Marvel, Move On From Ant-Man

It has been very well documented as of late that Marvel Studios is doing very well for themselves in creating a universe of films that connect together while also avoiding potential mistakes. They have done a very good job to this point introducing new characters alongside their current roster of characters that have felt both fresh, but not rushed into the overall plot. Everyone that follows what Marvel is doing also knows that two new characters will be introduced in The Avengers 2 in the form of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Then in Phase 3, Ant-Man and Doctor Strange will also be introduced in their own films. However, we the recent developments on their projects their plans might need some changing.


The Ant-Man project is due to shoot next week, it's cast is completely filled out, the script is ready and yet they do not have a director. Marvel's top choices have all folded on Ant-Man and many would even argue that Marvel's initial interest in the character was never as high as original director Edgar Wright's. With the time constraint of having to find the right director within a week before principal shooting on a film that is due to be the first film released after The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, it may be in their best interest to abandon the project or at the least push it back further. It is too much of a time constraint to expect a new director to come in with a solid vision as to how he wants to attack the script, while also wanting to put his own unique spin on it. Thus to avoid Marvel's first mistake, they should move up one of their other properties to fill in Ant-Man's void. That being said, it is still highly unlikely whichever film takes that spot would go on to release two months after Age of Ultron.

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange would be the most likely to fill in Ant-Man's ever changing shoes as it has just named it's director while casting rumors continue to come out for the titular role of Doctor Stephen Strange. In terms of connecting this film to the rest of the franchise, it is very simple considering how in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that Stephen Strange was mentioned as a potential risk to HYDRA. HYDRA also seems to be a threat in Avengers 2, headlined by Baron Von Strucker. The man would then have a face, but the plot elements that he brings along with him would also be a big draw for audiences as his origin story implements demons, sorcery and many different things that viewers have not seen yet in a Marvel movie. Due to how it can be viewed, technically, as a risk for a studio I am sure that they will want to cast a relative big name in the role as well. Jared Leto, Mads Mikkelsen, and Pedro Pascal have been rumored for the role. Check out the article in the link below to see why else I believe a Doctor Strange movie could work!

Black Panther

There has really not been a character that fans have clamored more for in the Marvel Cinematic Universe other then the prince of Wakanda, T'Challa who is more widely known as the Black Panther. Again, to keep that connective tissue between films, it may make much more sense to go with Black Panther on the heels of Avengers 2 seeing how that film is widely rumored to take place for sometime in South Africa and very close to Wakanda. More rumors have surfaced that Ultron's armor will be made of vibranium which can only be found in T'Challa's kingdom of Wakanda. That being said, it is very easy to see how Marvel and viewers could connect the dots as to how Black Panther would come off of the heels of Avengers 2. On top of the already high interest in the character and how he may connect or very well already be in Avengers 2 as a cameo role makes it potentially very good business for Marvel to go with Black Panther as the first movie to start their third phase of films. On top of it all, Avengers 2 is supposed to have another game changing ending, more so then Captain America: The Winter Soldier thus going the route of Doctor Strange or Black Panther could make more sense then the more grounded and comedic Ant-Man.

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Stevennix2001 2 years ago

Pretty good hub. Although I personally don't even think Ant Man will be released next year in light of what happened recently; even if they somehow manage to snag a new director within a week. The reality is a week gives a new director very little time to prepare, so I think what's most likely going to happen is that ant man will get pushed back to 2016.

i doubt marvel scraps it because they already filled out the cast, and spent so much time on pre production that i'm sure they'll just find another director. Plus, I think 2015 will be very similar to what happened during the year iron man 2 came out, where that was pretty much the only marvel film that was released that year; hence I think avengers 2 is going to have that same fate.

I do feel sorry for Edgar Wright though. I don't know if you read about what happened to him, but there's rumors going around that Disney didn't like his script, so they made a lot of changes to it. And allegedly, he didn't like the changes, so he walked out. Not sure how true that is, but I think if that is the case, then that means we'll never see Edgar Wright get a chance to take on a big budget film again, as he might've doomed himself to doing indie films for the rest of his career, since I can't imagine any other big name studio giving him another shot.

To be honest, Edgar Wright was the only reason I was looking forward to seeing ant man because he's not that interesting of a character if you ask me. With Wright attached to it, i was at least hoping that we would see something unique to the superhero genre, but now...I'm not sure what to make of it.

I think Marvel will survive though, as I think all they'll probably do is just hire another director, but I doubt it'll still make it's 2015 release, as that's kind of unrealistic; even if they somehow manage to find a new director tomorrow. I think the reality is ant man will get pushed back to 2016. You watch. In the coming months, I wouldn't be surprised if we hear some sort of announcement from marvel saying that it's being pushed back another year.

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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

I think that is exactly what happened with Edgar Wright, Marvel has a lot of control over a lot of their properties, which takes away from the creative input of the director. As for Ant-Man, they have already taken away his best storyline of creating Ultron. His only other big storyline was beating his wife, so how much could they do really with the character. I don't think they are scrapping their plans for it, but I think they do delay it and with Jared Leto being rumored for Doctor Strange as well as Scott Derrickson being named the director I could see that movie get a bump up to late 2015.

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Stevennix2001 2 years ago

Yeah, I think you might be right about the whole Dr. Strange thing, as that might explain why they suddenly announced a new director for it already. I think if "Dr. Strange" does come out next year, then it'll probably be like late 2015 around the holidays or something.

Although this kind of makes me wonder if this changes their plans going forward though, as i know captain america 3 is already planned to come out in 2016 along with some other marvel film, so does that mean they'll push back that other marvel film for ant man?

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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

i think the plan was for Strange to come out in 2016 with Cap 3 but they'll switch Ant-Man and Strange. Who knows, Black Panther could be in the mix too with all of the talk of Wakanda being in Avengers 2

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