Marvel’s Kevin Feige On Why Edgar Wright Left ‘Ant-Man’

By July 18, 2014

Marvel fans let out a collective cry of dismay when director Edgar Wright left the upcoming film Ant-Man. I was certainly one of them. I’d interviewed Wright about the film way back in 2008. It seemed perfect for him! Wright has stayed quiet on the subject, as has Marvel. (Though I did love Joss Whedon’s tweet, which nodded to Wright’s Three Cornettos trilogy – Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.)

Today, however, Feige is breaking his silence and addressing the reports that Wright’s version of the film was a commercial risk. Feige spoke with The Guardian, saying:

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. The perception that the big evil studio was too scared at the outside-the-box creative vision is just not the case.

Edgar Wright

Feige didn’t go into specifics of why Wright left, but said that they “sat around a table and we realized it was not working.” “The biggest disappointment for me,” he continued, “is just the relationship, because I like Edgar very, very much and we were very close for many many years.”

IGN UK asked Feige about new director Peyton Reed during a screening of some footage of Guardians of the Galaxy in London, and he said that Reed – who had been in to discuss directing a number of earlier Marvel films, including Guardians of the Galaxy – looked at what they had for Ant-Man. “He looked at everything, he talked with us, and he said ‘Number one, I agree with the direction you’re going in. And number two, I can add to it.’ And he has – the movie is in as good a shape as it’s ever been right now.”

Feige continued, “It’s still very much in the spirit of what Edgar’s original pitch was and the entire template of the movie is what Edgar set out and originally came and pitched us maybe eight years ago now. But it’s on its way to being the absolute best version of what that movie could have been.”

What do you guys think of Reed vs. Wright? Let us know below.

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Jenna Busch
Jenna Busch is the co-host of 'Cocktails With Stan' with the legendary Stan Lee. She's a host and writer who's passionate about Star Wars, fantasy and geek culture. Jenna is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and a board member of the Broadcast Television Critics Association (BTJA). She has appeared on G4's "Attack of the Show," and "Fresh Ink," as well as appearing with Wil Wheaton on the premiere episode of "Tabletop." She's got two stories published in the comic anthology "Womanthology" and has done a series of terrifyingly perky voice overs. She also owns far too many swords and lightsabers.