Marvel's 2014 Mystery Movie: Director Edgar Wright Shoots Ant-Man Test, But Guardians of the Galaxy Still in the Mix
Posted 06.29.12 by Ryan
After the success of The Avengers, Marvel is moving forward with several possible projects to fill their already-scheduled 2014 release date that will follow Captain America 2. While rumors suggest that a The Black Panther movie could be in Marvel's pipeline, however, director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) has been working on an adaptation of finished shooting an Ant-Man test reel that will show the tone and look of the movie, as well as how the superhero's powers will look onscreen. Wright has been going back and forth with Marvel over the Ant-Man script for years, which Wright co-wrote with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). For readers of Marvel's comic books, the character was an obvious omission from The Avengers, where Ant-Man was a founding member.
Should Marvel approve of Wright's test reel, Wright's services will still be unavailable until he finishes his next project, the comedy The World's End with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, which will start shooting this fall. Still, there's another possible property that could fill the 2014 release date: Guardians of the Galaxy.
Originally debuting in Marvel's comic books in 1969, a rebooted team began in 2008 that includes intergalactic characters like the genetically-engineered Rocker Raccoon, former Avenger Mantis, giant tree-creature Groot and others, all of which are tasked with safeguarding the Milky Way. Entertainment Weekly reports that Guardians is very much in the mix for Marvel's second 2014 movie, and that an official announcement could arrive at Comic-Con.
Variety is even more confident about a Guardians movie, reporting that an official announcement from Disney, Marvel's parent company, is imminent. Reportedly, newcomer screenwriter Nicole Perlman has written a Guardians screenplay that Marvel is very happy with, and, while the Guardians characters aren't as well known as The Avengers, the possibility for the characters to end up in video games, TV shows and other Disney properties may be too much to pass up.
Up next for Marvel is Iron Man 3, which opens on May 3, 2013, and then Thor 2 will follow on November 8, 2013.