Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
In the comics, Ant-Man invents Ultron, but that will not be the case in the movies. Though Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron will open seven months before Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man, the two characters won’t link up and for good reason. In a new interview, Wright explained the success, or failure, of many superhero movies hinges on keeping the story focused. In this case, it being the first Ant-Man film, his comments suggest it’ll be in the mold of Jon Favreau’s first Iron Man and focus solely on the main character, deriving a villain from his world, not independently. Read his quotes below.
Write spoke about Ant-Man in an interview with the Huffington Post.
[Ultron] was never in my script. Because even just to sort of set up what Ant-Man does is enough for one movie. It’s why I think “Iron Man” is extremely successful because it keeps it really simple. You have one sort of — the villain comes from the hero’s technology. It’s simple. So I think why that film really works and why, sometimes, superhero films fail — or they have mixed results — because they have to set up a hero and a villain at the same time. And that’s really tough. And sometimes it’s unbalanced.
You know, when I was younger I used to love Tim Burton’s “Batman.” I was like 15 and even then I was aware, “This is really the Joker’s film.” It’s like, the Joker just takes over and Batman, you really don’t learn too much about him. Comics have years to explain this stuff and in a movie you have to focus on one thing. So it’s about kind of streamlining, I think. Some of the most successful origin films actually have a narrower focus. You cannot put 50 years of the Marvel universe into a movie. It’s impossible.
So while Wright doesn’t explicitly say that Ant-Man will focus on the character’s origin, his acknowledgement of that being a problem in the superhero genre kind of says it without explicitly coming out and saying it. He’s been incredibly tight-lipped, for years, about the project but that’ll probably change in the next year as pre-production on the November 2015 release finally heats up.