After the dust had settled from all the shake-ups behind the camera, ‘Ant-Man’ began production under Peyton Reed back in August. However, many still wondered about what creative differences led Edgar Wright to abandon a film that he had been working on since before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a thing. Now, a change to the film’s synopsis might reflect some of the changes made to Wright and Joe Cornish’s script by Adam McKay, Paul Rudd, and others.
While the core of Wright’s original story featuring Hank Pym passing on the mantle of Ant-Man to criminal Scott Lang still appears to be intact, Marvel Studios has recently sent out a new synopsis with a few changes that could be viewed as major or minor, depending on how you look at it. Before we analyze the new aspects of the description, check out the new synopsis below:
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
The first notable change is Lang’s profession. In the original synopsis, he was labeled as a con man rather than a master thief. It’s possible that PR reps changed the wording around to sound more appealing, but I feel like this may reflect a change in the character. Con man has a connotation that Rudd’s character was a small-time crook. He was probably good enough at pulling jobs here and there, but he wasn’t the best. But now that he’s a master thief, all those interesting aspects of his being are gone. Nothing goes wrong with him on the job. If he wants something, he’ll have it. Though the two labels are related, each one brings a whole different set of traits with it. Hopefully I’m wrong and this is just a case of swapping out words that sound better, but you never know.
The second change is that an emphasis has been put on Hank Pym’s founding Avenger status, which wasn’t previously mentioned in conversations about ‘Ant-Man.’ It’s possible that the wording is meant to only refer to his comic book history, but a few details from the MCU might hint at the contrary. For instance, as we saw in this season of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, the secret government organization was aware of people and items with special skills or powers prior to assembling the Avengers to take on Loki and the Chitauri. It’s possible that the Strategic Scientific Reserve attempted to form a team similar to the Avengers that included Pym during the days of Peggy Carter, who has been rumored to make an appearance in the final film of Phase Two.
Of course, my observations on these changes are merely speculations, but what do you think? Do you see these changes in the official ‘Ant-Man’ synopsis as peeks into the script changes made after Edgar Wright’s departure? Or are they simply a different way to say the same thing as before? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.
‘Ant-Man’ starring Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey Stoll flies into theaters on July 17, 2015.