Edgar Wright Talks ANT-MAN And Marvel Studios; "It’s A Big Effects Movie"

For those of you worried that Ant-Man wouldn't find a place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Edgar Wright tells fans that it very much will be and also discusses the visual effects and test reel shown at last year's San Diego Comic-Con. Hit the jump for more!

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By Josh Wilding - 2/6/2013

Talking to IGN Movies, Edgar Wright has talked more about his plans for Marvel Studios' Ant-Man. The project has seemingly been in development hell for years, but last year's San Diego Comic-Con finally saw the adaptation confirmed for a 2015 release. Not too long after, it was revealed that the pint-sized superhero will hit the big screen on November 6th that year. Below are a selection of quotes from the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World helmer about the movie, including his thoughts on the visual effects and working with Kevin Feige. To read Wright's thoughts on his favourite Marvel Studios movie, be sure to click on the link at the bottom of the page for more!

"It’s a way of doing a superhero film within another genre. I wanted to tell an origin tale in a slightly different way. It’s part of the Marvel cinematic universe, but it also feels like its own piece."

"I’ve been collaborating with [Marvel boss] Kevin [Feige] during the whole of that cycle. I think people have always assumed… ‘Oh why is it taking so long to make?’ Part of it is because I wanted to make two other movies first. I wanted to make World’s End… me and Simon were very keen to make it and it felt like it was unfinished business and we wanted to wrap up the trilogy. The script came together really fast. Well not really fast, but it came together at a certain point where it was like ‘I really want to do this next.’"

"But to be honest, the later I do it, it feels like I could learn more, especially about special effects. It’s a big effects movie, so I’m pleased to go into it having done Scott Pilgrim and The World’s End because you’re always learning more about that side."

"I hope that at some point we’ll be able to show that at some venue all finished. Because obviously at Comic-Con we showed it unfinished. All done it looks really good."


Source: IGN Movies
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MrReese - 2/6/2013, 9:17 AM
Release the footage or fock u!! XD
superotherside - 2/6/2013, 9:22 AM
Glad he's at least pleased with Avengers. Perhaps he won't mind Ant-Man crossing over at some point.
JatevinM - 2/6/2013, 9:37 AM
I still just honestly have no faith in this character having a solo movie. The general audience is going to take him as a joke based off of his powers and the name of the movie alone. I believe that he should have been used in another characters movie rather than have his own film.
DrDoom - 2/6/2013, 9:45 AM
I still have a feeling this is going to be a disaster, regardless of Wright's brilliance.
Knightrider - 2/6/2013, 9:48 AM
Marvel's "2nd Tier" characters seem to be taking a while to get off the ground. This might be perhaps Iron Man, Cap, Thor and Hulk are already established, but there just appears to be more energy behind those projects.

I do wonder how it works in terms of Avengers 2, does Joss write a script and say: "Hey I have written Avengers 2, it includes Ms. Marvel, so you we need her solo movie before, of which I need these elements included"

Or is it Fiege pushing the movies through and Joss has to work with what is produced, personally I would prefer the Joss option,however be interesting.
Havensent - 2/6/2013, 9:48 AM
I hope he fully utilize's Pym's strengths in that not only can he shrink, he can grow to Giant Man as well. Showcase both and highlight Pym's intelligence and I'm pleased.

It wouldn't hurt to introduce Jan/Wasp either.

At the end of the movie, the obvious stinger should be Pym creating Ultron to set him up as the Avengers 3 villain.
rockerdude22 - 2/6/2013, 9:49 AM
I'm sure we're going to get some awesome visuals in this film. I think we may be in for a very nice surprise come November 2015!
Ocelot - 2/6/2013, 9:52 AM
@JatevinM dont see how "Ant-Man" is any sillier than "Spider-Man" or even "Bat-Man" regarding his powers size changing is actually cool and will look very good on screen and is refreshing from the usual superstrength, superspeed, flight powers
Moakynubs - 2/6/2013, 9:54 AM
It's funny how we all hate crossover after crossover with every other book tying in, yet hate it when the movies DON'T do that. What's wrong with making a stand alone film? Is a stand alone issue that isn't tied in to AvX not good enough for you either? :P
JatevinM - 2/6/2013, 9:56 AM
Ant-man is way sillier than either of those characters. You cant even compare him to either of them.
Reverend - 2/6/2013, 9:57 AM
@Haven

Though I think that would be a damn cool Avengers 3 story, I think they're setting up World War Hulk for Phase 3.

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/rorreviews/news/?a=73748
KilledHal9000 - 2/6/2013, 9:58 AM
I cannot wait. Been waiting years for this. Ant-Man is one of my favorite comic characters. Scott Lang especially. Love to hear anything from Wright on this movie. CANNOT WAIT. I agree, could be Marvel's next Iron Man. And yes, one of those rare circumstances that the character/powers are MEANT for the big screen. Totally pumped. Would love to see the finished footage. Been wondering just how it will look. Love it. Can't wait.
TheLokey1 - 2/6/2013, 9:59 AM
I hope the movie focuses on Pym being ant man and using his super small stature to become a super spy. Hopefully at the end of the movie he will figure out how to reverse the process and become giant man, thus setting him up for a future as a super hero.
Reverend - 2/6/2013, 9:59 AM
^^ Though, the link I posted can be categorized as speculation, your guess is as good as mine.
KilledHal9000 - 2/6/2013, 10:03 AM
I wonder if the Ant-Man movie will have Scott Lang or Hank Pym. Big fan of both, but especially Lang. I know the rumors before had both characters in the script... but now?
Gary8264 - 2/6/2013, 10:05 AM
I always liked Pym better as Yellow Jacket
Ocelot - 2/6/2013, 10:10 AM
@JatevinM I was talking about the names of the characters, not the characters themselves. You said people wont go to watch the movie because the name "Ant-Man" is silly but it's no less sillier than "Bat-Man" or "Spider-Man"
SpideyQuad - 2/6/2013, 10:11 AM
I can see how you would think this movie might end in as disaster. After all "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" was a major flop right?

Oh yeah, that only spawned the trilogy. I can see your logic now, but it is flawed. You must be assuming this is a DC movie from Warner Bros. if that's the case that I can understand your pessimism.

Trust me, this will turn out mighty fine. After all it's coming from the house of ideas! They'd definitely taken their time with it and they have an excellent director.
DrDoom - 2/6/2013, 10:11 AM
If they're going to make this movie, they'll need to make sure of some things:

1) Only one Ant-Man. Anymore will get confusing for the audience.
2) Only one moniker. Ant-Man should not change his name to Giant-Man or Goliath or any other even more stupid name, because that will also get confusing.
3) Focus on Pym's scientific applications. It will take the audience's mind off of Ant-Man's inherent silliness.
4) Use Wasp as the person who keeps Pym's sanity in check.
5) Radioactive Man and AIM as villains, with the threat of Ultron lurking in the background.
AINTNOTHINTOFOCWIT - 2/6/2013, 10:11 AM
sounds shitty
TheAbomination - 2/6/2013, 10:13 AM
Been waiting for this one since it was announced several years ago!!
Havensent - 2/6/2013, 10:15 AM
Reverend - Yeah, I read about that. As much as I'm amazed by that prospect, I hope they don't for numerous reason. Planet Hulk,sure 100%, but WWH creates more issues than anything.

MARVELPSYCHO79 - After seeing how they handled Reaper in A:EMH, 100% yes. If they cane make him close to that I'm all for it. He'd be a good villain for S.H.I.E.L.D.
gambgel - 2/6/2013, 10:17 AM
anticipating this movie since last year.
hopefully we get first casting news at the end of this year or so
CharlesLord - 2/6/2013, 10:19 AM
Good to hear. I think it will be a good film tho Im still worried it might not be a box office hit.
TMW1987ProudProWrestlingFan - 2/6/2013, 10:21 AM
Hopefully this spawns off a shit load of Ant-Man films if it's a success.

Could be a franchise that goes on for years because you could do Ant-Man films around Pym, Lang & O'Grady.

Also, it wouldn't be that confusing to audiences to explain him using the Giant Man / Goliath names if you take the time & care to make people understand what they are seeing, I'm sure it can be done in a way that explains it clearly to both sophisticated & stupid / short attention spanned people alike.
KaneRomita - 2/6/2013, 10:22 AM
Alan Tudyk for Hank Pym.!
comicb00kguy - 2/6/2013, 10:24 AM
A "big effects" movie? This doesn't bode well. This translates as "yet another movie with all this fancy expensive CGI stuff taking the place of a good story and strong characters". Add lots of big explosions and some computer-assisted stunts, and you have a movie. Meh. I still think Ant Man is more of an ensemble character than someone who can carry a movie by himself.
PapaMidnite - 2/6/2013, 10:24 AM
@teabag, huahauahuhaauhau
my coffee is all over the place now!
Only one man can beat Lionel and his name is Jon Secada.
SpideyQuad - 2/6/2013, 10:28 AM
Antman In the comics has never been handled "silly" with maybe the exception of the last run. Try picking up a few back issues and then make an opinion.

Personally I picked up the Scott Lang issues when they came out and I love them, but I always loved the character.
unknownfacts - 2/6/2013, 10:28 AM
The only way to tell if it's going to be good or not is seeing the finished product.
HAILHYDRA - 2/6/2013, 10:32 AM
Even if this isn't your favorite Marvel character this is exciting. Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel Studios flexing their muscles. These movies represent hope to all comic book fans that one day their favorite lesser known heroes may receive high dollar big screen production. If these movies succeed who knows what movies will come next? Black Panther, Heroes for Hire, Inhumans, and we already know a Dr. Strange movie is coming. It's an exciting time to be a comic book fan.
Nomis1800 - 2/6/2013, 10:35 AM
Ant-Man.....


Where is Boot-Man?
SpideyQuad - 2/6/2013, 10:36 AM
Gusto: is the bane vein retired?
SpideyQuad - 2/6/2013, 10:38 AM
Sea monkeys and then that full-size cardboard tank or submarine for 4.99. Not to mention that ad were the bully kicks sand in the skinny guys face!
ATrueHero1987 - 2/6/2013, 10:38 AM
So the Ant-Man in this movie is going to be Hank Pym??
Jollem - 2/6/2013, 10:38 AM
if they can take a character like iron man and make him cool and relevant, they can do the same with just about anybody
scapegoatjones - 2/6/2013, 10:44 AM
They should just call the movie 'Pym'. Eliminate the need for the variances in monickers for the hero. As if any of the Marvel heroes refer to each other by their
identifying superhero name anyway (unless its actually their name like Thor).

After seeing who they got for lead in GotG, maybe Rick Moranis has a chance at Pym.
He does have experience in special effects movie where he is shrunken.
FennecPilot - 2/6/2013, 10:47 AM
Once again, what should be met with huzahs and some happiness and joy is ripped to shreds before the first frame is even shot (test footage doesn't count).

Some thoughts:

It seems two things are taking place with the black/white reactions and frankly, very distasteful and befuddlingly angry responses. The first is thus:

The fan base is experiencing something called the "principle of diminishing returns". Think of a hot fudge sundae. That first one is SO good, but then you have a second in a row. It is good, but nowhere near as good as the first even though it is the same sundae. The comes a third and fourth. There comes a point where having a sundae is no longer a desirable thing. It can become a gross affair in the end. We haven't reached that point, but there is the demand to be wowed at every turn of the hat.

When Iron Man came out, we were all floored at the first trailer, how cool the movie was and how it finally happened: a comic book movie that was not campy nor condescending. Then came The Incredible Hulk which was fun and entertaining, but not as rewarding.

Then we had Iron Man 2 (which as a solid stand alone film) but it was not as thrilling. And the reactions to the trailers and news became watered down; we did not have the same initial reaction like that first IM.

Fast forward to Thor, Captain America and then of course, The Avengers. Thor and Cap were met with success but still, the fans were jaded and demanded more. Once that first Avengers trailer hit, we had that cherry high again. We were stunned and amazed because the thrill was higher/bigger/faster.

Now, we had a very very cool and fantastic trailer for IM3 and the fanboys let out a resounding "meh". Look at the IM3 trailer and imagine it was the first trailer for the first film - the first time we got to see IM on film. THAT would have been incredible! But now, you are jaded and angry. Angry over what though is the question.

Second - and this is the one that pisses me off. Fanboys feel they are OWED something. Sorry, but you are not. We want you entertained and in the seats but nothing is owed to you. Let me repeat that - NOTHING IS OWED TO YOU. You scream, yell, call the writers/directors/actors every name you can think of, but contribute NOTHING. You now feel you are owed a ANT MAN movie done to your exact specs or it is shit before it even gets made. We are so lucky to be in this period of time. Do you realize what we have? But no, you demand more because you feel it is owed to you. GET THE [frick] OVER IT.

Ant Man has tremendous potential and I reserve judgement on the final product until it is done and I am watching it. Something you children need to learn how to do.
Jollem - 2/6/2013, 10:51 AM
@tea - lol. there's so much potential there
silverhawk - 2/6/2013, 10:53 AM
Well Green Lantern was a big effects movie and look how that turned out...anyways, I do have hope for this movie. Ant Man can be a badass if written correctly
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