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Wright, Pegg, and Frost Talk About Marvel and ‘Ant-Man’

Edgaw-Wright-comic-con-thumbIn a recent sit-down with SFX, the trio behind “The Cornetto Trilogy” (Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End) got together to discuss Marvel and Ant-Man. The director of those films, Edgar Wright, is now at the helm of Ant-Man, which he’s had in-the-works for 7 years now. The other two funny men mainly chimed in regarding whether or not they’ll be involved, in one capacity or another, since they’re all so associated with one another.

Simon Pegg says it’s unlikely he’ll have anything to do with Wright’s foray into the Marvel Universe. “If I was Edgar, I wouldn’t cast me in Ant-Man, because I think he obviously has to spread his wings as a director and be seen not to just come with me as a package. Same with Nick. We need to do things separately so we don’t ultimately get seen as coming as a double act,“ said the busy British thesp. “You know, Ant-Man would be enormous fun to be in, but I think Ant-Man himself has to be a lot younger than me for a start. And there probably isn’t a part for me. If Edgar asked me, I’d think about it. But as his friend and his lawyer, I would advise strongly against asking me.

While Nick Frost probably agrees with Pegg, he does jokingly decide which Marvel character he’d be best suited for. After jokingly stating that he’d be a great Ben Grimm for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, he sheds some light on his love of comic books: “I loved Judge Dredd as a kid. And I collected it like mad. I had hundreds and hundreds of copies. And then when I was 18, I went away, went to live abroad for two years, and when I came back, I found that my mum had cleared my room, and those hundreds of copies had gone. And I think at that point, my love of that ended for a while until I was in my late twenties.” Frost continued, Now I have a lovely, lovely big office at home, full of lovely graphic novels. And my son can never touch those. I think that was the last thing I shouted to my wife as I left home, ‘Don’t let him touch anything in my office.’ Like a big kid.”

Wright then covers a few different Ant-Man topics including the PG-13 rating, how connected it will be to the rest of the Marvel films, and how comedy-centric the script will be.

On the PG-13 rating:

“It’s a challenge to do. Shaun and Hot Fuzz and World’s End are all R-rated films. I like the challenge of making a PG-13 film. Because you’ve got to entertain in a different way. You don’t have the same tools.”

On how the Marvel films mirror the comic books, in terms of connectivity:

“I think they do stand alone. I think that’s what’s kind of clever about the movies, is that they work sort of like the comic books. They’re standalone stories, and there are elements that link them. But I think that’s what makes The Avengers the treat that it is – it’s bringing six disparate characters together.”

Regarding how much humor he’s put into the script he’s been crafting for so many years:

“I think it would be as funny as the other Marvel movies that have come out.”

Ant-Man is due in theaters on July 31, 2015.


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