Michael Douglas Confirms ANT-MAN Comic-Con Presence And Talks Edgar Wright's Departure

Reiterating how he's disappointed Edgar Wright won't be helming the Marvel adaptation, the veteran 'Hank Pym' actor confirms he'll attend San Diego Comic-Con this month in anticipation of Ant-Man.

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 7/8/2014
“Yeah, I’m gonna go do Ant-Man in August in Atlanta,” assured Michael Douglas when Collider asked him if filming for the Marvel adaptation was still on track. The two-time Academy Award-winning actor then confirmed that, before filming commences, he'll attend San Diego Comic-Con during Marvel Studios' big Hall H presentation later this month. “Yeah! I’m going to Comic-Con,” he said. “I’m even dragging my son. I promised I’m taking him out of camp … But we gotta be back here. I’ve gotta give a cancer speech on Sunday morning. Marvel’s 8:45 or – 8:45 on Saturday night, so we’re gonna fly all night back and drop him at camp like at 5:30, 6 in the morning in the Adirondacks, and come down and talk to 2,000 head and neck surgeons.”

The interviewer notes that Douglas seemed thrilled to be playing Hank Pym in the Peyton Reed-directed Ant-Man, but he's still disappointed that Edgar Wright left the 2015 film. “Yeah, he’s a wonderful talent,” he said. “It was very disappointing, yeah. It was a big disappointment and more so for him because he had a lot of years invested and he was really the one initially who got them to even consider it, you know, the screenplay that he wrote. I’m not the producer on it and I’m an actor for hire, and, you know, Marvel certainly has a pretty amazing track record, rightly or wrongly, so I think it just was that kind of combination where although they like the idea of the individual and somebody with Edgar’s individual spirit and everything, maybe just collided with an operation – I think they’re all on relatively decent terms.”

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.

Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, David Dastmalchian, Michael Pena, and Patrick Wilson, and is set for release on July 17, 2015.
Source: Collider
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McGee - 7/8/2014, 2:37 PM
Twenty Eighth.
DrDoom - 7/8/2014, 2:37 PM
Everyone when Edgar left:

Niklander - 7/8/2014, 2:40 PM
It seems so far Ant-man will be a movie just for the sake for the story to progress
Abary - 7/8/2014, 2:40 PM
Well, I hope Marvel has an Ant-Man announcement at SDCC that will spark people's interest once again.
BatmanHeisenberg - 7/8/2014, 2:41 PM
To bad about Edgar writing. I think I'm okay with the changes made to the mythos. I just want a good movie, and I like what I'm hearing.
McGee - 7/8/2014, 2:41 PM
He's not really booted off Ant-Man...so long as we remember him.
MsDarkPhoenix - 7/8/2014, 2:48 PM
I'm sad.
blackandyellow - 7/8/2014, 2:48 PM
Michael Douglas claimed that he got throat cancer from too much clam diving (not literally, it's a euphemism.)
KurtWagner1225 - 7/8/2014, 2:49 PM
Omegadagod-yes its sad, especially since it seems , from the preview i saw last night, that Gunn was able to make the film that he wanted with Guardians..its sad that Wright could not do that but when this movie comes out..i am not going to be comparing it to edgar wrights version of ant man cause we frankly dont know what his version would have been..im gonna judge the movie on its own merits.i have faith in peyton reed, espeically since i heard about the fnatastic four movie he was going to direct before fox said they wanted something more akin to the two FF films we got..its an interesting take imo..http://www.mtv.com/news/1458473/fantastic-four-screenwriter-spills-super-secrets/...i hope Ant Man is a good film.

BatmanHeisenberg-yeah, its sad that Wright wasnt able to make the film he wanted to make since it seems Gunn was able to make the film he wanted to make..ah well.time to move on..lets hope for the best , at the end of the day.lets just hope for a good film
dethpillow - 7/8/2014, 2:52 PM
@0mega - totally, it's gonna now be one of those forever mythical "What If?"s.

Brian Wilson's "Smile", Burton/Cage Superman, Orson Welles' Little Prince, James Cameron and Chris Claremont's X-Men directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Angela Bassett as Storm and Bob Hoskins as Wolverine, Kubrick's Napoleon.

fun to think about. i think the one that haunts me most is that David Lynch was seriously being considered for Return of the Jedi. that's like back when he ended up doing Dune and stuff, it was a different Lynch, but oh man, my heart aches to see that one.
KilledHal9000 - 7/8/2014, 2:53 PM

Where's that last pic from? I like it.
McGee - 7/8/2014, 2:53 PM
Catherine Zeta-Jones needs to have yellow tape around her snatch if that's the case...
blackandyellow - 7/8/2014, 2:53 PM
McGee, don't you go to SDCC every year?
Doopie - 7/8/2014, 2:54 PM
it might still turn out okay, I like Yes Man. But I don't think it'll be as good as what Wright might have done. Who knows, maybe it's all a ruse and they've decided to put Edgar on something else
yossarian - 7/8/2014, 2:54 PM
Am I the only one who doesn't care? I haven't cared much for any of Wright's previous movies.

Basically I on;y cared about this movie because it will continue the MCU and that's how I still feel about it.
KurtWagner1225 - 7/8/2014, 2:54 PM
THEABARYMAN-yeah ,i hope,like guardians blew people away with the footage they showed last year, maybe they can show or do something that will allay atleast some peoples fears
dethpillow - 7/8/2014, 2:56 PM
i think no chance now of getting David Lynch to do anything like that.

what would actually be a great fit for him, would be an X-Men movie. i think he would get the soap opera aspect of it, and also how really convey how different it feels to be a mutant. like the horror aspects of it.

and he would dig Wolverine if he could see him right. cuz Wolverine totally has his consciousness torn in pieces. and things just fundamentally aren't gonna add up for him, to the level of you wonder what it actually means to be Logan, and whether he even really exists as a continuous person.
and then that's only being used to put a mirror on us, as well.
and David Lynch would might do some rad stuff with that, if he was into the whole thing.
KurtWagner1225 - 7/8/2014, 2:57 PM
doopie-we dont know what wright would have done,it could have been great,i really like Wright and his films but..we should not compare this film to a "what if" scenario .. once it comes out..lets just judge it on its own merits
soforizo - 7/8/2014, 2:58 PM
This Wright topic is old and fairly boring. I hope reporters stop bringing it up.
sKeemAn - 7/8/2014, 3:00 PM
I'm having a hard time seeing this guy as Hank Pym. I love Douglas as an actor, but I think this will not be a reoccuring role for him and Pym.
Klone - 7/8/2014, 3:00 PM
I see they still have every intention of butchering Pym despite new directors and writers being brought in.
DaVinci31 - 7/8/2014, 3:00 PM

Agreed, and to a lesser degree, that is how I feel about last year's Wolverine film, which was almost directed by Darren Aronofsky.
aRandomSinisterClone - 7/8/2014, 3:00 PM
this giant ps4 ad is [frick]ing up this page. plus, how many times are you going to write about this guy leaving. its been weeks. move on to news.
KurtWagner1225 - 7/8/2014, 3:01 PM
i still really like the cast and it being a superhero heist film
McGee - 7/8/2014, 3:04 PM
I got assed out of it this year b&y!!!
Doopie - 7/8/2014, 3:04 PM

I agree, this film should be judged on it's own merits. Some awesome pics and footage being released could help people forget all about Wright. And maybe we're wrong anyway - maybe what Marvel have planned with Reed will be better than what Wright had in store.

Both directors are mostly known for comedy though so the people who hate the Marvel-brand humour would probably dislike it with either of them
McGee - 7/8/2014, 3:05 PM
The Super Bowl is in my hometown this year though.
KurtWagner1225 - 7/8/2014, 3:05 PM
i do hope that besides having a good story and good characters, we have some good , creative action scenes too..thats something wright to do was show how badass this power can be and i hope they still keep some of that in the film
paptschik - 7/8/2014, 3:06 PM
I still wish Wright would have dropped out sooner so there would be a chance of Pym being all he should be (Avenger, creator of Ultron, all the good stuff) and the character wouldn't have been messed with to fit his vision.
blackandyellow - 7/8/2014, 3:06 PM
The only Wright movie I liked was Scott Pilgrim.

McGee, did you accidentally suck off the wrong guy in an alley? I told you to get your passes BEFORE you gave up the goods.
SuperCat - 7/8/2014, 3:07 PM
See. Even Michael Douglas is disappointed about Wright.
soforizo - 7/8/2014, 3:07 PM

I just hope they drop the whole damn topic. Bring it up in some off the cuff comment at best, but of all the questions that this man can be asked we get one of him threading over worn out ground.
Crabnado - 7/8/2014, 3:07 PM
i'm not worried about Wright. his career hasn't been damaged. and the Ant-Man movie is back on track. good to hear from Douglas, though.
McGee - 7/8/2014, 3:07 PM
Every year, it gets harder and harder to get inside Comic-Con.

The same can be said of Adult-Con too though...(if we're talking about my penis)
Doopie - 7/8/2014, 3:09 PM
there's a lot of scope to do action scenes that haven't really been seen before (to my knowledge at least anyway) with the size changing. Has there been a film with such shrinkage since Honey I Shrunk the Kids?
NeoBaggins - 7/8/2014, 3:09 PM
Still talking about this shit? HE'S GONE!
McGee - 7/8/2014, 3:09 PM
B&Y...he was wearing a plastic kiddie Thor helmet and a Star Trek t-shirt that clearly did not fit him.

The guy seemed legit!!!
FastFlames - 7/8/2014, 3:10 PM
He seems soooo excited "yeah, I'm gonna do it..."
Doopie - 7/8/2014, 3:13 PM

I'm afraid that no matter how good/bad the movie is or how much it makes or what impact it has on the MCU, the Wright topic will probably always come up. One of those CBM 'What ifs'. Like what if Superman Lives had been made? Or what if Spider-Man 3 were actually any good?
blackandyellow - 7/8/2014, 3:13 PM
Well I hope you remembered your dental dam this time.
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