Edgar Wright On Why He Hasn’t Rushed Into Doing Ant-Man
Director Edgar Wright seems to have been connected to an Ant-Man movie since… ooh, it see, about five minutes after the character was first introduced into the Marvel comics universe in 1962.
Which is a bit of an exaggeration, but we know you probably feel the same: why is it taking him so long? We want to see this film, dammit! Has Marvel been wary of his “unique” vision for the film? Has it been trapped in development hell while studio suits have tried to make Wright tone things down into a more Marvel movie universe form?
Well, no, according to Wright himself. Quite the opposite. With the film now being granted a provisional release date (6 November 2015) and scheduled to launch Marvel Phase 3, he’s been telling IGN that he’s been the one who’s been holding things up. But with a plan.
“I’ve been collaborating with [Marvel Studios Producer] Kevin [Feige] during the whole of that cycle,” he says. “I think people have always assumed… ‘Oh why is it taking so long to make?’ Part of it is because I wanted to make two other movies first. I wanted to make The World’s End… me and Simon were very keen to make it and it felt like it was unfinished business and we wanted to wrap up the trilogy. The script came together really fast. Well not really fast, but it came together at a certain point where it was like, ‘I really want to do this next.’
“But to be honest, the later I do it, it feels like I could learn more, especially about special effects. It’s a big effects movie, so I’m pleased to go into it having done Scott Pilgrim and The World’s End because you’re always learning more about that side.”
He also confirms that the film will have a connection to The Avengers sequel and the rest of Phase 3, but says the film can stand on its own.
“It’s a way of doing a superhero film within another genre. I wanted to tell an origin tale in a slightly different way. It’s part of the Marvel cinematic universe, but it also feels like its own piece.”
Aaaarrghhhh! November 2015 seems soooooo long away.
Interesting that he infers The World’s End is a big special effects film, though. While plot details have been sketchy, Simon Pegg did tip SFX the wink that it was definitely in our territory. So maybe it does feature the end of the world after all and all that stuff in the vague synopsis (“a group of mates who meet to re-enact an epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier, but as they near their final destination they realise the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s”) can be taken literally…?
Or maybe not. Maybe it has flying monkeys.
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