There's a lot of “shoulda woulda coulda” surrounding Marvel's latest superhero movie, Ant-Man, especially concerning the last-minute departure of writer/director Edgar Wright and him being replaced by Peyton Reed (Yes Man). By and large,e though, that discussion has learned towards the negative (and not been particularly creative).
As such, it's nice to see somebody take a different perspective on the film, and imagine what Ant-Man could have been - that is, if it was produced in a completely different era, genre, and color palette altogether.
Vulture's take on Ant-Man comes with an introduction by fifties B-movie regular Vincent Prince, re-purposed footage from The Incredible Shrinking Man, Dr Hank Pym as a “mad scientist” who appears amidst audible crackles and the requisite juddering frame, and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang - revealed to have classic matinee idol looks in black and white.
It's a lot of fun, and the second in their series of “Vulture Remix” YouTube videos after re-cutting the Magic Mike XXL trailer to feel more like seedy X-rated seventies skin flick. This one works even better, especially because one of the most famous monster movies of the era was It, about nuclear-irradiated giants ants – footage from which also make an appearance here.
The first Ant-Man reviews has started hitting the next, and while the general reception hasn't been as enthusiastic as for some past Marvel films (like Guardians of the Galaxy), it sounds like the superhero film is decent, all things considered. Perhaps if Marvel had done its own retro teaser like this (because the Ant-Man costume does look creepy, like an alien invader from a fifties sci-fi film), it might've helped build better buzz, earlier on.
Instead, Ant-Man looks set to be a fairly traditional Marvel superhero movie, complete with nods towards the upcoming Spider-Man and Captain America: Civil War. Still, those who have seen the film are indicating it's much goofier than past Marvel movies, what with Step Brothers and Anchorman's director Adam McKay and Rudd having rewritten Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish's script (and Reed, of Bring It On fame, serving at the helm).
Ant-Man opens in theaters July 17, 2015; Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.