Marvel’s Ant-Man will be a unique origins movie

marvel-antman-logo Edgar Wright has promised that his long-awaited Ant-Man movie will be special-effects heavy and a unique origins tale. The character, whose real name is Henry Pym, is a brilliant scientist who can alter his size and control ants using a special helmet, he is also a founding member of The Avengers.

The director has also revealed that his recent experience of working with CGI (The World’s End, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) will allow Ant-Man to become a richer and more rewarding experience. Wright is confident that the comic book adaptation will not only become an integral aspect of Marvel’s film universe, but will also work sufficiently as a standalone piece.

Here’s the scoop from IGN:

“It’s a way of doing a superhero film within another genre. 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.”

“But to be honest, 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.”

In my opinion, Ant-Man has never truly been a worthwhile member of the Avengers; his abilities are considerably less spectacular than the likes of Captain America and Thor etc, and Pym’s scientist persona pales in comparison to both Bruce Banner and Tony Stark.

It’s a struggle to comprehend the need for this character within the current Avengers universe, but given Edgar Wright’s excellent and much stylised pedigree, I’m sure the film will be a resounding critical success. The project has the potential to be spectacular, though its major downfall may be an over-reliance on CGI, which may detract from the narrative.

Only time will tell whether the character is capable of capturing the imagination of global audiences.

Ant-Man is part of Marvel’s Phase Three film line-up and is due for release in 2015.

  • Pocoyo

    how are Ant-Man’s powers less spectacular than Captain America aka Eye Candy Shield Guy?

  • Dakota TheViking Parks

    never really cared for ant man

  • NICK ??RT

    i think this could be really cool especially in the hands of edgar wright, but i have wondered in the past exactly what he would add to the avengers especially in battling against someone like thanos

  • The Scoundrel King

    Oh yeah, the guy who created Ultron and is referred to as the “Scientist Supreme” definitely pales in comparison as a scientist.

  • Charles Taylor

    Now Pocoyo, Cap is a cool guy. He’s my favorite character, but Ant-Man got some skills.

  • John

    If you don’t understand the importance of this group of characters to the marvel universe, you don’t know Marvel comics. Pym was there from the beginning – and Pym particles and his technology have made a huge difference in the comics. And, in the cinematic universe he could play a larger role than in the comics, because he could fill in for Reed Richards in various storylines – and Richards is a huge character in many Marvel stories. Pym and Van Dyne could fill in the role of Reed and Sue Richards in Civil War. He could fill Reed’s shoes in the Illuminati and World War Hulk, too. The Skrull Invasion needs that role, too. Of course, there are hints that Pym won’t be the primary Ant-man in this film, so we’ll have to see.

  • MartyGolubow

    If Raid were in a King-sized version……Ant-Man wouldn’t be “around?”