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Edgar Wright talks Ant-Man; says it will be an origin tale told in a "slightly different way"

Feb. 7, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Director Edgar Wright (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ, SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD) is busy at work on his latest film, THE WORLD'S END, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who will help close out the final chapter in the "Blood and Ice Cream" trilogy.  IGN caught up with Wright and posed some Marvel-ous questions, to which the director divulged some interesting details about his next film, the much-anticipated ANT-MAN

For those not in the know, the character of ANT-MAN has been embodied by many characters in the comics, but it's most likely this will be the original, Hank Pym, a biophysicist who created the technology to grow larger or smaller, creating a helmet that helped him control ants and use the insect universe to his crime-fighting advantage.  His girlfriend, Janet Van Dyne, would later join him (and THE AVENGERS) as The Wasp. 

Wright on his take on the origin story:

“It’s a way of doing a superhero film within another genre. I wanted to tell an origin tale in a slightly different way. It’s part of the Marvel cinematic universe, but it also feels like its own piece.”

Wright on his priorities:

“I’ve been collaborating with [Marvel boss] Kevin [Feige] during the whole of that cycle” he explained. “I think people have always assumed… ‘Oh why is it taking so long to make?’ Part of it is because I wanted to make two other movies first. I wanted to make World’s End… me and Simon were very keen to make it and it felt like it was unfinished business and we wanted to wrap up the trilogy. The script came together really fast. Well not really fast, but it came together at a certain point where it was like ‘I really want to do this next.’"

Wright on his special effects education:

“But to be honest, the later I do it, it feels like I could learn more, especially about special effects. It’s a big effects movie, so I’m pleased to go into it having done Scott Pilgrim and The World’s End because you’re always learning more about that side.”

Wright on the mysterious ANT-MAN promo shown at Comic-Con last year:

“I hope that at some point we’ll be able to show that at some venue all finished” he added. "Because obviously at Comic-Con we showed it unfinished. All done it looks really good.”

Wright on his favorite Marvel films:

“I guess my two favourites would have to be IRON MAN and THE AVENGERS. I’ve enjoyed all of them and I think those two are the ones that score highest on the popcorn metre. That totally work as great crowd-pleasers. And I think what they’ve managed to do in terms of The Avengers coming after a five-film cycle, is kind of extraordinary and unprecedented in cinema history. To bring together four other franchises into one. It couldn’t have gone better could it? It’s amazing.”

Although I'm not a huge fan of ANT-MAN, I'm beyond excited to see Edgar Wright on a superhero movie.  I love his style and feel he's primed for the genre.  And, really, ANT-MAN (at least Hank Pym) is actually a very compelling character in the comics and it will be interesting to see how they portray him.  He's always been an arrogant, but briliiant, hot-tempered individual, so seeing Wright tackle that should be fun.

ANT-MAN, part of Marvel's Phase Three, is set to debut late 2015.

Extra Tidbit: I'm game for just about anyone for the role of Pym. Who would you like to see? Besides Nathan Fillion.
Source: IGN

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1:51PM on 02/07/2013
I can't even begin to imagine the crazy ideas Wright and Whedon toss around for the Marvel-verse. As for the role of Ant-Man, I'd say Allan Tudyk, I think its his turn to shine.
I can't even begin to imagine the crazy ideas Wright and Whedon toss around for the Marvel-verse. As for the role of Ant-Man, I'd say Allan Tudyk, I think its his turn to shine.
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1:16PM on 02/07/2013

Edgar Wright is RIGHT!!!!!

This could give a B list comic hero a debut like they did with Iron man. Looking forward to it.
Oh, another actor besides Nathan Fillion to play Ant-man? That's easy. NATHAN FILLION!!!!!!!! 'Nuff said.
This could give a B list comic hero a debut like they did with Iron man. Looking forward to it.
Oh, another actor besides Nathan Fillion to play Ant-man? That's easy. NATHAN FILLION!!!!!!!! 'Nuff said.
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6:53PM on 02/07/2013

Alan Tudyk

because Firefly shows he can balance funny and serious extremely well, which is what I think this character will need. I'm WAY excited for this flick, not only because Wright's making it but also because I think Ant-Man gets more shit than he should. Yeah, initially his powers sound stupid but the mechanics of how he uses them can be pretty sweet. Not to mention Hank's character is pretty complex and influential on the Marvel Universe. I'm also crossing my fingers for Ultron.
because Firefly shows he can balance funny and serious extremely well, which is what I think this character will need. I'm WAY excited for this flick, not only because Wright's making it but also because I think Ant-Man gets more shit than he should. Yeah, initially his powers sound stupid but the mechanics of how he uses them can be pretty sweet. Not to mention Hank's character is pretty complex and influential on the Marvel Universe. I'm also crossing my fingers for Ultron.
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1:13PM on 02/07/2013

Benedict Cumberbatch

i dunno. but whoever plays Hank Pym has to be able to sell the fact that they're a brilliant scientist.
i dunno. but whoever plays Hank Pym has to be able to sell the fact that they're a brilliant scientist.
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6:44PM on 02/07/2013
I'd really like to see Alan Tudyk as Hank Pym.
I'd really like to see Alan Tudyk as Hank Pym.
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4:01PM on 02/07/2013

tiny james bond

as long as they stick with the original concept of a powered secret agent, im in.
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as long as they stick with the original concept of a powered secret agent, im in.
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1:40PM on 02/07/2013

Fillion is too fat to be Ant-Man. (or any Superhero)

Now it's Allan Tudyk's time!
Now it's Allan Tudyk's time!
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2:29PM on 02/07/2013

It's a superhero movie by Edger-freakin-Wright...

OFCOURSE IT'LL BE DIFFERENT!
OFCOURSE IT'LL BE DIFFERENT!
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4:26PM on 02/07/2013

A Few Actors For Hank Pym

A few actors with some name recognition that come to mind are Mark Valley, Matt Bomer and Chris Vance. Hiring any of them would give some name recognition and save a few dollars in the casting budget. A couple of lesser known actors that have potential are Kris Holden-Reid and Michael Shanks.
A few actors with some name recognition that come to mind are Mark Valley, Matt Bomer and Chris Vance. Hiring any of them would give some name recognition and save a few dollars in the casting budget. A couple of lesser known actors that have potential are Kris Holden-Reid and Michael Shanks.
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6:14PM on 02/07/2013
Mark Valley. I like that suggestion.
Mark Valley. I like that suggestion.
12:15AM on 02/08/2013
So this is how they will introduce ultron and the vision to the marvel movies....
So this is how they will introduce ultron and the vision to the marvel movies....
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4:55PM on 02/07/2013
I don't know where they can take Ant-Man or which time it takes place. If memory serves, Janet came of with the name Avengers and given how the Avenger initiative came before I only assume than either she or someone is close to SHIELD and Hank being the sort of reluctant hero did jobs for SHIELD without the knowledge of the other members. I'm curious about this one, but I have no doubt Wright will knock it out of the park.
I don't know where they can take Ant-Man or which time it takes place. If memory serves, Janet came of with the name Avengers and given how the Avenger initiative came before I only assume than either she or someone is close to SHIELD and Hank being the sort of reluctant hero did jobs for SHIELD without the knowledge of the other members. I'm curious about this one, but I have no doubt Wright will knock it out of the park.
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12:43PM on 02/08/2013

John Krasinski

Please, please, please, please let this happen!
Please, please, please, please let this happen!
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6:48PM on 02/08/2013
I would like this casting if it came to be. Obviously Marvel likes the guy alot to have him test for Captain America and Star Lord. Won't be surprised to hear his name thrown around for this.

He would still make a great Flash for Justice League.
I would like this casting if it came to be. Obviously Marvel likes the guy alot to have him test for Captain America and Star Lord. Won't be surprised to hear his name thrown around for this.

He would still make a great Flash for Justice League.
10:31AM on 02/08/2013
Matthew Bomer or Zach Levi. If they are ever going to tackle some of the darker stuff with Hank Pym Bomer would be a better choice but Levi needs to get something other than a warrior three spot in the marvel universe.
Matthew Bomer or Zach Levi. If they are ever going to tackle some of the darker stuff with Hank Pym Bomer would be a better choice but Levi needs to get something other than a warrior three spot in the marvel universe.
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6:45PM on 02/08/2013
Zachary Levi should not be cast since he is already casted in Thor 2. I do like Matt Bomer for the role though. He would be perfect.
Zachary Levi should not be cast since he is already casted in Thor 2. I do like Matt Bomer for the role though. He would be perfect.
1:50PM on 02/07/2013

Matt Damon and Zooey Deschanel

Loved Scott Pilgrim and the Blood and Ice Cream films so far - not to mention the brilliant series Spaced. As for casting, doubt they'll go this "A-list" but I think Matt Damon would make a great Hank Pym with Zooey Deschanel as Janet Van Dyne/Wasp. Damon could do the arrogant but overall a good guy thing, who puts pride aside when it really matters and Deschanel could easily pull off the bubbly fun, but brilliant personality of The Wasp. At least the way she's portrayed in The Avengers:
Loved Scott Pilgrim and the Blood and Ice Cream films so far - not to mention the brilliant series Spaced. As for casting, doubt they'll go this "A-list" but I think Matt Damon would make a great Hank Pym with Zooey Deschanel as Janet Van Dyne/Wasp. Damon could do the arrogant but overall a good guy thing, who puts pride aside when it really matters and Deschanel could easily pull off the bubbly fun, but brilliant personality of The Wasp. At least the way she's portrayed in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes show, which I admit is the most knowledge I have on the character.
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2:03PM on 02/07/2013
...I think you're on to something there.
...I think you're on to something there.
6:14PM on 02/07/2013
If Zooey Deschanel goes anywhere near the Marvel cinematic universe, I might kill myself. Dead serious.
If Zooey Deschanel goes anywhere near the Marvel cinematic universe, I might kill myself. Dead serious.
1:35PM on 02/07/2013
I'm really excited to see how Ant Man and Guardians of the Galaxy turn out because I think those are the two riskiest movies apart of the Avengers universe and it should be exciting to see how both of those films connect into the Avengers Universe.

I think there is no better time than now to cast Nathan Fillion as Ant Man. The guy needs to play a character in one of these big films. And if not him then I like Adrien Brody a lot for the role. I think he would along with Fillion be a perfect
I'm really excited to see how Ant Man and Guardians of the Galaxy turn out because I think those are the two riskiest movies apart of the Avengers universe and it should be exciting to see how both of those films connect into the Avengers Universe.

I think there is no better time than now to cast Nathan Fillion as Ant Man. The guy needs to play a character in one of these big films. And if not him then I like Adrien Brody a lot for the role. I think he would along with Fillion be a perfect fit.
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1:57PM on 02/07/2013
I'm really glad to hear that wright is going to do his own thing. I'm tired of Marvel wanting to force every Character into the same Universe.
This kills the directors creativity. I want different approaches, different looks, different directing styles. Otherwise it's always the same shit...
Get out of the comfort zone. Try something new.
I'm really glad to hear that wright is going to do his own thing. I'm tired of Marvel wanting to force every Character into the same Universe.
This kills the directors creativity. I want different approaches, different looks, different directing styles. Otherwise it's always the same shit...
Get out of the comfort zone. Try something new.
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