Is Marvel's Ant-Man movie crawling back to life?

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 14, 2012

If Edgar Wright has anything to say about it, the answer is "Yes!" The genrelicious filmmaker spent most of 2010 focused on bringing Scott Pilgrim to the big screen. Now that his slacker-hero responsibilities are over, he's returning to the big adventures of the tiny Hank Pym.

Wright first approached Marvel about adapting Ant-Man back in 2008 and, with writer Joe Cornish (The Adventures of Tintin), had knocked out a first draft of the script. But Scott Pilgrim vs. the World took up much of Wright's time, and the L.A. Times reports that he's only just found room in his schedule to revisit the property for a second draft:

"This one's not about about the urgency of summer tentpoles and things going into production without a script," said Wright. "It's slightly different than that."

Which is fair, given that Ant-Man is a slightly different character from Marvel's big-time heroes. The alter-ego of scientist Hank Pym, Ant-Man is like a mix between Spider-Man and Aquaman: He can shrink to the size of an insect while using a unique helmet to control them. Wright's take on the character isn't exactly a comedy, but it will have humorous elements.

Given that Wright and Cornish are just beginning their work on revising the script, there's no way to know when we'd finally get to see Ant-Man—nor is there any way to know how it'd fit into the elaborate cinematic continuity that Marvel's building between Iron Man, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers. In the comics, Ant-Man was a founding member of the Avengers team, so it's possible he'd appear in Joss Whedon's film and then get spun out on his own. Or Ant-Man would simply be a mid-budget flick that would stand on its own.

(Via 24 Frames)

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