As part of the amazing Awesome Fest in Philadelphia, Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy was screened in two parts last month in the City of Brotherly Love. First, they showed ‘Shaun of the Dead’ in front of the famous Art Museum stairs. Then, a week later, they showed ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘The World’s End’ as a double feature with a special Q&A with Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost. Finally, before the talent headed out of town yesterday, the press were invited to chat with the guys (minus Pegg, who had previous engagements) about the final film in the series. But naturally I couldn’t help but ask about the future, specifically in regards to the director’s upcoming Marvel movie, ‘Ant-Man’.
Last month, while Wright was elsewhere promoting ‘The World’s End’, we learned that the script featuring the size-shifting scientist supreme Hank Pym was finally finished. Then, at Comic-Con, Joss Whedon unveiled the new subtitle for his next Marvel movie, ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’. Upon leaving Hall H, he then confirmed that Ant-Man is not in his next adventure with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and that Pym would not be the creator of Ultron in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That just stirred the pot even more amongst fans and created even more questions about the long-gestating Phase Three film.
So it was during the press day that I wondered if what Whedon revealed was always the plan. After all, Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright had been working on ‘Ant-Man’ for sometime before ‘Iron Man’ was released. That is why I asked the filmmaker if Ultron was ever a part of his story at any point. Here’s what he said to me in this ScienceFiction.com EXCLUSIVE scoop:
“I cannot really get into that, but umm… I’ll say no. No he wasn’t.”
After Wright gave his answer, Nick Frost went on to say that Ultron is also the villain in the sequel to ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ (where he played one of the seven dwarfs), which is now called ‘Ultron and the Huntsman’.
But back to the real news here: If Ultron wasn’t the villain in ‘Ant-Man’ before, then who was (and who will be)? It’s possible that Egghead, a rival scientist who always looked to outwit Hank, is the villain. Wright is known for a good bit of comedy, so what funnier villain could Ant-Man face than Egghead? It’s also possible that Scott Lang could be painted as a villain. The second Ant-Man could be on the wrong side of the law in the beginning of the film after he steals Pym’s equipment and then join the side of good by the end. Either way, we’re not likely to know soon since Kevin Feige has stated that Marvel Studios isn’t planning to release new information about Phase Three until 2014.
So while we wait, who do you think could be the adversary of Dr. Henry Pym in ‘Ant-Man’? Share your theories in the comments.
Also, to hear more from Nick Frost and Edgar Wright, stay tuned right here to see my full interview with the crew from ‘The World’s End’, which is coming soon.
‘Ant-Man’ is scheduled for a theatrical release on November 6, 2015.