Monday, October 15, 2012

"Ant-Man" is happening

Sandwiched amid the expected announcements today that "Iron Man 3" and "Thor: The Dark World" will be in 3D comes official confirmation that Marvel/Disney are making it official for Edgar Wright's long-gestating "Ant-Man" movie... and that it's now dated to come out in November of 2015 - after "Avengers 2;" meaning that they're already setting "Phase III" in motion before "Phase II" even officially gets underway.

What's fun about this is that by announcing "You'll see Ant-Man in 2015," they're making it feel VERY likely that we'll in fact see him before 2015, too...

Here's the thing: Wright and Marvel had a "test reel" of Ant-Man FX footage at Comic-Con which apparently felt an awful lot like something that would be the post-credits teaser of another Marvel movie - and while they haven't cast the "official" Ant-Man yet, in the footage he was wearing a full-head face-obscuring helmet so it's probably still extremely useable and I'd be very surprised for a penny-pinching studio like Marvel to not repurpose it at some point.

Also, they've been shooting (and then deleting) minor references to the character (who, for the record, can communicate with ants and also shrink down to tiny-size while retaining his full strength) for awhile now - there's a clear references to "the guy who gets small" in the "Avengers" deleted-scenes, and the scientist Dr. Selvig emails in "Thor" was supposed to be revealed as (in an email handle) Dr. Hank Pym, aka Ant-Man.

That's another reason he could be turning up before his own movie... or even before he's been (fully) cast: Wright's script is said to feature both original Ant-Man Pym and later mantel-carrier Scott Lang as characters, supposedly with Lang as the "main" protagonist. That's interesting in and of itself (Pym's character went to some pretty dark places in the comics and modern retellings tend to cast him as an antihero at best) but it also leaves the door open for Pym (and the Ant-Man abilities) to appear in "Avengers 2" (or "Iron Man 3," or "Thor 2," or "Captain America 2," or "Guardians of The Galaxy") and then for Scott Lang to become Ant-Man in the series-proper. FWIW, the Comic-Con footage depicted Ant-Man either breaking into or out of what looked a lot like a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility.

An interesting footnote to this is the question of whether or not - Pym or no Pym - perennial Ant-Man sidekick/love-interest The Wasp (same powers, but with wings) turns up for "Avengers 2" as well; given that she's a fan-favorite character and given that the team is overall hurting for a more diverse lineup.


Randy said...

I can't wait to see it.

Though, Eric o Grady is still the best Ant-Man.

R said...

Ant-Man (Pym) and Wasp for Avengers 2! Then work through all the other Ant-Men in sequels and keep Pym in research to prevent an "incident" between him and Wasp. XD

So hyped for this: between the Mandarin in Iron Man 3 and the possibility of all the original Avengers making the big screen by 2016, all of my favorites will have made it to movies. And to think, before 2008, Ant-Man would have been considered "too comic-y" to be considered as a movie. Positive change is what it is.

Maybe the Black Panther, Ms Marvel and She-Hulk fans will get what they want soon too...?

Anonymous said...

*in b4 Phil ranting about white privilege in comic book movies*

Aiddon said...

I dunno, I get the feeling they'd kill Wasp off because Marvel execs panic whenever marriage gets involved.

Omegalittlebob said...

Even though my only experience with Hank Pym is through the Earth's Mightiest Heroes series, I am still super stoked for this. I guess if Marvel decided to make a movie with Rocket Raccoon in it then a guy with Ant Man's power's isn't all that much of a stretch.

Smashmatt202 said...

Thing about Ant-Man, even though Bob goes on and on about how this Marvel universe thing is so unlikely, it actually hasn't seemed that strange to the general movie-going public, or at the very least, they're handling it well. Bob called Thor the most bizarre or hardest to accomplish, but nothing about it seemed that "out there", or at least, everyone I knew who saw the movie was more-or-less okay with it.

Ant-Man, on the other hand... Like, I told my mom about the possibility of that movie, and she knew NOTHING about Ant-Man, but just hearing the name? Yeah, she didn't think it would work out.

Not to mention, I actually DID my research on this guy, he's got to be the most incompetent superhero in the Avengers line-up! He inadvertently created one of their greatest adversaries, for Pete's sake! Not to mention, the ability to shrink in size isn't that impressive of a superpower, and the name... Well, I don't really need to say anything about the name, do I?

Still, I'm looking forward to seeing this movie, partly to see just how Marvel is going to handle this mess of a superhero, but also because Edgar Wright, director of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, is supposedly directing this! That's still happening, right?

Steven said...

I can't wati till Avengers 4 with 30 superheroes and only 3 minutes of dialog each!