Could Edgar Wright Finally Be Making an Adaptation of 'Ant Man'?

May 7, 2012
Source: AICN

Ant Man

There's been quite a history regarding an adaptation of Marvel's lesser known comic character Ant Man with Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright at the helm. However, the smaller budget superhero film has never seemed to gain any real traction and the last real update on the film came back in 2010 from Wright himself. However, this year, especially with The Avengers landing a massive take at the box office in its opening weekend, it sounds like Marvel may have the money and the balls to make it happen. Actually, Wright may be hinting at that very fact now. Read on!

First, AICN called our attention to a tweet from Edgar Wright over the weekend with this picture:

Ant Man - Edgar Wright TwitPic

The only text that went with the picture was, "Received this in the mail. What can it mean?" It's very cryptic, and it could just be Wright being sarcastic about not understanding the piece of art (that may have just come from a fan), but maybe it's also a way of letting everyone know that development is finally taking off. After all, SlashFilm points out that Bleeding Cool recently interviewed Kevin Feige and asked about the status of Ant Man. His response was surprisingly positive and there just might be a promising future for the superhero on the big screen. Feige said of Ant-Man:

"It's somewhere. I'll just say it's closer than it's ever been in its long maybe eight year history, and I usually e-mail Edgar every two or three days and over those eight years its got further away and closer… we are now closer than we've ever been. So I hope it will come together shortly."

That would be great news for patient Marvel fans, especially now that they have Whedon's succesful take on The Avengers to hold them over for a little while. For those who aren't familiar with Ant Man, Biophysicist and Security Operations Center expert Dr. Henry 'Hank' Pym decided to become the superhero after discovering a chemical substance that would allow the user to alter his size. Armed with a helmet that could control ants, Pym would shrink down to the size of an insect to become the mystery-solving Ant-Man. It sounds a little silly, but with Wright in the driver's seat, I have full faith in the project. Your thoughts?

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  • Jericho
    thoughts?...yeah this sounds dumb.... but again im not a comic guy so this might surprise me...
    • Chip_Tha_Ripper
      Yeah im thinking unless made very very well and they have ant man haver better powers and abilities from the comics it wont do well. Bring on Dr. Strange please!!
  • Stavi82
    Nathan Fillion or GTFO.
    • Kenny Tejeda
       I was totally thinking that.
  • Sweet this is one to look forward to, but they gotta have wasp too.
  • Cliffyskogs
    This sounds great, bring in Ant man and the Wasp for Avengers 2. maybe they will go into the whole Dr. Pym the wife beater story...Ultron, Vision, Jocasta. They could really get into some awesome stuff with the Pyms.
    • Chip_Tha_Ripper
      Im REALLY hoping for a Dr. Strange movie. He opens up for endless possibities. Plus we all know tony stark doesnt believe in magic XD. Strange is a badass that the avengers need
  • Poo
    they will need to intro new characters for the avengers 2, so i think that bringing in actual avengers members is awesome, and doing it with their own film would be the coolest way. bringing edgar wright into the mix is a wicked twist on an already successful 6 film story build up. stoked for this.
  • BinaryChaos
    I'm sorry but that sounds really stupid... 1. They have to change that dumb name cause no one is going to take it serious. I'm already laughing at the name. 2. He needs a better origin story and powers because he is starting to sound like rat king from Ninja turtles.
    • Jericho
    • they could go the Giant-Man/Ant-man route.   Also, i think superman and batman names are just as dumb. We're just more used to it because they are ALOT more popular.  People laughed at the name Wii and iPad.  Eventually it was a non issue.
      • BinaryChaos
        What are you talking about? iPad and Wii have nothing to do with this. The names for Superman and Batman sound more epic than anything else it's not because we are use to it, it's because we all have better sense when it comes to cool names. Are you going to take a character named balloon-man or booger-man seriously? Even Stan Lee himself says the Batman name sounds interesting and mysterious. That's the man that created all those marvel characters. I can see the mainstream media making fun of antman/Giantman. People in real life don't even like their own names their parents gave them. I know a guy name Jen and he is male! He was made fun of everyday in high school because of it. So if you want to be taken seriously come up with something sensible.
        • im referring to naming things in general.  Most super hero names are silly.
        • Big R
          Lmao. I completely agree with everything binary chaos has said. Balloon-man and dodo-man lol
        •  I dunno. I might go see DoDo-Man before I pay to see Ant Man. Ant Man is a Stupid name. Like a lame Spider-Man sidekick. Fighting the evil Termite-Man as he flies around on his trusty steed Horse-Fly.
          •  I'm curious. Are we pronouncing dodo as Doe Doe like the bird, or Doo Doo like poop?
  • Ugh, ants on-screen. Maybe you'll feel like stomping them when watching in 3D.
  • Bucklord
    Simon Pegg for ant man!!! Gotta happen!
    • mooreworthy
      Love him, but , could her pull off an abusive insecure husband?
  • Maxx
    I prefer Pym as Giant-Man. 
  • Huh?
    Enough with the comic book movies already! Just kidding... :) ...
  • SGC51
    would love to see Nathan Fillion as Dr. Hank Pym
  • Henry Pym aka Ant-man/Giant-man was a founding member of The Avengers, seems like it could be a given that his character could be added.  I mean they went with basically the founding line-up of the Avengers with Iron-man,Thor, Hulk and Captain America(Loki was also the first villain in issue 1).  Of course it's mainly because they had the movie rights to those characters, not necessarily because they wanted to go old school, but now that they did, it would make sense that Ant-man is added.
  • mooreworthy
    Black Panther movies please. Blade proved Marvel can make a sucessful hero movie where the character is not white. Spawn doesn't count nor does catwoman. Not Marvel.
    • Jericho
    • Heckyeah
      You know that in SHIELD's map of the world in Thor one of the spots marked on the map is Wakanza? Howard Stark had to get Vibranium from somewhere. That is an easter egg about Black Panther. Doctor Strange, Ant Man, and maybe even the Inhumans might be targeted for a smaller budget film. Hell, I'd like to see some more Blade movies too, hehehehe.
      • mooreworthy
        Dude, the Inhumans would be awesome. it seems more like a fantastic four, which was so lame. Hell yeah for a Blade run again.
      • David Banner
        Oh!? I didnt catch that one :)
      • jah p
        Damn, thanks for that Heckyeah! I'm gonna check that out tonight!
  • People don't know ANYTHING about Ant Man. The guy is an amazing character. He's also Giant Man which is very flipping cool. Read Ultimates before judging him. The guy keeps the strength of a full sized man even when Ant Sized. So you could have this spec of a man jump up, knock a bad guy on the chin with what looks like a love tap and the guy could get knocked the hell out. It's a very cool idea for a character. 
    • mooreworthy
      Pym was a true bastard in. the Ultimates. Loved how Captain America had to open a can of 1940's whoop ass on Pym.
  • SuicidalOptimist
    Meeeeeh! I'd rather see a -good- Deadpool or Nightcrawler movie. Hell, Daredevil still needs a reboot/remake to redeem itself for that abomination with Ben "what's-screen-presence" Affleck. 
    •  Fox owns the rights to Deadpool, Nightcrawler and Daredevil.  So FOX owns anything that originated in the X-man, DareDevil and Fantastic Four comics.  Sony owns the movie rights to Spider-man characters, all the other Marvel characters are controlled by Disney. So Fox and Sony are basically going to have to come up with movies based on those comics every few years if they want to keep the movie rights.
      • mooreworthy
        I hate that because we have to wait so long until Marvel gets them back. Marvel does have so mamy other characters to bring to film. Want them to explore other worlds though. Whether out in. space (Nova) or interdimensional (Dr. Strange).
  • Max Renn
    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids was great.
    • David Banner
      Hehe, it was and all 3 movies did quite well.
  • I think this would be a dope movie for fans and kids, and the you put these characters in Ant Man
  • HG2012
    people are too quick to judge antman over at DC aquaman is  dealing with the same stigma of ridicule  in mainstream media   but both are really great characters
  • Jakenate
    If Ant Man/Giant Man is a name problem, how about Yellowjacket?
  • I think Pym is annoying in the comic. If it didnt tie into the other Avengers movie I wouldnt give 2 shits about Ant Man. But it will. So Marvel will get some more of my (and many others just like me) money, and Marvel knows this. I am afraid this is just the beginning many stupid marvel movies that tie into the Avengers franchise. I take it back about marvel getting my money on this one. I'm sure I'll be able to find it bootlegged online somewhere.




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