Edgar Wright – director of cult favorites like the ‘Three Flavors Cornetto’ trilogy and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – sat down recently for an interview with ET, in order to promote the DVD/Blu-ray release of The World’s End (the finale to his Cornetto trilogy, with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost). Naturally, the conversation eventually turned to Ant-Man, a Marvel Studios project that was first announced some 6-7 years ago now.

Ant-Man will finally open in theaters in late July of 2015, around two months after “Phase 2” of the MCU finishes with the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron; plus, Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman opens a couple of weeks before Wright’s superhero film launches into the stratosphere. Hence, it’s fair to say that Wright’s shrinking hero has a challenge ahead of him, when he attempts to stand out (see what I did there?) alongside the titans of the Marvel and DC universes.

When ET asked Wright how he plans to bring attention to Ant-Man, the director replied:

I want to make him into a badass [laughs]. No, I always liked that comic and I always thought it would be an interesting thing to see in live-action. That’s why I [showed] that Comic-Con test that we did for Marvel, to show this fight scene like a proof of content, like this is what the action is going to look like. I think a lot of people who maybe don’t know the character sort of see that test and go, ‘Oh, right, I get it. It’s like an action film,’ so that’s the idea. I think people will be surprised by what kind of movie it is, and so in that respect it’s something that I know is going to stand out because it’s got a very different story and is a very different movie.”

Wright, as a storyteller, certainly possesses a voice that is clear and easily to identify, which perhaps makes him working on Ant-Man most comparable to Shane Black directing Iron Man 3. The difference is, Wright’s projects tend to be genre movies first, his own spin on the genre second; for example, the Ant-Man test footage looks and feels like it might’ve come from a traditional superhero espionage thriller, only envisioned by Wright.

Hence, fans of previous Marvel Studios’ releases may well be pleasantly surprised by how Ant-Man turns out (as Wright suggests), while the hardcore Marvel fans may not have the same complaints that they had about Black’s (kinda) subversive take on Tony Stark.

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Further case in point: Wright told ET that he doesn’t anticipate that the tone of Ant-Man will deviate so far away from the light-weight fantastical adventure vibe of previous installments in the MCU:

“Well, I think the Marvel movies are funny, you know? I think generally the Iron Man films and The Avengers is funny. They’re not ever in the comedy section, but they are funny and entertaining, so I think it’ll be something in a similar vein to that.”

We’ve seen evidence of that in the casting rumors swirling around Ant-Man, with a list of names being thrown around that includes – or has included – Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon) and Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin) – all of whom are people that have done serious dramatic work, but also have a good deal of experience in the area of comedy performance. Expect the final cast lineup to also include folk who know a thing or two about how to keep their tongue pressed firmly in cheek.

Ant-Man opens in theaters on July 31st, 2015.

Source: ET

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