Marvel’s upcoming standalone film Ant-Man will be a real test for the studio: measuring whether or not a major superhero introduction can survive a change of hands to shortly before the start of production. Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright was attached to Ant-Man for many years, but departed the project last year and was replaced by Peyton Reed (Bring it On).
Ant-Man will feature two versions of the character: Michael Douglas as Dr. Henry Pym, the discoverer of Pym particles and the first person to make use of them by building a suit that allows the user to drastically change their size; and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a master thief who takes up the Ant-Man mantle many years later.
The script for Ant-Man received a rewrite from Adam McKay (Anchorman), who at one point was also in talks to direct. McKay eventually turned down the job, but since then he has said that he’s had discussions with Marvel about the possibility of directing another upcoming film. A new report from Latino Review claims that Marvel likes McKay’s style and that he’s “in the on-deck spot” to direct a Marvel movie. LR‘s article, by process of elimination, narrows the list of movies he could potentially direct down to Inhumans.
This isn’t confirmed yet and Inhumans is still a really long way off, with its current release date set for summer 2019. The last time Marvel embarked on an outer space story, Guardians of the Galaxy, the studio went with a director who had a background in comedy – much like McKay does. Whether a comedic tone would be equally appropriate for an Inhumans movie will no doubt be a matter of debate among fans.
The Inhumans are connected to the alien race Kree, who also appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy. During a length period of war the Kree experimented on early homo sapiens from Earth in an attempt to turn them into a super-powered army. After being abandoned by the Kree these test subjects formed their own society, with a royal family comprised of those with the most powerful abilities (and actor Vin Diesel heavily teasing a role as potential leader, Black Bolt).
Inhumans have already been introduced on the Marvel TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so by 2019 we will probably have learned a lot more about the race as they exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will McKay be the guy to bring them to the big screen? Well, since we already knew that Marvel was interested in him directing a movie, there’s little reason to disbelieve this latest rumor. Still, a lot could still change between now and the time when Inhumans really starts coming together. In the meantime, watch this space.
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, Spider-Man on July 27, 2017 Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017, Black Panther on July 6, 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2, 2018, Inhumans on July 12, 2019, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4, 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3, 2019.
Source: Latino Review
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