Late last week, Marvel announced that Edgar Wright would no longer be directing 'Ant-Man,' a film he had been working on since 2006. The news is still shocking a few days later, and as we attempt to reassess the current status of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some of the directors currently working in that universe, plus Wright himself, have expressed their opinions on the split.
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Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' took a break from its usual Tuesday airing to bring us 'Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe,' ABC's TV special recounting the tale of the comic movie studio's journey through the first 'Iron Man' to the impending 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and beyond! Want to know what we saw from the future of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy, 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron,' 'Ant-Man' and the rest of Phase 3?
As ABC plans to premiere a new hourlong special diving deeper into the Marvel Cinematic Universe than ever before, the studio continues bulking up its properties. Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' is the latest to make some major additions to its cast as the studio is currently in negotiations with 'The Conjuring' (and 'The Conjuring 2') star Patrick Wilson, along with the now confirmed talks with Michael Pena.
Warner Brothers recently shuffled their release dates when 'Batman Vs. Superman' was moved into 2016 and 'Pan' was put into the date the Zack Snyder film had previously claimed. Marvel, perhaps sensing that an updated version of 'Peter Pan' is no direct competition, has now moved Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' up to July 17, 2015.
Just when you though the cast of Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' couldn't cooler, they go ahead and throw Michael Pena into the mix. While he may not be as big of a name as co-stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, Pena is certainly no slouch, having turned in tremendous performances in in comedies and dramas. In other words, he's the exact kind of charming personality that Marvel likes to put in their movies.