Edgar Wright has been working with ‘Attack the Block’ director Joe Cornish on ‘Ant-Man’ for years now, so it’s no surprise that Marvel finally put it on their slate as a part of Phase Two, especially after news had broke that Wright put together a test reel for the hero recently and had it screened it at Comic-Con. Now, the question remains as to when production will actually begin. Wright still has the final piece of the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy, ‘The World’s End’, to work on with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. However, things seem to be lining up for Ant-Man to join ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in theaters in 2014.
Previously, when Louis D’Esposito sat down with Collider to talk about Marvel’s new One-Shot short film ‘Item 47’, the topic of three films in 2014 came up and the Marvel Co-President said that they aren’t against it. Now, Latino Review (via /Film) is reporting that Edgar Wright will take over Marvel’s London production branch once Alan Taylor finishes up with ‘Thor: The Dark World’. What that means is that Wright can complete shooting on ‘The World’s End’ in time for its projected spring 2013 release and then start on ‘Ant-Man’ early next year. Worse case scenario is that Wright may be handling pre-production with Marvel while he works post-production with Pegg and Frost, but many directors nowadays work on more than one movie at a time, so this plan of action is not too far out of the question.
I’m pretty stoked on this news since we’ve been hearing about Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ for years now at this point and, with production happening sooner rather than later, Hank Pym (and presumably Janet Van Dyne) can finally take his rightful place on the Avengers roster.