The Marvel train just keeps rolling on,
Marvel released the first picture of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, complete with hood and shady demeanor, who takes over the Ant-Man mantle from Hank Pym. Marvel Studio’s head Kevin Feige may have also just revealed the studio is highly considering putting Black Panther and Captain Marvel films into production in the next few years.
The character of Ant-Man first appeared in Marvel’s comics back in 1962 and has been having quite the problematic film adaptation. The movie was originally scheduled to begin shooting earlier this summer but Edgar Wright dropped out at the 11th hour. Marvel started principal photography August 19 in San Francisco with Peyton Reed at the helm now, with the majority of the shoot taking place in Atlanta.
In addition to Marvel releasing the first photo of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang (via their Twitter account), they also announced several new casting choices for Ant-Man, including rapper, Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire), Judy Greer (Archer), T.I., and John Slattery (Mad Men). Slattery is back, reprising his role as Howard Stark in what we can only assume will be flashbacks. Slattery hasn’t been seen as Stark since 2010′s Iron Man 2, Dominic Cooper assumed the role more recently as a younger WWII-era Stark.
The new first photo is probably in an attempt to get the entire film back on track. It’s troubled production started with Wright exiting and then numerous rumored directors that followed, including Adam McKay (Anchorman), who passed, but did stay on to work on the script. It’s unclear who will eventually get credit for the Ant-Man script. Last month during SDCC, additional cast members exited the production including Patrick Wilson which only added insult to injury.
The Yes Man director assures fans that he is in fact a comic-book fan himself, even showing off a poster of the band he was apart of in the 80′s where all the members were dressed as The Avengers. Reed is a pretty good replacement but it’s a shame we will never get to see that Edgar Wright version.
Ant-Man is scheduled for a July 17, 2015, release. It’s one of several films on Marvel’s busy release schedule for the next few years, and it looks like the head-honcho himself, Kevin Feige has been slowly working out the beginnings of some previously unannounced titles like a Black Panther and Captain Marvel movie.
“They’re both characters that we like, that development work has been done, is continuing to be done on…It’s a question I get asked more than anything else. More than Iron Man 4 and more than The Avengers 3, and that’s sorta the first time that’s really happened to us. So I think that makes a difference, that’s something we have to pay attention to…I’ve always said we have our plan and it’s served us very well. There hasn’t been anything that has made us deviate or change from that based on an opinion, because opinions on line change, and they alter, and they’re based on sort of limited information they have to what’s going on behind the scenes.”
It would seem the fan demand for these characters are not being ignored by Feige and Marvel. Films based on either of these characters would begin to develop the long-standing problem with comic-book movies at large, and that’s a sense of diversity, whether race or gender. Check out the IGN interview with Feige where he was talking about the fan-involvement and the possibilities of either of those characters appearing in future film franchises.
Marvel Studios currently has eleven more films set for release between now and 2019, eight of which are still untitled. It’s not outside the realm of possibility that Black Panther and Captain Marvel could be one of those films, but we won’t know for sure until it’s officially announced. Here’s hoping though.
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