Kevin Feige Explains Why ANT-MAN Is In 'Good Shape' with Director Peyton Reed

Revealing that Peyton Reed was in contention with James Gunn to helm Guardians of the Galaxy, producer Kevin Feige explains why the Yes Man director is perfect for Ant-Man, and more. Check it out

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 7/15/2014
"Number one – thank you for asking the question in that way, which is doing what we’re doing which is thinking about the movie and the end result of the movie," said Kevin Feige when IGN asked the Marvel Studios producer about the drama surrounding Ant-Man, its former director Edgar Wright and his replacement. "Peyton [Reed] is someone that I’ve been a fan of for a long time. People may not remember, though probably your readers remember, that he was attached to Fantastic Four more than 10 years ago. We spent a lot of time together…  and I got along with Peyton very, very well and he had awesome ideas and an awesome vision for the movie, and for various reasons he ended up leaving that movie..." The Marvel Studios president continued, "He’s come in to meet on a lot of our movies over the years, in particular Guardians of the Galaxy. He had a lot of awesome things to say on Guardians. But James [Gunn] had a slightly more solid take that was of interest to us. But Peyton was always on our lists, and so when this happened and Edgar [Wright] said ‘Not for me’ we met with a handful of people, but Peyton was always one that I thought would be great."

"It was not a slam-dunk that he would just step into it and do it," added Kevin Feige. "He wanted to be sure that he was wasn’t just inheriting something or following someone else’s lead. Or wasn’t inheriting something that the evil studio had watered down to be something bad. I kept saying, ‘You can either read what’s online, or come in and talk to us and look at all this stuff.’ He looked at everything, he talked with us, and he said ‘Number one, I agree with the direction you’re going in. And number two, I can add to it.’ And he has – the movie is in as good a shape as it’s ever been right now. It’s still very much in the spirit of what Edgar’s original pitch was and the entire template of the movie is what Edgar set out and originally came and pitched us maybe eight years ago now. But it's on its way to being the absolute best version of what that movie could have been. Peyton is really, really wonderful, and will be proving that soon enough. As I said to the Comic-Con audience a few years ago, ‘You might not have heard of Joe and Antony Russo, [who directed this year's Captain America: The Winter Soldierbut you’re going to be big fans of them soon.’ And I’d say the same thing about Peyton Reed now." What do you think?

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: IGN
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McNyagano - 7/15/2014, 9:23 AM
Here we go..

TheAbaryMan369 - 7/15/2014, 9:26 AM
I-I'm l-looking forward t-to A-Ant-Man.

*ducks*
EzioKenway1225 - 7/15/2014, 9:27 AM
yeah,this was Reeds Idea for the FF film, he was going to direct it and was working with screenwriter Doug Petrie who wrote many episodes of Buffy and Angel, this from an interview with Petrie back in 2002


it sounded really interesting and casting was going to be interesting too, it was ultimately scrapped because Fox wanted to do something more akin to the FF films we got and Reed and Petrie wanted to do their take so they walked


How’s this sound as an opening sequence? Adoring groupies cram New York’s Fifth Avenue, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Invisible Woman and Mr. Fantastic, played by Charlize Theron and “Angel”‘s Alexis Denisof. The Thing, voiced by John C. Reilly, rips the top off an armored car and yanks out two would-be robbers. Paul Walker shouts, “flame on!” as his Johnny Storm character ignites into the Human Torch, saving a female fan from another thief’s rocket launcher.

Two hours later, just before the credits role on “The Fantastic Four,” New York’s favorite superheroes buzz away in their Fantastic Car, with Johnny dropping 8×10 photos to fans in a scene shamelessly lifted from the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.”

That’s what audiences will see if all goes according to plan for “Fantastic Four” screenwriter Doug Petrie, who together with director Peyton Reed (“Bring It On”) is bringing one of Marvel Comics’ most beloved properties to the big screen.

“The big debate between everybody was giant monster or no giant monster,” Petrie said of the flick’s proposed opening scene. “I wanted the poster for the movie to be the cover for the first issue, where basically you do a live-action version of a giant monster ripping through Fifth Avenue and Fantastic Four kicking its ass. For budget reasons, it went to something else, but it’s still a giant opening scene. It’s ‘A Hard Days Night.’ It’s everybody going to watch the Beatles.

“The big reason I got hired was that the scripts that were done before, by pretty big-name guys, were origin stories,” explained Petrie, whose credits include several episodes of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

“[The other scripts] were very big on ‘these are astronauts that go to space’ for the first, like, half-hour,” he said. “It was something like ‘Armageddon.’ I just kept saying it’s got to be like ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’ ”

In the established Marvel Comics mythos, the Fantastic Four — Dr. Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), wife Susan Storm (the Invisible Woman), her brother Johnny Storm (the Human Torch) and Benjamin Grimm (the Thing) — gained superpowers after an experimental rocketship ride bombarded them with radiation. Together as the Fantastic Four, they live together in the Baxter Building and battle supervillains like the Mole Man and their arch-nemesis, the metal-masked Dr. Victor Von Doom.

Casting hasn’t begun on “The Fantastic Four,” and Petrie of course is no casting director, but in addition to his hopes of grabbing Reilly, Denisof, Theron and Walker, he’d love to see Jude Law as Dr. Doom.

“We had a huge, huge series of discussions on the look of Dr. Doom,” Petrie said. “We really had to focus on the Fantastic Four, and Victor’s origin had to be tied into their origin. We played him as the Pete Best of the Fantastic Four. He gets screwed out of the superpowers, so he made himself who he is. … The Marvel guys were very high on showing the actor’s face. … I hope I’m not spilling too many secrets. But I got caught up with how to show his face but keep the scariness of a guy in a mask.

“I wanted the big reveal to be [that] the mask is a high-tech thing that can separate and retract off his face when he wants it to,” he continued. “You see that he’s unbelievably handsome. … But it doesn’t end there. When he’s handsome, he’s lying. When his real character comes out, his face starts to sag and melt and scarify in this horrible way. And what you learn is that his face got so smashed upon his re-entry — he was one of the original astronauts — he’s literally falling apart. And the mask is the only thing keeping him together.”

“The Fantastic Four” movie will mostly skip the back-story and begin in a New York where the team already exists — in a world where, unlike “X-Men,” they are anything but antiheroes.

“They’re the biggest celebrities in New York City,” Petrie explained. “To the world outside, they are the world’s coolest superheroes. [But] when they get home, they just fight with each other about everything. They order pizzas and argue about who gets the better costumes and stuff like that. It’s a family comedy when they get behind closed doors.”
EzioKenway1225 - 7/15/2014, 9:27 AM
TheAbaryman- i am too,i actually like the cast and the idea of it being a superhero heist film is really cool imo
0megaDaGod - 7/15/2014, 9:28 AM
It's gonna be crazy when they knock this movie out of the park despite all this madness it's gone thru
0megaDaGod - 7/15/2014, 9:29 AM
@DCMF

Great work as always man. Just wondering, is this gonna be one of those nonstop news days? Just wondering if I should keep one eye on the site at all times
EzioKenway1225 - 7/15/2014, 9:32 AM
He wanted to be sure that he was wasn’t just inheriting something or following someone else’s lead. Or wasn’t inheriting something that the evil studio had watered down to be something bad. I kept saying, ‘You can either read what’s online, or come in and talk to us and look at all this stuff.’ He looked at everything, he talked with us, and he said ‘Number one, I agree with the direction you’re going in. And number two, I can add to it.’ And he has – the movie is in as good a shape as it’s ever been right now.

i think Feige is dissing some people with this
McNyagano - 7/15/2014, 9:32 AM
@Omega

I hope they knock it out of the park. For me I was very skeptical and was gonna see a test screening (if there was one) but since I lost my priviledges of seeing rough cuts of films, I'm gonna have to wait until next year with everybody which sucks:/
Lozzy - 7/15/2014, 9:33 AM
Kevin Feige's words have now given me complete faith in peyton reed!
charlie2094 - 7/15/2014, 9:36 AM
Still super disappointed Edgar Wright left, but hopefully they still get a decent film out of it. Certainly not going to knock their choice of director, given how the Russo's turned out, my only real concern is how late on in the game he's come in, still likely directing Edgar's film, hasn't been too much time to change anything major.
MercwithMouth - 7/15/2014, 9:39 AM
I love it, Feige basically shat on Wright. I'm ridiculously happy that Wright is no longer attached. [frick]er dlayed, and delayed, and delayed, and couldn't meet deadlines. GTFO and go direct another mirror-image brit-com.

That was fun. In all honesty, I couldn't care less about Ant-Man. The only thing that drew any interest from me was the casting of Michael Douglas, and the casting of Evangeline Lily's 'assets'. It's still the only things keeping me interested.

Hopefully it's good.
MrNiklander - 7/15/2014, 9:40 AM
OK Kevin Feige if you say that he can do a magnificent then I trust you
McNyagano - 7/15/2014, 9:40 AM
"He wanted to be sure that he was wasn’t just inheriting something or following someone else’s lead. Or wasn’t inheriting something that the evil studio had watered down to be something bad. He looked at everything, he talked with us, and he said ‘Number one, I agree with the direction you’re going in. And number two, I can add to it.’ And he has – the movie is in as good a shape as it’s ever been right now. It’s still very much in the spirit of what Edgar’s original pitch was and the entire template of the movie is what Edgar set out and originally came and pitched us maybe eight years ago now. But it's on its way to being the absolute best version of what that movie could have been. Peyton is really, really wonderful, and will be proving that soon enough. As I said to the Comic-Con audience a few years ago, ‘You might not have heard of [Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors] Joe and Antony Russo, but you’re going to be big fans of them soon.’ And I’d say the same thing about Peyton Reed now."

cipher - 7/15/2014, 9:41 AM
SPIRIT FINGERS!!!!!
StarYeezus - 7/15/2014, 9:41 AM
Slightly more optimistic now after hearing him address the speculation and his confidence in Peyton Reed.

Nomis - 7/15/2014, 9:41 AM
Yeah..... right K.Feige.



He's "good" because he was the ONLY director that accepted the job after everyone other director you wanted turn the job down when Edgar Wright left.
Sipprelle - 7/15/2014, 9:42 AM
I didn't hear a single F*cking reason that Kevin Feige said towards Reed being a good choice other than he'll be their bitch and that they're copying most of what Edgar laid out.

Plus "You might not have heard of [Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors] Joe and Antony Russo, but you’re going to be big fans of them soon.’ And I’d say the same thing about Peyton Reed now."
^ The difference there is that The Russo Brothers weren't known for directing shit movies. These comments do nothing to show why Edgar wouldn't have done a great job.
ALegendaryPanda - 7/15/2014, 9:43 AM
I'm really hoping this movie is awesome, I'm still not 100% on board with it yet but hearing Kevin Feige talk about it more is giving me some more confidence.

It's a shame what happened with Edgar Wright, but all I can do now is hope for the best.
EzioKenway1225 - 7/15/2014, 9:43 AM
Nomis-i have a question.ok so mckay turned down the directing gig but he is still contributing to the films script, how can u be certain that Rawson Thurber and Ruben Flesicher also turned it down, some said they were offered it and some some said they werent offered it at all.. we dont really know
EzioKenway1225 - 7/15/2014, 9:44 AM
Sipperele-yes, they were, they directed You,Me and Dupree
blvdnoise - 7/15/2014, 9:45 AM
lol The man has good speaking game! I'd see this either way. Kind of bummed Wright was removed from the picture, but still excited about it none the less..
Mrcool210 - 7/15/2014, 9:45 AM
"Kevin Feige Explains Why ANT-MAN Is In 'Good Shape' with Director Peyton Reed"
*reads what feige has to say....





The guy hasn't directed a movie since 2008. I doubt thats just cause he doesn't want too. Even Yes Man was not very good, so until i see the movie consider me not excited for this. Not even trailers can get me pumped cause thor 2 and iron man 3 still hurt.
McNyagano - 7/15/2014, 9:45 AM
@Charlie

I'm crying too man. Wright had 8 years, and it wasn't 8 years in some self-contained bubble, it was 8 years worth of "here's what we're doing, adapt or get the [frick] out" and still he couldn't manage it, despite being given time to churn out a few of his own films in the meantime. Marvel was more than fair.

StarYeezus - 7/15/2014, 9:46 AM
@Sipprelle

"^ The difference there is that The Russo Brothers weren't known for directing shit movies."

You, Me & Dupree. Look it up.
EzioKenway1225 - 7/15/2014, 9:47 AM
im still quite interested in this film. there will be a stigma of "what could have been" with Edgar Wright and it is sad imo he left but it has happened and there is nothing we can do about it,i wont be comparing this to what Wright would have done cause we dont really know what he would have done,i just hope Mr Peyton Reed can give us a good film
Nomis - 7/15/2014, 9:47 AM
@ EzioKenway1225 - Either way.

It still egg on Marvel face and another blight against this movie that it was out there for the public to know they were perhaps in the running and neither wanted the job.

Perception is reality in the entertainment business.
DaVinci31 - 7/15/2014, 9:49 AM
I kept saying, ‘You can either read what’s online, or come in and talk to us and look at all this stuff.’

Classic Feige is classic
EzioKenway1225 - 7/15/2014, 9:50 AM
honestly ,if all this film imo had edgar wright going for it,i would not be excited after he had left but i think the cast is really interesting and the idea of it being a heist film is really cool too.i hope along with a good story and good characters, we get some cool creative action scenes with the powers..i know wright wanted to do that,i hope we get some that in the film


Nomis-true, that is quite true
Pasto - 7/15/2014, 9:51 AM
I can not WAIT unit this film is released. This site will be one huge shit-storm.
batz11 - 7/15/2014, 9:51 AM
Hey, I'm on board, got my wiener pumpin' for this again...
MrReese - 7/15/2014, 9:52 AM
Still don't know how this'll turn out.Hopefully it's as good as Feige says.
DaVinci31 - 7/15/2014, 9:52 AM
@Mrcool210

TheRationalNerd - 7/15/2014, 9:53 AM
If he was "always on the list" why was he the last resort after like 2-3 other directors dropped out of the project? lol Either way I'm just glad they found someone interested in the film, lord knows they needed it.
McNyagano - 7/15/2014, 9:53 AM


^^That looks sick!
Azazel1 - 7/15/2014, 9:53 AM
Wright did not say "this is not for me"

You brought in low level hack- writers to revamp his script for the upteenth time then you, his supposed ally and friend over at Marvel, threw him under the bus.

Kevin Feige=liar
CaptainObvious - 7/15/2014, 9:53 AM
@MercwithMouth- Except you seem to be ignoring the fact that Marvel gave Wright permission to go make Scott Pilgrim and The World's End. Besides, I'm pretty sure whatever Wright was doing was superior to whatever the Yes Man is cooking up.
EzioKenway1225 - 7/15/2014, 9:54 AM
they may not be able to show footage since they dont start shooting till August but i hope, like Guardians blew away people who saw it last year at comic con, they do something similar for Ant Man this year
McNyagano - 7/15/2014, 9:54 AM
@Azazel1

yes because you were totally in the same room with them when all these disagreements were happening right?:o
Azazel1 - 7/15/2014, 9:54 AM
Kevin Feige is a huge douchebag
MercwithMouth - 7/15/2014, 9:55 AM
"I didn't hear a single F*cking reason that Kevin Feige said towards Reed being a good choice other than he'll be their bitch and that they're copying most of what Edgar laid out."

@Sipprelle

Did you miss this part...

"He looked at everything, he talked with us, and he said ‘Number one, I agree with the direction you’re going in. And number two, I can add to it.’ And he has – the movie is in as good a shape as it’s ever been right now."

Pay attention man.
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