ANT-MAN

It’s im­pos­si­ble to think about

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - 2015 movie preview - Jayne Nel­son

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

RE­LEASED

17 July

DI­REC­TOR

Pey­ton Reed

STARS

Paul Rudd, Michael Dou­glas, Evan­ge­line Lilly, Michael Pena, Judy Greer

THE PITCH

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.

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