Edgar Wright Talks ‘Ant-Man’ Villains

Ant-Man director, Edgar Wright, has been discussing the upcoming Marvel films villains, confirming that Ultron was never part of the filmmaker’s plans for the origin story.

Ultron takes the titular role in Joss Whedon’s follow-up to his 2012 action epic, The Avengers, which is entitled, The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

Wright told The Huffington Post, “It was never in my script. 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.”

The Shaun of the Dead director explained, “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.”

Wright went on to discuss the influences on Ant-Man, revealing that Tim Burton’s original Batman tale will inspire his work.

“You know, when I was younger I used to love Tim Burton’s Batman,” revealed that director. “I was like 15 and even then I was aware, ‘This is really the Joker’s film.’ It’s like, the Joker just takes over and Batman, you really don’t learn too much about him.”

He then concluded, “Comics have years to explain this stuff and in a movie you have to focus on one thing. So it’s about kind of streamlining, I think. Some of the most successful origin films actually have a narrower focus. You cannot put 50 years of the Marvel universe into a movie. It’s impossible.”

Edgar Wright is currently promoting his new film, The World’s End, which stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, and Paddy Considine. It is set to be replaced in the United States on August 23rd.