Kevin Feige Offers An Enthusiastic ANT-MAN Update

Although nothing too solid, Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige has offered an update for one of the many long-productive films post-The Avengers, declaring Ant-Man Closest It’s Ever Been!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 3/30/2012


The folks from Bleeding Cool News recently scored a videoconference chat with the leading man behind Marvel Studios' successful cinematic universe, Kevin Feige. And the first segment of their chat regards the anticipated Edgar Wright-directed Ant-Man adaptation, which has been in development for almost five years.

"It’s somewhere. I’ll just say it’s closer than it’s ever been in its long maybe eight year history, and I usually e-mail Edgar every two or three days and over those eight years its got further away and closer… we are now closer than we’ve ever been. So I hope it will come together shortly."

Kevin Feige went on to discuss the possibility for a 'Civil War' story-line fitting into future Avengers installments.

You can obviously see that in the decades and decades of Avengers comics prior to the Civil War event, the conflict between the characters, the differences in world views of all the characters, that led up to what happened in Civil War, certainly that’s in this movie, you can see how different Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are in a great way. In this movie the question is are they going to be able to stop fighting each other long enough to fight the bad guy. Civil War would someday be a great crossover eve but here it’s more in the character interactions than a direct easter egg.




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TheActionAce - 3/30/2012, 2:28 PM
oh well at least its close

but how close
CraptainAmerica - 3/30/2012, 2:29 PM
Even though we've had an awesome new Avengers Tv spot, this is THE BEST news I've heard all week!

Can't wait for the Ant-Man movie! He may not seem it to most but Pym is a great character, flaws and all.

High fiving the shit out of DCFreshman!
jazzman - 3/30/2012, 2:32 PM
i would also like to know whats happen with Black Panther movie i remember they hired mark bailey to write a script

ksommer - 3/30/2012, 2:36 PM
I was just thinking today, what's on the schedule for 2014?
LMB10 - 3/30/2012, 2:36 PM
Just cancel it already and introduce him in a short film or The Avengers.
LMB10 - 3/30/2012, 2:42 PM
I'd like an Ant-Man movie, but only if it actually is Hank in the present day. If not, then cancel it, as I said. The Avengers needs Hank for many stories, and it would benefit the universe better that way.
BruceLeroy - 3/30/2012, 2:49 PM
I honestly don't think Ant Man and Wasp could bring in a large audience for a full length movie. Their abilities don't give them the same appeal as some of the other heroes.

I would much rather see them brought in the same way Hawkeye and Black Widow was and focus on characters with larger appeal like Black Panther and Doctor Strange.
PartyHard - 3/30/2012, 3:03 PM
[frick] Civil War.
Fonzieismypal - 3/30/2012, 3:20 PM
@BruceLeroy

All I know for sure is that they could bring in me. I love those characters and I would love to see that movie. If my meat-head friends don't want to come because they only like a certain kind of superhero, that's their loss.

People on this site need to be less concerned about what average Joe thinks of these movies, It's really killing the quality. I want comic book movies not watered down adaptations. My non-fan friends have become interested in these characters because they've seen how unashamed I am about my love for them.
MassExecutions - 3/30/2012, 3:23 PM
Edgar Wright does not make bad movies. This should happen!
thewonderer - 3/30/2012, 3:25 PM
Edgar Wright makes excellent movies and the guy can write the funniest material ever.

Wright is such a wacky guy and it doesn't surprise me hes a fan of someone crazy like Ant Man

Edgar Wright you are teh man!

SIMON PEGG FOR ANT MAN!!!

valeriesghost - 3/30/2012, 3:26 PM
As much as I've loved Edgar's movies, there is a thin line between bad ass and corny as [frick]. I'll just leave it at that.
AUSSYACE - 3/30/2012, 3:34 PM
Once we get a Trailer then I will now that shit is happening...
Necroxide - 3/30/2012, 3:38 PM
I realy want a civil war !!
(we are not a team , we are a time bomb !) lol

But its Realy to SOON

we need a movie with Blackpenter and Ant-man/Wasp Vs Villain(s)

and for a 3 !! now let the time bomb explode
and bring SPIDER MAN , WOLVERINE , LUKE CAGE in a watchmen like situation!

I would realy like to see the big team fall ... in AVENGER 3
jazzman - 3/30/2012, 3:44 PM
@ckal

that white is mark bailey who Marvel Studio hired to write the script for a Black Panther movie.
Necroxide - 3/30/2012, 3:46 PM
Just1Superguy@ I think each Hero movie should 'cover' different type of ScFiction and I think ant man is very original

Seriously , a scientist who create an evil intelligent robot and got the ability to shrink or become a giant Man, would do an amazing movie for all the family.
DukeAcureds - 3/30/2012, 3:48 PM
Strange. I just found my old Essential Ant-Man volume, just before seeing this article. If Wright adapts that in a strange post-modern pop-art kind of way, setting it in the '60s or '80s and getting all those silly villians in there in a Scott Pilgrim Vs. the 7 Evil Exes kind of way that'd be awesome.
DukeAcureds - 3/30/2012, 3:50 PM
I heard he's doing a mixture of two eras, the Pym era and Scott Lang, taking up the mantle, in the present, in a Watchmen kind of way. Ultron would be awesome as the main villian.
Necroxide - 3/30/2012, 3:51 PM
doing a civil war for a 2 would destroy all Spider man and wolverine ideas
Necroxide - 3/30/2012, 3:53 PM
yes it woud me dam nice !! my idea was Ultron should be the villain of avenger 2 and ruin the avenger reputation and everything at the end .
OdinsBeard - 3/30/2012, 3:54 PM
oh god if ant-man is in the avengers 2 that'll be stupid. just do giant man. or a scientist that knows how to make himself big and small. take the ant part out of it. thats lame. a super soldier, two master assassins, the demi-god, and we have a hulk... and a bunch of ANTS!! OHHH!!!! gay.

Giant man on the other hand?? visually awesome AND a worthy fit for the team. leave the small flying around bullshit for Wasp. i don't need two little people running around. especially if one is riding a bee.
jazzman - 3/30/2012, 3:55 PM
@Pux & Necroxide

i got to agree with u guys at first i was not sure about a Ant-Manmovie but knowing Edgar Wright is involved i have hope for the movie.

Necroxide - 3/30/2012, 3:58 PM
to keep Super heros movie alive we need all of them to be different !
MrAgamotto - 3/30/2012, 3:58 PM
I´d love to see an Ant-man movie! Hank Pym is one of my favourites superheroes. In Edgar Wrigth we trust! Anyway, I would like see Lee Pace as Hank Pym and Zooey Deschanel as Janet Van Dyne.

MrAgamotto - 3/30/2012, 4:08 PM
@OdinsBeard

Ant-man never ride a Bee, he ride a winged ANT.
DukeAcureds - 3/30/2012, 4:17 PM
^ ^ Actually he ride a wasp.
avengingson - 3/30/2012, 4:30 PM
As long as we've been waiting for this, I'm almost sick of it. I love me some Hank Pym, but it's ridiculous. 8 years they're waiting on this guy? 8 years for him to get his shit together? Anybody else would've been out the door by now.
DukeAcureds - 3/30/2012, 4:32 PM
ride a wasp. Geddit?
DukeAcureds - 3/30/2012, 4:34 PM
I don't know about the rest of the cast, butI can't decide whether Sam Neil or Dan Ackroyd would be the best older Hank Pym.
Ha1frican - 3/30/2012, 4:52 PM
@MrAggamotto great choice with Zooey the other guy looks the part
Ha1frican - 3/30/2012, 4:53 PM
I bet we see serious work on this as part of "Phase 2" after Avengers turns in its earnings
Ha1frican - 3/30/2012, 5:20 PM
@Just1Superguy That's what everyone said about, Iron Man, Cap, AND thor..
mgeoff88 - 3/30/2012, 5:47 PM
Edgar Wright's approach to Ant-Man sounds very cool. I would like to see the movie happen.

I just hope Marvel Studios doesn't let the movie stall for many more years. Ant-Man is one of the original Avengers.

He deserves his own movie.
OdinsBeard - 3/30/2012, 5:55 PM
Pux@ sure ants can kill someone but like you said - you yourself would have to put me in that situation. and during the final battle we see hulk ripping apart ultrons, thor smashing them to bits and... ants....? thats really what you want? ya know it just doesn't fit for me. Even tho he's a founding member i just never cared about ant man or figured him for a threat. who is his arch nemisis? professor news paper? doctor bug spray? "Oh ant-man is here? lemme call terminex." - all i'm saying is if you're putting hank pym in the movie it should be as Giant man. way cooler. way more of a threat.

MrAgamotto@ he communicates with all insects, no? or is it just ants? either way at least bees have stingers.

it's still dumb and i would bet every dollar i have that ant-man in all of his glory next to the avengers will make the general audience laugh themselves right out of the theatre. the fact that edgar wright is directing this movie pretty much shows you that Marvel themselves don't even take the character seriously.

the most interesting things about hank pym is that he slapped his wife once and created ultron (something Tony Stark could easily do in the movie.) - yeah i really want to root for that guy...
Fogs - 3/30/2012, 6:30 PM
@nolanite - I LOLed at the "discovery channel", douchy also, but funny.
LordHuck - 3/30/2012, 6:30 PM
Sarah Michelle Gellar is 35 years old

Zooey Dachanel is 32 years old


Why do you want these old bitches who will be close to 42 and 38 before we get a trilogy?

[frick] that noise. I want young cute women for these roles.
MrDuck - 3/30/2012, 7:01 PM
I hate the idea of some guy like patrick wilson or aaron eckhart doing this. I'm thinking more like Adrien Brody or even Neil Patrick Harris, one of them could actually bring some life to the role
elessarundomiel2382 - 3/30/2012, 7:23 PM
People obviously in "Ant-man" he discovers how to shrink. In Avengers 2 he discovers how to grow into a giant.
Optimus83 - 3/30/2012, 7:39 PM
Ant-Man & Black Panther Movie ¡¡¡NOW!!!
SageMode - 3/30/2012, 8:06 PM
Ant-Man should NOT have his solo movie. He should only be a support character in a THE AVENGERS sequel.
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