The very first sneak peek at "Ant-Man" has been shared by director Edgar Wright, as production for the movie resumed in Los Angeles. The "Shaun of the Dead" helmer took to Twitter to upload a behind-the-scene picture from the filming location.
The photo shows a male figure from behind in an indoor setting. Wearing a suit complete with a helmet, he is standing on an elevated stage and slightly crouching. "Now I'm back in LA, it's high time to finish a little something I've been working on...," Wright wrote.
"Ant-Man" has been in development for a long time. Back in 2010, Wright said he and producer Kevin Feige were not rushing things. "Because that character isn't one of their biggest properties, it's not like a tentpole deadline," he said. "It's more like me and Kevin Feige saying, ... 'Let's make a good script that works.' "
Although he's "taking the Terrence Malick approach," it's about time the long-gestating project is moving forward. No cast has been officially announced, but the movie has set a release date. It was originally due in theaters November 6, 2015, but has been recently moved up to a crowded summer on July 31.
A test reel for the movie was first shown by the director at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2012. According to the description circulating on the internet, the video showed the Ant-Man dodging bullets by taking advantage of his power to change his size, and throwing some mean punches to take down his opponents.
Wright said his Ant-Man script was an origin story and it would not fit in the chronology of "The Avengers" although both were set in Marvel superhero cinematic universe. He explained to Collider, "It is pretty standalone in the way we're linking it to the others. I like to make it standalone because I think the premise of it needs time."
He added, "I want to put the crazy premise of it into a real world, which is why I think 'Iron Man' really works because it's a relatively simple universe; it's relatable. I definitely want to go into finding a streamlined format where you use the origin format to introduce the main character and further adventures can bring other people into it."