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5. Edgar Wright: Genre Chameleon
"Ant-Man's" existence has teased fans since Edgar Wright took the stage at Comic-Con International in 2006. Many were surprised that Wright's choice of character wasn't one of Marvel's bigger guns, but it was clear that "Ant-Man" was Wright's passion project. The director confessed that his favorite comic growing up was David Michelinie and John Byrne's "Marvel Premiere" #47, one of the first issues to heavily feature Scott Lang. According to the then up-and-coming director, the book spun him into a world where the coolest thing possible that can happen to a person would be to achieve the freedom of being small. Really, really small.
Fast forward eight years, and Wright still carries the same love and respect for the character as he did back in 2006. Whether it's "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," "The World's End" or "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," it's clear that when Wright chooses a project, he throws himself into it completely, delivering a deft exploration and intensely clever parody of the genre's pacing and tropes. The fact that Wright has turned his loving attention to an established superhero should be an exciting prospect for Marvel fans. Just look at his track record: With "Shaun of the Dead," Wright delivered a loving horror parody which doubled as a rather intense and effective horror film layered within the send-up of the genre. "Hot Fuzz" took on the genre of action cop films in a similar fashion, while "The World's End" mixed laughter with an examination of the intricacies of the modern science fiction movie. It's anyone's guess what he's got planned for superheroes in "Ant-Man," but one thing seems to be a sure bet -- Wright will give it his all.
Plus, Ant-Man's rogues gallery is perfect for Wright's unique sensibilities. Imagine the director having a go at villains like Egghead, the Porcupine, Whirlwind or -- dare we dream -- the Scarlet Beetle. Wright is one of the great visionary modern filmmakers with a narrative voice wholly his own. His passion for a project like "Ant-Man" creates the prospect that we're going to get a very special film.