The first trailer for Peyton Reed‘s Ant-Man had a stinger towards the end that gave its viewers a chance to view more promotional material on the latest issue of EW. Photos and some quotes from the set offered a look at the production of the film, but a small interview with Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige also gave us more insight as to why it didn’t work out with Edgar Wright as planned.
While the teaser trailer only told us about Scott Lang and his newfound purpose to become the titular hero, it didn’t tell us much else. Based on what we know so far, this will be a heist film, and after the jump we are learning more about how that concept plays a factor into the story. The latest issue also has information about the characters, and also address why Marvel and Wright separated.
First the character information.
According to EW, “when we first meet Lang, he is in prison for stealing from the CEO of a company that was itself stealing from its employees.” So Lang is the anti-thief of sorts. He isn’t exactly fighting for justice or righteousness. He has a daughter, who he wants to build a relationship with, but upon his release, he steals the Ant-Man suit that Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) built. However, like Pym says in the trailer, he has been watching him for some time, which leads us to believe that Lang is getting himself into something much bigger than he could ever imagine.
Lang would use Pym’s training to steal from Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). “Cross is a former protégé of Pym’s who has developed his own version of the Ant-Man technology and created the alter ego Yellowjacket.”
What sort of nefarious purpose Cross has for the Ant-Man technology is unclear, but Pym believes he must be stopped. But things are complicated when Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) enters the picture.
Now that you are somewhat familiar with the three principal characters, let’s move on to the production. We only got a slight tease – if you could really call it that – of what the shrinking technology looks like from the trailer. But Reed didn’t want to build enormous set pieces to make Lang look small. Instead they are trying new things:
“What we’re doing is very different from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” he says. “It’s going to be much more experiential.” Instead of having actors perform with outsize props, Ant-Man is utilizing both macro photography—the filming technique used on bug documentaries—and motion-capture technology. “There are cameras and lenses that make small areas look like the most epic landscapes,” says co-producer Brad Winderbaum. “Then we’re shooting motion capture with Paul to insert Ant-Man into those environments.”
Finally the matter of Edgar Wright leaving the project. This won’t be the end of the very controversial topic, but Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is doing his best to address it every time it comes up.
“It is true that there were disagreements about the direction the script should take,” Feige says now. But “everything was aboveboard. Everything was done with everybody else’s knowledge. There was a sense of ‘We’re going in this direction, you’re staying in this direction—maybe it’s best that we end as friends.’”
If you saw the credits at the end of the trailer, you may have noticed that the script was written by Adam McKay and Paul Rudd, with a story credit going to Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. That’s because during Marvel’s search for a director, the script underwent a major overhaul. While Rudd and McKay have worked together before on the Anchorman films, Rudd says that Wright and Cornish’s initial work was the bones of the Ant-Man script.
Ant-Man also stars Judy Greer and Michael Pena. It opens July 17, 2015.