Ant-Man's journey from page to screen has been turbulent, to say the least. From years lingering in development to director Edgar Wright's sudden and unexpected departure, the tiny hero just couldn't catch a break. And when Ant-Man finally releases later this year, we'll learn just how much of an impact all this behind-the-scenes drama has had on the finished film.
After Wright dropped out as director and his and Joe Cornish's script was overhauled, many weren't sure how much of the work they'd put in to Ant-Man over the years would remain. After all, the MCU has grown and evolved quite a bit since Iron Man first released, and though Ant-Man may have been in development the longest, it'll be the studio's 12th film in the franchise.
Coming so long after The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man needs to reflect not only the changing landscape of the MCU but also up the ante when it comes to big budget spectacle. For that reason, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd were reportedly asked to add "bigger, more aggressive" action sequences which Marvel felt Wright and Cornish's treatment was lacking.
With so much tinkering happening to Ant-Man's shooting script, no one knew exactly who'd receive credit once all was said and done. But Marvel (via The Wrap) has now made it official that Ant-Man's screenplay will be credited to Wright and Cornish as well as McKay and Rudd. However, Wright and Cornish are receiving sole credit for the film's story.
For those who lost interest in Ant-Man once Wright quit, this news will hopefully get them a little more excited. Sharing credit on the screenplay plus giving sole story credit to Wright and Cornish seems to imply that quite a bit of their original work remains in Ant-Man. And perhaps, Marvel agreed with Joss Whedon's sentiment that the Ant-Man script really was "the best" and only sought out McKay and Rudd's help to make it align better with the MCU as a whole.
Still, judging by its latest trailer, Ant-Man appears to be a different kind of superhero film than anything Marvel Studios has made in the past. Whether this has to do with Ant-Man's unique abilities, the film's father/daughter dynamic, or the infusion of Wright and Cornish's signature style isn't clear. But regardless, Ant-Man will be different, just not too different, as it still needs to fit alongside the other films of the MCU. (Plus, there's a battle that takes place on a kid's train set and what could be bad about that?)
What do you think will set Ant-Man apart from the rest of the MCU? Is there any significance to Ant-Man being the end of Phase 2? What benefits will there be for the franchise having such a unique character joining the ranks? Drop us a line the comments below!
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017, Black Panther on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6 2018, Inhumans on November 2 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019.
Source: The Wrap