Edgar Wright On The Challenge Of Making ANT-MAN PG-13

The World's End director has been notoriously tight lipped when it comes to his big-screen take on the diminutive Marvel superhero, and that continues in a chat with SFX. However, he does comment on having to "entertain in a different way" with the movie, as well as the level of comedy we can expect.

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When Edgar Wright and frequent collaborator's Simon OPegg and Nick Frost sat down with SFX, the trio were quizzed about Ant-Man. Pegg and Frost are big comic book fans, but neither are likely to appear in the movie...with Pegg joking that if Wright asked him to he'd "think about it, but as his friend and his lawyer, I would advise strongly against asking me.” The interviewer goes on to try to get more info on the project from Wright, but it's no use - the director is a rock! He does reveal that because he's used to making R-rated movies that it might be difficult to tone down certain elements to better suit Marvel's standard PG-13 rating. “In a way, it’s a challenge,” he tells the mag. “It’s a challenge to do. Shaun and Hot Fuzz and World’s End are all R-rated films. I like the challenge of making a PG-13 film. Because you’ve got to entertain in a different way. You don’t have the same tools. It’s also different in terms of Scott Pilgrim. They’re both adaptations. It’s nice to be able to do an adaptation." He also relents and agrees to answer one direct question: how much humor will be present in the movie? “I think it would be as funny as the other Marvel movies that have come out.” So, a lot then. More at the link below.
Source: SFX
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MrCBM56 - 12/11/2013, 4:46 AM
I love Marvel humor... but I think they're starting to go over board with it.

That's what Thor 2 and IM3 suffered with IMO.
Tyrus - 12/11/2013, 4:47 AM
Ah shit, que Man of Steel comme-- oops.
marvel72 - 12/11/2013, 4:59 AM
scott pilgrim vs the world was blinding.
charlie2094 - 12/11/2013, 5:00 AM
Love all Edgar Wright's films, can't wait to see what he does with Ant-Man, should be super funny and visually awesome...comedy will definitely feel right in Ant-Man at least, the timing and amount of it in Thor/IM3 completely took me out of the film, just became a standard action/comedy, but I think Wright will do something great with Ant-Man
McNyagano - 12/11/2013, 5:10 AM
Lmao xD if anybody is bothered by the humour in the MCU films, just don't watch them. It's that simple really :) Can't wait for this!!!
Dinotron - 12/11/2013, 5:11 AM
if Marvels humor was so detrimental these pass two flicks why were they end up being so successful? i hear the most groans and moans on this site, yet everyone else on average is enjoying these movies
LittleDanglyThing - 12/11/2013, 5:15 AM
Humor belongs in Ant-Man but should be limited in movies like Thor.
Humor in Ironman 3 was a great thing same with Avengers.
charlie2094 - 12/11/2013, 5:24 AM
@Dinotron

Quality doesn't equal success, things like Transformers do incredibly well and they're nothing but big noisy action pieces. That's just about the name/franchise etc. I don't think anyone said they didn't enjoy it the films, just disappointed by the amount of it, like the balance has titled far more towards comedy than decent story etc. They weren't exactly acclaimed films, they did well at the b.o but critic wise, Thor's the lowest rated one yet with the comedy being a big issue for many. I still enjoyed them, but most I know thought they were just generic, passable blockbusters. It's possible to be disappointed by the film yet still enjoy it, IM3/Thor had a lot of potential, which is why I really feel Marvel dropped the ball, but still enjoyed watching it
Luke91 - 12/11/2013, 5:24 AM
These "action movies" and their attempt to be "funny", YUCK.
I watched The Hobbit - DoS 12 h ago, Peter Jackson must've suffered from Marvel-illnes, lame jokes in every sequence, scene after scene after scene.

These two hobbits movies are a copy of the failure of the Star Wars prequels - poor dialogue, over the top action sequences, Legolas looking like a doll (seriously, you think he's animated from the first scene) and also the whole movie looks like a computer game.

In 2030 you will look back at the "superhero-era" and go: wtf were they thinking.

Point is, get these stupid 'wannabe serious but still putting lame ass jokes in every single dialouge" out of the cinema.
SuperCat - 12/11/2013, 5:25 AM
Will we ever get some official casting news?
Luminus - 12/11/2013, 5:26 AM
Scott Pilgrim was idiotic. I couldn't get past 10 minutes of it.
charlie2094 - 12/11/2013, 5:26 AM
@batz

Well that used to be the case, but there's really not so much humour in the comics anymore, unless you're reading something like Deadpool. Titles like Thor: The God of Thunder and the such really have limited comedy, far more serious, as all are the best known, classic Marvel stories too...there's maybe the odd bit here and there depending on the title, but not much
supermarioworldE - 12/11/2013, 5:30 AM
Apart from the gore, Wright's films aren't really that hard of R's.

He'll do fine.
ManCalledSting - 12/11/2013, 5:31 AM
As long as its not a comedy heavy movie like some other Disney cbms, I'll be okay with it. Though Wright's done a few action comedies, so that's what I'm expecting here.
ManCalledSting - 12/11/2013, 5:34 AM
The Incredible Hulk, Cap 1, Ironman 1 are they only Marvel/Disney movies I care for. After Disney got ahold of Marvel, you can feel the cookie cutter coming down on their movies.
SageMode - 12/11/2013, 5:44 AM
Here comes the humor haters. Who would've ever thought there so many depressing fanboys around. Lol.

Anyhow, does Paul Rudd have the role or what? Cast him already.
CarlXVIGarfield - 12/11/2013, 5:44 AM
Had no problem with the comedy in IM3 and thor 2, had a great time watching both.

I think it's teens and emos who want everything dark and gritty.

Looking forward to Ant-Man!
charlie2094 - 12/11/2013, 5:44 AM
@batz

I agree, I mean most I know who love the Marvel films do so because they are big and action packed and funny, so I get it's important, I just feel it's maybe too prevalent that it takes away from them being a serious film, in regards to just being a summer blockbuster...if that makes sense :P I understand it's important, I mean there has to be when dealing with comic properties, just feel it's gotten too important that it detracts from telling a good story

I too, feel like Man of Steel was too serious, where on the opposite end I found IM3/Thor2 so comedic that it didn't feel real or serious etc :P Saying that, MOS was my favourite cbm of the year (also lean more towards Marvel than DC :P) Think for me personally, TDK Trilogy and Iron Man/Avengers really struck the best balance between being serious and having real drama, and using comedy to lighten the film but not taking anything away from it...it's a fine balance to find, just think it felt a bit too unnatural in Thor 2 especially
knocturnalzen10 - 12/11/2013, 5:53 AM
i hate hank pym as a character seriously . so it's hard to find humor in a pill poppin , wife beating , asshole, responsible for the death of several hero's. richards knows more about pym particles then hank
[frick] this flim , so many other marvel characters they can choose from
ATrueHero1987 - 12/11/2013, 5:55 AM
Just because Marvel is a subsidiary of Disney doesn't mean Disney is influencing Marvel what direction they're movies are going in. Go ahead and continue to be ignorant though.

If you have a problem with the tone or direction they're going in with some of their movies, then DON'T WATCH THEM.
ATrueHero1987 - 12/11/2013, 6:00 AM
@0megaDaGod Exactly!!

The Lethal Weapon movies are action comedies(they even played them on Comedy Central) yet nobody bitches about them

If you want your "dark, gritty(people on this site love those words, lol) and gloomy" movies, then watch Blade trilogy, The Crow, or TDK trilogy(movies I enjoy by the way).
jlabatman - 12/11/2013, 6:03 AM
So will Paul Rudd be pimp-slapping somebody or what?
knocturnalzen10 - 12/11/2013, 6:04 AM
@omegadagod

no i'm realistic about my opinion. my favorite it tony in the marvel U an he's probably one of the worst offender for grimmy things. there's just things about hank's character the bothers me greatly
knocturnalzen10 - 12/11/2013, 6:09 AM
@NIBS


when it is just punchline after punchline coming from every character in completely unrealistic ways, it is stupid and makes the movie feel corny.

marvelflims2010beyond@disney.com/darcey
smh
SageMode - 12/11/2013, 6:10 AM
""i hate hank pym as a character seriously . so it's hard to find humor in a pill poppin , wife beating , asshole, responsible for the death of several hero's."

Reed Richards, Hal Jordan, and Superman are others that comes to mind that fall into similar categories.
ThePowerCosmic - 12/11/2013, 6:10 AM
Love the amount of comedy in these films. It makes them more like a comic book. Marvel does not apologize for making Comic Book Movies which is what I love.



TheRebellion - 12/11/2013, 6:10 AM
Nothing is wrong with comedy but when your comic relief character has a comic relief partner.....that is just overboard. @Truehero Lethal weapon also had a serious tone with comedy thats rated R, totally different from Marvel.
ThePowerCosmic - 12/11/2013, 6:14 AM
Knocturnal

You want realistic comedy and situations in a movie about a god from Asgard fighting elves from outer space. That is such an f'd up request dude! Why do you want to cover up the fact that it is a fiction based story? Marvel embraces that aspect.
MisterNiceGuy - 12/11/2013, 6:16 AM
humor is ok. Marvel just has terrible timing and execution.
charlie2094 - 12/11/2013, 6:16 AM
@Omega

Humour is great, but only when it's handled well. It was purely in Thor to deliver punchline after punchline and was completely unnatural. The scenes between Loki and Thor felt natural, the comedy that came from that, the rest was just completely forced to try and fill the "comedy" quota. Everyone loves comedy, but not at the expense of a good well told story, Marvel had the balance right with a film like Iron Man, but was out of place in Thor, which should be far more focused on the fantasy/sci-fi elements (the bits that make Thor actually interesting) and Asgardian characters...can still have comedy, just needs to be natural, like Stark's quips or the dialogue between the Avengers etc
MisterNiceGuy - 12/11/2013, 6:16 AM
with the humor I mean
ThePowerCosmic - 12/11/2013, 6:17 AM
Dark and gritty doesn't work for every property guys. Sorry, I would never want a Thor movie delivered in that tone. Marvel did it right.
knocturnalzen10 - 12/11/2013, 6:17 AM
@sagemode

supe's shouldn't be, he an cap are the same , richard's yes but he gets a pass cause atleast he stops BIg G . Don't like hal prefer stewart.
ManCalledSting - 12/11/2013, 6:18 AM
Yup, cuz I see lots and lots of comedy in every Thor, Cap, Ironman(now more so bcuz of the movies), and Avenger comic. They're funnier than a crossover between Archie and Marmaduke.
TelaVizion - 12/11/2013, 6:18 AM
It's funny how so many people ignore all the adult content thats present in 90% of the stuff Disney put out. Just look at all of their animated stuff. Disney can't do a child's film without killing someone off.

Some of you act like Disney is all about cotton candy clouds and rainbows.
McNyagano - 12/11/2013, 6:20 AM
"Just because Marvel is a subsidiary of Disney doesn't mean Disney is influencing Marvel what direction they're movies are going in."

This. If Disney had any influence over the MCU films we wouldn't have had scenes like Thor getting his hand cut off, people blowing up in IM3, Tony calling that kid a pussy etc....
charlie2094 - 12/11/2013, 6:21 AM
@ThePowerCosmic

No ones asking for "dark and gritty", just a good film with a well told story and well timed/balanced comedy to lighten it. Thor could've been so much more (don't need forced comedy just because it's fantasy/sci-fi, tell that to Harry Potter, LOTR, Star Wars etc) but was dragged down by completely unnatural punchline after punchline. Thor and Loki was great and worked, but the balance was much more on the comedy side with Darcy's dialogue just a stream of completely forced one-lines, when Iron Man/Avengers had it perfectly...I've never actually read a Thor title with even close to the amount of comedy in the film, things like God of Thunder have almost none
TelaVizion - 12/11/2013, 6:21 AM
Thor's comics has humor in them and so should his movies.

Just look at the God Butcher story arc. As dark as that whole story arc was, there was a lot there to laugh at.

(God I wish they would do that story for a movie. Would never happen anytime soon, but would be so great. Even leave in the bit of his granddaughter wanting to f*ck him)
Amazing512 - 12/11/2013, 6:22 AM
Any "problems" with Marvel humor seem to only exist among you fat nerds.
ManCalledSting - 12/11/2013, 6:22 AM
Omega: True, but there were plenty of scenes with a lot of forced comedy.
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