Marvel Movie Update: Ant-Man Finally Gets a Director, Possible Doctor Stranges


Peyton Reed on the set of Yes Man (2008) Movie Image

A pair of news concerning some of Marvel movies for ya this weekend.

Up first, it looks like the studio has finally — at last — located someone willing to direct “Ant-Man” for them after original writer/director Edgar Wright recently bailed on the project due to creative differences with Kevin Feige and company.

Ant-Man Comic Book CoverAfter going through a lot of names, Marvel has now settled on a pair of dudes to bring Ant-Man to the big screen, with Peyton Reed taking over as director. Reed is responsible for the Jim Carrey comedy “Yes Man” and the teen cheerleader flick “Bring it On.” Not exactly Edgar Wright fanboy street creds, I’ll grant you that, but hey, the guys who did “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” didn’t look all that impressive at first, either.

Meanwhile, Adam McKay will re-team with “Ant-Man” star Paul Rudd and rework the script to Marvel’s specifications. As previously speculated, it definitely sounds like the reason Wright left was because Marvel wanted him to do certain things with the film, likely in order to tie it up with their greater movie universe. McKay, an obvious gun-for-hire in this case, shouldn’t have that problem.

Rudd and Michael Douglas will remain as stars, with Rudd playing con man Scott Lang (Rudd), who must “embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.” We’re told that “against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”

Doctor Strange Comic BookMeanwhile, now that Marvel has set director Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”) to helm their “Doctor Strange” movie, the search is on for the Sorcerer Supreme himself.

According to Deadline, two of those possible candidates include everyone’s favorite British guy Tom Hardy and the BBC’s version of Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch. Those are the biggest names on the list, but I’m sure there are plenty of others as well.

Unlike the play-it-safe Hollywood studios, Marvel seems to thrive on making left-field talent choices behind and in front of the camera. So just because Hardy and Cumberbatch are on the list, don’t be surprise if they’re not that high up.

If one of them should land the gig, though, I’d love for it to be Cumberbatch. If he could channel some of his Sherlock assholeness into Doctor Strange, I think it would make for a pretty novel superhero.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Movie Image

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    Boo! to both of those choices. Ioan Gruffudd.

  • Juggernaut

    While I’m sure that Ant-man will be good it’s hard to get exited by Wright’s replacement. His past film credits are a bit underwhelming. I was really hoping to see a more dynamic director step in but I suppose Marvel knows what they’re doing.
    As for Cumberbatch or Hardy up for Dr. Strange neither would be anywhere near my short list. Both are very good actors but neither one embodies the sourcerer supreme in my opinion. JGL and Karl Urban would be better fits if you were fishing in the same talent pools. I really wanted an older actor to portray Strange. I like Dedpool’s pick, Luke Evans, as well as Mathew Goode or Billy Crudup. Jon Hamm would also be a good choice. We’ll see soon I suppose.

  • lucrezia galliero

    Oded Fher or Jeff Goldblum or Pedro Pascal would make a much better Dr. Strange. I think they need to cast an actor of a certain age, and not a conventional standard hottie. but Marvel usually never fails me in castings, so whoever they pick in the end, I’m certain he’ll fit the role.

    • Juggernaut

      Oded Fehr and Pedro Pascal are good choices. If they did go a bit older Jim Caviezel and Anson Mount would be a few more on the list,

      • Dedpool

        I like Fehr and Pascal but both are too old. I get that we want an older Strange, but he can’t start a franchise like that. It worked well with iron Man, and that’s because RDJ doesn’t come off as that old anyway. I think Both hardy and Cumberbatch have the right age and gravitas to pull it off, though I’d chose Cumberbatch of the two. As Juggy said my pick is Luke Evans. JGL and Karl Urban are also good pics, as is even Ioan Gruffudd (watch him in King Arthur) . Out of all of them age wise JGL and Evans are the youngest. With Fehr being 44, Gruffudd being 43, and Urban being 42. Hell Cumberbatch is actually OLDER than Evans. I think this should actually be taken closer to something akin to House M.D. meets Iron Man, except with magic. Arrogant genius doctor finds his humility and becomes the Sorcerer Supreme. The animated movie would actually be a very good starting point. Either way, I like who’s being added to the list. Sure there are always “better” choices, but until I see official casting, costume, and such and unless it’s completely out of character casting like say Shia LeBauf or Jackie Chan, I’m good. Even if the list is Leto, Hardy, Cumberbatch, and some randoms.