Edgar Wright Promises No Ultron in 'Ant-Man'
"Scott Pilgrim" and "The World's End" director says that most superhero movies fail because they try to introduce too many elements at once.
Does the fact that Joss Whedon is going to introduce robotic villain Ultron in the next Avengers movie ahead of his comic book creator, Hank Pym -- A.K.A. Ant-Man, amongst many other nom de plumes -- cause trouble for Edgar Wright, who has been developing an Ant-Man movie for some time? Not at all, according to Wright, who says that he was never planning to include Pym's most famous invention in the Ant-Man movie.
"It was never in my script," Wright told the Huffington Post during a promotional interview for this weekend's The World's End. "Even just to sort of set up what Ant-Man does is enough for one movie," he continued, citing Iron Man as an example of a movie that manages to succeed at introducing the hero and villain simultaneously without overloading the audience with information.
"The villain [in Iron Man] comes from the hero's technology. It's simple," he explained. "I think why that film really works and why, sometimes, superhero films fail -- or they have mixed results -- [is] 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."
"Comics have years to explain this stuff and in a movie you have to focus on one thing," Wright argued. "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."
It's tempting to look into these comments for some hint at just what Wright is planning for the Ant-Man movie, but given Hank Pym's difficult past as a comic character -- Outside of creating the robotic villain Ultron, the character is known more for slapping his wife in a 1980s comic book than for any actual superheroics -- it's hard to imagine what villain could parallel his origin. Unless, in the movie universe, his wife is the villain of the piece…?