Marvel Studios has no shortage of projects in various stages of development, although Ant-Man has been stuck in development longer than the rest. This long-awaited project may finally be moving forward, though, with news that director Edgar Wright filmed a test reel earlier this month.

The story centers on Hank Pym, a scientist who devised a way to shrink his size and control an army of ants with a special helmet he constructed. Last month, the writer-director said he hopes to shoot this superhero movie sometime next year, after he wraps on The World's End with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The filmmaker co-wrote the Ant-Man screenplay with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).

These early reels are often used to gauge a response from the studio, about a filmmaker's style or the overall look of a particular project. Directors such as Zack Snyder (300), Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles), and Guillermo del Toro (At the Mountains of Madness) made similar reels to help their projects get the green light.

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We'll have to wait and see if Edgar Wright's reel will lead to the new Ant-Man feature.