ANT-MAN Will Borrow From Edgar Wright And Joe Cornish’s Script; Has The Villain Been Revealed?

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ant-manWe’ve been hearing a lot about Ant-Man the last month and a half. Sadly not much of it has been positive. Ever since Edgar Wright abruptly left the film for reasons many assume had to do with last minute script changes. While we’ll likely never know what really went down, it seems that things are starting to come together for Ant-Man and the film’s production. While appearing at a film convention today, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige gave an update on the project and revealed that the story will still largely be based on Wright and writing partner Joe Cornish‘s script.

When the subject of Ant-Man was raised, Feige offered a very optimistic update that fills us in on the script being used, what role Adam McKay will actually play in the film, and when filming will actually get underway (via Total Film):

Ant-Man is still going to come out on 17 July [2015], we start filming this August. Edgar Wright, who I’ve known for many years, who wrote the draft with Joe Cornish – much of the movie will still be based very much on that draft and the DNA of what Edgar has created up to this point, but Peyton Reed has stepped in [to direct].
Adam McKay, a very good writer is reworking parts of the script – not the entirety of the script, but some of it – and it’s going to, we believe, come to life in the best version of Ant-Man that we could possibly make. Again Ant-Man is a very important character for us. We like that people don’t necessarily know what it is, we like that it sounds sort of strange when you first hear the notion of Ant-Man, or a hero that can shrink, but he’s a very key Marvel character: he’s a key Avenger. He’s an important character we want to bring into our universe and Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and an amazing cast all set to start in August, we believe that we’re on the road to the best version of Ant-Man that we could have.

yellowjacketIn related Ant-Man news, Badass Digest say they know who the villain will be in the film now directed by Peyton Reed. It turns out the film will have no problem changing up the story from the comics (like having Michael Douglas as Hank Pym), because our villain will be Yellowjacket:

The villain in Ant-Man is Yellowjacket. You’ll note that this is way outside of the comic canon, as Ant-Man Hank Pym himself was Yellowjacket for a while – he had a bunch of different super-identities, with Yellowjacket being one of the edgier ones. This doesn’t mean Hank Pym is the villain (as many have speculated in the past), as he won’t be in the suit. Pym is much more of a mentor to Scott Lang in this film.

Yellowjacket is one of the several identities Hank Pym took on when he was having an identity crisis. Yellowjacket was darker and edgier than the more straight laced Pym, with the infamous scene where he gave his wife Janet a slap taking place while he was working out his problems under the Yellowjacket guise. It makes sense that they’d want to use that for a villainous role. This doesn’t mean Douglas will be the villain, it just means they’re using a version of one of Pym‘s identities to flesh out into a stand-alone villain (probably played by Corey Stoll). What do you think about the Ant-Man update?

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