Joss Whedon Speaks About Edgar Wright’s Vision of ‘Ant-Man’

By April 22, 2015

Remember when excitement quickly turned to sadness when it was announced that Edgar Wright (Cornetto trilogy, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) had not only penned a script with Joe Cornish (Attack The Block) for Marvel’s Ant-Man — one of the first members of the Avengers who had yet to make it to the big screen — but was also going to sit in the driver’s seat to make sure the vision he had for the little big guy stayed that way? Then remember how those dreaded “creative differences” drove him to leave the project months later?

When Marvel Studio’s own president of production Kevin Feige said Ant-Man would be made “through the lens of Edgar Wright,” and it’s “the only reason we’re making the movie,” fans thought the ten-year fight Wright went through to even GET the film made was over…until they found themselves shocked and saddened by Wright’s abrupt departure, and immediately wanting answers from Marvel Studios.

The only answer given was:

Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Marvel’s “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.

A year later and inching closer to the July 17th release date of said film now directed by Peyton Reed (“The Weird Al Show,” Bring It On) with a script by Ant-Man star Paul Rudd and writer Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers) based on Wright and Cornish’s story — comes another familiar voice to let us know that somewhere, someone kinda effed up without actually SAYING someone effed up.

And that voice? Joss Whedon.


In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, the Avengers: Age of Ultron director said that not only was he a “big fan” of Wright’s vision, but it’s pretty much the best thing Marvel ever had in their hot little hands.

“I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I’d read. It reminded me of the books when I read them. Irreverent and funny and could make what was small large, and vice versa. This is Marvel getting it exactly right.”

Just like the rest of us, Whedon found himself sad and confused when Wright left the project: “Whatever dissonance that came, whatever it was, I don’t understand why it was bigger than a marriage that seemed so right.” I know it seems like Whedon’s throwing shade but it’s anything but — he said what we were ALL (and some of us STILL are) wondering…until then I will remain jealous that HE has read Wright’s script and knows how epic it is.

Avengers: Age of Ultron lands in theaters this May 1st, with Ant-Man opening July 17th.

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Cricket Lee
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  • lauras a bi$h

    what do you know about that?! I’m pretty stoked tbh.

  • mysteryman

    Turned something kind of icky into something excitable

  • DAnderson

    Maybe this can shed a new light on Marvel. I’m very excited to see it.

  • Doddyboy

    Ant Man was always so underrated. I think he has one of the most creative powers!

  • JamesQFoster

    Who knows what happened to make Wright turn away…at least his genius hasn’t been ignored.

  • SamuelMGee

    Well I guess you never know how good it is until you see it!

  • Cricket Lee

    I’d KILL to read the Wright and Cornish version, though…maybe they can be talked into making it a graphic novel, haha

    • agreed! If only just to make the comparison. However, there’s always that risk of despair for something that will never be.