Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End, Scott Pilgrim) understands that audiences unfamiliar with the Marvel superhero his upcoming film is based on may not “get” Ant-Man right away. However, the acclaimed British filmmaker and Nerd luminary is convinced that he can make the somewhat lesser-known hero “badass”, as he put it in a recent interview with ET:
I want to make him into a badass [laughs]. No, I always liked that comic and I always thought it would be an interesting thing to see in live-action. That’s why I [showed] that Comic-Con test that we did for Marvel, to show this fight scene like a proof of content, like this is what the action is going to look like. I think a lot of people who maybe don’t know the character sort of see that test and go, “Oh, right, I get it. It’s like an action film,” so that’s the idea. I think people will be surprised by what kind of movie it is, and so in that respect it’s something that I know is going to stand out because it’s got a very different story and is a very different movie.
Wright continued by addressing the concern that–based on his past directing work–he might inject an overabundance of comedy into his first superhero film:
Well, I think the Marvel movies are funny, you know? I think generally the Iron Man films and The Avengers are funny. They’re not ever in the comedy section, but they are funny and entertaining, so I think it’ll be something in a similar vein to that.
In other words–expect laughs, but not at the expense of the “Badassery”.
Wright’s Ant-Man is scheduled to open July 31, 2015.