If you were lucky to attend the 2012 San Diego Comic Con, they you may have been one of the few lucky ones to see a test reel of the upcoming Marvel Comics movie, Ant Man which will be directed by Edgar Wright who gained major nerd credibility for bringing Scott Pilgrim VS. the World to the big screen.
One artist in the SDCC crowd with an amazing memory, story boarded out the entire scene and posted it on YouTube. This was the only thing on the internet that really showcased how cool an Ant-Man movie might be. Now some people were calling the footage a teaser trailer, but it was actually a concept trailer used by someone pitching a movie to studio executives to showcase various costumes, special FX and GCI. Check it out below.
For those unable to attend SDCC, the footage was once again shown to the public at a London The Best of BUG event on March 19th, 2013. Someone with a cell phone camera recorded the footage and posted it on YouTube. Faster than the Genie from Aladdin can grant a wish, the people over at Disney (parent company of Marvel Comics) took all the videos down due to copyright infringement. I was able to watch the video and I can say that the artist’s rendering from the above video is pretty accurate, but before it was taken down, I was able to collect a few screenshots. So if you watched the video above, you’ll be able to follow along with the action. Bear in mind that the quality is not the greatest, but you get a great glimpse of what Edgar Wright is possibly intending to do.
(UPDATE) found an animated gif that shows all the action in color.
Here is the breakdown:
Dr. Hank Pym, aka Ant-Man has infiltrated some sort of headquarters. Unknown if this is S.H.I.E.L.D. or some random bad guys. You see Hank sneaking in the air ducts.
Oh wait, the bad guys guarding the door are the Men in Black. I wonder if Will Smith will be in this movie.
Still in his shrunken form, Hank leaps from the air vent.
Hank lands on his feet. This is the first real big glimpse of the costume. Notice, unlike the comic, his helmet completely covers his face. This may be only because an actor has not yet been cast.
Hank runs his tiny little legs down the hallway.
The Guards don’t see anything. Maybe they shouldn’t wear sunglasses inside.
“Hey Bob, did you catch last night game? I can’t believe the Yankees won the Stanley Cup by kicking that field goal.”
With a flash of light, Hank grows to normal size in an instant. This may be a fantastic tactic to stun would be foes like a flash grenade.
Hank is now large and in charge.
The bad guys draw their guns.
To avoid getting shot, Hank begins his transformation back to being mini-Hank.
The whole camera zoom in of the transformation was in slow motion to show the world enlarging.
Hank is now jumped onto the barrel of the gun running towards the bad guys.
See that little black dot to the left? That’s Hank. This really shows size perspective.
Ka-Plow! Hank punches the guard with the same strength of being large. I guess ants really are super strong.
The guard falls back and hits the elevator call button.
The other guard is caught off guard and his buddy is now on the floor.
Hank bounces off the first guard, rebounds off the wall and punched the second guard in the chest.
Hank isn’t done with bad guy #2. He grabs his tie and leaps over his shoulder.
Now on the guard’s back, Hank starts to transform back into large size amongst a flash of light.
Another shot of Hank growing behind the guards back,
Now back to regular size, Hank does a Kung Fu flip move on Guard #2.
The guard is sent flying towards the window.
Glass shattering all over the place as the guard crashes through.
Hank stands up and admires his handy work. You get a really good look at the back of the helmet.
Hank then turns his head as the elevator dings to signal the doors opening.
The elevator is empty.
Hank exits the hallway into the elevator.
Hank pushes the button of the elevator. It’s unknown what floor he is going to. We can all assume up since bad guy masterminds have their offices on the top floor.
As the elevator doors close, another flash of light and Hank disappears.
Ant-Man is scheduled to hit theaters November 6, 2015. The screenplay will be written by Joe Cornish who penned Attack the Block and The Adventures of Tin Tin and based on the character created by the legendary Jack Kirby.
So what do you think? Are you excited to see an Ant-Man movie hit the big screen? What do you think of the costume? Can Disney, Marvel and Edgar Wright do the character justice? Let us know in the comments below what you think.