The Ant-Man movie will be the second movie from Marvel to hit theaters in 2015. However, with the loss of its original director came a rewrite and some amount of worry.
With these last-minute changes and having to work around an already chosen cast, Marvel’s debut Cinematic Universe Phase Three film could end up being a “rush job.”
Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas have already been chosen for the lead roles and most of the Ant-Man movie cast are still intact. As the story gets rewritten to reflect the vision of new director Peyton Reed, the studio could be running out of time to put it all together.
Another infamous “rush job” in a major film franchise was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which suffered so much from having to push to reach its intended release date that it ended up nearly destroying the franchise. The result was so badly received that Michael Bay actually apologized for it, but it ruined his reputation from that point on.
Now, it appears the Ant-Man movie could be heading down a similar path, and that doesn’t look good for a studio notorious for even making its weakest installments in the franchise better than most.
Potential director Adam McKay, whose other work includes Will Ferrell films such as Step Brothers and Anchorman, agreed to assist Paul Rudd with rewriting the film in the transition, but not to direct it.
“[Rudd] called me when Edgar Wright stepped away from the project and told me what was going on. I went and met with Marvel, and I was a little dubious just because I’m friends with Edgar and I didn’t know what the story was, and then when I kind of heard what happened, that Edgar had parted ways, and then I saw their materials, I was like, ‘God this is pretty cool’. Ultimately I didn’t want to jump in as a director, I had too many other projects going and it was too tight, but I thought, ‘You know what, I can rewrite this, and I can do a lot of good by rewriting it.'”
While it appears the Ant-Man movie might still surprise us, the title character is one that a lot of fans new to the comics won’t know so well. According to the IMDb, the film will be about a heist involving a special suit which shrinks the person wearing it. That doesn’t sound as much like a superhero as it does a gimmick. Consider that in the comics, Hank Pym was responsible for creating Ultron, and the rewrite is already stretching expectations.
Many films have failed over complications like these.
What do you think? Will the Ant-Man movie rewrite lead to a “rush job” and become the weakest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
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