When Evangeline Lilly was cast in ‘Ant-Man,’ everybody thought she was a great pick to play Janet Van Dyne’s Wasp, the comic book founding member of the Avengers. Then, news broke out that she would actually be playing Hope Van Dyne, Janet’s and Hank Pym’s daughter (some sites are calling her Hope Pym – IMDB isn’t doing either). We all started to wonder who would be playing the Wasp in that film, especially when it was reported that Janet, if alive, would be a senior citizen by then. It started to make some kind of sense that Marvel Studios would choose against plotting Hank and Jan’s relationship because it had some very dark clouds above it. But fans still wanted their Wasp and it wasn’t looking like we were gonna get her until today. (more…)
Fans have been clamoring to see Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man test footage that was shown at this years Comic Con ever since the word got out about the screening. We were told by Marvel exec Victoria Alonso that we’d get a look at a more polished version of the test footage soon.
That wasn’t enough for the Ant-Man fan and artist known as Samurai Jack on Deviant Art . He was present at the screening and decided to help a brother fan out by recreating from memory the footage in storyboard form. Then YouTube user Shartimus Prime stepped up and turned those story boards into an animated version of the footage that everyone wants to see.
It’s not the real thing, but it might help many of you out there get the gist of Wright’s ideas on the character. Would an Ant-Man movie get you to the theater or is there another Marvel Character that you would rather see first?
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.