Edgar Wright Loves That No One Knows ANT-MAN, Talks Ultron
Ant-Man from Marvel Studios test footage
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While writer and director Edgar Wright is shying away from most questions about Ant-Man during his press tour for The World's End, he did comment on the hero's existing popularity and the presence of a certain robotic villain during an interview with The Huffington Post.
"For the one percent of people who are like, 'Wait, Hank Pym would never do that!' there's 99 percent going, 'Who's Hank Pym?'" That's what Wright had to say about his level of freedom while making the movie, thanks to using a "lesser-known character." It also confirms that yes, this is Hank Pym in his Ant-Man movie, and not one of the other heroes to wear the mantle like Scott Lang or Eric O'Grady.
While he noted that "The movie is not going to represent 50 years of Marvel comics because that's impossible," he also talked about his desire to stay true to the source material when he was making Scott Pilgrim, and how he directly fought the production company during that film. Universal wanted him to "explain how they fight" in that film, something he insisted was frivolous due to it not appearing in the books.
One change in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, lies in the next villain for the assembled Avengers to face: Ultron. While in the comics Hank Pym invented Ultron and gave him life, Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out before Ant-Man. The writer says there's no mention of Ultron in his movie, "it was never in my script." He explains, however, it's to keep thing simple - and references Iron Man to do so.
"It's why I think "Iron Man" is extremely successful because it keeps it really simple. You have one sort of -- the villain comes from the hero's technology. It's simple," said Wright. Does that mean Ant-Man's villain will also be a size-changing character? Possibly, but look for the character to at least stem organically from something pre-established by Hank Pym's existing status.