Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ Dodges Nostalgia, Targets Redemption

In “The World’s End,” writer and director Edgar Wright closes out his Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy by examining nostalgia: how it can unify old friends, and how it can tear people apart. It’s a cautionary tale about what happens to individuals who look backwards to inform their steps moving forward.

Given that message, it’s interesting that Wright’s next movie comes armed with nostalgia for a certain slice of fandom: “Ant-Man,” the 2015 superhero flick set to kick off Marvel Studios’ third phase of films. But in Wright’s eyes, “Ant-Man” isn’t steeped in nostalgia like “World’s End.”

“Because there’s never been a film adaptation of that character, I think it’s OK,” Wright told Cinemablend in a new interview. “If it was a remake of a film from 30 years ago, then I would be a hypocrite, but because it’s never been made into a movie ever.”

“And also, to be honest, there are elements in that script that actually do continue themes from the other movies, an unlikely hero, a chance at redemption,” he continued, “and so, it’s not something, it’s going to be, it will be different, but I think it will still feel like one of my films.”

Are you looking forward to “Ant-Man” and Wright’s take on the character? What are your thoughts on “The World’s End” and its themes of nostalgia? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter!

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