Edgar Wright Talks Ant-Man And Why Ultron Isn’t The Right Villain For Him


ant-man bannerAnt-Man has been the one Marvel movie fans have been waiting and waiting and waiting to see. Edgar Wright started working on the movie before Iron Man came out, so it has been a while. The film has finally been set for a 2015 release date with production to start soon, so things are rolling along quite nicely. The director recently spoke with The Huffington Post about the film while promoting The World’s End. Wright touched on the source material and why Ultron isn’t going to be the film’s villain.

Wright says that one of the best things about Ant-Man is that people may know who he is, but not a lot of people know his history as well as your Thors or your Iron Mans:

I think there’s something in that it’s a lesser known character, there’s hopefully more license. For the one percent of people who are like, “Wait, Hank Pym would never do that!” there’s 99 percent going, “Who’s Hank Pym?” So, to me, the source material is great but it also frees you up to be like: I’m going to make a movie. The movie is not going to represent 50 years of Marvel comics because that’s impossible. But I’m going to make a 100 minute movie — or 110 minutes [laughs].

Everyone has assumed from hearing Wright talk about the film in the past that he would be going with the Scott Lang version of Ant-Man. The director has said that Hank Pym will indeed be in the film, but it’s never been clear if he’ll be the Ant-Man we see in action. That Wright throws out Hank Pym and only Hank Pym when talking about the source material makes this question even murkier.

ultronJoss Whedon got fans in a tizzy when he said that Hank Pym doesn’t create Ultorn in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Wright has said a few times that Ultron doesn’t factor in to his script at all so it’s not that big of a deal. Since the writer/director has been working on Ant-man for so long, it seems like a safe bet that Ultron never factored into his plans and it’s not a recent change to fit with Avengers. Wright explains why Ultron would be a hard sell for the first film by using Iron Man and Tim Burton‘s Batman as examples:

It was never in my script. Because even just to sort of set up what Ant-Man does is enough for one movie. It’s why I think “Iron Man” is extremely successful because it keeps it really simple. You have one sort of — the villain comes from the hero’s technology. It’s simple. So I think why that film really works and why, sometimes, superhero films fail — or they have mixed results — because they have to set up a hero and a villain at the same time. And that’s really tough. And sometimes it’s unbalanced.

You know, when I was younger I used to love Tim Burton’s “Batman.” I was like 15 and even then I was aware, “This is really the Joker’s film.” It’s like, the Joker just takes over and Batman, you really don’t learn too much about him. Comics have years to explain this stuff and in a movie you have to focus on one thing. So it’s about kind of streamlining, I think. Some of the most successful origin films actually have a narrower focus. You cannot put 50 years of the Marvel universe into a movie. It’s impossible.

While fans may not be pleased Hank Pym isn’t involved with Ultron‘s creation or that the villainous A.I. isn’t in Wright‘s film,the man has a point about villains in comic book movies. Ultron would definitely overshadow Pym if that was the route the first movie took. What do you think? Do you agree with Wright‘s villain assessment?

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Source : Huffington Post