Discuss: Could Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' Movie Be Ready by 2014?
"Ant-Man - kicking your ass one inch at a time." It was finally revealed and confirmed at the Marvel Studios presentation at Comic-Con last week that Edgar Wright will indeed be making an Ant-Man movie. He recently shot a test reel, about a minute or so in length of an action sequence in a hallway, that was revealed and shown to fans inside of Hall H during their Iron Man 3 presentation on Saturday evening (video blog). Wright was there to show it, even though he's already preparing to start on The World's End, the final film in his own Cornetto Trilogy with Simon Pegg & Nick Frost. So when will he get to Ant-Man?
We weren't expecting to hear much of an update from Edgar Wright and Marvel for a while, but there is an update already thanks to an interview with Marvel's Louis D'Esposito on Collider, found via SlashFilm. D'Esposito is the co-president of Marvel Studios and directed the short film Item 47, which also premiered during the Con. In his interview, he was asked straight up if there's a possibility of fitting Ant-Man into the 2014 Marvel Studios line-up, which already includes: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (on April 4th, 2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy (on August 1st, 2014). D'Esposito explains in the interview:
"Listen, that might be an opportunity where we do a third film, depending on his schedule when he finishes World's End. But he's such a competent filmmaker; the script is in great shape. The test will prove a lot of things on the visual effects front: how do we handle the shrinking, obviously, and the scale issues, because when he's small he's a half-inch. So we’re gonna work that out, maybe that's when we do a third film."
So there you go. There's a lot more from D'Esposito in that interview if you want to listen. This has always been the question with Ant-Man - when will Edgar get to it? Everything came together on World's End, so he's definitely shooting that later this year, finishing it up for release next year. Then he could quickly move onto Ant-Man and get it ready for late 2014. Might that be how his schedule works out? Only time will tell, and it's obviously too early to say anything is a definite. But for the sake of discussion, it's a possibility, or an "opportunity" as D'Esposito states, and that means 2014 could be a good lead-up year for The Avengers 2.
Marvel is currently lining up Guardians of the Galaxy and another Captain America movie for 2014, with another Thor movie and another Iron Man next year. There's no mention of another solo Hulk or Nick Fury or Black Panther or Hawkeye movie yet, so it might be Ant-Man's time to shine along with the Guardians and the other Avengers. I've also been wondering when or even if they'll show the Ant-Man test footage to the actual public, on a DVD release or in front of an upcoming Marvel flick. Only time will answer all of these questions, but there's an exciting future ahead for Marvel and Edgar Wright, that's for sure. You in?