Marvel's Phase Two: 'Thor: The Dark World,' 'Cap 2: Winter Soldier,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Avengers 2' -- EXCLUSIVE


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(Nov. 6, 2015)

When Phase Two ends with Avengers 2, Phase Three begins.

And the first announced film in that line-up will be Ant-Man — the hero with a suit that allows him to size-shift at will, and technology that lets him communicate with insects and other tiny-but-deadly creatures.

Writer-director Edgar Wright has been developing the project since before the first Iron Man. “Frankly, now we have to re-write it to put it a little bit more into the [Marvel Cinematic Universe] because it was written before it existed,” Feige said.

Wright, who appeared last night at an EW CapeTown Film Festival double-screening of his movies Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, also brought his test reel of an action sequence from the movie. In it, we get a clear example of how being small can still be a fearsome way to fight.

Although miniaturized, Ant-Man still has the weight and power of a full-sized person, so even a tiny punch can knock a man’s tooth out and send him caroming off a wall. Zipping from itty-bitty to regular size can also be an effective combat technique – awesomely dubbed “Size-Fu” by Baddass Digest’s Devin Faraci when a rough version of the scene played at Comic-Con.

Wright said last night he has been eager, but not impatient, to get started on the film, since the two movies he has made in the interim – Scott Pilgrim and the upcoming The World’s End – have helped him hone a lot of skills he’ll need to bring Ant-Man to the big screen.

Shooting is set for next year, but they still need to cast the main character. “We’ve talked about various names over the past eight years but as you can imagine they keep changing as time goes by,” says Feige. “But towards the end of this year, we’ll buckle down and start casting and start refining the script, which is great and which is very Edgar. He has done a great job being incredibly true to the comics but is putting his own spin on it, so we’ll be drawing on multiple mythologies for this one.”

A pirated version of that test reel has already leaked online, but expect the full, finished and polished version to make the rounds sooner or later. Feige acknowledges that it has been a valuable way to introduce the hero to the unfamiliar.

“Sometimes we take it for granted that people know what we’re doing,” Feige says. “Some people don’t get it: ‘Ant-Man …? Is that goofy? What? He talks to ants? What is this…?’”

The test reel fixes that, Feige says: “Then they suddenly go, ‘Ohhh…’


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