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Ant-Man Movie to be a "High-Tech Spy Heist Film"

Who will be wearing the Ant-helmet?

Scott Pilgrim vs.The World Director Edgar Wright has been talking about an Ant-Man movie for some time now. He mentioned a while ago that he wrote a script before working on Scott Pilgrim and "it’s kind on back burner slightly" while he worked on Scott Pilgrim. Even Stan Lee, creator of the character, tweeted back in February that he really was not disappointed after meeting with Wright.
 
In recent news it was announced that he will be returning to the production of the Ant-Man film once Scott Pilgrim was over and yet all us comic book fans wonder if the movie will ever get made, and if it does which Ant-Man do we want to see on the big screen. While some want Eric O' Grady and others prefer Scott Lang,  
I personally have to admit that I prefer Hank Pym but why only have one when you can have them all? I mean think about it, perfect trilogy!   
 
Vanity Fair recently interviewed Wright about his immediate success on the premiere of his new movie. During the Interview with Vanity Fair the topic of Ant-Man came up.   
 == TEASER ==

I feel like I should ask you about the Ant Man movie.

Sure, why not?

You’ve been working on the comic book adaptation for a while. Is it ever actually going to happen?

I hope so, yeah. I’ve written a script, and once Scott Pilgrim is done I’m going to work on a second draft. It’s something I’ve been passionate about for awhile.

Yeah, but ... Ant Man? Seriously? Isn’t he like Aqua Man with lower self-esteem?

Not at all! I had a copy of the Tales to Astonish comic from the early 60s, which has his origin story. And I’ve been a fan ever since. I think it’s a really interesting high-concept idea.

Let me make sure I have this right. This guy shrinks to the size of an ant, and he has an army of ants at his disposal?

That’s right.

Is that really the most effective way to fight crime?

Ah, well ... you’ll just have to wait and see.

You’re an amazing director, Edgar, but I don’t know how this is going to work. I mean… Ant Man? The guy who becomes an ant? Isn’t that like trying to stop a mob boss with a box full of kittens?

I know there’s a big stigma attached to it, mostly because every movie about shrinking has been about people in peril. I think it’d be great to do a shrinking film about a bad-ass secret agent.

Okay, I see what you mean. I was thinking along the lines of Honey I Shrunk The Kids.

Even something like The Incredible Shrinking Man, which is a fantastic film, is about a guy in trouble. But this is going to be nothing like that. It’s essentially a high-tech spy heist film with somebody with a very particular power.

The awesome power ... of an ant!

Trust me, it’ll be much cooler than you think.

 Pym, O' Grady or Lang?

I got two things out of this. One, Ant-Man will be a secret agent and two, there's a huge probability this will be about Hank Pym rather than other Ant-Men. He mentioned he has a copy of Tales to Astonish from back in the 60s, which is a story oriented on Pym, being him who is the first Ant-Man in history, but why would he be a secret agent? (I could be wrong though!)
If this will end up tying to the Avengers movie universe there's a chance that Hank Pym will be working as an Agent of SHIELD similar as what he and Janet Van Dyne did when they joined the Ultimates
Is this good news? Or do want to see Pym in the lab rather than in "a high-tech spy heist film"? 
 
Source: Vanity Fair  
 
-- Geo (sora_thekey) 2 year user, blogger, wiki editor of Comic Vine, and all time geek! 

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Posted by howlett76

gotta say it's gotta be pym... if it's going to link up with avengers..  no other way to do it  really..  other wise you've got all those newbie dumb questions all fans will hate having to answer or even deal with...

Posted by Meteorite

I actually would really like this movie to come out some time soon. Ant-Man is a pretty fun character.

Posted by Darkchild

Id like to see Pym or Scott Lang actually, O Grady is hilarious an awesome but i want the Ant man i grew up with or my dads Ant Man
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Posted by MercWithaMouth2385

I'd hate to be a stick in the mud but I see alot of you seem to think the movie won't work without Pym.... unfortunately you are incorrect. This movie is not slated to come out until AFTER the Avengers movie which in my opinion means Pym will be in Avengers discovering the shrinking ability and using it to a certain point as a covert type armor for spying and whatnot.... the stand alone movie will more than likely switch characters to make it more exciting than a regular spin off. Meaning, either Lang or O'Grady can take his place.... I'm leaning towards O'Grady cuz he's a character that is going to grow and learn how to use the "stolen" suit and abilities possibly with the coaching of Pym as an appearence. As for it not working because non-comic fans will be confused is obsurd. How would they be confused by O'Grady being Antman when they don't even know who Antman is... or his identity for that matter. It truly doesn't matter in the movie adaptations of comics because if your not a fan you will not know the difference!
Edited by brc2000
@MercWithaMouth2385:  I agree that O' Grady should be used, simply because he'd fit the high-tech spy thing more than Pym would. Plus I'm sure non-comic readers would get into him more than they would with Pym.
Posted by Doctor!!!!!

Pym is the man. 
3d is awsomes for it. 
Edited by Godlike13

Pym! He's a Lee/Kirby creation, he was the first, and he pioneered the role. It should be Pym. Plus then we can get Janet too. Not to mention involvement with the Avengers movies, hopefully.

Posted by Godlike13
@Formidable said:

" I never understood why anyone liked ant man. A guy that can shrink and ride and talk to ants. "Oh no. Run! He.......shrank.  Isn't shrinking the equivalent of turning your enemies into giants? Yeah...that'll even the odds. "

Ya, dude can shrink yet still pack the same wallop as a grown man. Surprise attack galore, i don't know about anyone else but an inch tall dude just knocking some dude out with a hay maker is just cool.  Not to mention an army of ants at his disposal, which can do some damage.
Posted by TheVindicator
@Godlike13 said:
" @Formidable said:

" I never understood why anyone liked ant man. A guy that can shrink and ride and talk to ants. "Oh no. Run! He.......shrank.  Isn't shrinking the equivalent of turning your enemies into giants? Yeah...that'll even the odds. "

Ya, dude can shrink yet still pack the same wallop as a grown man. Surprise attack galore, i don't know about anyone else but an inch tall dude just knocking some dude out with a hay maker is just cool.  Not to mention an army of ants at his disposal, which can do some damage. "
Guess it's in the eye of the beholder. I am tall so I can't really relate to a minuscule hero. I know he has his normal human strength but the drawbacks still outweigh the benefits. Atom retains his weight if he chooses so thats at least more PSI to his attacks but still. When Ant man shrinks he essentially give his enemies area affect attacks since he is so small a fist and foot are like trucks and they have a mile of reach proportionately. Ever had ants swarm you? a few slaps and they are all mush. Bees or wasps might be more effective. But ants are simply a momentary nuisance.
 
If most people could choose one power i am reasonably certain that shrinking would be on very few peoples lists if there were being honest. It just doesn't have that many advantages outside of stealth....and getting stepped on or swatted.
Posted by LiamRawson

Can't see this one working. Cool for comics, not so for the big screen.

Posted by Theworldbreaker

It must be hank pym and if you disagree then you have to tell it to this guy 
 

 
Posted by kurtkolka

It makes a lot of sense to have Ant-man as a spy.  Back in the Tales to Astonish days, Hank Pym worked with an FBI agent named Lee Kearnes on a couple occasions.  (Sadly most people who don't like Hank Pym haven't read his early adventures by Lee & Kirby.  They were fantastic!)  Hank also battled Soviet spies on several occasions (Astonish #35, 36 come to memory immediately).
 
While I'd love to see Hank Pym in the movie, Wright said in earlier interviews he really enjoyed the Scott Lang version growing up.  So, I'm thinking he'll go with Lang.

Posted by comicguy9

got 2 be pym
Posted by Terrareus

I'm sure it will be about Pym.  It would be awesome if it were about Lang though...