Edgar Wright, beloved director Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and the Scott Pilgrim movie, is making a movie about a founding member of Marvel's Avengers, but we'll probably never see it.
Or, at least, he's making a test reel for one. The Hollywood Reporter says Wright has slaved away writing a script based on seminal Marvel hero Hank Pym since the original Avengers tune-up movies (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, etc.) were announced. He just finished shooting footage for a test reel to present to the studio in mid-June, and now he has to convince the studio the effects will look alright, and present the overall tone and presentation of the movie he wants.
Pym is supposed to be another super-intelligent, hypernerd who has a lab accident that changes his life forever. His first alter-ego, and maybe his most famous, was Ant-Man. He's insecure, and at one point gets thrown out of the Avengers for hitting his wife. He's the anti-Tony Stark. If Iron Man is a swaggering, type-A genius, Pym is on whatever the other end of that spectrum is. His schtick is that he change his size. He can shrink to the size of an insect, or grow to the size of a large building. He also creates a helmet that lets him control ants with his mind. Pym's romantic interest is another hero, Janet Von Dyne, aka the Wasp, also a founding member of the Avengers.
That's the gist of the Hank Pym character. We're a little skeptical they can boil it all down into a cohesive 90-120 minute movie, but if anyone's capable it's probably Wright. The movie will likely focus on Pym's origin story and introducing Janet, and won't touch Pym's domestic abuse, but we have our doubts the character has enough draw power to warrant his own movie. There's too much to Pym to have him play in the background like Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, but he's not interesting enough to sell as his own standalone franchise. He wasn't in The Avengers, so why introduce him at all?
There's a mystery in Marvel's current line-up, something coming in 2014 they haven't announced yet. It could be Ant-Man, or something else. Via Vulture, Latino-Review says it's going to be a Guardians of the Galaxy movie (superhero police in space) which makes sense considering the final scene we got in The Avengers. The Guardians aren't well known to casual fans, but they could use the movie to further introduce (SPOILER ALERT) Thanos, the next Avengers villain. Considering the number of heroes Marvel has plans for (Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, etc.), the Ant-Man movie may still get made, but we're not getting our hopes up.
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