Marvel has been very strict about its plan to only release two movies a year, but there could be one project that makes the studio change its mind: Ant-Man.
While they were at Comic-Con, Collider had a chance to sit down with Marvel co-president and Item 47 director Louis D’Esposito about the studio’s upcoming film slate. For some context, Edgar Wright had just premiered “Ant-Man” test footage to an impressed audience hours before, though the movie isn’t officially confirmed as having a release date yet. With Wright gearing up to shoot “The World’s End” next, Collider asked D’Esposito where “Ant-Man” could potentially fit in the movie universe. Read his response after the jump.
“That might be an opportunity where we do a third film, depending on his schedule when he finishes ‘World’s End,’” D’Esposito said. “But he’s such a competent filmmaker; the script is in great shape. The test will prove a lot of things on the visual effects front: how do we handle the shrinking, obviously, and the scale issues, because when he’s small he’s a half-inch. So we’re gonna work that out, maybe that’s when we do a third film.”
That’s interesting to say the least, especially since that slots “Ant-Man” in to a potential 2014 release date. But D’Esposito continued to elaborate the potential plan for upcoming Marvel movies. He said that Marvel might squeeze out more low-budget movies based on lesser-known characters from their comic book catalogue to add to their planned two-movies-a-year release schedule. That way more characters are fleshed out without needing to be put front and center in big budget films like Iron Man or Captain America. Perhaps that’s the best way to bring a shrinking superhero like Ant-Man to the big-screen.