Writer-director Edgar Wright took to Twitter this weekend to tease his long-awaited adaptation of Marvel’s Ant-Man. Wright has been attached to the project for years, but took time for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and now he’s attached to direct Johnny Depp in The Night Stalker, and he’s working on the script for The World’s End with Simon Pegg. However, Ant-Man still has a strong possibility of being Wright’s next picture. Marvel Studios’ President of Production Kevin Feige says the project is “as close as it’s ever been”, and now Wright has posted an image on Twitter referencing the superhero.
Hit the jump to check out the image.
With less than a month before May 4 release date, the cast of The Avengers shot an additional scene last week. That was probably never meant to be public information, but nobody other than Robert Downey Jr. has any control over what RDJ decides to announce at press conferences. Marvel president Kevin Feige downplayed the importance of the additional shooting at the European premiere:
“I will tell you this: It was not a scene. It was not a scene. There’s little things. It’s been blown out of proportion. Which is fun, I like that things are blown out of proportion. Sometimes they’re true sometimes they’re not.” [Blogomatic 3000]
Okay, so it was not “a scene.” But it was something that they couldn’t shoot with body doubles. The myth of what happened that night is almost certainly better than the truth, so maybe it’s best we keep the mystery box shut. As always, Feige is a wealth of information on all things Marvel, so hit the jump for his recent comments on the status of Ant-Man and who owns the rights to Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.
With Marvel and Disney’s The Avengers opening around the world in the coming weeks, last night was the world premiere in Hollywood and it was also the first time members of the press were shown the film. As you may have already read on my Twitter feed, I loved it and think Joss Whedon delivered a movie that both fans and casual moviegoers are going to love. Also, it’s really funny and it has the best action of any Marvel movie thus far.
Anyway, just an hour ago I got to sit down with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Since I already posted an in depth conversation with him when I visited the set of The Avengers last year, I decided to use my limited time to discuss Marvel’s future projects like Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2, the Avengers sequel and whether Joss Whedon is signed to come back, what movies are coming in 2014 and 2015, Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, if Marvel is making an animated movie, another Hulk movie, and so much more. Hit the jump for more.
In order to build a film like The Avengers, Marvel had to look far in advance and make sure that their major superhero films contributed to the upcoming blockbuster crossover. Even if The Avengers is a massive flop (and that’s highly unlikely), Marvel is already making its plans for The Avengers 2. Speaking at New York Comic-Con this weekend, Marvel Studios’ President of Production Kevin Feige talked about the company’s future films. Unsurprisingly, Iron Man 3 will be part of what Feige calls “Phase Two of this Avengers Assemble talk.”
So what else will be part of “Phase Two”? Hit the jump for more. The Avengers opens in 3D on May 4, 2012. Feige says they’ll be continuing their tradition of including a brief scene post-credits [via Cinemablend].
While Marvel has been pretty upfront about their slate of films in the past, giving audiences a long lead-in to the far off films like Thor and Captain America, their next slate of movies after The Avengers has been much more quiet. Now it looks like the cat’s been let out of the bag, as Marvel’s next five movies after their all-star superhero flick includes: Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Inhumans. We knew about Iron Man 3 and Thor 2, as they both had release dates, and Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man had been up in the air for a while, but the other two are relatively new additions. Hit the jump for the details.
Joe Cornish’s spunky and rollicking alien invasion film Attack the Block, wastes no time. It begins with a South London mugging interrupted by an alien falling to earth. After a brief scuffle, the muggers kill the beast and then parade it around their public housing tenement as a prize. But when larger, pitch-black beasts with glowing blue fangs begin to fall from the sky, the young hoodie-wearing hooligans are forced to band together with the woman they robbed in order to survive the night and defend their home turf.
I recently sat down with Cornish to discuss his directorial debut. During the interview he told us about how the monsters actually absorb the light around them, why he chose to go practical for the beasties, how the film satirizes English politics while humanizing disadvantaged youths and even briefly touches on Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, which he is co-writing. Hit the jump for the full video interview and the list of theaters playing the movie this weekend.
One of the most buzzed about movies of the year is Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block. Following its premiere at SXSW (where the film played like gangbusters), the flick has been hosting advance screenings across the country. Matt loved it, and so did Bill and Steve. Cornish and producer Edgar Wright, as well as star John Boyega were present at Comic-Con today for the film’s Hall H panel and we were there to cover. To sum up, I must see this movie as soon as humanly possible. In addition to Attack the Block, Wright gave updates on Ant-Man and the third film in his “Cornetto Trilogy” with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Hit the jump for my recap.
While at the 37th annual Saturn Awards, we were able to speak with Marvel Studios VP of Production Tom Cohen. He spoke about X-Men: First Class, possible sequels, The Wolverine, Deadpool, Ant Man, Marvel’s strategy for introducing comic book characters that may be unfamiliar to mainstream audiences, teased a bit about the studio’s presence at Comic-Con this year, and more.
Hit the jump to watch the interview. If you missed our previous coverage from the Saturn Awards, don’t forget to check out our interviews with Let Me In director Matt Reeves, makeup artists Rick Baker and Dave Elsey, Brandon Routh, Fringe’s Lance Reddick, producer Dean Devlin, Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd from The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.
With Marvel’s Thor getting released in America next weekend, earlier today I got to sit down with Kevin Feige (the President of Production at Marvel Studios) at the Los Angeles press junket for Thor. While I could have asked about how Thor came together and what it was like to make the movie, I previously posted a huge on set interview where he discussed all of those subjects. So I decided to use my time to talk about the future of Marvel and what are some of the cool Easter Eggs in Thor.
Of course that’s not all that we talked about, as we also discussed Iron Man 3, The Avengers, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, why did they cut out a mention of Hank Pym in Thor, what exactly is in Odin’s Vault (and what’s missing), what is Marvel doing at Comic-Con, was the filming last week in Times Square for Captain America or The Avengers, why did Thor get released internationally a few weeks early, and he reveals “there will be a Marvel animated movie at some point.”
Trust me, if you’re a fan of Marvel movies, you really want to hit the jump.
With Scott Pilgrim vs. The World off to build its cult following on DVD and Blu-ray, writer/director Edgar Wright is now turning his attention to the Marvel superhero movie, Ant-Man. Wright recently spoke with 24 Frames about the film and said that he’s now writing the script with The Adventures of Tintin collaborator Joe Cornish. However, Ant-Man, due to his relative anonymity in the mainstream, doesn’t have to stand as a Marvel tentpole:
“This one’s not about about the urgency of summer tentpoles and things going into production without a script,” said Wright, who approached Marvel with the “Ant-Man” idea. “It’s slightly different than that.”
Wright previously stated he wants the Ant-Man to be “a shrinking film about a bad-ass secret agent.” For those unfamiliar with the character, hit the jump. Also, if you’re in Los Angeles, be sure to check out Wright’s new film series at the New Beverly, The Wright Stuff 2.
In an online chat on the L.A. Times website HeroComplex, Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, answered a ton of fan submitted questions. While he didn’t reveal any major Marvel secrets, he did give updates on numerous Marvel projects that are in development. Some of the projects he talked about were Ant-Man, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Luke Cage, The Runaways, The Punisher, Deadpool, Thor, Captain America, Power Pack, and a few others. Here’s some of the bullet point highlights:
- Iron Man will have new armor in The Avengers
- The upcoming Marvel movies will continue hiding hidden Easter Eggs
- Says the next 3 years he’s working on Iron Man 3, The Runaways, Ant-Man and The Avengers
- Don Blake is somehow referenced in Thor
- Edgar Wright is still working on the screenplay for Ant-Man
- Mentions his love of Dr. Strange, Black Panther, and Luke Cage
- We should be seeing the Captain America trailer early next year
- They are working on The Punisher. No word if it’s TV or live-action
- Wants to bring female heroes to the big screen
- A very talented writer is currently working on a draft of Iron Fist right now
- Claims Natalie and Chris have amazing chemistry in Thor
- Open to an R-Rated Marvel movie
- Says some of the upcoming Marvel movies will have after the credit scenes
- The ten-minute shorts before the features was just a rumor.
- Says Fox is still working on a Deadpool movie
- Nick Fury will stay in the modern era
- No Invaders in Captain America but there will be Howling Commandoes
Hit the jump for everything he said:
The uninspiring box-office premiere of the critically-lauded Scott Pilgrim vs. the World may have the fanboys howling in the aisles but director Edgar Wright is already looking forward to his next project. The production of Ant-Man, the oft-ridiculed superhero movie that has been in development for several years now, is getting closer as Wright has confirmed to Vanity Fair that he is getting set to work on the second draft of the script. In his own words, he wants the final product to be “a shrinking film about a bad-ass secret agent.” Hit the jump for more.
In an era where movie studios seem to be recycling the same ideas, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a breath of fresh air. Based on the awesome graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim has been brilliantly brought to life by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Spaced) and it’s not only a showcase of what he can do as a writer/director, it completely breaks the mold of the way to tell a story on screen. That’s because Wright has found a innovative way of telling the story and it involves fast editing and insanely quick transitions from scene to scene that feel like you’re inside a comic book. I truly believe Scott Pilgrim is going to influence a generation of filmmakers as I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m beyond impressed, and I strongly recommend buying a ticket this weekend.
Anyway, last week I got to sit down with Wright for an extended interview. If you’re a fan of this great director or just really looking forward to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, I really think you’ll love the interview as we covered a wide range of subjects like the writing process, how they came up with the awesome transitions and the editing in general, Comic-Con, Scott Pilgrim t-shirts, the premiere at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, deleted scenes and extended cuts, can he make a movie more than every three years, and we talk future projects but he says no progress has been made on Ant-Man or any other project since July 2008. Hit the jump to check it out. As always, it’s been time indexed so you can watch the parts that interest you:
Everyone makes movies, but Edgar Wright makes movies with sprinkles on top. I wish I could take credit for that line but that’s how the director of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World described many of the video game references in his action comedy which will be released August 13. Collider talked to Wright on several occasions, and in this roundtable discussion he talked not only about Scott Pilgrim but also Seinfeld, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, a decided lack of Ant Man updates and even how Nintendo’s resident genius Shigeru Miyamoto got to see some of the film early.
Hit the jump to read all about it, including some spoilers. And don’t forget to look for the sprinkles on top.
Last night, I got a chance to speak with writer/director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) on the red carpet for the MTV Movie Awards where Wright debuted new footage from his upcoming film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I was able to talk to Wright about his Scott Pilgrim reshoots/pickups, the future of his Blood and Ice Cream trilogy (the first two parts are Shaun and Hot Fuzz) with Simon Pegg and his upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival. I also learned that with all his efforts focused Pilgrim, Wright hasn’t begun to think about casting for Ant-Man. Hit the jump to read or listen to the full interview and for a full Scott Pilgrim synopsis. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World hits theaters August 13, 2010.