Edgar Wright Talks ANT-MAN and Working with Marvel Studios; Says He Wants to Tell an Origin Story “In a Slightly Different Way”

     February 6, 2013

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Though Marvel Studios is incredibly secretive when it comes to developing projects, we’ve known about director Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man for quite a long while.  Wright has been working on the script alongside co-writer Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) for the past few years, but he’s understandably been busy with his other directorial projects.  The studio finally announced a release date for the film late last year, and at last summer’s Comic-Con Wright unveiled a test reel that demonstrated his fantastic visual approach to the character’s unique fighting style (ie. switching between normal size and ant-size within the blink of an eye).

With a 2015 release date approaching, Wright is gearing up to begin production on the film fairly soon.  He recently provided a bit of an update on the film, talking about its relationship to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and why it took so long to come together.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

edgar-wright-ant-manSpeaking with IGN, Wright explained that while he was eager to make Ant-Man, he wanted to make Scott Pilgriim vs. The World and complete his Blood & Ice Cream Trilogy with the upcoming The World’s End first:

“I’ve been collaborating with [Marvel boss] Kevin [Feige] during the whole of that cycle. I think people have always assumed… ‘Oh why is it taking so long to make?’ Part of it is because I wanted to make two other movies first. I wanted to make World’s End… me and Simon were very keen to make it and it felt like it was unfinished business and we wanted to wrap up the trilogy. The script came together really fast. Well not really fast, but it came together at a certain point where it was like ‘I really want to do this next.’”

The filmmaker admitted that the delay might have worked in his favor, though, as he’s more well-versed in the VFX world now:

“But to be honest, the later I do it, it feels like I could learn more, especially about special effects. It’s a big effects movie, so I’m pleased to go into it having done Scott Pilgrim and The World’s End because you’re always learning more about that side.”

Wright also briefly touched on how he’s approaching Ant-Man within the context of Marvel’s movie universe:

“It’s a way of doing a superhero film within another genre. I wanted to tell an origin tale in a slightly different way. It’s part of the Marvel cinematic universe, but it also feels like its own piece.”

With three genuinely fantastic films already under his belt and another incredibly promising one on the horizon, I think I speak for most everyone when I say I can’t wait to see an Edgar Wright-helmed superhero movie.  Ant-Man opens on November 6, 2015.  Click on over to IGN to read the full interview.

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