Marvel Studios Begin Production on “Ant Man”!

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Well it’s official. After many stops and starts that included one of the longest development processes for one of their films, the House of Ideas has finally put Ant Man in front of the camera. Marvel sent out a full press release today marking the beginning of principal photography in San Francisco and as I sit here I’m not entirely sure how to feel. This time last year we were almost certain Guardians of the Galaxy couldn’t possibly keep the magic alive for Marvel Studios.

But Ant Man still feels a little tenuous. I’m really not sure how I feel about Payton Reed in the director’s seat, especially after one of the most visually gifted and dynamic directors in modern cinema, Edgar Wright walked off the project thanks to differences with the script. Yet, we have some stunning casting in Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym so I’m definitely hooked into the project, and let’s all be honest we’ll be seeing this bad boy post Avengers: Age of Ultron.

I’m just not sure if it’ll make the boatloads of cash, previous Marvel Studios efforts have. I guess we’ll find out next July.

For now the official plot synopsis that Marvel sent out today seems quite tantalizing:

Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym…

Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the upcoming Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

 

Oops I lied, still a bunch of stuff we already knew. In any event,  I eagerly await those first set photos, and a little more information about how Yellojacket (Corey Stoll) fits into all this.