The release of the first trailer this week for Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” was met with a mixed response, the trailer itself has come under fire for being “generic as hell” with a muddled tone and poor editing. In fact, some fan-made recuts have already gone online on Youtube, many of which play better than the official version.
Nevertheless, the studio is pushing forward with a big promo push for the movie this week. There’s some new photos, and an extensive new feature piece from EW.
One thing that has been explained is the screenplay credits. Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish have scored ‘story by’ credits, while Paul Rudd and Adam McKay get ‘screenplay by’ credits. Rudd tells the mag that despite Wright’s departure, his influence can still be felt regarding the material: “The bones of it is really Edgar and Joe. It’s been an emotional roller coaster, but I’m very excited now.”
In the same piece, director Peyton Reed says the origin of Rudd’s Scott Lang character follows the comics. We first meet Lang when he’s in prison for stealing from the CEO of a company that was stealing from its employees: “There’s a prison fight and you’ve got to buy Paul in that role,” says Reed. Lang longs to go straight – he has a young daughter he wants to build a relationship with – but when he leaves the big house, he ends up nabbing Pym’s Ant-Man suit. Was he set up? There might be stuff going on that Scott doesn’t know about that’s a lot bigger than him.”
Corey Stoll talks about his role as the film’s villain Darren Cross, who becomes ‘Yellowjacket’. Stoll says “[Darren Cross] was this child prodigy that Hank Pym nurtured. He started to become aware of this fabled technology that can shrink people to half an inch. Now he’s discovered his own version of that technology-which has a psychotic effect on people if they use it too much.”