After all the speculation and navel gazing that followed Edgar Wright's exit from Ant-Man, things seem to be finally happening with the movie.
We recently got our first set images, and they show Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, looking quite the part as a petty criminal and burglar, who as we know will eventually break into the house of the original Ant-Man Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas) steak the Ant-Man suit, and become the hero.
With some of the other recent Marvel movies, we have seen quite a bit of inter-movie crossover. Think of the role Black Widow played in [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973), for example.
In [Ant-Man](movie:9048), however, this is unlikely. Not only is it perhaps better to keep things simple for the first movie of a new hero, but Marvel boss Kevin Feige has spoken about one of Marvel's strengths being their ability to make different and distinct types of movies within the same universe.
Speaking about the two Captain America movies, Feige said:
the first film was a Marvel superhero origin story masquerading as a World War II propaganda movie, this is a Marvel superhero sequel masquerading as a seventies political thriller.
So if each Marvel movie fits loosely into a "type" what type of film will Ant-Man be?
Ant-Man: The Heist Is On
Edgar Wright originally pitched Ant-Man to Marvel as a "Heist" movie, and it was allegedly his straying from that formula which led to his parting ways with the project.
The heist movie is a great format: where an impossible task is overcome with planning and skill and a detailed criminal operation is (usually) successfully pulled off, often with a spectacular set piece coming towards the end of the film. Movies in this genre include classics such as The Italian Job, The Killing and Ocean's Eleven.
So what sort of heist could we see for Ant-Man? Well over the years Ant-Man has used his shrinking ability to get into all sorts of high-security places, including stealing plans for Iron Man during the Armor Wars.
As what where he'll be breaking into this time, we'll just have to wait and see.
Hulk and Ant-Man: Crossover potential?
While we may not see any of the heroes we already know from the MCU in this movie, Ant-Man is going to be positioned firmly within the Marvel Universe. And as if to confirm this, the recently leaked set photos showed Paul Rudd walking down a street, past a poster of those same bright green drinks we last saw in The Incredible Hulk.
Does this mean that we might see Bruce Banner in Ant-Man? Or are Marvel simply showing that all these stories are happening in the same universe? Have your say below the line!