Edgar Wright Promises "A Slightly Different" Origin Story for 'Ant-Man'


It seems like it's been an eternity since we first heard Edgar Wright's name connected with Marvel's Ant-Man movie -- and with a scheduled release date of November 6, 2015, our wait to see his take on the oft-misunderstood hero won't be ending anytime soon. But not to worry: As he promised IGN during a recent interview, that was always part of the plan.

"I think people have always assumed...‘Oh why is it taking so long to make?,’" admitted Wright, explaining that "Part of it is because I wanted to make two other movies first. I wanted to make The 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.’"

The delay also had the added benefit of helping Wright become a better filmmaker, in his own estimation. "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."

And when Ant-Man does arrive on screens, Wright thinks it'll live up to the expectations created by his idiosyncratic career. "It’s a way of doing a superhero film within another genre," he teased. "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."

"Slightly different" and "its own piece" more or less sums up Ant-Man's comic book history -- not only have three different men worn the suit, but the character has done a number of crappy things, from wife-beating (a controversial storyline from the '80s had original Ant-Man Henry Pym getting violent with his super-powered spouse Janet Van Dyne, a.k.a. the Wasp) to using his reduced size as a way of spying on naked women (a favorite hobby of Eric O'Grady, the third Ant-Man). There's plenty of rich story for Wright to draw on, in other words -- and as his previous films have shown us, there's no telling where he'll decide to take the character.

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