Wondering what’s going on behind the scenes of Marvel’s long-rumored Thor and Ant-Man adaptations?
Good news: Empire has been wondering the same thing — and they recently caught up with Matthew Vaughn and Edgar Wright, respective caretakers of the Thor and Ant-Man film franchises, and were able to ask them a few questions about where those projects stand.
In the case of Thor, according to Vaughn, the answer is “in a holding pattern” — if only for the moment. The director says he’s waiting for Marvel “to decide if they want to make the movie,” which sounds awfully ominous, but that didn’t keep Vaughn from sharing some of his ideas for the film and its title character:
Well, the main role is going to be played by someone totally unknown. It can’t be a star, it’s got to be someone totally unknown…I think you have to respect that it is a comic book and silly to be frank, so you have to combine that with a modern style and hopefully come up with something fresh. I think we can come up with something special.
Meanwhile, Ant-Man writer-director Edgar Wright is hard at work on what he refers to as “a second draft” of his script with Joe Cornish, and to fans who fear he’s turning the diminutive Marvel hero into the butt of a joke, he says not to worry:
It’s going to be less overtly comedic than anything else I’ve ever done. It’s more of a full-on action adventure sci-fi film, but with a comedic element — in the same spirit of a lot of escapist fare like that. It’s certainly not a superhero spoof or pastiche, and it certainly isn’t a sort of ‘Honey I Shrunk The Kids’ endeavor at all.
Of course, hardcore Ant-Man fans (there must be at least a few) know that the Ant-Mantle has been assumed by two men, described by Empire as “the goody-two-shoes scientist Hank Pym” and “the more roguish Scott Lang.” So which one is Wright planning on bringing to a theater near you?
Ah, well, it could be Scott Lang, it could be Hank Pym, it could be both — okay, it is both. Now there’s an exclusive for you.
To read more of Vaughn and Wright’s thoughts about Thor and Ant-Man, follow the links below!