The Marvel Presentation at Comic-Con

The Marvel Entertainment movie team of Kevin Feige, Ari Arad and Avi Arad invited three directors of upcoming Marvel projects – Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man – to share some details about the highly anticipated projects with attendees at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.

Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”) talked about his ideas for Ant-Man. He said he is still in the very early stages of the first draft of the script for the film, but he already has plans to use both Henry Pym and Scott Lang, and is approaching the project as an action/adventure, not a spoof.

“Obviously it will be a real special effects bonanza and that is what attracted me to it,” said Wright. “The idea of Ant-Man is basically – how kick ass it would be small.”

Wright added that he didn’t think there would be a super-villain in the movie, nor would there be any Avengers involvement.

Newly named The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier (the “Transporter” films, “Unleashed”) told attendees that his vision for Hulk would still focus on Bruce Banner’s hate for the monster inside him and carry a tone closer to that of the television show. Ari Arad added that the new film would focus more on the Hulk as hero theme.

“This is Marvel’s horror movie,” said Leterrier “It’s Frankenstein meets Jekyll and Hyde with a little bit of Edward Scissorhands.”

As for characters returning from the first film, Leterrier confirmed that General Ross will be there. Avi Arad addded that filming will start in April, 2007.

Actor-director Jon Favreau (“Elf,” “Zathura”), who will helm Iron Man, said he is approaching the project as a series of films and looks to be sticking with an origin tale initially. He shared his thoughts on the version of the Iron Man suit Tony Stark will bring to life. Initially, it will be the gray metal suit, since he builds it as a prisoner of war. The more modern red and yellow suit will appear in the film and Favreau aims to make it more of a RoboCop-type feel instead of a Power Ranger-style suit.

“The suit will be more like a weapons platform than a flying suit – more of a War Machine-feel to it,” said Favreau.

Iron Man is slated to hit the silver screen on May 2, 2008.

Source: Blake Wright, Advanced Dark