Marvel boss Kevin Feige has revealed that Edgar Wright's 10-year-old 'Ant-Man' script helped shape Marvel's Cinematic Universe.
A revealing interview with Empire Magazine has shed some light on the upcoming 'Ant-Man' movie and it looks as though plenty of allowances were made for Edgar Wright's creative vision.
"[Edgar Wright had to retrofit his movie] a little bit," said Feige. "Not much. There's been a little bit of connective tissue that wouldn't have been there in his draft ten years ago. We changed, frankly, some of the MCU to accommodate this version of Ant-Man."
But what did that involve?
"Knowing what we wanted to do with Edgar and 'Ant-Man', going years and years back, helped to dictate what we did with the roster for 'Avengers' the first time. It was a bit of both in terms of his idea for the 'Ant-Man' story influencing the birth of the MCU in the early films leading up to 'Avengers'."
Although little is known about Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' movie, it looks as though the groundwork has been laid for some time… and I can't help thinking that's a lot to do with how the creation of Ultron will be handled in the upcoming 'Avengers' sequel.
Outlining the reasons why 'Ant-Man' won't be in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' it becomes clear that there's a very good reason for that…
"It was two things," said Feige. "A story Edgar wanted to tell that we'll see with Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd, and now we're 11 films in, it's looking at the characters we've already introduced who already have the technology and the brains to do… to do certain things [laughs]."
Obviously, Feige is alluding to the creation of Ultron, which in the comic books was at the hands of Hank Pym. And judging from his comments here, there's only one man currently in the MCU who's capable of creating such a complex AI - Tony Stark.
But while Hank Pym and Tony Stark have the creation of Ultron in common, it seems that's where the comparison ends.
"[He's the original Tony Stark] in that he is an inventor and a scientist, but he has a very different demeanour than Tony and a very different ego, even when he was younger."
Obviously, that's just the tip of the iceberg… especially when you consider that Scott Lang will be the main hero of the upcoming 'Ant-Man' movie. But why did Marvel cast Paul Rudd in the title role?
"Look at that origin of the petty crook who comes into contact with a suit and does his best to make good, and then look at someone like Paul Rudd, who can do slightly unsavoury things like break into people's houses and still be charming and who you root for and whose redemption you will find satisfaction in."
It certainly sounds as though 'Ant-Man' will follow the plot of the classic comic book, 'To Steal an Ant-Man'. But with hank Pym's origin story coming into play, it looks as though there are plenty of surprises yet to come.
Of course, quite how 'Ant-Man' has affected the MCU remains to be seen… but it certainly makes the upcoming film a must-see for Marvel fans.
What do you think of Kevin Feige's comments? How has 'Ant-Man' affected the MCU? Let us know what you think in the comments below…
Ryan Leston is a comic book movie geek from Cardiff who can't wait to see what's in store for the rest of Marvel's Phase Two. His favourite Marvel film is 'Avengers Assemble' and he still thinks he can someday make his very own Iron Man suit. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.
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