The amount of time that it takes for Ant-Man to hit theaters should be a testament of Edgar Wright and Marvel Studios’ commitment to get the story right. Announced back in 2007 as a sci-fi actioner with humorous elements to it, Wright, along with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), has been working on the Ant-Man script. One of the biggest reasons for this delay, aside from working on the script, is that Wright was busy with Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and now The World’s End, his newest directorial effort. But as The World’s End gets closer to completion, the director will jump right into Ant-Man.
IGN had a chance to speak to the director about the status of the film and what audiences should expect.
Here’s Wright addressing those delays:
I’ve been collaborating with [Marvel boss] Kevin [Feige] during the whole of that cycle. I think people have always assumed… ‘Oh why is it taking so long to make?’ Part of it is because I wanted to make two other movies first. I wanted to make World’s End… me and Simon [Pegg] were very keen to make it and it felt like it was unfinished business and we wanted to wrap up the trilogy. The script came together really fast. Well not really fast, but it came together at a certain point where it was like ‘I really want to do this next.’
Again, I’d like to think that getting the story right is the number one priority for a film. Sure it may look like the studio is just delaying it or that they are constantly putting it on the back burner, but from that quote alone, Wright wants to let his fans, and most importantly Ant-Man fans know, that they are working on it even when it looks like they aren’t.
But putting Ant-Man on a delay may have helped more than it hurt. As Wright would explain, his last two directorial efforts has allowed him to have a better sense of visual technology:
But to be honest, the later I do it, it feels like I could learn more, especially about special effects. It’s a big effects movie, so I’m pleased to go into it having done Scott Pilgrim and The World’s End because you’re always learning more about that side.
Obviously a hero who can drastically reduce or increase his size would require a lot of knowledge of the VFX technology. We’ve already seen Wright test out the footage to fans at Comic-Con, and the response was overwhelming. So just imagine that when it looks polished. And that is the goal. To get the story right and to make the technology sharp.
In terms of tone, Wright says that Ant-Man is an origins story that fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it is also a film that can stand on its own:
“It’s a way of doing a superhero film within another genre. I wanted to tell an origin tale in a slightly different way. It’s part of the Marvel cinematic universe, but it also feels like its own piece.”
I really like the sound of that. I can completely understand why fans might feel a little disgruntled about the lack of developments for Ant-Man, but the man wants to get it right, and if The World’s End ends up being just as good as his previous films, then an Edgar Wright-directed superhero movie for Marvel is definitely worth the very long wait.
Ant-Man will open in theaters on November 6, 2015.