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12.11.2013
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Edgar Wright and his pals Simon Pegg and Nick Frost recently talked to SFX, and the site (of course) tried to get some details from the director on his ANT-MAN film for Marvel. They didn't get much from Wright, but he did share some information on the upcoming movie. Edgar Wright says one of the things he likes about Marvel's films is how they actually feel like comics.

“I think they do stand alone. I think that’s what’s kind of clever about the movies, is that they work sort of like the comic books. They’re standalone stories, and there are elements that link them. But I think that’s what makes The Avengers the treat that it is – it’s bringing six disparate characters together.”

Wright has only directed one PG-13 film (SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD), and he says he likes the challenge of making a film that's not rated R.

"But in a way, it’s a challenge. It’s a challenge to do. Shaun and Hot Fuzz and World’s End are all R-rated films. I like the challenge of making a PG-13 film. Because you’ve got to entertain in a different way. You don’t have the same tools. It’s also different in terms of Scott Pilgrim. They’re both adaptations. It’s nice to be able to do an adaptation. It’s one of the reasons I didn’t want to do Ant-Man straight away and that I wanted to do World’s End. It was important to me that me and Simon do a purely original screenplay as our next movie. But it’s nice to have the opportunity to mix it up.”

Edgar Wright knows fans are eager to learn more about ANT-MAN (“I feel like people want so much information,” he sighs), and one thing many have wondered is how much humor will be in the film. Wright's previous films have been hilarious and the Marvel movies have quite a bit of humor as well, so how funny will ANT-MAN be? Wright says about the same as the other Marvel films.

“I think it would be as funny as the other Marvel movies that have come out."

What really excites me though is the type of humor Edgar Wright will be bringing to ANT-MAN. I feel like it's not just going to be cheesy one-liners and silly "getting to know your equipment" scenes in his film.

Some have wondered if Simon Pegg and/or Nick Frost will end up appearing in ANT-MAN. Pegg says he'd love to be in it, but doesn't believe he's right person for the lead, and doesn't want people to think that if you hire one of the three for a movie, you'll have to also hire the other two.

“If I was Edgar, I wouldn’t cast me in Ant-Man, because I think he obviously has to spread his wings as a director and be seen not to just come with me as a package. Same with Nick. We need to do things separately so we don’t ultimately get seen as coming as a double act. You know, Ant-Man would be enormous fun to be in, but I think Ant-Man himself has to be a lot younger than me for a start. And there probably isn’t a part for me. If Edgar asked me, I’d think about it. But as his friend and his lawyer, I would advise strongly against asking me.”

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were also asked if they have any interest in joining Marvel's cinematic universe in the future (with ANT-MAN or another film), and Frost says it's going to be a little harder for him because of his build.

"You’ll have to wait and see,” laughs Frost. “But which character would I be on screen? I don’t think there are many superheroes who are big men, essentially. Who do we have? I think my choices are really nil. I think Ben Grimm or the Rhino.”

After being informed that Paul Giamatti will be playing Rhino in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Frost said, "Oh, then I could be Ben Grimm. Yeah, nice. Alright, I’m going to be Ben Grimm.”

Man, I'd love to sit down with them for a beer or two. Paul, you lucky bastard! Marvel is taking a big risk with ANT-MAN, but I'm positive that Edgar Wright will deliver a very funny and awesome film.

ANT-MAN will hit theaters July 31st, 2015.

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Extra Tidbit: What type of film would you like to see Edgar Wright work on after ANT-MAN? I wouldn't mind seeing a pure horror movie from the director.
Source: SFX

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4:26PM on 12/12/2013

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I would love to see them bring back Danger Mouse in some fashion (my first exposure to British humor as a youth). If Pegg & Frost don't scream DM and Penfold...
I would love to see them bring back Danger Mouse in some fashion (my first exposure to British humor as a youth). If Pegg & Frost don't scream DM and Penfold...
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2:27PM on 12/11/2013

Love Scott Pilgrim! Don't care if it's PG-13

Scott Pilgrim = Mega epic awesome!
Scott Pilgrim is a highly underrated grande achievement in the quest to bring a "good and still respectable to the source" video game / graphic comic to the big screen.
In my honest opinion, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the best Edgar Wright film.
Scott Pilgrim = Mega epic awesome!
Scott Pilgrim is a highly underrated grande achievement in the quest to bring a "good and still respectable to the source" video game / graphic comic to the big screen.
In my honest opinion, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the best Edgar Wright film.
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11:14AM on 12/11/2013
He's guaranteed to bring something interesting to the Marvel Cinematic Universe table. So far, I can't fault the studio's choices of directors.
He's guaranteed to bring something interesting to the Marvel Cinematic Universe table. So far, I can't fault the studio's choices of directors.
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10:25AM on 12/11/2013
Like Guardians of the Galaxy, I feel that Wright's Ant-Man is going to be a real game changer in the Marvel Universe. And I for one can't wait.

I just how Paul Rudd ends up getting the part because ever since those rumors, I can't imagine anyone else in the role.
Like Guardians of the Galaxy, I feel that Wright's Ant-Man is going to be a real game changer in the Marvel Universe. And I for one can't wait.

I just how Paul Rudd ends up getting the part because ever since those rumors, I can't imagine anyone else in the role.
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10:09AM on 12/11/2013

Risk?

Did you guys see the test footage? Edgar Wright is going to have this be a heist movie in which the protagonist can turn small and disappear at will. Don't expect an Ant Man 2 because the character won't have more than one movie in him but this one movie is definitely going to work.
Did you guys see the test footage? Edgar Wright is going to have this be a heist movie in which the protagonist can turn small and disappear at will. Don't expect an Ant Man 2 because the character won't have more than one movie in him but this one movie is definitely going to work.
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9:58AM on 12/11/2013
I think the tone would be much different than, say, Iron Man or Thor and it will be a welcoming change of pace.
I think the tone would be much different than, say, Iron Man or Thor and it will be a welcoming change of pace.
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9:52AM on 12/11/2013

Ant-Man coming out on my birthday would be the best gift!

Respect to Simon Pegg for saying that because I think he wouldn't be right either. The more I see it, Paul Rudd is starting to make real sense to me. I hope he gets it because he'd kill it. We've yet to see a stinker from Edgar Wright. Giving a comic book to him is like giving LeBron James a basketball - he'll know what to do it and it'll be great to watch
Respect to Simon Pegg for saying that because I think he wouldn't be right either. The more I see it, Paul Rudd is starting to make real sense to me. I hope he gets it because he'd kill it. We've yet to see a stinker from Edgar Wright. Giving a comic book to him is like giving LeBron James a basketball - he'll know what to do it and it'll be great to watch
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