Edgar Wright Talks ANT-MAN; Describes It As "Standalone", But Will It Be A Comedy?

Edgar Wright talks more about the tone of Ant-Man, reiterating that while it WILL take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's also a fairly standalone movie. The writer/director also reveals whether or not it will be as comedic as his previous films and shares his thoughts on Star Wars Episode VII.


"I think it’s just doing its own thing in the accepted history but it's still part of the other movies and always was," Edgar Wright said when asked about where exactly Ant-Man fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe after numerous delays. While there have been reports that part of the movie will take place in the past (featuring Hank Pym in the 70s and Scott Lang in the present day), we don't know exactly what has happened to the screenplay since or whether we should expect to see the character appear in the third instalment of The Avengers franchise. "In the time I’ve been working on it other things have happened in the other movies that could be affected in this. It is pretty standalone in the way we’re linking it to the others. I like to make it standalone because I think the premise of it needs time. I want to put the crazy premise of it into a real world, which is why I think "Iron Man" really works because it’s a relatively simple universe; it’s relatable. I definitely want to go into finding a streamlined format where you use the origin format to introduce the main character and further adventures can bring other people into it. I’m a big believer in keeping it relatively simple and Marvel agrees on that front."

All of Wright's previous movies - including Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World - have been comedic in terms of tone, so when asked whether or not Ant-Man will follow in the footsteps of that, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End, he added: "It's hard to say, my head’s still in 'World’s End.' I think it’s funny…I wouldn’t say it has any of the comedy that is in my previous but I think it’ll be in a different vein. There’ll be less swearing in it." Finally, the writer and director was asked to share his thoughts on J.J. Abrams' apparent decision to bring back some of the original cast members for Star Wars Episode VII. "I think it's more than okay to have the stars of the previous movies appear as elders and I don't think they will be the leads. I think it's just about passing the torch. I guess the proposed spin-off movies could go off into complete new worlds. I am a big fan of 4, 5 and 6, so I'm intrigued as to what J.J. does with 7." What do you guys think of these comments? Be sure to sound off with your thoughts in the usual place!

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