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Does The Avengers’ success herald an imminent Ant-Man movie?

The above image comes courtesy of director Edgar Wright’s Twitter feed. It appeared earlier today alongside the words, “Received this in the mail. What can it mean?” Though we have yet to hear any official confirmation, the image has given hope to the legions of Marvel fanboys around the ‘net who have long been praying for a film based on Hank Pym’s insect-themed alter ego.

Wright, who is most famous for directing Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, has been working on an Ant-Man movie for years now, almost since Marvel Studios began its campaign to bring the company’s various heroes to the silver screen. Given the character’s relatively low notoriety however, it never seemed all that likely that the movie would actually be put into production — at least not before The Avengers managed pull down over $200 million in the course of a single weekend.

Now, with Marvel Studios flush with cash and likely eager to greenlight as many superhero flicks as possible, it does seem far more likely that Wright’s film might see the light of day. Wright himself is being rather coy about the possibility — that single tweet is all he’s said so far — but in the past he has expressed great personal interest in the character, so one would imagine that he’s quite excited by The Avengers’ box office returns and what it might mean for his future film making plans.

Oh, and for those of you unfamiliar with Ant-Man, we recommend reading up on the character on the official Marvel database. Short version: He’s a brilliant scientist who discovers particles that allow him to change size. Most frequently he uses this to shrink down to the size of an ant (hence the name), but he’s also used these “Pym Particles” to make himself gigantic. That said, most comic book readers remember Hank Pym best for his tendency to beat his wife Janet Van Dyne (aka The Wasp), or that one time he went crazy, started calling himself “Yellowjacket,” and was a jerk to basically everyone he came into contact with.