Despite a rather somber first trailer, I’ve still got hope that Ant-Man is going to be a fun movie. A movie, despite a rocky road to production, that will manage to retain the sense of adventure and wonder that previous Marvel movies have managed to exude as of late.
With director Edgar Wright leaving the film last year after having spent years working on it, folks were worried. Wright and Marvel couldn’t see eye to eye on the script, with Marvel studios chief Kevin Feige explaining to EW that “It is true that there were disagreements about the direction the script should take.”
Still, the film got some new staff in the form of director Peyton Reed, but for lead actor Paul Rudd, the departure of Wright was devastating, and even had the star in a difficlut situation as well:
It all happened pretty quickly. Edgar called me, and then it was just out in all the trades. It was a bit of a whirlwind, to say the least. Well, I mean, there are lots of things that go through your mind. There are certain things I can and can’t do, and then there also certain things I will and won’t say. But I was devastated, you know.
After Wright had left, Rudd grabbed Anchorman director Adam McKay and the two began a rewrite of the script. A rewrite which satisfied Marvel:
It somewhat happened organically. When Edgar left, they were talking about directors and I knew Adam and Adam’s brilliant. So he came in to meet with them. He and I had some ideas and so we spent some time rewriting it and wound up doing a rewrite on the whole thing. All of a sudden, this took on a whole new life and was much more intensive that I had maybe anticipated. I’ve actually found myself in these kinds of situations before—maybe not quite on this level, but not far off—where all of a sudden you’re writing scenes and taking on writing responsibilities. And that’s okay. But it’s a little strange writing something that’s really, truly out of my comfort zone. I wouldn’t know how to begin to write [something like this], but sometimes you just hit the ground running, I guess. Thankfully Adam was there.
Even though Rudd and McKay are credited with the script right now, it’s Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish who are credited with creating the story for the film. According to director Peyton Reed via EW, the plot for the film details the rise of Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang character, from a petty thief who stole from a company that was stealing from its own employees, into a hero as he helps Hank Pym regain some science that was stolen from him:
When we first meet Lang, he is in prison for stealing from the CEO of a company that was itself stealing from its employees. “There’s a prison fight and you’ve got to buy Paul in that role,” says Reed. Lang longs to go straight—he has a young daughter he wants to build a relationship with—but when he leaves the big house, he ends up nabbing Pym’s Ant-Man suit. Was he set up? “There might be stuff going on that Scott doesn’t know about that’s a lot bigger than him,” Reed says.
From that point, Pym trains Lang as the new Ant-Man in an effort to stop his former protege Darren Cross from misusung Pym particles. Cross happens to have developed his own suit, the Yellowjacket armour, that is at the center of the heist that the film builds up to. Ant-Man is out July 17. Here’s a bunch of new images to celebrate.
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