Is it just me, or is director Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ the slowest progressing super hero film yet? Wright was originally hired to direct the film in 2006 and it was supposed to be one of the first wave of Marvel movies. (And if it had been, things may have turned out much differently as the character would then have probably been in ‘The Avengers’, since in the comics he was a founding member.) At Comic-Con that same year, Wright discussed the film, describing it as an adventure film with comedic overtones and announced that he would incorporate both Hank Pym and Scott Lang.
However in 2010, Wright stated that there was no rush to get the movie out, because the character wasn’t one of Marvel’s major properties. There was constant chatter about the film, but it wasn’t until this year that Marvel announced it was slated to be part of its Phase Three plan and work began in earnest. In July, it was announced that the many-times revised script was finally completed, by Wright and Joe Cornish, who acted in the director’s films ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘Shaun of the Dead’.
Can it really, finally be on its way? Well, it better be. The movie already has a release date, November 6, 2015. Well, fortunately, it looks like things are on track. Edgar Wright tweeted a test image of “Ant-Man” or at least someone wearing his suit. There’s no word on what the purpose of the person wearing the suit is. It could be for special effects testing or simply to see how it appears on film. It’s certainly not a full-on view. I wouldn’t expect to see one of those until an actor is chosen to play the lead. But check it out for yourself.
It’s hard to tell with the blue lighting, but his left pant leg certainly looks red, so that’s faithful to the comics. His helmet retains the famous antennae that allow him to communicate with bugs. The lower part of the suit seems form-fitting like most modern movie super suits, but the top looks like a loose-fitting jacket. This is interesting to me, because that makes that the opposite of Captain America and Hawkeye’s uniforms, which both feature loose trousers and snug tops. But with the red color scheme and an inverted fit, that would make Ant-Man contrast nicely standing among the other Avengers. (Of course, no one has confirmed that the character will actually graduate to The Avengers and the performance of his solo movie could dictate that.)
So we’re inching closer to this film actually happening. It may have been a long road, but I suppose when you’re the size of an ant, it takes a bit longer to reach your destination.