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…

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

    well if they spin this out of Avengers it could really work. I mean if Hank Pym is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent/scientist and something gets stolen that he created, like a portal to the microverse or something (could you imagine being able to open a portal to a place thats the size of say a matchbox but could hold an entire army including vehicles and then have that being stolen), and then we’d have a pretty interesting movie. I mean he wouldn’t be ant-size all the time, hell he may even throw in a bit of the G.I.Ant-man thing and have him shrink AND grow.

    As for Scott Pilgrim, this will suffer like “Watchmen” did. It has a built in audience but they’re not as big as the studio would like, and most people will pass it up not knowing what it is or being turned off by the comic/cartoony nature of the film. *Sigh*

  • ULIK

    Hmmm..Scott Pilgrim V.S. The Expendables is what happened and Scott Pilgrim lost. As far as Edgar Wright making an Ant-Man movie and doing it well,I have 0% confidence in him because of his synopsis. On the other hand Ant-Man has great potential as a movie if it had the right director involved. Dedpool and I spoke about this many times and Ant-Man has the ability to be an awesome character and movie with some upgrades to his tech.

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

    I like the idea of him as agent. I’d have him work for Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. but mainly as a scientist with SOME training , but mostly a scientist and have him be the reason the thing was stolen and hence his reason for going on his own to get it back. He’d be a little awkward at first but his wits and brains would get him out of situations, and his courage and sense of responsibility would also spur him into action during them. I’d introduce him in Avengers as creating Ultron, and have Ultron be the main villain for that film, and then have someone steal the portal thing, or maybe even the prototype to the giant man gear or something for his film.

  • Oh well

    Edgar Wright is Badass, And Scott Pilgram was an amazing film, Too bad people dont care, unless there are shinny vampires, or some kind of cliched catch to captivate audiences,

    Oh well,