Director Edgar Wright is currently working on the finale to his Cornetto Trilogy with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and the whole crew of ‘The World’s End’, but after that, he’s heading to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to finally start production on his long-awaited ‘Ant-Man’ film, which was recently announced to be a part of the studio’s Phase Three slate of movies. But what exactly held the ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’ filmmaker up? And how does he plan on approaching the story of the ant-wielding Avenger? The fine folks of IGN recently asked these hard-hitting questions, and now we know the answers!
According to the interview, Wright first talks about how he’s trying to separate his ‘Ant-Man’ film from the MCU and superhero films in general, while still working within it’s confines. He says:
“It’s a way of doing a superhero film within another genre. I wanted to tell an origin tale in a slightly different way. It’s part of the Marvel cinematic universe, but it also feels like its own piece.”
Judging by his other movies, he’s always had his own unique way of interpreting genres as seen in ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’, so one shouldn’t be too alarmed when he says that he’s doing things “in a slightly different way”. In fact, fans should embrace it!
Next, he addresses the issue of dormancy for the film. Wright and co-writer/’Attack the Block’ director Joe Cornish have been working on this script for years, but it didn’t appear on Marvel’s slate until this past San Diego Comic Con. Well, though he has been working on ‘Ant-Man’ for some time, he’s been quite busy with other projects like ‘The World’s End’ and that was the main hold up. Regardless, he says he never stopped working on Marvel’s scientist supreme:
“I’ve been collaborating with [Marvel boss] Kevin [Feige] during the whole of that cycle. I think people have always assumed… ‘Oh why is it taking so long to make?’ Part of it is because I wanted to make two other movies first. I wanted to make ‘World’s End’… me and Simon were very keen to make it and it felt like it was unfinished business and we wanted to wrap up the trilogy. The script came together really fast. Well not really fast, but it came together at a certain point where it was like ‘I really want to do this next.’”
Finally, he goes on to say that these other movies that he’s directed in the mean time have aided him in working with special effects:
“But to be honest, the later I do it, it feels like I could learn more, especially about special effects. It’s a big effects movie, so I’m pleased to go into it having done ‘Scott Pilgrim’ and ‘The World’s End’ because you’re always learning more about that side.”
Despite being unfinished at SDCC, if you ask fans that saw Wright’s test reel for ‘Ant-Man’, they’ll tell you that he certainly has a grasp on the character and the effects necessary to bring him to life on the big screen. Unfortunately, I wasn’t there, but I look forward to the day where I get to see Wright’s newly acquired skills in action.
Do Edgar Wright’s words make you more excited for ‘Ant-Man’ and Phase Three? How do you think the director’s SFX work has improved over the years? Is he ready to take on the powers of Hank Pym? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘Ant-Man’ marches into theaters on November 6, 2015.