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One month ago, Marvel unveiled a spectacular sizzle reel designed to preview their entire Phase 2 lineup. Within that reel was the test footage for Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man,' the footage that premiered at last year's San Diego Comic-Con. We'd been hearing about this film for a while, but the appearance of the test footage in the sizzle reel finally made its theretofore nebulous release a little more concrete. However, the wheels have continued to turn very slowly on this production, and today brings some rather unfortunate news. In a recent interview with Marvel producing magnate Kevin Feige, it was revealed that Wright's script is headed back to the drawing board...
"Frankly, now we have to re-write it to put it a little bit more into the [Marvel Cinematic Universe] because it was written before it existed."
It should be noted that there was no mention of this rewrite affecting the proposed production start date next year. Perhaps I'm overestimating the time it take to write, or rather rewrite, the screenplay for a film introducing a superhero to the general public, but I have a hard time believing that this movie is still going to get started on time and therefore definitively be included in the Phase 2 lineup. They haven't cast a single character yet, which I guess makes sense considering they don't yet have a solid script. What keeps me hopeful is that the rewrite appears to be prompted by a desire to connect it more to the rest of the Marvel cinematic universe as opposed to the studio having issues with Wright's style. In fact, Feige mentions that he thinks Wright's original script did a great job of holding true to the comics and still putting a distinctive Edgar spin on it. Let's just hope this second pass doesn't ultimately delay proceedings.
What do you guys think? Do you think the 'Ant-Man' rewrite might end up pushing back the release date? How do you think they'll bring in more of the Marvel universe that might not have been in the original draft?