Marvel's Ant-Man has had a rocky couple of months - director Edgar Wright dropped out for yet unconfirmed reasons and Marvel went through a slew of replacement directors before landing on Peyton Reed (Bring It On) - but it looks like the film is finally moving forward at a steady clip.
Which isn't to say that there aren't still people disappointed that Wright won't be making the film. Michael Douglas, for example (who's playing Hank Pym), previously spoke out about his disappointment that the Hot Fuzz director had departed the project. Now, in a recent interview, Douglas reiterated his disappointment and also confirmed that Ant-Man will be at San Diego Comic-Con in just a few short weeks.
Speaking to Collider, Michael Douglas revealed that Ant-Man - and Douglas himself - will be at the Marvel panel in Hall H on Saturday, July 26th. This will (presumably) be the second time that this film has made a big splash at SDCC. A couple years back, former Ant-Man director Edgar Wright showed test footage for the film, and the audience reacted quite favorably to it.
Douglas didn't say whether or not the rest of the cast and crew - Paul Rudd, Patrick Wilson, Evangeline Lilly, Reed, and so forth - will be in attendance, though that's probably a safe bet (if not all of them, then most of them). While it's doubtful there will be any footage to show at this point, we can probably expect an unveiling like the one for the cast of The Avengers at SDCC 2010.
Michael Douglas also revealed that he'll start filming for Ant-Man sometime in "August," though it's unclear if that's just for him or if it's for the entire production.
Finally, Douglas talked about Edgar Wright exiting the film, saying:
“Yeah, he’s a wonderful talent. It was very disappointing, yeah. It was a big disappointment and more so for him because he had a lot of years invested and he was really the one initially who got them to even consider it, you know, the screenplay that he wrote. I’m not the producer on it and I’m an actor for hire, and, you know, Marvel certainly has a pretty amazing track record, rightly or wrongly, so I think it just was that kind of combination where although they like the idea of the individual and somebody with Edgar’s individual spirit and everything, maybe just collided with an operation – I think they’re all on relatively decent terms.”
As Douglas said, Wright spent a lot of time on the film. Work on Ant-Man started way back in 2006, before Iron Man or anything else, which means the filmmaker spent nearly a decade on the film before he walked out on it.
It'll be interesting to see how the fans at SDCC 2014 react to Ant-Man after all the hullabaloo. Edgar Wright is a favorite of the Con - hence Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was a huge hit there but not at the box office. Then again, Marvel's a favorite, too (obviously), so maybe they'll just let bygones be bygones.
What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you excited to see what Marvel has in store for Ant-Man at SDCC? Drop us a line in the comments.
San Diego Comic-Con 2014 will take place from July 24 - 27th in San Diego, CA. Stay tuned for our coverage.
Ant-Man hits theaters July 17th, 2015.
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