Much to the chagrin of a portion of fans, Marvel has consistently opted to take a lighthearted, comedic approach to its movies. The film studio’s philosophy seems to be to go broad with its projects, keep them light and accessible so that whole families will want to visit the theater when their movies come out. It’s a strategy that is hard to argue against when you see that each film from the comic book shingle makes money hand-over-fist, and that the company is becoming quite a multi-media behemoth.
Earlier this week, Chris Pratt spoke about how “Guardians of The Galaxy” would be “fun,” and not “take itself too seriously,” while also stating that the dramatic beats will be handled with proper respect as well. Now Entertainment Tonight has had a chance to speak with director Edgar Wright, who’s working on Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” which is due out in theaters on July 31, 2015.
On the tone of the film, and the way it’ll play into Marvel’s strategy, Wright says, “Well, I think the Marvel movies are funny, you know? I think generally the Iron Man films and The Avengers is funny. They’re not ever in the comedy section, but they are funny and entertaining, so I think it’ll be something in a similar vein to that.“
When the interviewer asks how he intends to make Ant-Man a household name, on par with the aforementioned Marvel entities, the director had this to say:
“I want to make him into a badass [laughs]. No, I always liked that comic and I always thought it would be an interesting thing to see in live-action. That’s why I [showed] that Comic-Con test that we did for Marvel, to show this fight scene like a proof of content, like this is what the action is going to look like. I think a lot of people who maybe don’t know the character sort of see that test and go, ‘Oh, right, I get it. It’s like an action film,’ so that’s the idea. I think people will be surprised by what kind of movie it is, and so in that respect it’s something that I know is going to stand out because it’s got a very different story and is a very different movie.”
Fans of Wright’s “Cornetto Trilogy” (Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) know that the director has a knack for combining oddball humor, slapstick, and action into one neat package. It sounds like “Ant-Man” will put the action first, while letting Wright’s sense of humor give the film its own, distinct feel. He’s also shown that he has an eye for providing fan service that genre fans can sink their teeth into with “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.” It should be noted that Wright has been very hands-on with this project, developing it, and co-writing the screenplay, so it would appear that Marvel trusts his vision and that he’s not just some hired gun.
What do you think? Is Wright the right man forÂ Ant-Man? Are you okay with another action-comedy hybrid? Does the thought of another Marvel described as “funny” make you gag? Sound off!
SOURCE: Entertainment Tonight