Marvel came under a lot of fire after Edgar Wright walked away from his Ant-Man project, however it doesn't seem to have fazed Kevin Feige, who still seems just as enthused about the upcoming release. The man behind the MCU recently spoke at CIneEurope, where he dished on all sorts of Marvel projects.
"Ant-Man is still going to come out on 17 July , we start filming this August. Edgar Wright, who I've known for many years, who wrote the draft with Joe Cornish - much of the movie will still be based very much on that draft and the DNA of what Edgar has created up to this point, but Peyton Reed has stepped in [to direct]". Feige went on to say that "Adam McKay, a very good writer is reworking parts of the script - not the entirety of the script, but some of it - and it's going to, we believe, come to life in the best version of Ant-Man that we could possibly make. Again Ant-Man is a very important character for us. We like that people don't necessarily know what it is, we like that it sounds sort of strange when you first hear the notion of Ant-Man, or a hero that can shrink, but he's a very key Marvel character: he's a key Avenger."
He went on to talk about the upcoming Doctor Strange adaptation, saying that "Scott Derrickson has been announced as the director. Doctor Strange is a character that I've been interested in for many, many years and that I've talked about in interviews for probably 14 years, because I believe it's very, very important for us to explore every nook and cranny of the comic-book universe and we've done the street-level heroes, and we've done the billionaire superheroes [on Earth]. We've now done the cosmic side with Thor and Avengers and most obviously with Guardians, but there's a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side - the interdimensional side of the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own." He went on to reveal that an actor is yet to be cast, and that production will begin next Spring.
Feige went on to say a lot more about Thanos, the possibility of a Marvel/Fox/Sony crossover, and the role of the upcoming Netflix shows in the MCU, so be sure to head over to Total Film
to check that out. Marvel's Ant-Man
is expected to release on July 17th, 2015, whilst Doctor Strange
is expected to release at some point in 2016.
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. Lang will be portrayed by Paul Rudd, whilst Michael Douglas will portray Pym. Additionally, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson are all set to feature in the July 17th, 2015 release.