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Certain filmmakers are just always going to do their own thing. Someone like Christopher Nolan, Paul Thomas Anderson or Quentin Tarantino have no interest in making someone else’s vision. They make films to convey their own vision and if someone asks them to do anything else, that’s the end of the conversation.

It seems more and more likely Edgar Wright and Marvel Studios had that kind of dispute. For several years, Wright had been working on his vision of Ant-Man but once Marvel started to actually consider it, they realized it wasn’t what they wanted. That’s probably what created the “differences in their vision of the film” cited in the original departure statement.

Now, that’s a statement bolstered by Ant-Man co-star Evangeline Lilly. The actress, who was cast by Wright, is in the film as Hank Pym’s daughter Hope Van Dyne. She said that while Wright’s vision for the film was incredibly exciting, she believes it wouldn’t have fit in with the other movies Marvel has created. “It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was,” she says. Read Evangeline Lilly’s Edgar Wright Ant Man quotes below. Read More »

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Paul Rudd Helped Adam McKay Rewrite ‘Ant-Man’

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When Edgar Wright left Marvel’s Ant-Man, the amount of speculation and discussion was crazy. Eventually, Peyton Reed was hired as the director after a rewrite by none other than Adam McKay. McKay, a big comic book fan, is best known for crazy comedies like Anchorman and Step Brothers, so him coming on to the film was a pretty big leap. How did that happen? Well, now we have a few more details.

Once Wright left, the film’s star – Paul Rudd – called McKay and asked him to do a rewrite. He agreed and Rudd himself helped him with the writing. Yes, for the first time (in a while) we have a Marvel Studios movie co-written by the star himself. Read more from McKay about the Ant Man script below. Read More »

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Ant-Man has only been shooting for a week, and fans are already finding easter eggs in the movie, thanks to on-set pictures. The photos don’t show any actual spoilers yet — most simply catch star Paul Rudd walking down the streets of San Francisco — but a couple have an interesting piece of set decoration in the background. The images in question tie Ant-Man to the film that is sort of an outlier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: 2008′s The Incredible Hulk. Read More »

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The first look at Paul Rudd in Ant-Man didn’t show us much, and this image of Evangeline Lilly suggests a lot more than it actually reveals.

Lilly plays Hope Van Dyne in the film — that’s the daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (above). We know that Janet isn’t in the film much, if at all. (But she may not actually be dead, counter to many assumptions.) That has led to assumption that Evangeline Lilly will take the superhero role normally associated with Janet: the Wasp. Images posted by the actress show that she’s got part of the character’s look down pat, at the very least. Read More »

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Peyton Reed has only been in production on Ant-Man for a day, but the first photo is now out. It shows Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, hanging out in a ratty outfit next to the Golden Gate Bridge. Check out the first Paul Rudd Ant-Man photo below. Read More »

Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ Begins Production

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After ten years, two directors, and several months of well-documented troubles, Ant-Man has finally gone into production. Director Peyton Reed announced the good news today.

Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas lead the Marvel movie as Scott Lang and Hank Pym, respectively, while Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Peña round out the rest of the cast. Hit the jump for more details.

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After years of anticipation and months of controversy, Peyton Reed‘s Ant-Man starts filming on Monday, August 18. Then it’ll be a race to the finish as the director will have less than a year to complete the film, which is set for release July 17, 2015. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for improvisation, but in between Edgar Wright leaving the project and the start of shooting, a lot of work has been done to change the film and also add more connections to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Latino Review now reports on a few characters which will potentially cameo in the film, connecting Ant-Man to the larger world both in the movies and on TV. Read about the Ant-Man cameos below. Read More »

Peyton Reed Ant-Man Interview

Ant-Man is a well-traveled subject thanks to the departure of original director Edgar Wright, but there’s still a whole lot we don’t know about the film. The brief Comic Con presentation gave the actors a chance to explain a few things in their own words, most of which we already knew.

On stage at Comic Con, Paul RuddMichael DouglasCorey Stoll, and Evangeline Lilly talked about the basic relationship between Scott Lang (Rudd) and Hank Pym (Douglas), the wearer and inventor of a shrinking technology, respectively. They explained that Stoll plays Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket, while Lilly appears as Hope Van Dyne, implying that she is the daughter of Pym’s estranged wife Janet Van Dyne.

Now, there’s an interview with new director Peyton Reed, where Reed specifically sa Read More »

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