Joss Whedon Says No Ant-Man or Civil War in The Avengers
07.25.10 by Ryan
When Joss Whedon announced at Comic-Con that he would direct Marvel's The Avengers, he described the movie as "the very definition of family." The writer-director later expanded on what the theme of "family" meant for the movie in an interview with io9.
It just really just goes back to the very first incarnation of The Avengers. It goes to The Ultimates, it goes to everything about it. It makes no sense, it's ridiculous. There's a thunder god, there's a green "ID" giant rage monster, there's Captain America from the '40s, there's Tony Stark who definitely doesn't get along with anybody. Ultimately these people don't belong together and the whole movie is about finding yourself from community. And finding that you not only belong together but you need each other, very much. Obviously this will be expressed through punching but it will be the heart of the film.
What won't be in the movie is Marvel's infamous Civil War crossover, which saw Iron Man and Captain America at odds. Whedon says that storyline will not make it into The Avengers, however the dynamic between the two characters will "just end up in fun" and instead will work itself out in "witty banter."
Another element that won't make it into the movie is the character of Ant-Man. Nathan Fillion has already responded to the rumors that he might play the character by announcing that he has no time in his schedule even if there were an offer, but Whedon says that there isn't. "Although by the way I think he would be great," said Whedon. "Ant-Man does not appear in The Avengers." Oh well.