Thursday, 1 July 2010

Ant-Man will be different and funny

In a recent interview with Box Office Magazine, Edgar Wright, director of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, spoke about Ant-Man. He revealed that he's already on the second draft of the script and that Marvel liked the first one so things are definitely rolling. It will have the same comedic level as Iron Man while being high-concept and something different to the standard formula superhero origin film.

These all sound like good things. I had a lot of fun watching the Iron Man movies, which struck just the right level of comedy and seriousness to work. We can add Edgar Wright to the British talent making waves in the superhero film world. Although Mark Millar and Brian Hitch did a sterling job in The Ultimates, Ant-Man is a character that would be very hard to take completely seriously on screen so he does need that light-hearted element. Wright's got a great track record for making dry, witty comedy with Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Spaced. Notice the actors? Could this mean Simon Pegg and Nick Frost could be showing up in the Marvel universe? Stranger things have happened!

A bit about Ant-Man:
Ant-Man's a bit of a wacky idea for a superhero and hardly the most powerful. Hank Pym is a scientistic who becomes Ant-Man when he invents a way to shrink down to the size of an ant. He also creates a helmet that allows him to understand and command said ants. He and his wife, Jan (aka the Wasp), also join the Avengers. Hank later becomes Giant Man when he realises it's more fun squishing than being squished.

Back in May, Nathan Fillion had been rumoured to be attached to the role but since then no more has been heard about it.

Given that Ant-Man is almost definitely being made, and we have had no real indication that we might see Pym become Giant Man, I believe this calls for an update to the Must Use Powers Avengers Movie Tracker. Step aside Giant Man. Hello Ant-Man! ... Oh there he is!

Here's the important part of Edgar Wright's interview:

"I haven't actually started the second draft yet--I'm not going to be able to until this film [Scott Pilgrim] is out--but what we wrote for the first draft, and what Marvel really liked, is that it's funny, but it's a genre film. It's about the level of comedy that Iron Man has. The idea is to make a high-concept genre film where it's within another genre. His suit and its power is the big gadget and it takes place in the real world. I just wanted to do something that was slightly different than the superhero origin film. I felt that between that and the various mad scientist, crazy doctor films that we've all seen, this would be a way into an origin that was slightly different. I'm not really a multi-tasker--I haven't done anything since Marvel liked our first draft."

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