Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has defended the company’s handling of Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man. There’s been much talk of how Wright spent the best part of a decade developing what was obviously a very special project for him, but parted ways with the studio in May citing creative differences. In an interview with The Guardian, Feige said:
“We sat round a table and we realised it was not working. A part of me wishes we could have figured that out in the eight years we were working on it. But better for us and for Edgar that we figure it out then, and not move it through production. We said, ‘Let’s do this together and put out a statement’. What do we say? ‘Creative differences’. I said, ‘That’s what they always say and no-one ever believes it’. Edgar said, ‘But in this case, it’s true’.”
There’s been talk that Marvel are risk-adversive, and not intereasted in realising a director’s vision if it’s a bit different from the norm. Feige said:
“The Marvel movies are very collaborative, and I think they are more collaborative than what he had been used to. And I totally respect that. But the notion that Marvel was scared, the vision was too good, too far out for Marvel is not true. And I don’t want to talk too much about that, because I think our movies speak to that. Go look at Iron Man 3; go look at The Winter Soldier; go see Guardians of the Galaxy later this month. It would have to be really out there to be too out there for us.”
“I like Edgar very, very much and we were very close for many many years, but the perception that the big evil studio was too scared at the outside-the-box creative vision is just not the case.”
Feige added that under the stewardship of new director Peyton Reed, and with stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas still on board, the eventual film will be the “absolute best version of Ant-Man that could have existed”.
So there you have it. Marvel’s films have been very samey up until quite recently, but of late they do seem to be trying different things a bit. Therefore I’m tempted to side with the Big Evil Studio on this, seeing as I wasn’t too keen on Wright’s last film and bloody hated the one he made before. I like the guy’s enthusiasm though. And Ant-Man, though I’ve been tiring of Marvel for quite some time, looks odd and interesting whoever makes it.
Ant-Man is directed by Peyton Reed, written by Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari and Adam McKay, and stars Payul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas. It is set for a July 17th release next year.