I have not thought much about it before until you mentioned it. ScreenRant stated that she would be Hank Pym’s daughter? Spinoff listed 5 roles for her (The Wasp, Mockingbird, Spiderwoman, Madam Masque, Pym’s Daughter/Lang’s Girl friend). Anyone have any update on this?

  16. @Mary Jay you’re right I’m dumb I meant Whirlwind. That would be cool cameo before the showdown with Crossfire comes about

    • You’re not dumb, it was an honest mistake. And yes, that would be a cool cameo! A while back, rumors said that the character of “White Power Dave” in the one-shot “All Hail the King” was in fact David Cannon, aka Whirlwind. Now that’s just speculation, but I think that would be nice :)

  17. @Mary Jay haha well either way you’re right, that could be Whirlwind and would be a great thing if he was in Antman. Agents of Shield needs to implement more minor Marvel characters with their library of characters they could easily implant them in each episode and add them to the running story arcs. I’d like to see people like Falcon in Agents of Shield. Antman, I think people are judging too early a whole year and some change before it’s even released and all the haters have to go one is ignorant “logic”, sub standard test footage from years ago, and a dropped Director.

  18. Before Edgar wright left, I read on twitter that they were going to show the pre viz stuff on ant man at comic con. It will be interesting to see the reactions for sure.

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