EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios Talks 'Ant-Man'

President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Fiege, discuses a feature film version of the tiny hero directed by Edgar Wright.

Edgar Wright will direct the tiny hero
Edgar Wright will direct the tiny hero
With Iron Man 2, opening on May 7th and the upcoming Marvel Studios films Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger currently in various stages of production, fans are eagerly awaiting the 2012 film The Avengers, which will feature characters from all of those films fighting on the same team. One character that was a member of The Avengers in the comics and has long rumored to have his own film project in the works is Ant-Man. Created in the '60s by comic book legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Dr. Henry Pym was a scientist who created a way to reduce his size and become the hero Ant-Man. He would also wear a helmet that could control ants and was a long time member of The Avengers. For years now there have been rumors that Shaun Of The Dead director Edgar Wright would be adapting the comic for the big screen. With his other comic book adapted film, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, headed to theaters later this summer we wanted to find out if the director was still attached to the Marvel project.

Yesterday, we had a chance to sit down with Marvel Studios President of Production, Kevin Fiege, while he was out promoting Iron Man 2. We began by asking Fiege if Ant-Man was still in the works?

"It is. Edgar was in town last week as he is finishing up Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. We've started to look at the Marvel calendar, Edgar's calendar and find a slot for them to match up," explained Fiege.

We followed up by asking if Edgar Wright was still planning to direct or if he had been burned out of comic book movies after doing Scott Pilgrim vs. The World?

"I think so. We were talking a lot about it over the last few months and especially last week. We're getting excited about it. I mean his take on it is very unique and is something that we are excited about. Once he gets Scott Pilgrim vs. The World out and finishes his promotional responsibilities we're going to have him come in and get a prep-calendar going," concluded Fiege.

Ant-Man comes to theaters July 17th, 2015 and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, John Slattery. The film is directed by Peyton Reed.



Sources: Jami Philbrick

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  1. RojoDiablo

    Yeah, not sure Ant Man needs his own film but would be fine with him included in another Marvel movie instead. Patrick Wilson is a good choice though for the role.

    4 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  2. the Narrator

    Patrick Wilson for Pym, if it is Pym. After all, he is the more famous Ant-Man IMO.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  3. Elswickdk

    This should be a Pixar movie. I am thinking something like the Incredibles.

    I'm with the other guys, to many heros in the Avengers could be disastrous.

    5 years agoby @elswickdkFlag

  4. T.Clark

    We don't even know if the Ant-Man featured in the movie will by Pym...it could be Scott Lang.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  5. Josh

    I doubt they'll have Ant Man be part of the Avengers in the 2012 Avengers film, but they could have Pym working as a scientist in a cameo or small role. Ant Man (and Wasp) should be brought in to the films later, though, for Avengers 2. The idea of having so many characters is that they can continue to make Avengers movies and sort of rotate the characters without having to sign all the actors every time.

    When I did my Avengers fantasy cast a while ago, I had picked Sam Worthington for Pym and Rachael McAdams for Wasp. If Edgar Wright is directing this, though, the tone will probably be pretty light, and we haven't seen Sam Worthington prove he can do that. Maybe someone like Paul Rudd would make a good Pym. It also seems like a good opportunity to introduce Janet Van Dyne, even if the focus is on Pym and she's doesn't ever become Wasp in the movie.

    5 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  6. Escapist

    I should read more about this character.

    5 years agoby @escapistFlag

  7. ejk1

    No problem, firstonetodieloses. For the record, whether he's there or not has no effect on me.

    Emmytt, don't get sucked back in.

    5 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  8. Emmytt

    @mrman3810 shut up and i think marvel knows what they are doing in terms of casting

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  9. ed_wood

    They must do this movie with Wright.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  10. firstonetodieloses

    thanks @ejk1, yeah I was sure it was going to be made I just hope it's done right so people don't take the character too much as a joke (i know a man flying around on an ant is funny enough). I never liked Pym as Ant-Man I liked him way better once he became Giant-Man but for the sake of not putting incredibly stupid superhero names on screen I hope he refers to himself as Yellowjacket at some point in the film (to compliment his relationship to the Wasp). Now that I think about it I never liked the Hank Pym character at all lol but I do respect the role as a founding Avenger so I think he should be in the Avengers movie along with the Wasp but as I said before in minor roles. Since we can't have the Scarlet Witch or Quicksilver in the movies cause FOX owns the rights to all the mutant characters then I hope the Avengers lineup in the movie is as follows: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp, Black Widow, Hawkeye and HOPEFULLY they have some hint of Vision in the film. I rambled a bit but this movie is going to be epic!!

    5 years agoby @firstonetodielosesFlag

  11. TheSymbiote

    @Escapist PYM is Awesome

    5 years agoby @thesymbioteFlag

  12. Escapist

    I always thought Ant-man was a boring comic book character.

    5 years agoby @escapistFlag

  13. ejk1

    So far, Marvel has made the right calls in their casting for this "miniseries" of movies. Whether or not Thor and Catain America continue this roll remains to be seen.

    firstonetodieloses, with what Marvel stated last week about making lower budget films to showcase some heroes, I think it's a safe bet that Ant-Man will be made.

    5 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  14. T.Clark

    Robert Downey Jr. is a perfect Tony Stark.
    Edward Norton is a perfect Bruce Banner.
    Sam Jackson is a perfect Nick Fury seeing as how they modeled the Ultimate version of the character after Jackson himself.
    Don't know much about Chris Hemsworth, but he looks the part and the rest of the Thor cast is great.
    The only one that is understandably "iffy" is Chris Evans as Cap, but I think he'll do a good job.

    Overall, I don't see how you can think these people are wrong for the roles. Downey and Norton have proven their perfect for their respective characters. Jackson hasn't gotten much screen time as Fury but we all know he's perfect...he's Sam f*cking Jackson. I think Hemsworth and Evans will pull it off and even surprise people.

    Then again, you've proven you have horrible taste. Whether you actually do have that bad of taste or if you're just in it for pathetic attention over the internet, I don't know.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  15. WARRock

    are u f*cking kidding me?

    5 years agoby @jcFlag

  16. T.Clark

    So will this tie in with the Avengers? It's released in 2011 so it could, but last time I checked, it was going to be a stand alone film, a comedy.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  17. firstonetodieloses

    I want to see an Ant-Man movie. I doubt it will be very profitable but I just wanna see it done right, I just hope that if by any way shape or form they do include ant-man and the wasp into the avengers movie (I assume since they are founding members of the avengers) then their roles will be very minor. Probably just as scientists working for SHIELD or something.

    5 years agoby @firstonetodielosesFlag

  18. Josh

    This movie will be great. I only hope they integrate Pym into the Avengers in the future where he rightfully belongs.

    5 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  19. The Soylent Green Monkey

    Hurry the Hell up!

    5 years agoby @soylentgreen2Flag