Since the first ‘Avengers’ film came out, geeks like myself have been wondering about what would happen with comics founding member The Wasp. With a handful of wonderful actresses who could potentially deliver a great Janet Van Dyne, we thought maybe she’d come in for the second film, show up in someone else’s, etc. Eva Longeria could’ve done it; Morena Baccarin would’ve been an acceptable choice; Rashida Jones might’ve finally jumped out of my dreams and into some skin-tight black leather. Moreover, Ant-Man co-star Evangeline Lilly would’ve been a top notch choice for the role. But, when Michael Douglas dropped by Comic Con and gave a little back-story on the film’s depiction of Hank Pym, it seemed to kibosh the likelihood of seeing the Wasp in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ever. (Possible SPOILERS) (more…)
What do you think of the above screencap? It’s from an episode of the animated series Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and on its own it’s fairly innocuous, but posted on the website of filmmaker Edgar Wright the image takes on new and glorious context. As we all know, Wright is working on the big screen, live-action version of Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd, but there’s a degree of uncertainty as to which Ant-Man Rudd will be portraying. So how does a screen grab from a cartoon shed light on this context? Read on. (more…)
(Fan poster by AndrewSS7)
I know what some of you are thinking: Why is it news that Marvel superhero Ant-Man is Hank Pym? That’s common comic book knowledge, right?
Here’s where the confusion comes in: When SDCC revealed that the second Avengers movie will be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron, many fans were perplexed. In the Marvel Comics universe, Ultron was created by Hank Pym–but in the Marvel Cinematic universe, Avengers: Age of Ultron chronologically precedes Ant-Man, which will introduce Hank Pym.
Is Marvel Studios putting the cart before the horse, then?
Avengers: Age of Ultron director and Nerd Demiurge Joss Whedon explained that the sequel will rewrite the canon origin of Ultron–Pym will no longer be his creator, and while the new origin has yet to be revealed, the smart money seems to be on Tony Stark as Ultron’s alternate maker.
Soon after, Edgar Wright revealed to io9 that Ant-Man will indeed be Hank Pym….which is a bit more of an important revelation than one might think, as multiple characters in the Marvel universe have taken on the mantle of Ant-Man, and it would conceivably be possible to do a film without Pym.
Ant-Man is due in theaters November 6, 2015–while Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled for release several months sooner on May 1, 2015.
And now, for a small but (for some) important bit of super hero film news, it looks like we have the official word on which version of Ant-Man we should expect to see come the movie’s 2015 release. If you don’t know anything about the character, or just don’t care, you may leave now. For the rest of us – according to the film’s writer, Edgar Wright, his script will indeed be using the Hank Pym version of the classic super hero.
With the script already complete and casting due to be dealt with by the end of the year, we even still have a little time to do some fan-casting! What about the Nerd Readers out there? Who would be your Dream Pym?
Ant-Man, complete with more Hank Pym, is due for theaters come November 6th, 2015.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
For the last eight years, Edgar Wright (of Shaun of the Dead fame) and Joe Cornish have been trying to peddle their script for an Ant-Man movie to Marvel Studios, only to be met with delays and ambivalence. Now that the Avengers is set to release and the powers-that-be are running out of super-heroes to put on the screen, Wright may finally get the chance he has been waiting for.
For those unaware of who this somewhat obscure fellow is, Ant-Man was a character designed back in 1962 who had the power to change his size and control ants with a nifty helmet. Originally the character was the alter-ego of Henry Pym, super-scientist, though the role of Ant-Man has been assumed by others since then.
For some time, Ant-Man was rumored to be making an appearance in Avengers, but it looks like that got scrapped. Now, Wright is intent on getting his origin script into production. The story that has been revealed so far starts with the original Henry Pym in the 60s and then makes a jump to the future to explore another incarnation of Ant-Man in Scott Lang.
Poor Wright has been working his ass off trying to get this thing going – rewriting and submitting his script on more than one occasion. Unfortunately, Ant-Man is not exactly one of the most popular super-heroes and thus not a major priority to those with the bank roll to fund it.
In a recent interview with Bleeding Cool, Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios stated in relation to the Ant-Man film:
“…we are now closer than we’ve ever been.”
With a little luck, Wright may yet see his creation hit the big screen.
Thanks to Bleeding Cool for the heads up, and we’re all looking forward to reading the full interview when you release it.
Just because Thor won’t be out in theaters until this Friday, May 6, 2011, it does not mean that we have to pass up the chance to check out some new behind-the-scenes footage. Now, don’t ask me why Paramount has decided to release this footage, which does include some spoilers, so don’t watch it if you want to be surprised! And yes, most of the footage does appear in the trailers but there are a few surprises thrown in. So sit back, relax, enjoy some more Thor footage and let us know how you think this film will hold up come Friday.
Check out both videos below….
Now about those Doctor Strange and Hank Pym references.