"Finally." That's are the word we never thought we'd say in connection to a potential Ant-Man movie ten years ago, but today it sure as hell seems to apply. Edgar Wright's long development hell-located superhero movie from Marvel Studios (which has a pretty good track record by now) finally had something to show for itself at Comic Con 2012, when the director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World finally showed off some test footage for the thousands of fans who braved the comedically long lines to get into the mighty Marvel Studios panel. But although the film was kinda-sorta officially announced, there was no mention of when it would appear on the studio's production slate… until now.
Latino Review, which has a decent track record for this sort of thing, has announced that Marvel Studios is looking to start production of Ant-Man after Thor: The Dark World wraps production in early 2013, with an eye towards releasing sometime in 2014, a year when Marvel Studios also plans to release both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. This would also seem to increase the microscopic hero's chances of appearing in The Avengers 2, although there's no official comment to that effect yet.
Here's a question nobody seems keen to answer yet: what villain would Ant-Man fight, anyway? He doesn't have a long publication history outside of his role in the main Avengers series, and the only supervillain to whom Hank Pym is indelibly linked is the evil android Ultron, whom Pym personally invented. It would be monumentally cool to see Ultron on the big screen, but is he too big a bad guy to limit to a solo movie? For that matter, is he really big enough to deserve expansion to a future Avengers picture afterwards?
CraveOnline will be back with more Ant-Man news after we get out of marriage counseling.