Kevin Feige on how Ant-Man will fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Apr 24, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT (Updated)

We’ve been waiting a long time to get a look at Edgar Wright’s take on Ant-Man, and now Marvel boss Kevin Feige is opening up about how the tiny hero will fit into the company’s cinematic universe.

Wright’s Ant-Man film has been a long time coming, and it’s crazy to think that it’s actually been in development since back before the first Iron Man film opened. Considering the time gap, you’d think a lot has changed in the script, right? According to Feige, not really, except for some minor connectivity tweaks to make sure it still fits.

In fact, Feige revealed they’ve actually been framing the Marvel Cinematic Universe around Wright’s Ant-Man plan, to make sure the initial pitch would still work once Wright finally had time to make it. Here’s what he told Empire, including a note about how Paul Rudd got the gig:

"A little bit [changed]. Not much. There's been a little bit of connective tissue that wouldn't have been there in in his draft ten years ago. We changed, frankly some of the MCU to accommodate this version of Ant-Man. Knowing what we wanted to do with Edgar and with Ant-Man, going years and years back, helped to dictate what we did with the roster for Avengers the first time. It was a bit of both in terms of his idea for the Ant-Man story influencing the birth of the MCU in the early films leading up to Avengers…

Look at that origin of the petty crook who comes into contact with a suit and does his best to make good, and then look at someone like Paul Rudd, who can do slightly unsavory things like break into people's houses and still be charming and who you root for and whose redemption you will find satisfaction in.”

When asked how Ant-Man might connect to future Avengers films, Feige got cagey, but it’s worth asking because in the comic lore original Ant-Man Hank Pym actually invents Ultron — the featured baddie in the Avengers sequel, which opens before Ant-Man. Not surprisingly, that origin story will be tweaked, as Feige notes they’ve already introduced characters in the MCU that could do “certain things” to fit that role.

Our take on that? We’ll almost certainly have Tony Stark involved as the surrogate mad scientist who creates Ultron, instead of Pym, which still leaves Wright free to tell his Ant-Man origin story.

Are you anxious to finally get a look at this long-gestating Ant-Man flick?

(Via Comic Book Movie)