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.
Edgar Wright will direct the tiny hero
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, Michael Pena, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, David Dastmalchian. The film is directed by Peyton Reed.
Sources: Jami Philbrick