Bug-themed Avengers seemed to pop up a number of times during Kevin Feige’s recent IRON MAN 2 press conference. The Marvel Studios president said that a BLACK WIDOW solo movie was “absolutely possible”, for one, and he also clarified the status of the long-delayed ANT-MAN movie that Edgar Wright is supposed to direct. According to SHH, Feige said that he and Wright met in LA last week to discuss starting pre-production later this year, for a release lined up for after the AVENGERS movie. Feige also stressed that fans shouldn’t think of the AVENGERS movie as being the end of anything, but as the beginning of a whole new era. That comment reminds me a lot of the expectations I had leading up to REVENGE OF THE SITH. I wasn’t alone in thinking that was going to be the last time fans would see any new STAR WARS material, and what it really proved to be was the starting point for an entire new generation of TV shows, comics and games.
While ANT-MAN might not seem as cool a property as Iron Man, Thor or Captain America, I think it’d probably be the most fun, and not in a goofy way you can just brush off. Edgar Wright’s last flick, HOT FUZZ, was a big goof on Jerry Bruckheimer-movies, but you could actually get behind it as a straight-up cop story because it was genuinely bad ass at times. I can only just imagine how inventive and hyper-kinetic an ANT-MAN movie could be if it’s directed by Wright continuing on his SCOTT PILGRIM streak.
You know, if we can have a fantasy casting call for Captain America and Green Lantern, I see no reason why we can’t have one for Ant-Man. Who should play Hank Pym on screen? Greg Kinnear was a fan favorite for a while and some people have brought up Wright’s muse, Simon Pegg, but who would you, the Pym-particle-charged Comic Vine community want to see put on the bug helmet?