Kevin Feige Says Edgar Wright’s Plan for ANT-MAN Impacted How Marvel Approached the MCU; Confirms an Actor Has Been Cast as Thanos

     April 24, 2014


Earlier today, we shared a few nuggets of information about Marvel’s highly anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron from writer/director Joss Whedon, but now it’s time to hear from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.  He’s been the mastermind behind the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe from the beginning, and way back when Jon Favreau was gearing up to begin production on the first Iron Man, Feige already had Edgar Wright working on a feature film adaptation of Ant-Man.  Wright’s a busy guy so it’s taken some time for the movie to come together, but he finally has his cast set and is gearing up to begin production in just a few months ahead of Ant-Man’s July 2015 release date.

During a recent interview, Feige talked a bit about Wright’s Ant-Man, confirming that the story they locked into place for the film all those years ago has impacted how Marvel approached its cinematic universe (specifically the lineup for The Avengers), knowing how Ant-Man would later come into play.  Moreover, he again teased the appearance of Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Read on after the jump.

kevin-feige-ant-manWe already know that Wright has a unique take on Ant-Man since Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd have been cast as Hank Pym and Scott Lang, respectively, which are two separate characters that donned the Ant-Man suit in the comics.  Speaking with Empire (via Latino Review), Feige revealed that this idea has affected the Marvel movies leading up to Ant-Man:

“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.”

Feige also discussed the casting of Rudd as the lead, describing why he’s the perfect fit to play Lang:

“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 unsavoury things like break into people’s houses and still be charming and who you root for and whose redemption you will find satisfaction in.”

ant-man-movie-imageIn discussing why they wanted to make Ant-Man in the first place, the Marvel Studios President also teased how the film ties into the MCU as a whole:

“It was two things – a story Edgar wanted to tell that we’ll see with Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd, and now we’re 11 films in, it’s looking at the characters we’ve already introduced who already have the technology and the brains to do…certain things [Laughs].”

With regards to Thanos, we already have confirmation that the Big Bad will appear in motion-capture form in this August’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and Feige confirmed (via CS) that they do have an actor in place to fill the role, but it’s unsurprisingly being kept under wraps:

“There is an actor. I’m not sure we want to announce it yet.”

Rumors have swirled that Vin Diesel isn’t simply doing the voice of Groot in Guardians but is instead filling the role of Thanos, and seeing as how Groot’s speech patterns only consist of one word (his own name), I’d say that seems like a real possibility.

We’ll find out for certain when Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters on August 1st of this year, while Ant-Man hits the big screen on July 17, 2015.


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  • aceshigh

    Vin Diesel would make a thoroughly badass Thanos.

  • huge hammer

    Been saying it since day one that it’s gotta be diesel

  • Oliver Queen

    I’m still waiting for the announcement of the mysterious Marvel project for 2016/17 that Vin Diesel described as a “merging of brands”.

    • Lex Walker

      Probably GotG 2 where the end credit scene ties it to Avengers 3

    • Nemesis11

      Thanos Rising.

      • The Flobbit

        Thanos: Rule the Dark

      • Faptain America

        Avengers: Rhymes with Thanos

      • The Flobbit

        Thanos: Rule the Dark

  • Kenji Lloyd

    All my money is on Nathan Fillion for Thanos!

    • Faptain America

      Idris Elba!

      • Faptain America

        Benedict Cumberbatch!

      • slipnuts

        Ralph Macchio…..wait are we not spouting off random names?

      • Faptain America

        Meryl Streep!

      • eternalozzie

        she’d hafta hit the gym a few times but she could do it.

      • TheMattedScreen

        Jerry Seinfeld!

      • gwiz30

        Engelbert Humperdinck!

    • Melwing

      Michael B. Jordan!

    • Arthur Dent

      Jon Hamm!

    • Arthur Dent

      Olivia Wilde!

  • Oolie zool

    it’s totally going to be Vin Diesel and I think he’s perfect for it.

  • DNAsplitter

    To not use Diesel in a roll like Thanos would be a waste of talent as Groot has only one word to deliver.

    • Melwing

      Well, three words :P

  • JBug

    Is everybody so set on Diesel to the extent that anybody else will be a let down? Probably.

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  • Grayden

    What was it Diesel said at the Riddick panel? “Merging brands”, I believe. Now, some might consider a “brand” to be standalone character trilogies, other might see it as Avengers and Guardians.

    Either way, the fact that they’ve been working on Ant-man for almost ten years really shows just how structured Marvel was in their planning. It’s pretty damn impressive to see it all come to fruition.

  • Lord__Snow

    I’ve assumed since Diesel first started dropping hints that he was meeting with Marvel that it was for Thanos.

  • kryssie

    Alexis Denisof

  • Bob

    I have been saying its since day one….its Diesel. It has to br. His voice/physical body our perfect for voice and mocap. Announce it!!!

  • Bob

    I have been saying its since day one….its Diesel. It has to br. His voice/physical body our perfect for voice and mocap. Announce it!!!

  • Kondorr

    Paul Rudd is not a comedian and especially no actor… he will be marvels undoing…

  • Kondorr

    Paul Rudd is not a comedian and especially no actor… he will be marvels undoing…

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