Today has been quite the crazy Marvel day so far. With a report that Guardians of the Galaxy will be announceed as the comic book company’s 2014 film, with The Avengers 2 set to release the next year, it’s unclear just exactly where Ant-Manand Black Panther fit into the equation. Director Edgar Wright has been hinting that he’s filmed something in absolute secrecy, and though it had yet to be revealed some speculated that it may tie-into Ant-Man. Now, Wright’s secret project has been unveiled and not only does it tie into the potential future Marvel hero, but it also has some incredible talent included.
THR reports that Wright has spent one week shooting a test reel for Marvel in order ”to test out the potential look and tone of his movie, as well as to decide how convincing Ant-man’s powers look on screen”. There’s no word as to who played hero Hank Pym on-camera, but the script developed was co-written by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, the man responsible for the direction/script for last year’s Attack the Block. It’s unclear what section from the film they executed from the script, or if they simply developed a test scene.
If Marvel approves, the film will likely move into development sometime soon, but don’t expect a major update until sometime next year. Wright’s next project is The World’s Endwith Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, with a filming start scheduled for later this year. The comedy will then hit theaters sometime next year, and it’s in 2013 when Ant-Man will then be tackled after an incredibly long development process.
While Ant-Man’s powers are a bit odd, Hank Pym is a strong character in Marvel Comics history, even gaining the title of founder for the original Avengers. While Pym’s Ant-Man can shrink down to the size of an ant, he’s also a brillant scientific mind that could easily fit in alongside Tony Stark (especially with his ego) and Bruce Banner in a Marvel Cinematic installment. Later on, he’s able to change his shrinking power into a growing power as he ends up becoming Giant-Man, among a few other moniquers.
No word on whether or not we’ll ever see the test reel screened, but if anything San Diego Comic-Con would be the place to do it. Tron: Legacy had an impressive test reel shown at the Con years before the sequel hit theaters, though with the reel just finishing production, special effects are obviously far from finished and likely not ready for any public reveal.