Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ Wraps Production
Ant-Man arguably has the most storied and troubled history of any of the Marvel franchises. Though despite its nearly eight years of development, its director shake-up, and countless other obstacles, Ant-Man has officially finished up its production. The news came via a pair of tweets from director Peyton Reed’s official twitter account.
Ladies and gentlemen, that is an ANT-MAN picture wrap for Mr. Paul Rudd!
— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) December 5, 2014
And that’s it! Principal photography on ANT-MAN is now complete. The ants have left the building. Stay tuned… pic.twitter.com/xj5h9qFyo6
— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) December 6, 2014
This marks a huge achievement in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Despite being the 12th film in Marvel’s shared universe, Ant-Man has the honor of having the longest development time of any other Marvel property. Six months ago, director Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead) left the project, citing creative differences with the studio. While this undoubtedly created a lot of problems, it did give the opportunity for Marvel to cater the Ant-Man script to the shared universe, as actor Evangeline Lilly stated in a recent interview with Buzzfeed.
“I saw with my own eyes that Marvel had just pulled the script into their world. I mean, they’ve established a universe, and everyone has come to expect a certain aesthetic [and] a certain feel for Marvel films. And what Edgar was creating was much more in the Edgar Wright camp of films. They were very different. And I feel like, if [Marvel] had created Edgar’s incredible vision — which would have been, like, classic comic book — it would have been such a riot to film [and] it would have been so much fun to watch. [But] it wouldn’t have fit in the Marvel Universe. It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was. It just would have taken you away from this cohesive universe they’re trying to create. And therefore it ruins the suspended disbelief that they’ve built.”
This wasn’t the first time Marvel has had problems with its director. There have been constant murmurs about Iron Man director Jon Favreau having problems with the studio while producing Iron Man 2, problems that seem to have cost him any further directing duties with Marvel altogether.
However, regardless of any problems there may have been in the past regarding vision, Ant-Man is now officially in the can for its 2015 release. Whether or not the film will fall flat on its face or continue Marvel’s record of stellar popcorn flicks remains to be seen.
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