The Ants Go Marching and Will F*ck You Up
I haven't actually started the second draft yet -- I'm not going to be able to until this film [Scott Pilgrim] is out -- but what we wrote for the first draft, and what Marvel really liked, is that it's funny, but it's a genre film. It's about the level of comedy that Iron Man has. The idea is to make a high-concept genre film where it's within another genre. His suit and its power is the big gadget and it takes place in the real world. I just wanted to do something that was slightly different than the superhero origin film. I felt that between that and the various mad scientist, crazy doctor films that we've all seen, this would be a way into an origin that was slightly different. I'm not really a multi-tasker -- I haven't done anything since Marvel liked our first draft.
"The level of comedy that Iron Man has" is good news -- I was a little worried that it would end up a bit too silly, and I'm also glad to see the gadget aspect of it emphasized. In the end Henry Pym is a goddamn genius, one of the smartest men on Earth, and that's an aspect that shouldn't be neglected. No cast has been announced yet, though I'll join in the chorus of folks who would love to see Nathan Fillion as the lead. Also, I've no idea whether or not the script will have Janet Pym, aka The Wasp, as his wife, and whether or not it'll have the Ultimates take on him as a wife-abuser as well. I'm guessing maybe on the former, probably not on the latter.