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Edgar Wright and his Ant-Man plan

06.29.2010

Despite the character potentially first appearing in the AVENGERS movie, Marvel's shrinkable superhero ANT-MAN is apparently still in the works for a solo adventure, courtesy of Edgar Wright.

The SHAUN OF THE DEAD/HOT FUZZ filmmaker gave a brief update on the bug-loving scientist to Box Office: "I haven't actually started the second draft yet--I'm not going to be able to until this film [SCOTT PILGRIM] is out--but what we wrote for the first draft, and what Marvel really liked, is that it's funny, but it's a genre film. It's about the level of comedy that IRON MAN has. The idea is to make a high-concept genre film where it's within another genre. His suit and its power is the big gadget and it takes place in the real world."

How does Wright intend to approach the character's backstory? "I just wanted to do something that was slightly different than the superhero origin film. I felt that between that and the various mad scientist, crazy doctor films that we've all seen, this would be a way into an origin that was slightly different. I'm not really a multi-tasker--I haven't done anything since Marvel liked our first draft."

Wright and AVENGERS director Joss Whedon did reportedly meet recently and discuss their individual plans within the Marvel Universe, so there should be some sense of consistency. 

Extra Tidbit: Most recent casting rumor for Ant-Man was, of course, longtime fanboy wishlist leader Nathan Fillion.
Source: Box Office

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7:31AM on 07/01/2010

Ant-Man....Ant-Man!

[link] Ant-Man? Marvel is gonna go into Avenger overkill and jack this whole project up...I'm still on the fence with Thor coming down from the sky's....
[link] Ant-Man? Marvel is gonna go into Avenger overkill and jack this whole project up...I'm still on the fence with Thor coming down from the sky's....
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7:23PM on 06/30/2010

whoops

double post
double post
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7:21PM on 06/30/2010

I know Hank Pym's not British...

But if Simon Pegg ended up playing Ant-Man in any sort of capacity, I think I'd be okay with that.
But if Simon Pegg ended up playing Ant-Man in any sort of capacity, I think I'd be okay with that.
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6:17PM on 06/30/2010

Pretty sure it WAS Ant-Man . . .

. . . Miguelito. I wish Brad Bird and Pixar were doing The Avengers.
. . . Miguelito. I wish Brad Bird and Pixar were doing The Avengers.
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5:17PM on 06/30/2010
Which obscure Marvel character was Pixar reportedly making a movie based on? I remember hearing something about it during that period after Disney acquired Marvel. It wasn't Ant-Man?
Which obscure Marvel character was Pixar reportedly making a movie based on? I remember hearing something about it during that period after Disney acquired Marvel. It wasn't Ant-Man?
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4:29PM on 06/30/2010

sweet

awesome! everything is pretty much on schedule.
awesome! everything is pretty much on schedule.
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12:30PM on 06/30/2010

No, Monotreme . . .

. . . it makes me wish Whedon would leave the room and Wright was doing it all himself. The thought of Fillion playing the same character in both Whedon's Avengers and Wright's Ant-Man makes me excited though.
. . . it makes me wish Whedon would leave the room and Wright was doing it all himself. The thought of Fillion playing the same character in both Whedon's Avengers and Wright's Ant-Man makes me excited though.
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10:03AM on 06/30/2010

Does...

Does the thought of Joss Whedon and Edgar Wright together in the same room brainstorming and being creative make anyone else excited beyond comprehension? :)
Does the thought of Joss Whedon and Edgar Wright together in the same room brainstorming and being creative make anyone else excited beyond comprehension? :)
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8:15AM on 06/30/2010
I'm down with this news. Also think it's pretty sweet that him and Whedon put their heads together so they're not going in two separate directions with the Marvel universe. If there's one thing these superhero movies have been missing it's a consistent history.
I'm down with this news. Also think it's pretty sweet that him and Whedon put their heads together so they're not going in two separate directions with the Marvel universe. If there's one thing these superhero movies have been missing it's a consistent history.
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3:58AM on 06/30/2010
Good news but Wright should've done this before Scott Pilgrim. I love SP but that series doesn't end until next month and the movie is only half of the comic book.
Good news but Wright should've done this before Scott Pilgrim. I love SP but that series doesn't end until next month and the movie is only half of the comic book.
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2:18AM on 06/30/2010
I'm hip to this news!
I'm hip to this news!
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2:18AM on 06/30/2010
I'm hip to this news!
I'm hip to this news!
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1:47AM on 06/30/2010
Would rather have a Wright original than a Wright adaptation.
Would rather have a Wright original than a Wright adaptation.
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1:08PM on 06/30/2010
World's End

No one knows when that will be though.
World's End

No one knows when that will be though.
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1:12AM on 06/30/2010
Sweeeet.
Sweeeet.
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1:01AM on 06/30/2010
Wait, I thought that was an April fools joke, Wright doing Antman. OH MAN! I'm so glad it wasn't (at least completely) fake.
Wait, I thought that was an April fools joke, Wright doing Antman. OH MAN! I'm so glad it wasn't (at least completely) fake.
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1:07PM on 06/30/2010
The Pixar part was fake; the Edgar Wright part was around for a while.
The Pixar part was fake; the Edgar Wright part was around for a while.
12:36AM on 06/30/2010
I look forward to this. Wright is boss.
I look forward to this. Wright is boss.
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12:15AM on 06/30/2010
Considering Edgar Wright has shown some serious talent in combining legit comedy with legit genre aspects, I see no reason to worry even an iota.
Considering Edgar Wright has shown some serious talent in combining legit comedy with legit genre aspects, I see no reason to worry even an iota.
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12:10AM on 06/30/2010
It might be smart for Marvel to save characters for a post-Avengers film. Aside from Iron Man, I'm not sure if Thor, Captain America, or Incredible Hulk will get individual sequel movies. And I'm not sure if they could get the whole cast together for a second avengers movie.
It might be smart for Marvel to save characters for a post-Avengers film. Aside from Iron Man, I'm not sure if Thor, Captain America, or Incredible Hulk will get individual sequel movies. And I'm not sure if they could get the whole cast together for a second avengers movie.
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11:50PM on 06/29/2010
With Edgar Wright at the helm, I bet this will be awesome.
With Edgar Wright at the helm, I bet this will be awesome.
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