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Simon Pegg Teases A Role In A Marvel Movie. Internet Loses Its Blob.

By Joanna Robinson | Miscellaneous | August 15, 2013 | Comments ()


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Simon Pegg posted a few adorable photos of his trip to Marvel today. Any one of us can appreciate the following:

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But then Pegg, cheeky monkey that he is, posted the following:
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For the uninitiated, that’s Ant-Man that Pegg is subtly gesturing to. Now it’s already common knowledge that Edgar Wright will be directing the forthcoming Ant-Man film. And, to add fuel to that film nerd fire, Joe Cornish (Attack The Block) will be penning the script. So it’s going to be a geekstravaganza. And, of course, as soon as Wright’s name was mentioned as director, Pegg’s name was dropped as a would-be star. And, if we feel like being conspiracy theorists, that’s what Simon’s little winking gesture confirms. However, Pegg is on record as saying the following:

“I don’t know - I don’t think I’d want to play Ant-Man. I think it would be more fun to play a villain in that thing. I’d like to play a villain. But no, they’re going to want some good-looking young American. That’s a Marvel movie - funny-looking British actors don’t play a big part in that unless they’re bad.”

I don’t know, what do you think, could this funny-looking Brit pull it off?

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  • Flexo

    Went to a QnA for 'The World's End' and Simon, Nick and Edgar announced in a sort of exclusivey tone that the next film they were doing was a superhero-ish one, and dropped some cheekily pun-like insect superhero names. It was certainly NOT Antman though. However it just felt like fun misdirection. So, it'll probably be Antman.
    Also, Simon Pegg is charm on toast, and I want to share a beanbag with Nick Frost's sense of humour.

  • John W

    I love that Marvel is going around hiring all the cool talent before DC can hire them. It's like an arms race with Actors and Directors.

  • cgthegeek

    Is he calling Tom Hiddleston funny-looking? ;-)

  • Guest

    “I don’t know - I don’t think I’d want to play Ant-Man. I think it would be more fun to play a villain in that thing. I’d like to play a villain. But no, they’re going to want some good-looking young American. That’s a Marvel movie - funny-looking British actors don’t play a big part in that unless they’re bad.”

    They are a minority and like every other minority really don't have a place in Hollywood's Marvel or DC.

  • John G.

    Is it even physically possible to dislike Simon Pegg?

  • PDamian

    I'm so proud to say I included Simon Pegg in my Pajiba 10. That man is too adorable.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I hope he plays Ant-Man's arch-nemesis, Sunday Picnic.

  • melissa82

    That's just how Giant Shoe gets Ant-Man to show up.

  • George Tarleton

    When I saw the face he was making in the header, I was like, "holy shit, he's going to play Beta Ray Bill?!"

  • BlackRabbit

    They're already in talks with Sarah Jessica Parker, sorry.

  • firedmyass

    Wow! Slam on Beta Ray Bill outta nowhere...

  • BlackRabbit

    He's been....Thunderstruck!

  • Ruben

    I woulnd't mind seeng him as Ant-Man, but my first thought when I read the title was "OMG I wish Marvel cast him as the voice of Rocket Raccoon"

  • Ruben

    wouldn't

  • Enrique del Castillo

    Why choose a funny guy like Edgar Wright to direct Antman and then choose the more boring Antman as the title character? Anyway, I'd love to see Simon Pegg in any kind of role more often.

  • saltydog

    Antman is awesome

  • Enrique del Castillo

    Yeah, just not Hank Pym as Antman

  • The tweets that followed are hilarious.

    "Oh wait, I fucked up that hashtag. It was supposed to be #iamnotantman"

    "I am however going to play Antnan, a film about the adventures of a tiny grandmother. #iamantnan"

    He's a delight.

  • Anne At Large

    Apparently I need to get on the Twitters for this. I have not laughed that much all day (long day).

  • Snath

    Hmmm. I have a feeling he won't be Pym, but a supporting role or, like he seems to suggest, a villain would be pretty awesome. What villain would he play, though?

    *runs off to peruse the Ant-Man rogue's gallery*

  • Leland Eidson

    I'm pretty sure the movie is going to focus on the Scott Lang Ant-Man. I do really hope Pym is in the movie somewhere though. At bear minimum I want to be hearing about some "Pym Particles"

  • Snath

    According to Wikipedia (always 100% reliable), it will involve both Pym and Lang. Since it's coming out after Age of Ultron, and there are three other films to work in cameos, I'm betting Pym will be known somewhat already, then Lang comes and steals the stuff, etc?

  • Batesian

    I could see Pegg as Pym as a mentor-ish Doc Brown, with someone else as a Marty McFly-ish Scott Lang.* Or Bruce Wayne/Terry McGinnis, if you don't like time-travel movie analogies.

    Likewise, if Stark is the one who creates Ultron, wish they'd still have Pym involved somehow. Could do a cameo which leads into the Ant-Man movie.

    *Say, Jay Baruchel; fits the mold of other Marvel movie heroes -- quirky but with dramatic chops. With Anna Kendrick as the Wasp, because reasons.

  • Pat C

    The Scarlet Beetle !

  • Arran

    He went on to say

    "FFS the Internet, all I did was point at the central character in my dear friend's next movie, because I'm excited for him."

    BUT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU'D EXPECT HIM TO SAY

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