Ant-Man has finally crawled out of the woodwork.
After nearly six years of anticipation, Marvel Studios and director/co-writer Edgar Wright presented test footage for a feature film about the classic superhero, who can manipulate his subatomic particles to grow large or small at will.
It’s important to remember — the footage is not part of the movie, which doesn’t yet have a start or release date. No actor has yet been cast in the role.
Instead, the footage of the costumed character was merely a way for Wright and Marvel to explore visual effects for Ant-Man’s rapid size shifts, and see how the suit will look on the big screen.
Wright made light of how long this project has been developing. “I’m taking the Terrence Malick approach to superheroes,” he said, referring to the Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line director — who went 20 years between those films.
The scene began with speck-sized Ant-Man emerging from a ventilation grate to do battle with two guards in a white hallway. As he pops back and forth from the size of an insect to the size of a normal man, the shifts give him extra oomph as he throws punches and kicks into them. When they counterpunch, each swing cuts through thin air as he slips back to microscopic size. As they fire at him, Ant-Man leaps, shrinks, and runs across the barrel of a gun to knock out the guard’s tooth.
Time to start stomping like you’re on an episode of Hee-Haw, bad guys!
We know it’s not the same, but this panel from a classic Ant-Man comic kind of gives you the idea. (Sorry, but Marvel didn’t release the footage for public consumption. You had to be in Hall H.)
Wright described the costume, which entirely hid the stunt actor’s face, as a mix of the Silver Age character and the present day incarnation.
Just days ago, Universal gave the greenlight to another movie from Wright, the director of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Hot Fuzz, and Shaun of the Dead. So his next project will be The World’s End with Shaun and Fuzz co-stars Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.
Although that seemed like bad news for Ant-Man, Marvel’s presentation reinforces their dedication to doing big things with the little guy.
“Ant-Man will kick your ass one inch at a time,” Wright promised.
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