Edgar Wright Confirms a Funny, Iron Man-ish Ant Man Movie


I’ll be honest with you, I’m still trying to get used to the idea of an “Ant Man” movie. I mean, the film is about a guy who can shrink down to the size of an ant. That’s … not exactly the kind of superhero movie I was hoping Hollywood would make when they started doing superhero movies. But in the hands of someone like Edgar Wright, it could be pretty damn good, especially when he seems to be taking his cues from Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man”, both in terms of tone and genre acceptance. And if the trailers for “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” are any indication, he certainly has a nice handle on comic book action.

Talking to BoxOffice.com, Wright had this to say about his version of “Ant Man”:

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. 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.

He adds that you can stop bugging him about cameos for actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the stars of his “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”, cause it ain’t happening.

So, an Ant Man movie. Hmm, still not sure…

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  • ULIK

    1)To be able to control the world's incsects is probably one of the most powerful abilities. There are over 10 quintillion(real number) of insects in the world 2)Being able to shrink to the size of an insect allows a number of stealth abilties and venturing into many inaccesable places or orifices. 3)Hank Pym utilizes his “Pym Particles” in such a way that while decreasing his his overall molecular mass,he reverses and increases his density making him incredibly durable and retains the strength of his normal size while at the size of an ant, sort of like how most ants are able to lift objects three to ten times theirs sizes and weight. 4) Pym not only can reduce or increase his own size BUT HE CAN DO THIS TO OTHER ANIMATE OR INANIMATE OBJECTS! As Ant-Man I think the best way to do a new take on it would be to create an acronym for him as “A.N.T”-Man. Giving him the abiltity to also create nano-machine ants or bugs that have different abilties. Therefore “Animated,Nano,Technology” “A.N.T.” Because insects are dangerous but not impervious to fire so a blow torch could handle normal insects long enough to allow an escape,if their not coming from all sides. 5) Hank Pym is the second most intelligent Superhero after Dr.Reed Richards and even Hank Pym would argue that saying he's smarter. The great thing about Hank Pym is that he's a flawed character and has self esteem issues which makes for great drama, groundedness, and realism. You can't have an A.N.T-Man movie without Janet Van Dyne either. I'm looking foward to this and The Avengers movie as he'll be G.I.A.N.T-Man in that one. I'd love to see Giant-Man walking down the streets of Manhattan.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Actually I think Pym is number 3, behind Richards and Doom.

    Ulik I love your take on the A.N.Tman tech. Also think they should definitely go the G.I.Ant Man route from Avengers Initiative with the suit being able to do both. However I think he should show up in Avengers as a scientist working on something for S.H.I.E.L.D. (Ultron), and then he can spin off in his own movie as Ant Man.

    I do however understand most people's aprehension of the character getting a movie though, and I like the character and I still think it's a hard sell. I think the movie should be about Pym's tech being stolen by Scott Lang (second Antman) and then realizing he made a mistake. He goes to Pym to ask for help and the two of the reluctantly work together to get the tech back, and save Lang's daughter. Just a thought.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    Yeah, but Ant Man? They can do any superhero movie and they choose … Ant Man?

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Cuz they can connect it to Avengers and that whole universe. He's a major part of the history, creating one of their greatest enemies with Ultron. He's a good character but like I said I see where people may not think it's worth it to give him his own movie. Hell Pym himself never fronted a solo-comic for long. I say stick him in an ensemble but let him shine.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    Yeah, see, guy can't even front his own comic series, and he gets his own movie? Weird choice for Marvel. I suppose it's admirable they want to stay close to the original Avenger comics, though.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    In all fairness Blade hadn't even been IN a comic since the 90's and it wasn't even his own comic. He was an also ran that just happened to fit in with Ghost Rider, Morbius and other dark heroes at the time. Hell if it wasn't for the 90's “Spiderman” show we may never have heard from the character again since the 70's. So Marvel (and I mean Marvel, not some other studio) may be able to pull this off.

  • ULIK

    Awesome post Dedpool, oh and I did say Hank was 2nd most intelligent “superhero” not character,yes he is 3rd if you include Dr.Doom.