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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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