Edgar Wright is a smart filmmaker.
He understands something about the time constraints of a film and uses those constrains not as restrictions but as a means to tell a leaner and more focused story. That seems to be his mission statement for his upcoming Marvel Universe installment, Ant-Man, in a recent interview with the Huffington Post. In this interview, Wright clears up some things that many fans of the Marvel Universe have been teeming about since the announcement of Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
You see, Ant-Man happens to play quite a large role in a little robotic creation named Ultron — in the comics, he creates the metallic meany. But Ant-Man and his film won’t be introduced to the wide audience until a full six months after Whedon’s huge sequel hits theaters (on May 1st, 2015). That would seem to create a continuity problem, but Marvel and Whedon have both said in the past that Marvel Cinematic Universe will take liberties with their respective properties (you know, like how Iron-Man 2 and 3, The Avengers, and Captain America: The First Avenger did) when needed and these films aren’t any different.
In fact, during this year’s Comic-Con, Whedon outright said that tweaks with Ultron’s origin where absolutely happening, so this really should come to no surprise to those paying close attention.
According to Wright, Ant-Man will be Hank Pym’s story and Ultron won’t be allowed to supersede the little-known superhero’s mass introduction in any way.
It 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 heroand 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.
Wright is absolutely on the money with this assessment. Marvel films in particular seem to suffer from this affliction quite often and if the English director/screenwriter can find a way to focus his film to its essentials and leave the distractions for other films, Ant-Man will surely please many.
Ant-Man is set to scurry into theaters November 6th, 2015.