A feature film based on one of Marvel Comics littlest Avengers has been in the works for several years but there's yet to be an official production schedule and release date set for Ant-Man. Even though director Edgar Wright has been attached to the project since 2007, Ant-Man has been put on the back-burner while Marvel Studios and Wright worked on their other projects.
With Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers all set with release dates and production starts, fans wonder what comes next. Ant-Man is one of the characters who'll get his own solo flick, we just don't know when. According to Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige, it could be pretty soon.
At the Iron Man 2 press event this week, journalists and bloggers had the opportunity to speak with some folks at Marvel and Superhero Hype discussed Edgar Wright and Ant-Man with Feige.
"Edgar was in L.A. last week, we sat down, and we started working on a calendar of when to get him back into it once he finishes promoting 'Scott Pilgrim,' so I think towards the end of this year, early next year we'd start looking at early prep for that, but certainly for a release date after 'The Avengers.'"
Marvel Studios wants at least two films per year starting next summer with Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America. The summer after currently has The Avengers sitting by itself and my thoughts were that it will be joined by either Iron Man 3 or Ant-Man later that summer. There were two years between the first and second Iron Man installments, so a two-year gap between the release of the third is not unexpected.
Things are definitely in motion for Ant-Man as we reported last week that The Avengers director Joss Whedon recently met with Edgar Wright, no doubt to talk about Ant-Man's place in The Avengers and the Marvel movie universe.
Edgar Wright also met with the legendary Stan Lee in February and Lee came away with nothing but praise for that, again re-iterating that Marvel has the Ant-Man movie in the works, along with projects for Black Panther, Iron Fist and others we could see in the future.
Ant-Man will likely be introduced in The Avengers as I've said a few times over the last two years and that will lead to his spin-off film. As soon as we hear more on dates and casting, Screen Rant will let you know.
For now, look forward to Iron Man 2 and Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World which both open this summer.
Iron Man 2 opens May 7, 2010, Thor opens May 5, 2011, The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012. Ant-Man opens… July, 2012?
Source: Superhero Hype