by Joshua Starnes, CMRO Editor
With roughly seven weeks to go until the final Marvel Phase II film – the long gestating ANT-MAN – finally sees the light of day the Marvel PR machine has spread into high gear, not just through a marked increase in television advertising but also through both frontline examinations like this month’s cover story in EMPIRE magazine but also with the early release of retailer and merchandising information.
According to the EMPIRE story, the biggest difference between the proposed Wright version (which had been in the works since 2006 and postponed several times over the years) and what will appear on screen is more character drama and less jokes.
“I think the most defining difference between the two scripts was that Edgar’s didn’t take itself as seriously. It was fun and silly and brilliant irreverent – a romp from beginning to end, in classic English fashion. Whereas where we’ve gotten to is so much more American. There’s tons of levity, but just as much emotion,” Evangeline Lily, who plays Hope Van Dyne, said in the article.
“Marvel have let me explore the dark side of Hank Pym, this tortured, guilt-ridden guy,” director Peyton Reed added.
The added focus on character drama and conflict seems to have been primarily studio driven and the primary element which ultimately led to Wright – who envisioned a much more light, funny affair – to abandoning the project shortly before filming was due to commence last year. That version of the script (which was ultimately rewritten by ANCHORMAN’s Adam McKay and ANT-MAN star Paul Rudd, who will share writing credit with Wright and Joe Cornish) was called the best script Marvel ever had by AVENGERS director Joss Whedon who apparently went through his own rough spot with the studio during post-production on AGE OF ULTRON which at least partly led to his decision to exit the AVENGERS franchise.
Meanwhile with retailer ads for some of the films various merchandise hitting the airwaves some information about the films plot has begun to come out, primarily through various LEGO and toy adds which show Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym in an Ant-Man costume of his own suggesting it will take both the original and new Ant-Man to stop Corey Stoll’s Yellowjacket.