Marvel Studios is about ready to close out its “Phase Two” of films. After kicking things off in grand, billion-dollar fashion with Iron Man 3 in 2013, and releasing another blockbuster Avengers film in May, the finale of this current phase of film releases rests upon a more quirky entry in their cinematic universe. It looks, though, that the new film might pay off pretty well.
According to THR, Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man is tracking for a pretty impressive $65 million opening, a solid number considering the film’s status as a new potential franchise for one of Marvel’s least well-known characters. Similarly, though, to how Guardians of the Galaxy had little recognition outside of the Marvel logos on the poster, the studio could be looking at another solid hit on its hands when the film opens later this month. While Guardians didn’t have much recognition in general audiences initially, positive word-of-mouth and solid reviews eventually propelled it to a $94.3 million domestic opening.
It’s not expected for Ant-Man to open similarly to Guardians, but analysts expect it to come in on “the high end” of its current $55-65 million tracking trend. With a more blatant reliance on comedy — personified by lead actor Paul Rudd’s casting — Ant-Man looks to be going for a becoming a different kind of superhero film. Where other Marvel Studios offerings feature humor to varying degrees, Ant-Man looks like it’ll be moving it closer to the center of this particular story.
Developed off and on since at least 2006 by writer-director Edgar Wright, Wright left the Ant-Man project last year due to “creative differences” with the studio. Still, people who have already seen the film — like Guardians director James Gunn — have stated that Wright’s “spirit” is still felt in the final product, as the screenplay is still based upon the story that the director developed before his departure. As previously reported, Scott Lang has already secured at least one more appearance in the MCU, as he will be appearing in next year’s Captain America: Civil War alongside other established heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, and War Machine.
Ant-Man opens nationwide on July 17th. Check out a special “news report” created for the film linking Scott Lang to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe below.
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