After the fun of seeing inventor Tony Stark and nuclear physicist Bruce Banner team up in The Avengers, there's a lot to be said for adding another scientist to the Marvel movie universe - for the banter, if nothing else.
Now, after years of Edgar Wright (The World's End) developing an Ant-Man movie, it looks like Henry Pym - a biochemist who discovers subatomic particles that allow him to dramatically alter the size of his body - might finally be the character to fill that role.Speaking to Slash Film on the subject of the new Marvel IPs coming to the big screen over the next couple of years - including Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man and Doctor Strange - Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explained that, as they dust off the existing script for Ant-Man, they'll also need to spruce it up.
“Frankly, now we have to rewrite it to put it a little bit more into the [Marvel Cinematic Universe] because it was written before it existed. [Edgar Wright] has done a great job being incredibly true to the comics but is putting his own spin on it, so we’ll be drawing on multiple mythologies for this one.”
Ant-Man will have a pivotal role for Marvel when it eventually arrives, as it will kick off Phase Three of the Marvel movie universe's overarching story and set up the next wave of adventures, which could include sequels to the existing franchises but could also mean a whole host of new adaptations.
As such, it's important to lay the foundations for future crossovers and team-ups, even if it's just through something as simple as having a character from The Avengers or one of the other series show up on the periphery of Ant-Man's story.
The current version of Edgar Wright's script predates the events of quite a few Marvel movies, including The Avengers, so if the film takes place chronologically after the other movies then there should probably be some acknowledgement of that time an alien race come through a wormhole in New York and tried to take over the world.
Feige's mention of drawing on multiple mythologies, however, also means that we may see a selection of Marvel characters, both old and new to the movie universe, guest-starring in Pym's adventure.
With Ant-Man's late 2015 release date, however, there's plenty of time to pull the movie together, and Feige says that things probably won't start to move ahead for another few months yet, both on the rewrite and the casting front. When asked about which actors he currently had in mind for the role, the producer replied:
“We’ve talked about various names over the past eight years, but as you can imagine, they keep changing as time goes by. But toward the end of this year, we’ll buckle down and start casting and start refining the script.”
Another challenge for Ant-Man is that it's based on a series of comics that aren't immediately known to the average moviegoer. Non-comic book fans have had enough of an ongoing awareness of characters like Spider-Man, Superman, Batman and The Incredible Hulk to get over the mental hurdle of incredulity that often arises as the instinctive response to such concepts, but Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy (which features a gun-wielding raccoon) have the challenge of getting new audiences on board so that they can put their skepticism aside and just enjoy the story.
Feige admits that, embedded as he is in the center of the Marvel world, he sometimes forgets that not everyone is as familiar with the characters as he is.
“Sometimes we take it for granted that people know what we’re doing. Some people don’t get it: ‘Ant-Man …? Is that goofy? What? He talks to ants? What is this…?’ But after they see the [test reel], then they suddenly go, ‘Ohhh…’ ”
Wright has said that the film will be similar in tone to Iron Man, and has also hinted that he plans to shake up the standard origin story by offering "a little twist on it in terms of the way that it plays out.” His more recent comments suggest that the spin he will put on the story will involve telling a superhero tale through the lens of another genre, though he hasn't gone into specifics about which genre that will be.
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Iron Man 3 releases May 3rd, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015.
Source: Slash Film