Devastating news as Edgar Wright departs from directing ‘Ant-Man’


Well here’s some truly upsetting news that will no doubt ruin fans weekend, probably their week, and possibly even the entire month. Hell, this could very well be the most upsetting news of the year, and how we fans come back from this is anybody’s guess.

Edgar Wright, the genius behind Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim VS The World has pulled out of directing his passion project, Ant-Man. As always it would seem that the reason for the departure is creative differences between Wright and Marvel, but to be honest, this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Wright was attached to Ant-Man more five years ago, before Marvel became huge after the first Iron Man film. Marvel President Kevin Feige even explained last year that Wright’s Ant-Man was at the forefront of building the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So enthusiastic were Marvel about Wright’s ambitious version, they even allowed the director time off to complete the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy with The World’s End. Marvel understood that Wright needed to complete the trilogy after his good friend Eric Fellner, of Working Title, died from cancer. Wright wanted to finish the trilogy in his honour, and Marvel were happy to oblige.

Also, Wright’s Ant-Man was set to be a break from the norm of Marvel films, much like James Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. Both films were set to take Marvel in new and exciting directions, so it seems strange that all of a sudden Wright and Marvel can’t see eye to eye. Add to this the fact the film has been cast, written by Wright and given a release date of 17th July 2015, this all feels mighty peculiar.

Just to rub salt in the wound, the test footage of Ant-Man which was played at Comic-Con two years ago sent fans wild, so Marvel knew they had a guaranteed hit on their hands, and with Wright’s dedicated followers, the film was a no brainer. So why the sudden departure?

Well, a statement from Marvel explains nothing really, but does confirm that the film is still on schedule, and that a new director will be announced shortly. Here is the official statement:

“The studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”

All together now, “booooo!!!”

Tweets have been going mad at the news, so while it doesn’t change anything, it does make it feel like we’re all in this together, and most are very funny indeed. Here are some of the best:



Matt Wavish
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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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