At today's Iron Man 3 panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International, Marvel Studios officially announced Ant Man, the forthcoming superhero film by Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright.
Wright has been working on Ant Man in fits and spurts for years, but it's taken off recently in a big way, with a series of tweets hinting at the filmmaker's plans for the project. In June, it was reported that he had completed filming on a test reel for the movie, as proof of concept for the film's special effects.
"I'm taking the Terrence Malick approach to super heroes," he says about his slow progress on Ant-Man, before they showed a packed house at Hall H in San Diego the test footage that everyone has been talking about for weeks.
The costume for the film covers the character's face completely, meaning that it's unclear yet who the lead actor is. It actually looks a bit like the suit in Robert Kirkman's Irredeemable Ant-Man, a fan favorite.
Fans had been speculating that Firefly and Castle star Nathan Fillion might be tapped to star in the movie for quite some time, and many were hoping they might hear that announcement at Comic-Con given the presence of the test reel. Fillion was on-hand at the show, in spite of the lack of a Castle panel, nominally to appear at the tenth anniversary panel for Firefly, alongside Avengers director Joss Whedon and the rest of the series' cast.
Casting isn't set yet, but Wright says, "He's going to kick your ass one inch at a time."
While it's not yet clear what the film will be about, speculation was fueled last month when Bleeding Cool reported that producers for the film in the U.K. were looking for vintage Ant-Man comics featuring a device called the "echo time locator," a device that nobody can seem to find any information about.
Director Wright is also in pre-production on The World's End, the final instalment of his "Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy" (also known as the "Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy"), of which the first pair of films are Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.