Ant-Man’s Relative Anonymity Gives Director Freedom


Although director Edgar Wright said "I don’t want to talk too much about Ant-Man, I get superstitious," he has nevertheless discussed his upcoming (November 6th, 2015) Marvel Studios’ film during interviews for The World’s End, the final film in Wright’s hilarious Three Flavours Cornetto series (that also includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) that debuts in the U.S. on Friday.
In an interview with
The Huffington Post, Wright took a positive delight in the relative anonymity of Hank Pym/Ant-Man, "I think there’s something in that it’s a lesser known character, so there’s hopefully more license.  For the one percent of people who are going ‘Wait Hank Pym would never do that,’ there’s 99 percent going, ‘Who’s Hank Pym.’"  So the source material is great, but it also frees you up to be like: I’m going to make a movie.  The movie is not to represent 50 years of Marvel comics since that is impossible.  But I am going to make a 100-minute movie–or 110 minutes."

In spite of the fact that Hank Pym invented Ultron, the fashionable robot bad guy, who starred as the chief villain in a recent Marvel comic book event, and is slated to play the nasty in the second Avengers film, Wright is adamant that Ultron will not be in the Ant-Man movie, stating: "It was never in my script.  Because even to set up what Ant-Man does is enough for one movie.  It’s why I think that Iron Man is extremely successful because it keeps it really simple… I think that’s why the film works and why, sometimes, superhero films fail–or they have mixed results–because they have to set up a hero and villain at the same time.  And that’s really tough.  And sometimes it’s unbalanced… comics have years to explain this stuff and in a movie you have to focus on one thing.  So it’s kind of about streamlining I think.  Some of the most successful origin films actually have a narrower focus."

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