So… What’s the deal with the Ant-Man movie? At this point most people don’t seem to care. Marvel seems to want to go forward with the project, if for no other reason than to save face.
Edgar Wright had been attached to the project since 2006, which is prior to the first Iron Man movie and the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since that was the case, why wasn’t this film made years ago? Good question. I’m guessing that Marvel Studios wanted to build a shared universe around someone other than the tiniest hero in the Avengers.
Also, there is the matter of tone. The Marvel films are laced with humor that is juxtaposed against major threats. To date, they are yet to make a film that is considered a comedy. From the looks of the trailers Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be quite funny, but as we all know, trailers often look amazing while the finished product is far from it.
It would be easy to say that Marvel was far more interested in being in the Edgar Wright business than the Ant-Man business. The reason it is easy to say that is because it is probably true. It seems like the only reason comic book fans were interested was because it was to be an Edgar Wright film. Edgar Wright has a fan base; Ant-Man–not so much. Even the fans who were somewhat interested in the concept of an Ant-Man film were less so when it came to light that it was going to be about the Scott Lang incarnation as opposed to Hank Pym the original Ant-Man.
I wouldn’t hold my breath for a Batman Beyond movie.
Then there is the fact that in the comics Pym created Ultron, who is to be the villain in the second Avengers movie. Pym won’t even make an appearance, which has lead to speculation that Ultron will be created by Tony Stark. This makes sense since the films don’t always follow the comics. For better or worse.
Speaking of worse, now that Wright has departed Marvel has had a hell of a time trying to find a replacement director. The general feeling from those of us looking at it from the outside is that either no one wants to take on a project that comes with so many dictates from the studio, or directors are turning it down as a way of supporting Wright. Either way, Marvel finds itself in a precarious position.
One of the best things about the films made under the Marvel Studios banner is that they are all connected. I don’t know how much bandwidth has been used by people wanting Marvel to regain control of Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four so that all the Marvel characters can make one ginormous movie. Yeah, it sounds good… In theory.
Part of the problem Marvel is having comes from the fact that they are not so much making a series of films, but rather a film series. Iron Man was episode one, The Incredible Hulk was episode two, and so on. And now there is the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series that ABC advertises with the tagline: “It’s all connected.”
Ant-Man is to be episode twelve in the film series. It comes between Avengers: Age of Ultron and the third Captain America film. Also, the release date is a few months prior to a possible third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Make of that what you will. The point being that one film leads into another either by a post credits scene or a name drop within the film itself. Many of you caught it when Agent Sitwell mentioned Stephen Strange in The Winter Soldier. Those of you who didn’t–oops. And now Marvel has announced that they are making a Doctor Strange film. Well, that’s the plan.