Unless you’re The Punisher or Blade, you’re probably never going to get an R-rated movie based on your R-rated comic book exploits. C’est la vie, as they say on Earth. Obviously a movie about Ant-Man doesn’t immediately suggest the necessity for a more adult-friendly rating, a standard superhero PG-13 will do in a pinch, but considering that Ant-Man director Edgar Wright is well-known for his R-rated comedies, he is sort of reveling in the challenge of doing things in a moderately more family friendly way.
In an interview with SFX, Wright talks about how making Ant-Man requires he use different tools than his previous hits Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, in fact he’s recalling some of the tools he used to make Scott Pilgrim Versus the World. Now that maybe good news or bad news depending on your point of view, I side on the former, and if you’re like me, you can appreciate Wright’s skill with the comic book adaptation. But enough from me, let’s let Wright speak for himself.
“It’s a challenge to do,” he says. “Shaun and Hot Fuzz and World’s End are all R-rated films. I like the challenge of making a PG-13 film. Because you’ve got to entertain in a different way. You don’t have the same tools. It’s also different in terms of Scott Pilgrim. They’re both adaptations. It’s nice to be able to do an adaptation.”
As for bringing more humor to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wright says that he already finds the films “funny and entertaining,” and that’s the high water mark he’s looking to meet with the finished film. ”I think it would be as funny as the other Marvel movies that have come out,” Wright adds.
I guess we’ll find out for sure on July 31, 2015.