Wright and co-scribe Joe Cornish (Attack The Block) have been hard at work on a script for the long-awaited film adaptation of one of Marvel’s slightly more obscure superheroes. The Hollywood Reporter has said that Wright spent a week last month shooting footage that would go towards a test reel to evaluate the possibilities for the movie. It would basically allow Marvel and Disney to see what the feel and tone of the film would be and show whether Ant-Man’s powers are likely to transfer well into an action-packed blockbuster.
It is questionable whether the powers of the character (real name Henry Pym) - the ability to change size to the stature of an insect and control masses of ants using technology in a helmet - will actually work at all as a blockbuster movie. Certainly, on paper it lacks the oomph of Spider-Man or any of the Avengers we saw assemble this year.
However, the timing of this test reel is very interesting. Whilst it may just be coincidence, this news has broken only weeks before the San Diego Comic-Con, which creates the interesting possibility that we might finally see some footage of Ant-Man in action. And a lot sooner than we all expected as well.
Either way, with Wright and Cornish on board, this looks set to be a very interesting film and a chance for a different take on the superhero movie.