Edgar Wright has Shot a Test Reel for Ant-Man


Edgar Wright at Comic ConOn the heels of this afternoon’s news (or, to be more accurate, rumors) that Marvel had chosen the “Guardians of the Galaxy” as one of their two 2014 movie titles (the other being “Captain America 2″), comes this actual news that Edgar Wright, long attached to direct “Ant-Man” for Marvel, has actually moved a step closer to making the movie and shot and finished a test reel.

Now before you get too excited, just know that test reels are pretty common in Hollywood, especially on films that plan on either breaking new ground in terms of visuals, or has expensive CG shots. Zack Snyder shot a test battle scene for “300” to show studio suits what he was going for, and Jonathan Liebesman did likewise before getting the greenlight on “Battle: Los Angeles”. Those films both eventually went into production, and in the case of “300”, even ended up on one of the film’s Blu-ray releases.

According to industry trade THR, Edgar Wright has shot a test reel to show off the “potential look and tone of his movie, as well as to decide how convincing Ant-man’s powers look onscreen.” Now it’ll be up to the Marvel suits to decide how to proceed, though if this afternoon’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” rumor pans out, it might still have to wait until 2015, at the earliest. Of course, that’s if the “Guardians of the Galaxy” rumor proves true.

The fact that Wright had to shoot a test reel might be because the idea of an “Ant-Man” movie is just, well, odd. He was never exactly the most popular character in the Marvel pantheon, and although he’s been on the roster of some pretty big super teams (The Avengers being one), Ant-Man is, well, Ant-Man. You know, the guy who shrinks down to the size of an ant. I wouldn’t be surprise if the suits, like me, couldn’t really figure out how all that was going to work and needed convincing.

In any case, if you were going to make a superhero movie as potentially “odd” as Ant-Man, Edgar Wright is certainly the ideal director. Wright, who co-wrote the film script with “Attack the Block’s” Joe Cornish, is most known for the zombie comedy “Shaun of the Dead”, but he recently directed “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, which would seem to have a similar vibe and tone to a would-be “Ant-Man” movie.

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  • Juggernaut

    While I understand the hesitation to do a feature film on arguably one of the least recognizable characters in the Avengers universe, I do think that the film will work. Yes he is the superhero that shrinks down to the size of an ant. I never really understood the necessity of such a “power” but his presence and importance in the Marvel U is paramount. Not only is he one of the most intelligent characters in the comics (rivaled only by Banner, Stark and Reed Richards) he also has major ties to a lot of pivotal Avengers stories and other characters in the Avengers line-up. BTW, he also has an invention that allows him to communicate with and control insects which would be cool to see on the big screen (think a high octane, Honey I Shrunk The KIds with modern effects!) Having him reveal that he is also able to grow to great heights (one of many alter egos, Giant-Man!) will be awesome to see too. I really hope that they go forward with this.

  • LionHeart

    The biggest barrier I find is that his persona beyond the power, smart guy who invents things, is taken by the two other characters already.

    • Juggernaut

      Agreed. While his particular skill set and inventions are different it does seem a bit redundant. That being said, the prospect of Giant-Man battling one of the chitauri worm creatures through the city would be awesome! There is also a lot of potential for the character to bring in other major elements and villains. Without Pym there is no Ultron. There is no Vault,. There is no Wasp, Goliath, Stature. He is an integral part of the Avengers mythos.

  • Lexavi80

    Agree! If done right, this could really work out.

    Hank Pym is Ant-Man, but he’s also Giant-Man. I can definably see exciting things out of it.

  • W.A.S

    Jensen Ackles is my choise for an ant-man actor.

    • Juggernaut

      I could see Ackles playing Pym. However, I think that if this happens the studio is going to go for a higher tier of actors for the role. While I like Ackles and think that he’d do a good job I thinkl that someone with a bit more clout in films will be who the choose. I could see them trying to get someone in the realm of a Matt Damon or Brad Pitt level to draw an audience. Just my opinion.

      • W.A.S

        You think so, even though they had good success with Chris Hemsworth? Although i do see where you are coming from because Ant-Man isnt as well known as Thor is. I think Matt Damon could work.

        • Juggernaut

          I was using him more as a standard but yeah, I could see him in the part. He’s a great actor. He can handle the weight of a franchise. He’s done a bunch of action/adventure films. I could see it!

  • venom_aa

    I see this as an introduction to Pym, and i bet 20 that at the end of the Ant Man movie hes transforming to Giant Man. Also could be a nice character for a less violent movie and act like the family franchise of the Avengers.

    • Juggernaut

      I see what you’re saying but I sincerely hope that it doesn’t go that way. I really liked the synopsis proposed originally which was a Mission: Impossible type high tech meets espionage film. That would be really cool IMO. It could also delve further into SHIELD and introduce other SHIELD agents like Daisy Johnson, Mockingbird, Ms. Marvel and obviously Lang and Wasp.
      And like you said, he will definately be going Giant-Man by the end. Having that come out of nowhere will be a big pop for the audience not familiar with Pym. Who would be his primary villain though? Although very first Marvel film has done this you wouldn’t want to have him face another shrinking/growing foe like Goliath (although he is one of my favorite Marvel characters). Ironman Vs. Iron Monger (2 guys in armor), Hulk Vs. Abomination (2 giant monstrocities), Thor Vs. Loki (2 gods), Captain America Vs. Red Skull (2 men injected with the super soldier serum) it’s a bit redundant.