Edgar Wright Teases ANT-MAN Story and Using Scott Lang as the Protagonist Instead of Hank Pym

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You may recall that back in 2009 through 2010, Edgar Wright took up posting a photo a day on his website, and among the images on his daily photoblog he would tease Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.  It’s possible he’s started up the habit again for Ant-Man.  Yesterday, Wright posted an image from the animated series Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes episode “To Steal an Ant-Man” in which Scott Lang swipes the original Ant-Man equipment from inventor Hank Pym, and uses it to commit crimes.  While there’s been a persistent assumption that Pym would be the lead character in Ant-Man since he’s the original superhero, he’s also kind of the worst (at least in the comics).  Additionally, when Paul Rudd signed on to play the role, Marvel’s official announcement didn’t specify his non-costumed alter-ego.

Hit the jump for more.  Ant-Man opens July 31, 2015.

Via Edgar Wright (hat tip to CS for spotting the screengrab’s origin).

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With this new image, signs are leaning heavily towards Lang being the protagonist.  All the way back in 2006, Wright told SHH about his idea for the film:

Is to have a film that basically is about Henry Pym and Scott Lang, so you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60′s, in sort of “Tales to Astonish” mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him.

Obviously, a lot has changed since then in terms of how the Marvel Universe has been crafted.  The current plot could be incredibly different, but the larger point is that Scott Lang isn’t some new part of Wright’s thinking.  As for the “how he comes to acquire the suit”, perhaps this is part of the “heist film” aspect Kevin Feige mentioned to IGN.

Hopefully, Wright will continue using his blog to keep fans in the loop on Ant-Man like he did with Scott Pilgrim.




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  • Sweet Pea

    This and Guardians of the Galaxy are the only two Marvel movies I’m excited about… I just feel a lot of Marvel movies are very forgettable. I enjoy them in the cinema, and rarely come out disappointed so wouldn’t knock them too hard, but they never really stay with me or make me want to watch again (other than Avengers). I think it’s no coincidence that Ant Man and Guardians will also be the two more interesting/talented directors Marvel have worked with too (again, other than Joss)…

    • Thal Sinestro

      I agree. They are not bad but they are forgettable. Besides Avengers the only ones I can watch over and over are Incredible Hulk and the first Iron Man.

      • Sweet Pea

        Im a big Incredible Hulk fan too. Was so disappointed Marvel got Norton so heavily involved, then went on to build this cinematic universe with cross-overs and then they both fell out! Ruffalo was good as Banner in Avengers tho to be fair.

      • Thal Sinestro

        I was disappointed as well. Norton is a hell of an actor and they should have given him a better chance. Mark Ruffalo has become one of my favorite actors and he did very good as the Hulk.

  • The Flobbit

    Damn! Well that was a plot twist we didn’t see coming!

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Don’t know alot about Ant-Man until he was announced a few years back as part of Wright’s passion project w Marvel. Big fan of Wright so that is really what has me excited about this movie along w Rudd’s involvement. It sounds like they are going for a comedy, action, crime heist, type of feel which sounds like a lot of fun. I hope they hit a tone similiar to the 1st Iron Man.

    • The Flobbit

      The thing that I’m psyched the most about Ant Man is the heist film aspect of it. I have no idea how Wright would pull it off, but it would be a damn sight to behold if he could!

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Visually it’s going to be an awesome sight for sure. Wright’s a smart director so my expectations are pretty high for this film.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    When edgar wright was announced as the director of ant-man, I already knew I would not be watching

    I don’t feel like watching a superhero film where each shot lasts less than a second
    It’s nauseating and amateurish
    Movies ARE NOT music videos !!!

    • brNdon

      You must have only seen Scott Pilgrim.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        Nope
        I’ve seen the first two film of his cornetto trilogy
        Hated Shawn of the dead (average shot length was 3/5 of a second)
        Liked hot fuzz but got bored real quick
        Still debating if the world’s end is worth seeing
        Nah !
        Fuck that

      • Robby Richmond

        Troll. Without Spaced TV Comedy would look much worse than it does. Wright is an innovator.

    • Ridley C.

      I literally hate every comment you have ever made on collider. Every. Single. Comment. For the love of the cinema gods, do no make a career out of film. I am begging you.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        ….
        Why so much hate ?
        I have never trolled this website
        All I do is post my opinions
        Smh

      • Not a twat from the east coast

        Your comments are spiteful. I bet you’re real fun at parties.

      • Ben Wigler

        Hey man, not all of us on the east coast suck balls. Also, I’m sure that “Mixed Race Rich Kid” is not really what he says he is. And yeah, this dude is almost single handedly why I left Collider for the last month or two. He’s a successful troll, we can give him that.

      • The Flobbit

        Your opinions cause mass vomiting and nausea the States over. For the love of god, start bashing your head against a wall.

      • Norrtron

        I’m pretty sure he’s just trolling, no real person could possible have such horrible taste in movies.

      • The Flobbit

        He certainly trolls well. And persistently.

  • eternalozzie

    I used to be a big Ant-Man/Giantman/Goliath/yellowjacket/DrPym fan back in the day … this all sounds like Whedon and Marvel Studios just don’t care about the comics … they just want more $$$$$$ like the Iron Man 3 turd … It will be a decent movie. Don’t get me wrong. The team working on it is top notch. The whole having Pym not involved with Ultron I can’t get past. It’s just tough to watch characters i grew up with destroyed on screen due to lack of imagination or hollywood greed … don’t even get me started on what Singer is doing to X-men.

    If Rudd is Scott Lang this storyline is very close to the comics as he does steal the suit to help save his daughter. I am babbling incoherently now so i will stop typing :)

    • Anthony Michael

      I’m confused about the part where you say that changing the source material shows a lack of imagination.

    • Titan

      The movies take place on an entirely separate universe from the comics. Comics are Earth 616, movies are Earth -199999. Like Anthony said, why would changing the source material show a lack of imagination? Sticking WITH the source material step by step is the true lack of imagination. Look at Dark Knight and Man of Steel. Whoo boy, who didn’t see their origin stories coming from a million miles away? The fact that most of Marvel’s origins are new is refreshing. Why would you want to spend money to go watch a movie based exactly like what you’ve already read? That’s just a waste of money and THAT is a lack of imagination. Directors would hate that since they’d have no creative freedom.

  • Sammy Lane

    Antman will be a very interesting film to say the least.Can’t wait to see it.

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    I LOVED LOVED LOVED Scott Pilgrim. I hope this measures up.

  • Marcus Kilgore

    After watching his Cornetto Trilogy on Blu-ray with extras I’ll be watching Ant-Man DAY ONE!! Edgar Wright is one of my top favorite directors and I trust he will make another fantastic movie with Ant-Man

  • Bob

    Well….I hate Lang so I hope this is not going to happen….its supposed to be Pym….esspicially if Wasp is gonna be there….this doesnt make sense…

    • scheebles

      Has it been firmly established that the Wasp is going into Phase 3?

  • Steven

    When Wright is good, he makes Shaun Of the Dead. When he’s bad, he makes Scott Pilgrim.

    Love Rudd though.

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  • Zenexo

    Still a little confused on all of this. So it seems both Antman’s are going to be in a single film. So which one is Paul Rudd playing? Also if they’re making it seem that Hank Pymm was a hero from the 60′s how are they going to tie that together with the rest of the universe when he was never mentioned before (besides an easter egg in Thor)? This film just got more interesting. I am beyond curious.Time will tell.

    • brNdon

      I was wondering that as well. I can’t imagine Pym being a hero that nobody mentions in the Marvel movieverse.

      • Son of Coul

        Who said anything about Pym being a “hero” in the ’60s? Who’s to say Pym isn’t a dusty old SHIELD case file that gets reopened when Lang enters the picture?

      • Zenexo

        it says it right in the article…

      • Scott Lang

        The article says that Wright’s “original” idea for the movie would be the flashback/flashforward thing. Considering he said that back in 2006, going on 8 years ago now, I doubt much of that plan has survived.

      • Zenexo

        OK, fair enough we still don’t know if it will be true until the film comes out but don’t act like no one ever said it.

      • brNdon

        “…a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60′s.”
        From the article, dick.

    • Devin Reed

      I really hope they find a way to incorporate both characters. They’re both so critical to the Ant-Man legacy.

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