New Images and Plot Details Released for Marvel's Ant-Man
Marvel kept us in the dark for months regarding details about their newest underdog endeavor, Ant-Man. Now, coming off the heels of the first proper trailer, a new behind-the-scenes feature from EW has revealed new stills from the film, as well as new plot details and some more information on that whole Edgar Wright debacle.
A closer look at Paul Rudd's Ant-Man suit:
First, director Peyton Reed shed some more light on the premise of the film, particularly where Scott Lang is at the beginning of his redemption arc:
When we first meet Lang, he is in prison for stealing from the CEO of a company that was itself stealing from its employees. 'There's a prison fight and you've got to buy Paul in that role,' says Reed. 'Lang longs to go straight-he has a young daughter he wants to build a relationship with-but when he leaves the big house, he ends up nabbing Pym's (Michael Douglas) Ant-Man suit. Was he set up? 'There might be stuff going on that Scott doesn't know about that's a lot bigger than him,' Reed says.
Having proven his light-fingered bona fides, Lang is trained by Pym, who plans to use him to thwart Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). Cross is a former protégé of Pym's who has developed his own version of the Ant-Man technology and created the alter ego, Yellowjacket. Pym and Lang's attempt to steal the Yellowjacket suit is both assisted and complicated by Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne. 'She's not been in her father's life for a long time,' Lilly says. 'So her arc in the movie-as Scott's is with his daughter-is trying to find a relationship.'
So now we not only know how Scott Lang gets into this mess to begin with, but we also know that the "heist" everyone's been talking about is a plot to steal the Yellowjacket suit from Darren Cross. EW made us privy to a sample of dialogue from the scene in which Lang, Pym, and Hope Van Dyne hatch their plan in Pym's basement control room: "Cross has the place loaded with transmission blockers!"
The actors also spoke about Edgar Wright's controversial departure from the film, which was rumored to be the result of his unwillingness to "do things the Marvel way." He had already written a screenplay for the movie with Joe Cornish, and left after seeing a rewritten script from the studio that made it abundantly clear that they weren't going to see eye-to-eye. Evangeline Lilly was the only lead actor who hadn't yet signed her contract, and she refused to sign it until she had seen a completed script, since apparently the first rewrite was a disaster. "I got held off for months. Marvel knew [that first revised screenplay] wasn't good. They just knew it was in the direction they wanted."
Now, the screenwriting credits belong to Paul Rudd and Adam McKay, but Rudd insists that they stayed true to Wright's vision as much as possible. "The bones of it is really Edgar and Joe. It's been an emotional roller coaster, but I'm very excited now." We can only assume that the screenplay tries to find a happy medium between Wright's idiosyncrasies and Marvel's unified vision for their films, which could be refreshingly different or wildly uneven. Many were disappointed/underwhelmed by the surprisingly serious first trailer, but it's not necessarily indicative of the tone of the film in its entirety.
Marvel's Ant-Man comes out in theaters on July 17.