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Edgar Wright Shot Test Reel For Marvel’s Ant-Man Movie

Director Edgar Wright has quietly completed an Ant-Man test reel, Heat Vision reports, raising hopes that the diminutive Marvel superhero is finally inching closer to the big screen.

Although the project was announced in 2006 as part of Marvel’s initial film slate, alongside Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man was placed on the back burner as the studio’s focus shifted to the “Phase One” build-up to The Avengers. Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish, whose involvement with the property actually predates Marvel Studios, have given periodic script updates over the past couple of years, with studio President Kevin Feige pledging repeatedly in recent months that Ant-Man is “as close as it’s ever been.”

But now the movie really may be close. Wright reportedly spent a little less than a week in mid-June shooting footage to test the potential tone of Ant-Man, and to decide how well the character’s powers translate onscreen (the timing probably explains the photo the director posted in May). Heat Vision notes test reels aren’t uncommon for movies that “fall into the stylized or risky categories,” such as Zack Snyder’s 300 and Jonathan Liebesman’s Battle: Los Angeles.

Wright has described Ant-Man as “essentially a high-tech spy heist film with somebody with a very particular power,” with a level of comedy on par with that of Iron Man. “The idea is to make a high-concept genre film where it’s within another genre,” he said in 2010. “His suit and its power is the big gadget and it takes place in the real world. I just wanted to do something that was slightly different than the superhero origin film. I felt that between that and the various mad scientist, crazy doctor films that we’ve all seen, this would be a way into an origin that was slightly different.”

Even if the test reel meets with Marvel’s approval, Wright won’t be jumping into Ant-Man right away. Instead, he’ll begin work in September on The World’s End, the conclusion of the comedy trilogy that reunites the director with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.


  • Jeff

    I’ve never been able to understand the push to get an Ant-Man stand alone movie made. I understand the need tp introduce Hank Pym into the Marvel cinematic universe, and I want him and the Wasp in the next Avengers movie, but I really don’t see the need for his own film.  MAYBE if they were setting it up to be both Ant-Man AND Giant Man in the same film, but it doesn’t seem that way.

  • Mythos

    I love me some Edgar Wright. Ant-Man under his helm should be pretty fantastic.

  • Ian

    This movie has “Howard the Duck” written all over it, some concepts are just losers from the get-go and this is one of them.

  • Dean_Winchester

    “Wright has described Ant-Man as “essentially a high-tech spy heist film”

    That sounds more like the Scott Lang Ant-Man, but you can’t introduce Scott Lang without first introducing Hank Pym.  Although if they can somehow do Scott Lang and ignore Hank Pym it would be for the better.  Hank Pym is one of the most boring characters in the Marvel Universe.  The only significant thing he has ever done is creating Ultron, who ends up being the Avengers most frequent recurring enemy.  I’m a big Marvel fan, but I don’t have any interest in seeing an Any-Man movie.

  • JusMe6

    What kind of logic would lead to a stand alone Ant-Man movie?

    Black Panther? Dr. Strange? Nova? Guardians of the Galaxy? NO!!! Are you crazy?!  What audiences really want is a superhero version of “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” with spy movie action… “Honey I Shrunk the Spy Kids”… In 3D! 

    Hank Pym could be introduced as a side character in the next Iron Man or Avengers movie.  Might as well give a standalone movie to Hit-Monkey.

  • Alex Holt

    I think thats a tad unfair, as with most things it’s just taking an in interesting angle and doing it well.  In this case, Ant-man neatly fills the “mad-science” aspect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that hasn’t been shown so far (and won’t be competing with the Fantastic 4) and if done well (and Edgar Wright has certainly done enough good films for me to have some faith in him) it could easily make a lighthearted if eccentric adventure film.

  • coalminds

    This is absolutely not much anticipated.

  • Mark S

    Ant-Man? For real? Really? 
    I may be the exception, but I think having Ant-Man and the Wasp is ridiculous. They were weak characters from day one, and Hank Pym is a wife-beater. If they’re going to add anyone to the Avengers, they need to add Ms. Marvel – now Captain Marvel – Carol Danvers. I can tell you that an Ant-Man movie will go down like the Hindenburg. On the other hand, a fearless, invulnerable, smartass, hot blonde who can shoot energy bolts? You do the math. In box office numbers.

  • Eatme

    Because Hank Pym just screams “comedy.”  Seriously, why are they making a movie about a character that is so uninteresting that he hasn’t had an ongoing title for almost fifty years?

  • Jay Are Oh

    They’ve said a million times, specifically from Wright, that this film is about Scott Lang as Ant Man, but Hank Pym will probably be in it.  He’s said this since he first started working on it.  Noobz.