To say that Ant-Man had a troubled pre-production would be unfair. For about 10 years everything went really smoothly. True, right at the very end of that run Marvel decided to rewrite the script and sack the director that had overseen that pre-production, but that’s but a minor blip in the grand scheme of things. So we get a version of Ant-Man directed by Peyton Reed, who you might remember directed slightly better than average cheerleader movie, Bring It On back in 2000. The script has been punched up by Adam McKay, director of Anchorman, with help from debut screenwriters Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Farrer. It has since been revealed that the creative differences over which Edgar Wright departed the involved Marvel’s desire to incorporate the wider universe while Wright wished it to remain more standalone.
It appears this version at least is entrenched with Marvel lore with John Slattery returning as Howard Stark, and Hayley Atwell becoming Marvel’s most valuable player with an appearance as Peggy Carter. Both will presumably appear in a 1960s sequence alongside Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, originator of the Ant-Man technology. Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang, the modern day Ant-Man along with Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne.
Ant-Man is released 17 July 2015