Saturday, June 7, 2014

Has Marvel Found Their Ant-Man Yes Man in Peyton Reed?

The long and winding road that has been the making of Ant-Man might be about to take another turn. According to a report from The Wrap's Jeff Sneider, Marvel may be targeting director Peyton Reed to take over the film.

Though he is certainly not the only name on Marvel's list of replacements (The Hollywood Reporter says that Role Models director David Wain is also in contention) for Edgar Wright, it seems that, as of now, Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Yes Man) is at the head of the pack.

 Wain and Reed have both helmed very successful films before, however, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel is most interested in finding someone who can successfully work with the film's existing talent which was cast by Edgar Wright. In that case, Wain may have the upper-hand as he has frequently collaborated with Ant-Man star Paul Rudd. Don't discount Reed, however, as he has past experience on a superhero property: he was set for Fox's Fantastic Four before Tim Story stepped in and ruined the franchise.

At this point it seems Marvel is intent on making this film and that leads me to believe that there is something about it that drives the further narrative of the MCU. I can't argue that the thought of Rudd, my favorite comedic actor, in the MCU is a glorious one nor will I argue being forced to look at Evangeline Lilly. Interestingly, while most people have Lilly tabbed as Janet Van Dyne, it doesn't appear that is who she's lined up to play. Once a director is named and filming begins next month, we'll start to learn more about just who is playing who and see if things don't make a little more sense.

In the meantime, why don't you listen to what Michael Douglas tell you how awesome Edgar Wright is?