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Peyton Reed to direct “Ant-Man”; Marvel releases film synopsis


Payton Reed, shown here with Kirsten Dunst during the filming of “Bring it On,” will be the new director of Marvel’s “Ant-Man.”

Two weeks after Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, Marvel has (finally) found his replacement.

On Saturday, the news broke that Peyton Reed, director of movies such as Yes Man, Bring it On, and The Break-Up, will fill the vacant directing spot that was vacated by Wright. Wright left the film at the end of May over creative differences with Marvel after president Kevin Fiege ordered re-writes of the script without consulting Wright.

Marvel also hired screenwriter Adam McKay (Saturday Night Live, Anchorman, Step-Brothers, Talladega Nights) to revise the script, yet again.

The hiring of Reed and McKay is an intriguing move by Marvel; When Edgar Wright left, it was reported that Marvel was worried about the tone of Ant-Man being too quirky for their comfort and were taking a risk of going too far outside of the box. They reportedly felt they were taking a risk with Guardians of the Galaxy and that they wanted to return to their comfort zone for Ant-Man.

That brings up the question: if Marvel was worried about Guardians going outside their comfort zone with Wright, what makes the comedy heavy backgrounds of Reed and McKay so much safer? Even Paul Rudd, who will play Scott Lang/Ant-Man, is known for his comedic turns, implying this will be a superhero film that could rely heavily on tongue-in-cheek humor.

Lost among the news is that Marvel released a brief synopsis of what the film will be about on their official website:

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.

Marvel still plans to release Ant-Man on July 17, 2015.

What do you make of the news? Is Marvel taking a big risk with all these changes and not budging on the release date? Do you think Ant-Man will be better than the news has reported or will it be the worst Marvel movie made? Sound off in the comment section below.

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