Edgar Wright Talks Badass Secret Agent Ant Man

Edgar WrightGood to know I’m not the only guy who can’t quite get my head around a big-budget comic book movie focusing on a guy who can shrink to the size of an ant and then control an army of ants to fight crime. This Vanity Fair article (via Collider) feels kinda the same way, though give him props, Edgar Wright seems to be sticking to his guns that an “Ant Man” movie could be potentially very awesome if done right.

You’ve been working on the comic book adaptation for a while. Is it ever actually going to happen?

I hope so, yeah. I’ve written a script, and once Scott Pilgrim is done I’m going to work on a second draft. It’s something I’ve been passionate about for awhile.

Yeah, but … Ant Man? Seriously? Isn’t he like Aqua Man with lower self-esteem?

Not at all! I had a copy of the Tales to Astonish comic from the early 60s, which has his origin story. And I’ve been a fan ever since. I think it’s a really interesting high-concept idea.

Let me make sure I have this right. This guy shrinks to the size of an ant, and he has an army of ants at his disposal?

That’s right.

Is that really the most effective way to fight crime?

Ah, well … you’ll just have to wait and see.

You’re an amazing director, Edgar, but I don’t know how this is going to work. I mean… Ant Man? The guy who becomes an ant? Isn’t that like trying to stop a mob boss with a box full of kittens?

I know there’s a big stigma attached to it, mostly because every movie about shrinking has been about people in peril. I think it’d be great to do a shrinking film about a bad-ass secret agent.

Okay, I see what you mean. I was thinking along the lines of Honey I Shrunk The Kids.

Even something like The Incredible Shrinking Man, which is a fantastic film, is about a guy in trouble. But this is going to be nothing like that. It’s essentially a high-tech spy heist film with somebody with a very particular power.

The awesome power … of an ant!

Trust me, it’ll be much cooler than you think.

Eh, I’ll believe it when I see it.

Though given the epic fail of “Scott Pilgrim” at the box office, money-conscious Marvel may start re-thinking their investment in an “Ant Man” movie under Wright…