It’s impossible to think about
Ant- Man without feeling a twinge of sympathetic angst for poor old Edgar Wright, who poured his life and soul into the project for years before walking away just months before filming began for reasons we can only guess at ( the old “creative differences” chestnut appears to be the answer, although the conspiracy theories have been so wild that the Illuminati and David Icke’s reptilian aliens are probably involved, too). Whatever the truth may be, the fact is that we’re left with a post- Wright incarnation of the little dude who talks with insects: so will it be as good as the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or will it be the studio’s first major misfire? Well, Ant- Man certainly isn’t a write- off; in fact, the signs are pretty
Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Judy Greer
Proof that superheroes don’t have to be Hulk- sized to make a difference. good. There’s an excellent cast, from Michael Douglas as Dr Hank Pym – creator of the tech that turns ordinary humans into teeny- tiny superhero types – to the likeable Paul Rudd as the wise- cracking Ant- Man himself. Rudd’s also doubled his duties to work on the script with his Anchorman buddy Adam McKay, who claims to have upped the humour from Wright’s original version. ( We hope it’s not too much, mind you: Ant- Man should be amusing, but not flat- out slapstick.)
“There’s a lot that’s already in there from what Edgar did,” explains McKay, who wants to credit his pal Wright while also – understandably – stamping his own mark on the script. “There’s a lot of dialogue and character still in there.” It’s hard to tell yet whether Ant- Man will be a hit; he’s not a well- known Marvel property for a mainstream audience, and thus represents a huge gamble for the studio. But, as we’ve seen with Guardians Of The Galaxy, sometimes these gambles can pay off in a big, decidedly non- ant- sized way. Here’s hoping.
Something tells us this one might be set in San Francisco. Just a hunch.