The sad news that Edgar Wright has left his long time Ant-Man movie with Marvel on Friday night has left fans stunned, and we are all still trying to digest the news, and many of us still can’t believe it has actually happened.
Everything seemed to be going so right for the film, and after six years in development, it was clear Marvel were happy to wait for Wright to deliver his vision of Ant-Man, and reaction to early test footage saw fans literally go will with excitement. Ant-Man might have been a long shot, a wild card, much like James Gunn’s Gurdians of the Galaxy, but it was a brave and interesting direction for Marvel to take, and giving Wright free reign to pretty much do as he pleased meant we would have seriously been in for a treat.
Wright’s sudden exit, after the film had been written, cast and about to begin filming, was baffling to say the least. Marvel President Kevin Feige had said only last year that the Marvel Cinematic Universe had been heavily influenced by Wright’s Ant-Man, and Feige was giving Wright his full support. The reason for Wright’s exit has not been made clear, but Latino Review believe they may have the inside scoop on what has gone down.
Latino Review are extremely trustworthy when it comes to Marvel scoops, so while what we have for you below is simply a rumour, it is a good bet that this could very well be the reason for Wright’s exit.
Per Latino Review:
“About 3 months ago, Marvel had notes. The meat of the notes were about the core morality of the piece, must include franchise characters. etc., These notes came from the big four at Marvel. Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright did two drafts to try and answer the notes without compromising their vision.
6 weeks ago Marvel took the script off them and gave the writing assignment to two very low credit writers. One of the writers was from Marvel’s in house writing team. Edgar stayed cool, agreed to stay on the project, and read the draft.
The script came in this week and was completely undone. Poorer, homogenized, and not Edgar’s vision. Edgar met with Marvel on Friday to formally exit and the announcement went out directly after”
Now this could very well make sense, and if so, then it shows something going on between Disney and Marvel where possibly they don’t want to break from the traditional crowd friendly easiness of films like Iron Man and Thor, and while Captain America: The Winter Soldier was probably the most serious and grounded Marvel movie yet (and the best), there was still characters fans knew, and a typical Marvel theme running through it veins. Guardians of the Galaxy will be completely different to any Marvel film yet, and Ant-Man even stranger, so is it possible that Disney are not keen on the new, dangerous direction, and would prefer to keep things safe?
In response to Wright’s exit, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has issued a statement, and it is a honest, yet baffling statement at that. Clearly caught in the middle of his friendship with Wright and his loyalties to Disney/Marvel, you can read Gunn’s statement next, and make of it what you will:
“Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. You love each of them dearly as individuals and think they’re amazing people. When they talk to you about their troubles, you do everything you can to support them, to keep them together, because if you love them both so much doesn’t it make sense they should love each other? But little by little you realize, at heart, they aren’t meant to be together – not because there’s anything wrong with either of them, but they just don’t have personalities that mesh in a comfortable way. They don’t make each other happy. Although it’s sad to see them split, when they do, you’re surprisingly relieved, and excited to see where their lives take them next.
It’s easy to try to make one party “right” and another party “wrong” when a breakup happens, but it often isn’t that simple. Or perhaps it’s even more simple than that – not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn’t mean they’re not wonderful people
And that’s true of both Edgar Wright and Marvel. One of them isn’t a person, but I think you get what I mean”
This statement was revealed on Gunn’s Facebook page.
Wright’s close friend and film-making partner Simon Pegg kept things simple with the following Tweet.
Incredibly proud of my friend @edgarwright, this morning as I am always.
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) May 24, 2014