Edgar Wright Explains How ANT-MAN Differs From Other Shrinking Movies And More

Besides being a Marvel Studios production, Edgar Wright explains what sets his Ant-Man adaptation apart from other flicks with size-altering protagonists + possible comics that influenced the movie.

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 12/2/2013

With Ant-Man currently in pre-production and filming expected to kickoff in May next year, director Edgar Wright has admitted to being superstitious talking about the film, which will start Phase Three of the Marvel cinematic universe. While he's “never really sure what he's allowed to say anyway,” Edgar Wright talked with CultBox last week and hinted at Marvel comics that may have influenced the script he co-wrote with Joe Cornish. “I had two issues as a kid, one of them was a reprint of ‘Tales to Astonish 27’ featuring ‘The Man in the Ant-Hill’” said Wright. “So I had a copy of that, and then later I had ‘Marvel Premiere 47’ which was the first appearance of Scott Lang. So it was funny that I had both those issues, and I particularly thought ‘The Man in the Ant-Hill’ was something extremely odd and cool and it almost had a horror movie feel to it.”

“...What’s kind of good about the Marvel Comics is that usually the characters are a lot more grounded,” the filmmaker added. “They have real world problems and that’s become part of the screenplay. You always end up anchoring it in someway that appeals to you, even in the craziest sort of comic book sci-fi aspects of it. You’ve got to keep it grounded in the characters and the relationships that mean something outside of the Marvel Universe.”

More recently, Edgar Wright sat down with Mirror Online and elaborated more about being refrained from revealing too much about Ant-Man too soon. “There's such a thirst for information, which is really nice that people are excited about it and want to know more. But... even a trailer wouldn't be out until [maybe] February 2015, and that's such a long way. So, you [want to] keep some surprises until then.” When asked how Ant-Man compares to other size-shifting films like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Wright let out a big laugh (it's the first time he's been asked that) before explaining, “The difference between [Ant-Man] and other shrinking movies is all other shrinking movies are usually about somebody trapped small - whether it's The Incredible Shrinking Man, Innerspace or Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. This is different in that he can actually change size and he can do that at will, so it becomes more of a power than an impediment.”

When asked if Ant-Man will have the sense of fun and personal feel that his films all have, but ties into the Marvel scale: “I think the Marvel films that really work are about characters,” he said. “The first Iron Man is almost like a character study of Tony Stark. It's as much a film about him than it is a big action epic. The ones that're really successful are really good on character, about grounding the heroes as well.... [I'm] very happy with where [Ant-Man] is right now.”

Directed by Edgar Wright from his own screenplay, co-written by Joe Cornish, Marvel’s Ant-Man is scheduled to film at Pinewood Studios in Fayetteville, Georgia, and hits theaters on July 31, 2015!
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SuperCat - 12/2/2013, 6:14 PM
Shrink Rudd already!
marvel72 - 12/2/2013, 6:16 PM
better be good,ant-man will be a hard sell.
Nomis - 12/2/2013, 6:21 PM
GuardianAngel - 12/2/2013, 6:33 PM

Banner - 12/2/2013, 6:36 PM

typicalfanboy - 12/2/2013, 6:37 PM
i read "thrust" up there. i'm sold.
SageMode - 12/2/2013, 6:38 PM
Wright actually GETS IT.

can't wait to see how this goes.
Bread - 12/2/2013, 6:39 PM
Does anyone wanna join my classy comment section party?
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Inhuman - 12/2/2013, 6:41 PM
Give me AIM, Egghead, and MODOK as the main villains of the film. Also they need to tease Hank Pym eventually becoming Giant Man because we all know if Hank Pym is in the battle against Thanos, he is going to be Giant Man. There is no way in hell hell be Ant-Man lol
thebearjew - 12/2/2013, 6:43 PM
I don't think ant-man will be a hard sell
bcuz its got the marvel studios logo on it
jlabatman - 12/2/2013, 6:44 PM
Real world problems? Well Ant-Man has 99 problems but slapping the Wasp around ain't one!
thebearjew - 12/2/2013, 6:44 PM
60% of the time it works 100% of the time
Dick - 12/2/2013, 6:45 PM
yes The Mighty Atom in theaters!!!

McNyagano - 12/2/2013, 6:51 PM
I'm ready!!
Omarvls - 12/2/2013, 6:54 PM
Could be Marvel's first FLOP
faver - 12/2/2013, 6:54 PM
I think Wright will make the first truly great Marvel film since Iron Man. 2015 can't come soon enough.
Tainted87 - 12/2/2013, 6:55 PM
I'm pretty sure that if they a 50 ft tall Hank Pym came lumbering towards Thanos, he'd get blasted first.
jlabatman - 12/2/2013, 6:58 PM
Damn B&Y, can't stop staring!
Bread - 12/2/2013, 6:58 PM
Tainted87 - 12/2/2013, 6:59 PM
You know it's not like I don't like Edgar Wright - there hasn't been one movie of his that I've seen that I haven't enjoyed... but he really ought not lie about what comics he had as a kid. If he's joking/making fun of actors who tell interviewers that they were childhood fans of _____, _____ was the first movie/comic/show/book they ever watched/read.... fine, but yeah, I don't buy it.
Howlett - 12/2/2013, 7:02 PM

Inhuman - 12/2/2013, 7:03 PM

Its going to be the Avengers vs Thanos and his army. Thanos commands a legion of aliens and space creatures. Its not going to be just him vs 15 members of the Avengers in a brouhaha. Just like in Avengers how an army invaded and each Avenger had a job and was by themselves for a little while before coming together, thats how its going to be in Avengers 3. I foresee Giant Man, Wasp, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Black Panther, Falcon, War Machine, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and hopefully Vision battle the army and keeping them at bay as the more powerful heroes like Captain America, Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man battle Thanos.
Inhuman - 12/2/2013, 7:07 PM

You can include Doctor Strange into the battle with Thanos and the street level heroes join the others battling the army. You get what Im saying though. Yes Thanos could blast Giant Man but maybe when the army is defeated and maybe a comic book nerds dream of 15-20 Avengers circling Thanos and then its just a kick ass battle scene with Thanos blasting and punching anyone, then yes Thanos can blast Giant Man lol.
BrowniesExplode - 12/2/2013, 7:07 PM
This guy is slacking on this film if he wasn't Kevin's friend there would be another director.
Tainted87 - 12/2/2013, 7:13 PM
That would be ridiculously STUPID, Inhuman, not unlike the Infinity Gauntlet trade I got off of Google.

You don't build up that much just to have a shit load of characters run across the Pelennor Fields and get shot at by Thanos. Especially a WEAK character like him. If they're smart (and they seem to be), the Infinity Gauntlet will only be a SMALL bit of influence, and they'll pretty much make Thanos their own character.

Or are we really going to be stuck with something as lame as some purple Skrull-looking ape falling in love with "Death" and killing most of the universe to try to make her talk to him? No sir.

Anyway, Ant-Man would be better suited to grab the gauntlet off his hand, since he'd be so small the "mad titan" wouldn't be able to see him coming.

You know who would be an awesome character to develop? Nebula. I know next to nothing about her, not much more than Infinity Gauntlet, but she's played by Amy Pond! Amy Pond as a villain. F*ck Thanos, give her the gauntlet directly.

And then have the Doctor come in and talk her down.
VisionaryNPA - 12/2/2013, 7:14 PM
I can't wait.
Tainted87 - 12/2/2013, 7:20 PM
I mean do we need over a decade of character development and establishment just to have them blasted into dust by Thanos for some dumb obsession he has with death and defeat? Why would that be cool? Can we discuss this?
IM53 - 12/2/2013, 7:21 PM
Bring it. The " Heist" movie will be outstanding. I still think we are getting Pym and Lang. Desperate Lang steals Pym particles. Let's rock
Inhuman - 12/2/2013, 7:23 PM

Don't forget Black Widow, Hawkeye, War Machine, Falcon, Lady Sif and The Warriors Three, Winter Soldier, SHIELD themselves, Asgard warriors, Loki, I mean they could literally use everybody featured in all of the Phases
TheRationalNerd - 12/2/2013, 7:25 PM
“The first Iron Man is almost like a character study of Tony Stark. It's as much a film about him than it is a big action epic. The ones that're really successful are really good on character, about grounding the heroes as well..."

Brilliant! I trust this guy 10x more now! Character driven stories are where it's at, no just action packed movies. Looks like Phase 3 will be off to a tremendous start. :)
johnblake - 12/2/2013, 7:25 PM
@pokerface- lulz

But for real tho. Why is hank pun not the main character. The fudgepop
Inhuman - 12/2/2013, 7:30 PM
An argument can be made that every hero character, including SHIELD agents, that was and will be introduced in the MCU needs to fight against Thanos. Think about it…

War Machine - employed by the US Government. Protecting America and its interests
Falcon - works for SHIELD, Protecting America and its interests
Winter Soldier - if he turns good and doesnt die, he's gonna sit on the crapper and watch his best friend battle aliens and do nothing? Cmon…
SHIELD and all its agents - all hands on deck. Protecting America and its interests
Asgard - protected Earth before, why wouldn't they help protect it again???
Lady Sif and Warriors Three - sitting on Asgard crappers while watching their best friend Thor battle the worst villain in the galaxy???

You get my point… Whedon has to figure out if he is using literally EVERYONE. He cant come up with some lame ass excuse why they didn't show up and help and leave it to the MCU comics to explain some lame ass story like how War Machine missed the battle of NY as an example
TheRationalNerd - 12/2/2013, 7:31 PM
Tainted87 - 12/2/2013, 7:20 PM
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I mean do we need over a decade of character development and establishment just to have them blasted into dust by Thanos for some dumb obsession he has with death and defeat? Why would that be cool? Can we discuss this

Well the way I see it, if some of the past marvel films were accurate towards successfully getting most of these character driven story arcs down packed we would see tremendous and deep growth within each on of these specific characters. When you establish that much character growth you're looking at an audience who not only respects what these characters can do but what they can do from "within" themselves. So when you finally do see these characters get "blasted into dust by Thanos" you really feel that loss and I mean FEEL that loss!
Inhuman - 12/2/2013, 7:32 PM

I highly doubt everyone will show up, Im just being silly but kinda serious lol, but they better make a legit real and convincing reason and explanation and intricate storyline on why pretty much the entire universe of characters don't show up for Avengers 3. Thanos indirectly effects everybody we have seen so far and will see in the future
DrDoom - 12/2/2013, 7:33 PM
I want AIM and Radioactive Man as the villains, Wright!

DO YOU HEAR ME?! I want some mother[frick]ing beekeepers!

Tainted87 - 12/2/2013, 7:33 PM
Why are people obsessed/anticipating Black Widow's death? You really just don't like the actress or is there something else? This whole going out with a bang, motivated by death, sacrifice... it's stale, it's bland, and it just doesn't make sense. She'll have only been in three movies beforehand, and she's the only actual female superhero apart from Scarlet Witch to appear in the MCU. I don't think she's gonna bite the dust.
TheDarkKnightSlap - 12/2/2013, 7:34 PM
James Gunnnnnnnnn lives and breathes Rocket and Edgar Wright lives and breathes Antman. I predict two seriously flawed films out of shear love for the source material. This will be an issue bitches. Long live Favreau.
Tainted87 - 12/2/2013, 7:36 PM
And then what? Will they all come back as if nothing happened? That would be really cheap.
TheRationalNerd - 12/2/2013, 7:37 PM

"You get my point… Whedon has to figure out if he is using literally EVERYONE. He cant come up with some lame ass excuse why they didn't show up and help and leave it to the MCU comics to explain some lame ass story like how War Machine missed the battle of NY as an example."

The logic within this explanation is pure greatness I tell you. I say the same thing all the time! Why give a sorry excuse regarding these specific characters who missed out? Putting War Machine in a comic book was a huge slap in the face. He could've at least had a cameo explaining where he was. But I see how if was, marvel was too cheap to add extra heroes in the mix. They know some of these actors would possibly ask for that mullah! lol

TheRationalNerd - 12/2/2013, 7:43 PM

Haha, I see what you're saying here bro. It's like "why go through all of this and yet we already know of the outcome?" As for us being true comic book fans we're all well aware of the circumstances that maya occur within the film because we're already fond of the comic book story arc. However you have to keep in mind that these guys are thinking of the general audience as well, so perhaps something's may stay the same and some things may change depending in exactly what their goal is to make Thanos seem like a threatening character/villain.
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