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

     January 6, 2014


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.

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


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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