Edgar Wright Discusses Marvel’s “Ant-Man” Movie

August 22, 2013

The Playlist recently interviewed director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) and they discussed various elements of Marvel‘s upcoming ANT-MAN movie.

“I think it’s just doing its own thing in the accepted history but it’s still part of the other movies and always was,” Edgar Wright said concerning where  Ant-Man fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Earlier reports state that part of the movie will take place in the past (featuring Hank Pym in the ’70s and Scott Lang in the present day). However, it’s unclear what changes have been made to the script and if the character will appear in The Avengers 3.

“In the time I’ve been working on it other things have happened in the other movies that could be affected in this. It is pretty standalone in the way we’re linking it to the others. I like to make it standalone because I think the premise of it needs time. I want to put the crazy premise of it into a real world, which is why I think “Iron Man” really works because it’s a relatively simple universe; it’s relatable. I definitely want to go into finding a streamlined format where you use the origin format to introduce the main character and further adventures can bring other people into it. I’m a big believer in keeping it relatively simple and Marvel agrees on that front.” 

Edgar Wright is mostly known for comedy, so many have wondered if the film will have a more comedic tone. “It’s hard to say, my head’s still in ‘World’s End.’ I think it’s funny…I wouldn’t say it has any of the comedy that is in my previous but I think it’ll be in a different vein. There’ll be less swearing in it.” 

Finally, Edgar Wright was asked to share his thoughts on J.J. Abrams’ apparent decision to bring back some of the original cast members for Star Wars Episode VII“I think it’s more than okay to have the stars of the previous movies appear as elders and I don’t think they will be the leads. I think it’s just about passing the torch. I guess the proposed spin-off movies could go off into complete new worlds. I am a big fan of 4, 5 and 6, so I’m intrigued as to what J.J. does with 7.”

I’m not sure if Ant-Man was an adaptation I was dying to see, but I’m a big fan of Wright’s work and I have faith the film will be very entertaining.

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