EXCLUSIVE: Edgar Wright Explains His ‘Ant-Man’ Priorities

Earlier this week, fans of Marvel’s insect-wrangling superhero Ant-Man received word that plans for a movie based on the character were indeed moving along, with Stan Lee announcing the project was a go and that he’d met with director Edgar Wright. Wright later confirmed his meeting with Lee.

So, with Wright’s adaptation of “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” wrapped, the question now becomes: will the filmmaker turn his attention to Hank Pym next?

“I can’t do two things at once, so [now that ’Scott Pilgrim’ is finished] I will return to doing another draft of that one,” Wright told MTV News.

According to Wright, there’s no timetable for the film, only the desire to come up with a good script to establish the character. We know the hero is on Marvel’s movie wish list, but whether the scientist-turned-superhero will eventually have a place on the “Avengers” roster isn’t a concern at this stage, he said.

“Because that character isn’t one of their biggest properties, it’s not like a tentpole deadline,” explained Wright. “”It’s more like me and Kevin [Feige] [saying], ’Let’s make a really good script.’ We’ve always agreed on that — ’Lets make a good script that works, that’s all about
a great genre film, and that isn’t necessarily relying on anything else.'”

“It should be a great genre film, so that’s why I did a first draft,” he said.

Wright also joked that Marvel’s ambitious plans for Ant-Man and the rest of their characters are a subject he has to be very careful saying too much about — under penalty of death.

“I cannot confirm or deny anything,” he laughed. “I’ll get killed. … It’s snipers, they’ll kill me!”

“Make sure you put that in there,” he said. “The snipers will kill me.”

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