Marvel Studios’ biggest and most popular franchise, The Avengers, has returned to the big screen as the characters we’ve really come to love have come back to save the world. As expected, Age of Ultron is just chugging away at the box office making the return of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes a very successful one. But soon it’ll be time for Marvel’s smallest hero to hit the screen as Ant-Man is released this summer.
While this Marvel property has received a number of trailers, images, and posters up to this point, it’s still pretty mysterious. But luckily for us, that’s all about to change with the release date getting closer and closer each day.
Empire Magazine’s latest issue covers and gives us fans a solid look into Peyton Reed’s comic book movie. The issue debuted a few new images, as well as a few words from Reed and star Evangeline Lilly about this version of the small sized hero.
First up, check out these new images featuring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, and Michel Douglass as Hank Pym.
Here are the covers for Empire’s Ant-Man issue:
One of the big concerns about this project early on was how would Peyton Reed be able to handle taking this project over from the brilliant Edgar Wright. In his interview with Empire, Reed does talk about it:
“One of my concerns upfront was, ‘Someone else has developed this movie for a really long time. Can I come in and make it my own?’ And that has absolutely been the case. For one thing Marvel have let me explore the dark side of Hank Pym, this tortured, guilt-ridden guy. I love that this is a mentor/pupil story, but with a ****ed up pupil and a really ****ed up mentor.”
And while still on the same subject, Evangeline Lilly talked about the difference between the two takes:
“I think the most defining difference between the two scripts was that Edgar’s didn’t take itself as seriously. It was fun and silly and brilliant irreverent – a romp from beginning to end, in classic English fashion. Whereas where we’ve gotten to is so much more American. There’s tons of levity, but just as much emotion.”
It would’ve been very fun and entertaining to see what Wright had in store for this character and his universe, but I’m looking forward to Reed’s just as much following some of the latest stuff released. Because of the brand Marvel has built since 2008, there really isn’t any reason to not believe in it right now, no matter how ridiculous the idea of character named Ant-Man sounds.
It’s pretty obvious that Ant-Man won’t be a so-called ‘flop’ because of that brand the studio has built since Iron Man. And yes, it’ll be a tough task to follow-up movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but don’t be surprised if this new character is just as awesome and fun as Guardians was last year.
With that opens the question of how this movie will fit into the larger MCU and if any other characters will show up in the movie? We won’t know until it’s released this summer, but Reed was asked whether or not Falcon and other members of the new Avengers will appear alongside Scott Lang, the director didn’t exactly say yes or no:
“That’s classified information. That’s buried. It’s possible.”
Following the official press release of Captain America: Civil War revealing that Paul Rudd and his Ant-Man are included in that massive cast (and the set images showing him on set), it now wouldn’t be a huge shock to see a Captain America or Falcon show up at the end of the film leading into next year’s Civil War, not to mention how pretty damn awesome it would be.
Ant-Man shrinks into theaters July 17th, 2015. Directed by Peyton Reed starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglass, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Wood Harris, Jordi Mollá, Haley Atwell, and John Slattery.