Giving a rare interview on the state of his much anticipated Ant-Man movie to The Huffington Post, The World’s End director Edgar Wright responded to the supposition that Joss Whedon taking the robot Ultron for Avengers: Age Of Ultron has deprived Hank Pym of his best known villain, by revealing that Ultron has never been a contender for the movie.
“It was never in my script,” Wright confirmed Because even just to sort of set up what Ant-Man does is enough for one movie. It’s why I think Iron Man is extremely successful because it keeps it really simple.
“You have one sort of – the villain comes from the hero’s technology. It’s simple. So I think why that film really works and why, sometimes, superhero films fail – or they have mixed results — because they have to set up a hero and a villain at the same time. And that’s really tough. And sometimes it’s unbalanced.”
Frustratingly Ant-Man is one of the most difficult to predict as unlike Captain America, Iron Man or Thor, he has no dedicated rogue’s gallery of convenient ‘opposites’ with mirrored origins. With AIM introduced in Iron Man 3 and rumours of a Radioactive Man teaser, there’s a chance Hank Pym could be embroiled in their machinations.
It’s either that or he’ll be mixing it up with some cleverly reinvented ‘technology villains’ like the Living Laser, Klaw, MODOK, Equinox or Egghead whose origins can be bound into Pym’s somehow.
Speaking more generally about the attraction of working with a C-list character, Wright added, “I think there’s something in that it’s a lesser known character, there’s hopefully more license. For the one percent of people who are like, ‘Wait, Hank Pym would never do that!’ there’s 99 percent going, ‘Who’s Hank Pym?’
“So, to me, the source material is great but it also frees you up to be like: I’m going to make a movie. The movie is not going to represent 50 years of Marvel comics because that’s impossible. But I’m going to make a 100 minute movie – or 110 minutes [laughs].”