Kevin Feige Talks Edgar Wright's ANT-MAN Exit; Dishes On DOCTOR STRANGE

In a Q&A session following the screening of Guardians Of The Galaxy footage at this years CineEurope, Kevin Feige dished on the status of Ant-Man following Edgar Wright's exit, whilst also teasing what we should expect from their upcoming Doctor Strange movie. Hit the jump!

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By LMB10 - 6/20/2014

Marvel came under a lot of fire after Edgar Wright walked away from his Ant-Man project, however it doesn't seem to have fazed Kevin Feige, who still seems just as enthused about the upcoming release. The man behind the MCU recently spoke at CIneEurope, where he dished on all sorts of Marvel projects.

"Ant-Man is still going to come out on 17 July [2015], we start filming this August. Edgar Wright, who I've known for many years, who wrote the draft with Joe Cornish - much of the movie will still be based very much on that draft and the DNA of what Edgar has created up to this point, but Peyton Reed has stepped in [to direct]". Feige went on to say that "Adam McKay, a very good writer is reworking parts of the script - not the entirety of the script, but some of it - and it's going to, we believe, come to life in the best version of Ant-Man that we could possibly make. Again Ant-Man is a very important character for us. We like that people don't necessarily know what it is, we like that it sounds sort of strange when you first hear the notion of Ant-Man, or a hero that can shrink, but he's a very key Marvel character: he's a key Avenger."
 
He went on to talk about the upcoming Doctor Strange adaptation, saying that "Scott Derrickson has been announced as the director. Doctor Strange is a character that I've been interested in for many, many years and that I've talked about in interviews for probably 14 years, because I believe it's very, very important for us to explore every nook and cranny of the comic-book universe and we've done the street-level heroes, and we've done the billionaire superheroes [on Earth]. We've now done the cosmic side with Thor and Avengers and most obviously with Guardians, but there's a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side - the interdimensional side of the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own." He went on to reveal that an actor is yet to be cast, and that production will begin next Spring.
 
Feige went on to say a lot more about Thanos, the possibility of a Marvel/Fox/Sony crossover, and the role of the upcoming Netflix  shows in the MCU, so be sure to head over to Total Film to check that out. Marvel's Ant-Man is expected to release on July 17th, 2015, whilst Doctor Strange is expected to release at some point in 2016.

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Lang will be portrayed by Paul Rudd, whilst Michael Douglas will portray Pym. Additionally, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson are all set to feature in the July 17th, 2015 release.

Source: Total Film
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BasedThanos - 6/20/2014, 11:32 AM
YES!!!
BasedThanos - 6/20/2014, 11:32 AM
Doctor Strange is going to be EPIC!
MrReese - 6/20/2014, 11:32 AM
"because I believe it's very, very important for us to explore every nook and cranny of the comic-book universe"

^THIS

Can't wait 4 Strange!
Gusto - 6/20/2014, 11:33 AM
Please change it back to Pym.
Reasonnnn - 6/20/2014, 11:33 AM
Sigh I miss edgar
BatManiac - 6/20/2014, 11:34 AM
HANK PYM is a key Marvel character and a key Avenger! Scott Lame ain't shit!
Mrcool210 - 6/20/2014, 11:35 AM
"will still be based very much on that draft and the DNA of what Edgar has created up to this point,"





If its still going to be based on the same draft then there is even less reason for wright to have left. Im calling for major changes, and with adam mckay doing re writes? bad ones at that. I have my eye on you Marvel Studios.

Jollem - 6/20/2014, 11:37 AM
Jollem - 6/20/2014, 11:38 AM
BatManiac - 6/20/2014, 11:38 AM
"...the best version of Ant-Man that we could possibly make."

LMAO! Now he's just trolling the Hank Pym fans.
Jollem - 6/20/2014, 11:39 AM
TheAbaryMan369 - 6/20/2014, 11:40 AM
All I wanted was Hank Pym.... :(
kinghulk - 6/20/2014, 11:41 AM
am i right in thinking ant man will also be able to grow is size cos so far he has only mentioned shrinking. i want him to grow big and shrink.
Pasto - 6/20/2014, 11:41 AM
Booger burger.
CaptainObvious - 6/20/2014, 11:43 AM
My interest in Ant-Man tanked when Edgar Wright left.
Bekss - 6/20/2014, 11:43 AM
"A key Avenger"
So he needs a lot of connection to the Avengers, something Wright didn't have to do 8 years before.
BatManiac - 6/20/2014, 11:56 AM
@kinghulk

Ant-Man doesn't grow big, he shrinks. Giant Man (Hank Pym) grows big, but Scott Lame isn't Giant Man, he's only Ant-Man.
Irvin88 - 6/20/2014, 11:57 AM
Kevin Feige, by his interviews, understands what the MCU needs. He understands that they have to introduce new characters and I wouldn't be surprised if he's a fanboy. Since he understands that the MCU needs to grow, I wouldn't be surprised if we see a Black Panther Film, wasp, Inhumans, etc. what a great time to be a fan of comic books right now!
Omarvls - 6/20/2014, 12:04 PM
AH look eveybody
@Jollem the defender of Ant Man and Edgar Wright

New the movie would be mediocre at best


Bring Black Panther
Omarvls - 6/20/2014, 12:07 PM
Ant Man?

I'm more intrigued with the possibility of a mid credit scene in GotG

NOVA!!!!!
PymParticle - 6/20/2014, 12:08 PM
WHY must they persist to frick with the source material.

Pym was a founding Avenger, that didn't happen, fine. Pym is not the sole creator of Ultron, fine. But don't make him a supporting character in his own movie, they are destroying so much storytelling and any chance of seeing all the dynamics between Hank, Jan, the Avengers, his inventions and him reluctantly being a superhero.

They could have easily created an Ant-man movie starring Hank Pym and Janet, setting up Ultron and tied in with the Avengers:AOU movie.

With all the time and money they have it's embarrassing that they can't produce a movie on par with Avengers:EMH. That was a fantastic show which translated all the dynamics and characters beautifully, had they done something similar with the characters i dare to say that it could have been as successful as Iron Man.

Iron Man (1) definately was [on par], and so was CA:TWS, both the least goofy and most comic accurate. The former still being the strongest entry to the MCU to this date.

I suppose we have Wright to thank for this disaster, and Feige for allowing it.

(PS. Been reading CBM for years, just registered)
kinghulk - 6/20/2014, 12:09 PM
batmaniac- i kind of assumed he would end up doing both after all ant man is giant man i know they are not using the same ant man (lang instead of Pym) but i was kinda of hoping he would grow as well. i think it would be cooler to see him do both.
MrMartinMarvel - 6/20/2014, 12:16 PM
"Again Ant-Man is a very important character for us."

That's why you made Hank Pym 70 years old.
soforizo - 6/20/2014, 12:16 PM
"Adam McKay, a very good writer is reworking parts of the script - not the entirety of the script, but some of it - and it's going to, we believe, come to life in the best version of Ant-Man that we could possibly make. Again Ant-Man is a very important character for us. We like that people don't necessarily know what it is, we like that it sounds sort of strange when you first hear the notion of Ant-Man, or a hero that can shrink, but he's a very key Marvel character: he's a key Avenger."
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I could've used a 'given the circumstances' in that statement. But anyways...
DaVinci31 - 6/20/2014, 12:16 PM
Wait, so does this mean Pymwill have been the creator of Ultron?

BatManiac - 6/20/2014, 12:19 PM
Well said PymPartical, and welcome to CBM.com!
OpticBlastWins - 6/20/2014, 12:19 PM
I see some are still butt hurt over Wright. Lets hope these rewrites fill in some gaps. Strange cant come out soon enough
DaVinci31 - 6/20/2014, 12:20 PM
"we've done the street-level heroes"



Not yet, at least.

MrMartinMarvel - 6/20/2014, 12:22 PM
@PymPartical Welcome to the fold my tiny friend.
DrDoom - 6/20/2014, 12:22 PM
No one cares about this movie anymore, Feige.

PymParticle - 6/20/2014, 12:25 PM
@DaVinci, *spoiler* i've read that Pym plays some part in his creation, but Whedon has alluded that it's a team effort. You should read Wardell's tweets, after all the things he wrote about CA:TWS turned out to be true i've started to believe his others are too.

@BM, thanks.
DaVinci31 - 6/20/2014, 12:27 PM
"but there's a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side - the interdimensional side of the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own."

I really hope this means we now have a possibility of seeing Ghost Rider within the next 10 years.






AlexanderLykins - 6/20/2014, 12:27 PM
The MCU is just the best.
EzioKenway1225 - 6/20/2014, 12:27 PM
these are some other quotes from him...

On the potential of a Guardians franchise

"Every time we make a movie, we focus on the single movie, the importance of doing the best version we can to introduce a new audience to the characters. So we don't have, necessarily, two or three or four movies planned because if we have a good idea - a fun idea for a scene or a cool character - we put it in this movie because we know if the first movie doesn't work, there won't be any movies after that.

"That being said, there are dozens and dozens of Guardians Of The Galaxy storylines - there's a group that came about in the '60s, they were revamped again in the '80s and they changed into this incarnation that you see in this movie about eight or nine years ago - so there are a lot of other characters and worlds and stories. So should this film work, should the audience come out for this one, there are definitely places we can take it and we have ideas of where we'd like to go with it, but really all the energy goes into the first movie first."

On Thanos

"If you remember we had a tag scene in Thor: The Dark World where Benicio Del Toro showed up for the first time as The Collector, so that was our way of saying the Guardians and the other Marvel characters inhabit the same reality and the same universe. In particular, there's a villain in this film, that comic fans know as Thanos, that moviegoers will begin to learn more and more about in the coming years. He appeared at the very end of the first Avengers film, when he turned into camera and smirked, and we realised he was the person behind the alien army that Loki teamed up with to terrorise New York City, and that the Avengers had to fight.

"We see him again in this movie [Guardians], we learn a little bit more about him in this movie, and he - and his band of followers - is the biggest piece of connective tissue that will eventually lead us back into Avengers films in the future."

On the multiple Marvel TV series that will air on Netflix

"I think the television division first and foremost need to make great TV shows that stand on their own. But because it is Marvel, we do think they will all fall under the umbrella of the Cinematic Universe, the way Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. does now, the way the Agent Carter series will, so I do think that Daredevil and Jessica Jones and the other ones [Iron Fist and Luke Cage] will have a loose connection to the overall storyline.

"But, just like the most important thing for us with each film is that each film works independently and stands alone as a great movie, and then the fun part is it connecting to the other world; I think the TV group is doing the exact same thing with each series."

More Ant Man

He's an important character we want to bring into our universe and Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and an amazing cast all set to start in August, we believe that we're on the road to the best version of Ant-Man that we could have."

Dr Strange

So Strange is very, very important, not just because it's an amazing character study, and a journey of a man who's gone from this very arrogant surgeon to somebody who is quite zen and literally keeps all of reality together on a daily basis, but it also is going to open up a whole other side of storytelling for our movies. So we're about to hire a writer to redo a draft, and we think we'll be casting probably in the next month or two, and announcing an actor, and then we get into production in the spring of next year."
soforizo - 6/20/2014, 12:28 PM
@DrDoom

The movie could surprise. There's also sufficient time to make peace with the negative aspects by the time it arrives.
EzioKenway1225 - 6/20/2014, 12:30 PM
DrDoom-u may not but that doesnt mean everyone doesnt,i still do ,i still want it to be good and also other people as well

i still hope ant man is good,im worried but optimistic, i have a feeling like guardians did last year at comic con, feige might show something from ant man at comic con that might allay alot of peoples fears..hopefully..just a gut feeling
BatManiac - 6/20/2014, 12:31 PM
@kinghulk

"...after all ant man is giant man"

Well, not exactly. Hank Pym is Ant-Man and Giant Man, but Scott Lame is just Ant-Man.
DaVinci31 - 6/20/2014, 12:31 PM
@PymParticle

That's nice to hear. I'm trying to stay away from AOU spoilers though, so I guess my question could have been answered already. Thanks.
PymParticle - 6/20/2014, 12:32 PM




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