Yesterday The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Scott Pilgrim director Edgar Wright had filmed an Ant-Man demo reel for Marvel Studios which would be — according to THR, “used to test out the potential look and tone of his movie, as well as to decide how convincing Ant-man’s powers look onscreen.”
Naturally interest was piqued and some — specifically Germain Lussier of /Film — wondered if people might actually get a chance to see this demo footage at San Diego Comic Con. A valid ponderance, what with the constant brinkmanship among the major studios during the con and the endless fight to win the buzz war, but as Mr. Lussier also points out, “the odds are it is for internal purposes only.”
Personally I can’t imagine Marvel Studios risking a bad reaction to what will most assuredly be very undercooked footage. This isn’t a teaser trailer after-all, this is essentially an audition for Wright, his co-writer Joe Cornish, and their interpretation of the Ant-Man character.
We should be painfully aware of the high wire these studios have to walk over while carrying these infant projects from point A to point “Yay! A Movie!”
Casting, marketing, and one thousand other tiny scrapes can infect these movies and bring them down. They’re the Death Star and there are numerous thermal exhaust ports just waiting to be exploited. Why paint a bullseye around one of them in the name of some cheap applause during a presentation that is already going to be chalk full of Iron Man 3 details, Avengers self congratulation, and some maybe even some Guardians of the Galaxy whispers?
Honestly, if Marvel really wants to bring the house down they should confirm Joss Whedon as writer/director for Avengers 2: Electric Boogaloo and make all the good boys and girls (but not me) do the dance of joy.
So, do you think Marvel will show a snippet of Ant-Man footage at SDCC? Good for you.
Special thanks: Thanks to Paco Rabanne for making me smell so damn masculine.
Regular Thanks: Arbys. I found my last roast beef combo to be dry and my seasoned curly fries to be lacking in sufficient spice and entrapping flavor. Still, that frosty beverage was mighty nice.