Kevin Feige Finally Opens Up About ‘Ant-Man’, Says ‘Doctor Strange’ is “Very, Very Important”

By June 20, 2014
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With all of the turmoil surrounding Ant-Man, we’ve heard people like Simon Pegg and Michael Douglas comment on what we might have seen with Edgar Wright’s vision of the film. But since the announcement that Wright was leaving, one man has been very quiet about this whole thing: Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.

That’s now changed, as Total Film caught up with Feige at CineEurope last week and managed to get him to comment not only on Ant-Man, but also on Doctor Strange, which recently found a director in Sinister helmer Scott Derrickson. There’s more in their full interview, but the important parts are below:

Ant-Man is still going to come out on 17 July [2015], we start filming this August. Edgar Wright, who I’ve known for many years, who wrote the draft with Joe Cornish – much of the movie will still be based very much on that draft and the DNA of what Edgar has created up to this point, but Peyton Reed has stepped in [to direct].

Adam McKay, a very good writer is reworking parts of the script – not the entirety of the script, but some of it – and it’s going to, we believe, come to life in the best version of Ant-Man that we could possibly make. Again Ant-Man is a very important character for us. We like that people don’t necessarily know what it is, we like that it sounds sort of strange when you first hear the notion of Ant-Man, or a hero that can shrink, but he’s a very key Marvel character: he’s a key Avenger. He’s an important character we want to bring into our universe and Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and an amazing cast all set to start in August, we believe that we’re on the road to the best version of Ant-Man that we could have.

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I think most people will agree that the best version of Ant-Man probably would have been the one that Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish spent eight years working on if Wright was allowed to see it through, but we’ll let that slide. Here’s what Feige had to say about Doctor Strange, a project he’s personally been excited about for quite some time:

Scott Derrickson has been announced as the director. Doctor Strange is a character that I’ve been interested in for many, many years and that I’ve talked about in interviews for probably 14 years, because I believe it’s very, very important for us to explore every nook and cranny of the comic-book universe and we’ve done the street-level heroes, and we’ve done the billionaire superheroes [on Earth]. We’ve now done the cosmic side with Thor and Avengers and most obviously with Guardians, but there’s a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side – the interdimensional side of the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own.

So Strange is very, very important, not just because it’s an amazing character study, and a journey of a man who’s gone from this very arrogant surgeon to somebody who is quite zen and literally keeps all of reality together on a daily basis, but it also is going to open up a whole other side of storytelling for our movies. So we’re about to hire a writer to redo a draft, and we think we’ll be casting probably in the next month or two, and announcing an actor, and then we get into production in the spring of next year.

That writer he mentions is Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts, which we wrote about yesterday. Feige’s comments about Ant-Man go along with my speculation that Ant-Man will be an extremely important character moving forward in Phase 3 of the MCU (otherwise, they might have scrapped the film altogether), and though his take on Strange isn’t too different than what we’ve already heard him say in the past, it’s still interesting to see where he envisions the entire Marvel train going in the upcoming years. I suspect a lot of attention will be paid to how well Guardians of the Galaxy performs to see just how weird they’re willing to get with their live action movies.

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