Could Edgar Wright's Ant-Man Arrive in 2014?
07.17.12 by Ryan
Marvel unveiled some of the test footage of director Edgar Wright's adaptation of Ant-Man at this year's Comic-Con, but, while Guardians of the Galaxy has been confirmed to be the movie that follows Captain America: The Winter Solider in 2014, the question remains where Ant-Man will fall in Marvel's upcoming slate. Wright already has his hands full with the upcoming comedy The World's End which he will shoot with Simon Pegg later this fall. With Guardians of the Galaxy taking Marvel's second release date in 2014, when is Marvel planning to release Ant-Man? According to Louis D'Esposito, Marvel Studios' co-president, it could arrive as early as 2014. At least, that's what he inferred during an interview with Collider.
That might be an opportunity where we do a third film, depending on his schedule when he finishes World’s End. But he’s such a competent filmmaker; the script is in great shape. The test will prove a lot of things on the visual effects front: how do we handle the shrinking, obviously, and the scale issues, because when he’s small he’s a half-inch. So we’re gonna work that out, maybe that’s when we do a third film.
D'Esposito's comments seem to imply that 2014 would be the "opportunity" to do a third movie — Marvel's game plan has been to release two movies per year — but it would be tight for Wright to finish The World's End and move on to Ant-Man within a single year. Not that it hasn't been done. When Matthew Vaughn was finally confirmed to direct X-Men: First Class, the director has only a little over a year to prep, cast, shoot and edit the prequel, but that seems to be the exception and not the rule. 2014 might be wishful thinking, while 2015 may be more realistic.
D'Esposito also was quick to praise Wright, calling him "a brilliant filmmaker" and promising that when Wright one day makes Ant-Man, that he will "bring all of the coolest camera angles and shots mixed in with a lot of laughs."