Edgar Wright Teases Ant-Man Movie, Sets Start Date for The World’s End

Although Edgar Wright’s feature film directorial career got off to a great start with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, it was Scott Pilgrim vs. The World that arguably proved his talent as a groundbreaking, cutting edge filmmaker. Unfortunately, the movie did not end up being the blockbuster everyone thought it would be, making just $47 million worldwide and leaving many people to wonder what he would do next. He still has two other potential tentpole flicks on the horizon, one being Marvel’s Ant-Man, and the other being The Night Stalker starring Johnny Depp. Before he gets to either of those, however, it sounds like he may finish off the loose trilogy that he started with his pals Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their apocalyptic sci-fi comedy The World’s End now has a completed script and a production start date has been set. The official plot synopsis is as follows:

“20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.”

Although the movie doesn’t officially have a greenlight yet from Universal, they are planning to start shooting this September and are hoping to have it in theatres for the following spring. This is obviously pretty exciting news for fans of Wright’s previous films, as it seems very likely that this will be his next movie. However, there is also the matter of that long-rumoured Ant-Man movie.

After the success of The Avengers this past weekend, Wright posted a mysterious photo on Twitter with the caption, “Received this in the mail. What can it mean?” Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige recently said that an Ant-Man movie was “closer than ever.” Will we see the character make an appearance in another upcoming Marvel movie? Could they be planning a short film based on Ant-Man? No one knows for sure. Can you see Ant-Man fitting into the current Marvel Universe? Which Edgar Wright film are you most looking forward to?

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