Edgar Wright Finally Updates Marvel's Ant-Man!
Although Edgar Wright is currently off working on Scott Pilgrim in order to prove his abilities in adapting a comic book (at least in my mind), we all know that he's also been contracted to bring Marvel's Ant-Man to the big screen for years. Since all of the news hit about both Scott Pilgrim and The Avengers, there hasn't been much mention of Ant-Man. However, Wright finally updated the status of the project with PiQ Magazine via Cinematical recently. It's not much, but it is an update and from the sounds of it, Ant-Man is working its way towards being included in The Avengers after Wright introduces us to him sometime in 2010. Wrights also reveals an interesting tidbit about the superhero's origin.
Screenwriter Joe Cornish ("The Adam and Joe Show") has been working on the script for the film and Wright confirms that the second draft is still being written. Wright previously mentioned that the film will combine two of the major characters from the comic books, since throughout Ant-Man's history at least three various people have become the superhero. As for the origin story, Edgar reveals this enticing tidbit. The film will feature a "different way of seeing a superhero origin, because you've seen so many of them and we really tried to figure out a fresh take on that story. So it's definitely a Marvel film but it's got a little twist on it in terms of the way that it plays out."
If there are fans of Ant-Man who are still concerned about Wright's comedic background (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz), you needn't worry too much. Wright has mentioned numerous times, most recently to Cinematical in March, that the film will be light on the comedy. He reiterated recently that he'll be playing it "straight" with Ant-Man. But let me remind you, Tony Stark was a great character and Iron Man had a lot of humor in it anyway. I think Wright can definitely find the perfect balance between the comic book aspect and comedy, as Iron Man certainly did. The latest on the expect release date - still 2010. Let's hope Marvel actually gives this the greenlight before then or Ant-Man might not end up in The Avengers.
Ant-Man is a superhero from the Marvel universe that was originally created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962. Various characters, including Dr. Hank Pym, Scott Lang, and Eric O'Grady, have all taken on the role of Ant-Man. For reference, in the first origin of Ant-Man, Dr. Pym developed a method of altering size and his first self-test went awry and gave him the ability to shrink. After discovering his ability, Pym developed a helmet that helped him communicate with and control insects. I've actually been looking forward to this project for a long time and think Wright could pull it off. Of course it comes down to casting Ant-Man anyway and right now I can't even guess who might be a good fit. What are your thoughts?
Is Ant-Man a good character to introduce in 2010 before going on to join The Avengers?