Edgar Wright surprises Comic-Con with 1st Ant-Man test footage

It's been in development for five years, but that Ant-Man movie that Marvel's been threatening to make just edged a little closer to reality.

That's because director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), who's been working on the script all this time, showed up at the Marvel panel in Hall H at Comic-Con after fibbing on Twitter all day that he was in London. And no sooner did he sit down than he and Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige revealed that they had a test scene that Wright shot all cued up and ready to go.

The lights went down, the screen lit up, and there was Ant-Man! He starts out tiny, staring through an air-conditioning vent at two guards down a long hall, then slips through the vent and runs at them in full attack mode. Rapidly expanding to full size to lay punches on them, then zooming to insect size as their counterpunches flail helplessly at the air, our hero makes short work of the guards and vanishes through the door.

In one memorable moment, he shrinks and scrambles along the top of a gun barrel to give one of the guards a teeth-shattering knock in the mouth.

The footage was shot to see if the character—who was one of the original Avengers—could work on screen with both his costume (which looks pretty traditional) and with the fast-paced shrinking effects. We weren't totally sold on the idea of an Ant-Man movie, but this little demo went a long way toward making us believe it could work.

The only thing is, Wright and Feige don't have a start date for production or a cast, and with Wright about to start making The World's End, we should not expect to see Ant-Man until at least 2015.

What do you think—is that too long to wait? Should they just put him straight into Avengers 2 instead?

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