Edgar Wright Exits Marvel’s ANT-MAN over Creative Differences

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Well, this is unfortunate news, but it’s being reported that Edgar Wright has vacated the director’s chair of Marvel’s Ant-Man.  Marvel Studios and Wright released a statement explaining the reason for the departure, saying it was “due to differences  in their vision of the film.”  This move is not expected to impact the July 17, 2015 release date as Marvel is zeroing in on a replacement, though no negotiations are currently in place.

Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly are still expected to star alongside Corey Stoll, Michael Peña and Patrick Wilson.  See the full statement from Marvel after the jump.

ant-man-set-imageHere’s Marvel’s official word on Wright’s departure from Ant-Man:

Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that 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.

This is a surprising and unfortunate turn of events as Wright wasn’t just the director on Ant-Man, but a co-writer on the script with Joe Cornish.  Furthermore, his take on the story didn’t just set up the hero’s origin, but his initial ideas for the film a number of years ago helped to form Marvel’s approach to their cinematic universe, or so said Kevin Feige himself.  Wright’s been working on this project off and on for years now, with our earliest mention of his attachment to the film going back almost five years.  In fact, Wright’s involvement goes back to 2006, before Iron Man, before the Marvel we know today even existed.

I mention this because today’s news that the director and studio have suddenly parted ways over differences in vision makes very little sense.  If Wright has been tweaking the script for years, and if his ideas for the hero helped to shape the way that Marvel approached its highly lucrative cinematic universe-building right down to the team members that would go on to form The Avengers, then how did it all go wrong at the last second?  The cast was in place, his test footage has been circulating for some time now … it’s not as if Marvel didn’t know what they were getting with Wright.  It’s all very confusing and disheartening for Wright fans, myself included.  And while the cast and release date remains intact, it seems that Wright’s vision for the film is a casualty.  It remains to be seen just what that means for the final film, due out next summer.  Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • The Exploiter

    Noooooooooooo

  • The Exploiter

    Noooooooooooo

  • Sawyer

    Good job Marvel. At least we still have
    Paul rudd… For now.

    • Flash

      They better not recast all the actors as well,
      If they do, I’m gonna kill every single person
      Who works at marvel.

      • milo

        I doubt they’d dump Rudd, the only reason to recast would be if he left. And while he’s probably bummed that Wright left, I have a hard time imagining him leaving over that.

    • milo

      While I have a lot of trust in Wright, none of us know for sure that Marvel was being unreasonable. For all we know, Wright suddenly decided that he wanted Tony Stark to appear in the movie and get killed off. Or he wanted the whole movie entirely in spanish. Not likely, but it’s possible he was pushing for something that was a deal breaker for Marvel. The guy is brilliant, but his movies haven’t been totally consistent and he has made some decisions that weren’t great for his movies that he could get away with but wouldn’t be possible in a larger cinematic world. It’s also possible that his vision was perfect and Marvel is being a bunch of idiots, but we just don’t know and it’s not really fair to make assumptions.

      I’m sure Marvel didn’t take this lightly and did everything they could to try and work out their differences before it came to this.

      • GrimReaper07

        Every single Edgar Wright movie has been better or at least on par with Marvel’s best movies. Point being, I trust his judgement far more than Feige’s.

        I really doubt he’d kill Iron Man in a movie where he isn’t even the protagonist also. Feige loved the script, I bet the differences were stylistic. Good on Wright for maintaining his artistic integrity but F Marvel.

      • milo

        He loved the script, but what if Wright changed his mind and recently insisted on adding something that Marvel couldn’t accept? It is possible that it’s a stylistic thing too, Wright does some wacky stuff that wouldn’t all necessarily be a good fit.

        I love Wright’s movies but I can’t agree that they have consistenly been as good or better than Marvel at their best. I liked The World’s End but it doesn’t all work for me (particularly when the jokes stop and he wants to turn it into mostly an action/scifi movie), I’d rank a few Marvel movies above it. Now Hot Fuzz on the other hand…

      • Grayden

        When you’ve worked on a movie as long as Wright has on Ant Man, the visual style and tone has likely long been set in stone, considering Marvel modeled the MCU after Wright’s vision for Ant Man. There is the most remote of possibilities that he changed his mind about something regarding the style and/or tone of the film, but doubtful.

        Something was likley instigated by Marvel. You don’t just walk away from your passion project because of small disagreements. You walk away when THEY want to control a lot of what you do on the film or THEY suddenly want to change the tone or style. When they studio decides your movie should become something other than your movie…that’s when you walk away.

      • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

        Thank you! A voice of reason at last! No one posting here has any idea what’s going on, yet many have this knee-jerk reaction, as if Marvel were the bad guy.

        And they could actually be, but we’ll never know till some more information comes out.

    • Curse of Michael Myers

      FUCK PAUL RUDD! His best stuff is not his most popular stuff.

  • Sawyer

    Good job Marvel. At least we still have
    Paul rudd… For now.

  • Neven

    Being completely unfamiliar with the source material, Edgar Wright’s involvement made me very interested. Well, I guess that ship’s sailed now…

    • Marissa Evans

      Ditto. I take it farther in that I didn’t even see ‘The Avengers’. But I really dug ‘Scott Pilgrim’ and the Cornetto trilogy, so at the very least I was curious.

  • brNdon

    This bums me out way more than it should. I was really looking forward to his vision of the character.

    • Nemesis11

      right. The only reason I was super excited for this film was because of Wright’s involvement. This fucking sucks. This was my most anticipated film of 2015, even ahaed of Age of Ultron. It doesn’t matter who they bring on. Won’t be same any more :(

  • Al

    If I were a Marvel suit, I’d get on the phone immediately and apologize to Wright. Its a grave mistake. They just got rid of who would have been the best, most creative, director of a MCU film. They’re also showing they have little interest in directors doing their own thing. Bad for press, bad for the film, and a bad indication of what Marvel Studios has become.

    Might as well just change it to the Wheedon Cinematic Universe.

    • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

      Apologize for what? You have no idea why Wright left (and let’s be honest: “creative differences” is a euphemism for everything from a bad working environment to…creative differences).

      And of course Marvel has shown no interest in directors doing “their own thing.” If they did, it would effect the continuity of the cinematic universe.

      And it’s not bad for anything. It’s not bad for their press because, as I said, no one yet knows why Wright left. You don’t know know if it’s bad for the film because you have seen what Wright was going to do, or who’s in line to replace him and for the same reason it’s not a “bad indication” for Marvel Studios.

      And it’s not the “Whedon Cinematic Universe,” nor has it ever been. The Feige Cinematic Universe, I can understand, but Whedon?

      Not quite seeing it.

      • Al

        Do I know as a fact that Marvel is in the wrong here? But if I may point out why its not that much of a leap to think so:

        In one corner you have a billion dollar subsidiary (of another billion dollar company) that is building a reputation as a producer factory and in the other you have a quirky kinetic film maker who spent about 6 years of back and forth on the story before the studio agreed to it, green lit it, and very deep into (at the very least) pre-production.

        Thats why. Because Marvel knew what they were getting at and they should by this point know Edgars vision and working style inside, outside, upside down! Just by the unusual amount of time spent drafting/pitching/hashing things out.
        —-

        Why Whedon CU and not Feige? Agents of Shield/Tales of Whedon prying and pulling on things in others films to make them work with his Avengers films. I like the guy, I like Feige, I like Marvel but this news today was insanity.

      • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

        The important thing is that you have no idea what’s going on.

        You could even be right. But YOU DON”T KNOW. Maybe Wright was acting like a prima donna with other people’s money, and they decided to end the experiment.

        I could be right as well, though because I don’t know (it will come out eventually, one way or another) so I’d rather not extend my personal feelings about something I know nothing about.

      • Al

        The important thing is they now have a Wright-less production when they even acknowledge that without Wright there would be no Ant-Man film, let alone an interest on their end to do one.

        They knew walking in that this was an ‘experiment,’ and for almost a decade that seemed to be what they wanted. They know far better then any one else they’ve worked with who this man is. So even if its a personal thing and not style, thats hard to believe as well.

        The point? I don’t know. From my very first comment I never claimed to know. My reaction stems from disappointment that Marvel failed to deliver an Edgar Wright Ant-Man film. Regardless of circumstance, that ticks me off.

        Now then, you’ll say why I should care about circumstance repeat yourself, and say another variation of what you already said, and then I’ll do the same. That is how we will live the rest of our lives.

      • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

        Huh? You have no idea if without Edgar Wright there wouldn’t be an Ant-Man film. That character has been around for awhile, and it’s entirely possible another director could have easily chosen him as the favorite character, and Marvel could have rolled with it.

        Then again, maybe not, though that simply supports my point, which is that we don’t know.

        And besides, I think Ant-Man is interesting, but he’s no where near my favorite Marvel character so if he weren’t among the Phase 3 movies, I really wouldn’t care all that much.

        Now if Doctor Strange or the Black Panther don’t come to fruition, then I’ll be bothered.

        And your first comment was: “If I were a Marvel suit, I’d get on the phone immediately and apologize to Wright. Its a grave mistake.”

        You are obviously taking the position that Marvel somehow did something wrong (for if they didn’t, what would they have to apologize for? Typically that’s something someone does when they’ve made a mistake).

        Which you can do, but something to support your position would be nice.

      • Al

        My assertion that there would be no Ant – Man film comes from Kevin Feige’s comments. They’re well documented. Maybe some day in the future they would have decided on an Ant Man flick, but this one, coming out in 2015 (now maybe not) would have never existed. Thats a fact. Thats not unknown.

        You’re right I implied that they should apologize, and I already explained why. Its because we’re getting a Wright-less Ant-Man. You can disagree with my opinion that at the very least we’re owed that, regardless of the who or why. But as I said, we’re going in circles.

      • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

        The only reason this discussion is going in circles is because you’re at the wheel.

        You have a right to your opinion, but honestly, it’s based upon nothing more than a fertile imagination, as opposed to any sort of concrete and therefore measurable, truth.

        You’ll notice that my points aren’t based my opinion (to paraphrase Staff Sgt Barnes from Platoon: “Opinions are like arseholes, everyone’s got one.”) because I don’t have one, other than I don’t have enough information to determine what actually happened (which is why I, you’ll notice, I took a tack directly opposite yours).

        And the things is, neither do you though for some reason you find this particularly difficult to admit.

        By the way, did you notice that Wright left the project amicably? This should tell you that for whatever reason it was, it wasn’t enough that he was angry about it (or is willing to talk about it, at any rate).

        As you said, you have the right to your opinion, though you should also know that since it’s literally based upon nothing, it deserves as much consideration.

      • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

        The only reason this discussion is going in circles is because you’re at the wheel.

        You have a right to your opinion, but honestly, it’s based upon nothing more than a fertile imagination, as opposed to any sort of concrete and therefore measurable, truth.

        You’ll notice that my points aren’t based my opinion (to paraphrase Staff Sgt Barnes from Platoon: “Opinions are like arseholes, everyone’s got one.”) because I don’t have one, other than I don’t have enough information to determine what actually happened (which is why I, you’ll notice, I took a tack directly opposite yours).

        And the things is, neither do you though for some reason you find this particularly difficult to admit.

        By the way, did you notice that Wright left the project amicably? This should tell you that for whatever reason it was, it wasn’t enough that he was angry about it (or is willing to talk about it, at any rate).

        As you said, you have the right to your opinion, though you should also know that since it’s literally based upon nothing, it deserves as much consideration.

      • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

        The only reason this discussion is going in circles is because you’re at the wheel.

        You have a right to your opinion, but honestly, it’s based upon nothing more than a fertile imagination, as opposed to any sort of concrete and therefore measurable, truth.

        You’ll notice that my points aren’t based my opinion (to paraphrase Staff Sgt Barnes from Platoon: “Opinions are like arseholes, everyone’s got one.”) because I don’t have one, other than I don’t have enough information to determine what actually happened (which is why I, you’ll notice, I took a tack directly opposite yours).

        And the things is, neither do you though for some reason you find this particularly difficult to admit.

        By the way, did you notice that Wright left the project amicably? This should tell you that for whatever reason it was, it wasn’t enough that he was angry about it (or is willing to talk about it, at any rate).

        As you said, you have the right to your opinion, though you should also know that since it’s literally based upon nothing, it deserves as much consideration.

      • Thomas K.

        Alright Mr. Feige… We get it. Now have a good day.

      • Al

        My opinion is solely that I am disappointed that Wright is no longer directing this film. That is all. Since Marvel is the higher power in this situation, regardless of circumstance, I look to them to right any wrongs on the road.

        Non of this sentiment is based off of nothing. I’m saying, knowing nothing about the situation, I am concerned with the results we’ve learned today.

    • milo

      Got rid of, or quit? I’m sure more details will come out down the road, but can we tell from that press release?

    • Nemesis11

      may be it’s because they moved the release date to July? Edgar Wright may have felt the schedule too rushed to accomplish what he has in mind. This feels like X3 situation to me.

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    Okay I see it as good. Marvel(Disney) has yet to really make a failure.
    Maybe Wrights would have been?

    • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

      or this now could be their first failure because they’re trying to wrangle too much control?

      • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

        You may not be aware of this, but Edgar Wright is an interesting director, but hardly the most successful (the majority of his films were, relatively speaking, small while his biggest film, The World Vs. Scott Pilgrim, tanked).

        And you’re assuming that Marvel Studios is somehow at fault when there are so many directors that they work just fine with.

        So, what you ought to be thinking about is why can Marvel Studios work fine with Joe Johnston, Jon Favreau, Shane Black, Alan Taylor, the Russo brothers, and yet they see Edgar Wright, and they become power-hungry.

        I have no idea what happened (nor do you, for that matter) but since we’re making stuff up, how about Wright was acting like a megalomaniac, and was too difficult to work with?

        And I have no idea that that’s true, but since you’re reaching conclusions based upon literally no facts…

      • Chad

        They wouldn’t pay Terrence Howard to return for Iron Man. They paid RDJ but not the rest of the Avengers cast (which is why he held out demanding Marvel pay them for part 2). They are known for being cheap with people, which is a shame, but “creative differences” after 5 years of being attached to a project? Nope.

      • Merlin235

        The actors all signed multi-deal contracts. It’s not like their wage for the sequel came as a surprise. I’m all for a company respecting their employees and sharing the wealth, but it’s a little disingenuous to suggest Marvel was ripping them off for paying them what they all agreed upon.

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    Okay I see it as good. Marvel(Disney) has yet to really make a failure.
    Maybe Wrights would have been?

  • CJ

    Well this sucks.

  • the king of comedy

    This are awful news, one of the main reasons people were interested in this movie is because of Edgar Wright,

  • the king of comedy

    This are awful news, one of the main reasons people were interested in this movie is because of Edgar Wright,

  • Al

    I’m sorry for the double post, but really – what did they do, have a meeting and say “well we can have just an ordinary almost as good Ant Man film, or we can actually have something unique and different.”

    5 years of development Marvel…why did you throw it away…you knew what you were getting into obviously.

    • Batt Damon

      8 years of development actually. Wright’s been working on this since ’06.

  • Jonatan

    These movies needs a showrunner not a fllmaker. Theres no way that a great filmaker who has an style of his own will be attract to these films. Tarantino Fincher or Aranofsky for example never will do a movie like this. Sorry for my english

    • Zenexo

      Fiege and Whedon are kinda the “showrunners”

    • http://www.104bits.com Luis Humberto 104Bits.com

      Amen.

    • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

      That’s not true at all. First off, you have no idea of either Quentin Tarantino or David Fincher were offered any superhero films.

      And if you do, please tell the rest of us.

      Second off, Darren Aranofsky was actually going to work on a Batman movie, but his take wasn’t accepted by studio brass.

      Which kind of sticks a pin in that whole theory.

      • Thomas K.

        Fincher was approached for SpiderMan.. but his vision was too dark.

        Who are You? And Why are You feeling a need to write Essay’s to all of Us, ButtHurt Folk?

        We, as fans, had a Film we were looking forward to, particularly for the fact of the great filmmaker/writer attached. But in the end. We won’t be getting the exact thing We expected/wanted. So we’re butt-hurt, and don’t know who to blame, so calm down budski. Let us rant, it’s an internet comment’s section for christ-sake.

    • Daniel O’Reilly

      Tarantino was approached for Casino Royale a few years back.

    • GrimReaper07

      Aronofsky was this close to directing The Wolverine. He did most of the pre-production but didn’t want to stay away from his family for so long.

  • Anthony Sargon

    Terrible, terrible news. This was the perfect match. F*ck.

  • Anthony Sargon

    Terrible, terrible news. This was the perfect match. F*ck.

  • Zenexo

    This broke my heart. I was never a big fan of Antman but I am a huge fan of Edgar Wright. He is a brilliant director that balances heart with an amazing style no one else can do. I was hyped for this movie for that reason. Now…I don’t nearly care as much about this project anymore.

  • Kyle Chandler

    Damn. Damn damn damn damn damn.

  • Kyle Chandler

    Damn. Damn damn damn damn damn.

  • Kyle Chandler

    Feige, you got some splain’in to do…

    • Flash

      I’m gonna make him bleed…

  • Werefon

    FUCKING SHIT>MUTHUFUCKING NOOOOO!

  • Werefon

    FUCKING SHIT>MUTHUFUCKING NOOOOO!

  • BillMannley

    Thank God. The World’s End was the first film of his that I enjoyed. I don’t get the appeal. Scott Pilgrim was one of the most self-indulgent, over-rated films I have seen in a long time with crap action that left no indication that he could handle massive set-pieces that a Marvel film would require.

    • Doug

      I feel the exact opposite. World’s End was the first film of his I didn’t enjoy. I love Scott Pilgrim. Oh well.

      • Grayden

        I’ve enjoyed all of his films. Some of the most entertaining films made.

    • GrimReaper07

      Scott Pilgrim’s fight scenes are better than any of the ones Marvel put together, what are you smoking?

  • BillMannley

    Thank God. The World’s End was the first film of his that I enjoyed. I don’t get the appeal. Scott Pilgrim was one of the most self-indulgent, over-rated films I have seen in a long time with crap action that left no indication that he could handle massive set-pieces that a Marvel film would require.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Wow! This sucks. I hope Marvel has some ace in the hole in line replacement director lined up because it’ll be hard to find someone who can balance this type of nature of a film w comedy/action/crime heist as Wright would ha ve brought to it.

    • Batt Damon

      This close to production it’s basically gonna be like Fox bringing in Brett Ratner to replace Matthew Vaugh on X-Men 3. The script and the cast are in place, whoever they get will most likely be a hired gun.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Wow! This sucks. I hope Marvel has some ace in the hole in line replacement director lined up because it’ll be hard to find someone who can balance this type of nature of a film w comedy/action/crime heist as Wright would ha ve brought to it.

  • Devin Reed

    Well, this just ruined my weekend.

  • Guest

    The only thing that excited me was Edgar Wright.
    His visual sensibility, dynamic storytelling and humor.

    This film was his creation. It is written by him to be directed by him.

    MARVEL knew about the story of it. They have read the script. They cast actors by that script.

    How the fuck is ton of the film

  • Flash

    I almost had a heart attack and choke my fucking delicious donuts.
    What the heck marvel?!?!

  • Guest

    The only thing that excited me was Edgar Wright.
    His visual sensibility, dynamic storytelling and humor.

    This film was his creation. It is written by him to be directed by him.

    MARVEL knew about the story of it. They have read the script. They cast actors by that script.

    How the fuck is ton of the film

  • Werefon

    The only thing that excited me was Edgar Wright.
    His visual sensibility, dynamic storytelling and humor.

    This film was his creation. It is written by him to be directed by him.

    MARVEL knew about the story of it. They have read the script. They cast actors by that script.

    How the fuck is vision of the film is reason, after years of pre-production.

  • Werefon

    The only thing that excited me was Edgar Wright.
    His visual sensibility, dynamic storytelling and humor.

    This film was his creation. It is written by him to be directed by him.

    MARVEL knew about the story of it. They have read the script. They cast actors by that script.

    How the fuck is vision of the film is reason, after years of pre-production.

  • Person

    Wow, very surprising. Curious to see who replaces him. This was very unexpected, Wright was attached for months ahead of time… I dunno how these creative issues didn’t surface until now.

  • Jockolantern

    A damn shame– Marvel lost all my interest in the film at this news; my inclinations were entirely due to the sharp choice of bringing Edgar Wright’s creativity onboard. Awful choice on their part to part ways with such a terrific and vibrant storyteller. Should be interesting to see whom they bring on as a replacement; didn’t take them long to make that decision it would seem.

  • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

    could this be the first chink in the Marvel Cinematic Universe armor? As they get bigger and more and more $ is at stake are they going to therefor sacrifice artistic integrity by not allowing directors to move properties in their own direction? I really hope Marvel Studios doesn’t end up being a club of pushover directors who just call “action” and get the movie to cinema screens on time.

    • ARMOND WHITE IS MY MASTER NOW

      The first chink in the Marvel Cinematic Universe armor was Agents of SHIELD… BAZINGA!

      :)

      • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

        I’ll give you the first half of the season – once it found its legs(a bit too late I’ll grant) it did get a lot better

      • Doug

        The first chink was The Incredible Hulk. And then Iron Man 2, then Iron Man 3…

    • Simon Foster

      I think it will “end up being a club of pushover directors” and personally I’m fine with that. All these movies are basically directed by Kevin Feige….and they continue to make billions, so apparently I’m not the only one who’s happy with that approach. It sucks if you’re a director with a mind of your own, but….they can go work somewhere else or shut up, take the money and run. Jon Favreau and Kenneth Branagh didn’t exactly have their careers killed by this stuff.

      • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

        I think Feige has done a pretty great job behind the scenes, but my worry is they’re all going to end up looking the same. I liked that Thor looks differently than Thor: The Dark world, or the differences in style between the two Captain America films because that’s what the story called for. Makes me worried for Dr. Strange.

  • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

    could this be the first chink in the Marvel Cinematic Universe armor? As they get bigger and more and more $ is at stake are they going to therefor sacrifice artistic integrity by not allowing directors to move properties in their own direction? I really hope Marvel Studios doesn’t end up being a club of pushover directors who just call “action” and get the movie to cinema screens on time.

  • Hey…HEY!

    “today’s news… makes very little sense.”

    This only doesn’t make sense if you overlook corporate mentality. The studio wanted the essence of Edgar Wright, but with the bland formulaic guarantee of big box office. They probably assumed once he was deep enough in they could pull the rug on him and make silly creative demands and he would roll right over. He called their bluff and didn’t fall for the banana in the tail-pipe. Now the project unnecessarily suffers.

    Stupid MBA idjits!

  • awerawe

    They didnt get the English humor.

  • GrimReaper07

    All right. My enthusiasm for this movie is zero now.

    EDIT: This was also a dick move by Marvel who allowed Wright to pour years of his life into this project to take it away from him for something that I can only assume must be quite stupid. I guess he was making the movie look far too cool to fit into their cinematic universe.

  • Kondorr

    Now lets get rid of Rudd too…

    • Flash

      Why?

  • Don

    RIP – my interest in this movie…2006-2014

    • Nemesis11

      same here. 8 years I have been waiting for this movie. I guess it will be remembered as Best superhero movie never made.

  • Flash

    En saban Nur!
    En saban NUR!
    En saban NUR!

    • Dark Knight of Steel

      En SABAH Nur actually…..

      • Flash

        Right

  • Guest

    Well, given Marvel Studios has the mentality of a Ford factory where the director is
    the less important piece… Who cares?

  • GrimReaper07

    I’m so pissed right now

    • Flash

      Yeah… me too
      F*** you marvel/feige.

  • Mistery

    Marvel should go back to Paramount. Fuck Disney !

    • Atlasshruggedmyass

      Has nothing to do with Disney this has been part of Marvel Studios bad culture with directors and actors for many years. The only person they seem to want to pay in Treeclad is Robert Downey Jr.

  • aceshigh

    Ah, that sucks! He would’ve been perfect too.

  • Drake

    What the actual eff?
    After Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – I was so stocked for Wright to take on another comic book/graphic novel type thing…

  • LEM

    Edgar Wrong?

  • PSPS

    Do you think he’s been poached for a Star Wars? Doesn’t make sense, otherwise…

    • Grayden

      That’s what I thought as well.

    • Person

      Didn’t consider that, it’s very possible. But Ant-Man was always a passion project of his; I know he loves his sci-fi, but you’d think he’d finish one before doing the other. The Star Wars movies aren’t going anywhere anytime soon….

  • Kyle Chandler

    Marvel, I was ready to love you forever and always for Guardians of the Galaxy…and now…THIS!?

    Et tu, Feige? Et tu?

  • replying to idiots

    I believe Wright left because of this (http://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/26bo7k/edgar_wright_leaving_antman_movie/chpihlo). Its really hard for me to believe that there were creative differences between the Wright and Marvel since they have been working on this for more than seven years. You’d think he would leave after year three or four but not during year eight.

    • Draxx the Gamora

      ….what post out of the 800 are you referring to with that link?

  • milo

    Since we’re all speculating, how about a really crazy idea? Here’s a hypothetical scenario.

    Rudd comes in, Wright and Marvel both think he’ll be great. After he’s announced Rudd and Wright start doing some preliminary prep/readings/etc and Marvel loves the early tests but they find out that they hate each other and can’t work together. One or both tells Marvel they refuse to work with the other, and they force Marvel to pick one or the other. If that were the case, and particularly if they loved Rudd’s tests, if you were Marvel, would you pick Rudd over Wright? And if they went the other way and it was announced Rudd was leaving, wouldn’t there also be a ton of fan outcry as well?

    Now I totally pulled this out of my ass, just thinking that there is some possibility other than Marvel being jerks and trying to screw this all up.

    • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

      That’s interesting speculation, and as possible as anything else written here.

    • ethomson92

      The backlash would be pretty bad, but in that scenario I think losing Wright would cause a bigger outcry than Rudd.

      One actor’s performance or (to some degree) the entire spirit of the film? It’s hard to say

  • Forrest

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the infamous Hank Pym backhand scene

  • Cjv95

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  • Flash

    Farewell my good fwend

    • Kyle Chandler

      Do something! Can’t you run around the earth really fast in reverse, causing it to shift it’s rotation to go backwards in time?

      • Werefon

        It will be better if we just send his mind in his younger self to stop this dark future.

      • Flash

        Nope, I can’t right now. Suddenly I don’t have my awesome power, I don’t know why? Maybe because… I ate a lot of donuts lately? (strange/weird i know right) so no can do my fwend.

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  • Strong Enough

    edgar is the only one i can see pulling this concept off. i have no idea who is gonna be able to replace this creative talent gap.

    Wes Anderson Presents Ant Man bwawawawa

  • TigerFIST

    NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! WTF!!!!!! NO NO NO NO NOOOOO!!!!!! I’m so depressed right now. I don’t understand. He was so great!

  • Jim El

    Why does everyone think MARVEL got rid of Wright? They released a statement about mutually agreeing to part ways. Remember the same thing happened Jon Favreau after the debacle that was Iron Man 2. He got really pi55ed off when he was forced to include characters simply to help launch The Avengers. (Yes he was still listed as producer on IM3 and Avengers but he said in a recent AMA on Reddit that this role consisted mainly of making contributions on-set and as an acknowledgement of his past success getting the Marvel movies off the ground.)

    Wright is a very independent director. Most of his films have been self-written (bar Pilgrim) or co-written with close friends. This was his first step into franchise territories and maybe when the cameras were about to roll he realised he had a far smaller voice than he though he’d earned through his dedication to this work over the past 5 years. Maybe Feige wanted some ancillary characters pushed in. Maybe he was told Whedon wasn’t happy with the script. Or maybe they all got along fine but he had personal issues that had to be addressed and rather than voice them they agreed to blame it on an artistic divergence.

    We don’t know. I just hope that Wright finds a project he is happy with and Ant-Man finds an equally gifted director to bring it to the screen.

    • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

      Bravo!

    • Manchego Cheese

      Spot on.

      Get the feeling Wright wasn’t “playing the game.” Or, at least playing the game Marvel wanted him to.

      Too many cooks and all that. Wright seems to work best when backed in and left to his own devices, compromise mightn’t wash well with him.

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    Well, crap. Wright is a hugely gifted filmmaker and this is a major loss for Marvel, whatever the real circumstances behind his departure.

  • Choming Girl

    Edgar Wrong? http://bit.ly/1hgRKlB

  • Fabdex

    Matthew Vaughn who be great. Will Marvel go there ?

    • Jamesy

      I was thinking Matthew Vaughn, Brad Bird(maybe) or just have Joe Cornish direct. He’s already involved in the movie, gets along with Wright, Attack the Block was great. Have Cornish direct and Wright serve as a producer perhaps, still allowing him a say or letting him “shadow” it. I think with Joe Cornish directing we’d get something pretty similar to Wrights take and he obviously knows the source material.

    • Jamesy

      I was thinking Matthew Vaughn, Brad Bird(maybe) or just have Joe Cornish direct. He’s already involved in the movie, gets along with Wright, Attack the Block was great. Have Cornish direct and Wright serve as a producer perhaps, still allowing him a say or letting him “shadow” it. I think with Joe Cornish directing we’d get something pretty similar to Wrights take and he obviously knows the source material.

  • Ethan

    Marvel’s first mistake in the MCU. It was bound to happen, too bad it happened to a guy like Edgar Wright

  • Ethan

    Marvel’s first mistake in the MCU. It was bound to happen, too bad it happened to a guy like Edgar Wright

    • Colonel_Neville_Wraithchild

      first mistake? if they hadn’t rushed favreau into starting IM2′s production with an unfinished script, maybe that movie would have been better and maybe he would have returned to make IM3… that was an actual mistake.

      • Ethan

        Very good points. IM2 wasn’t great, it wasn’t terrible as well. With that said IM3 was horrendous

  • Ethan

    Marvel’s first mistake in the MCU. It was bound to happen, too bad it happened to a guy like Edgar Wright

  • Chad

    Can’t be creative differences since he’s been attached for so long. So that pretty much leaves money. Marvel is notoriously cheap with their talent, so it’s too bad they wouldn’t pay him what he deserves.

    • ethomson92

      It’s probably not his salary, but the budget he needs to make the movie

    • ethomson92

      It’s probably not his salary, but the budget he needs to make the movie

  • Jamesy

    I genuinely got an ache in my gut when I read this. I am in no way an Ant-Man fan, never read the comics, never knew much about the character other than what I learned from sites like this. But the involvement of Wright and Rudd got me interested, and I had seen the test footage and thought it looked great. I love Wrights style, his humour and thought it would be a perfect match to a comic book movie, I thought OK here’s the chance to do something fresh here. With GOTG and then Ant-Man I had a feeling Marvel were heading in to uncharted territory and were willing to get a little “weirder” I really don’t know why he would have left? “Creative differences” really? This has been talked about for years, Wright knew the movie he wanted to make, Marvel were clearly on the same page as they hired him and obviously had meetings in the past ,set a release date etc, they must have known they weren’t gonna get a “normal” comic book adaptation when you hire someone like Edgar Wright. Only reasons I can think of why this happened are, well not a paycheck…he doesn’t seem the type, so they couldn’t do what was planned with the budget allocated and the suits weren’t willing to fork out more cash. An argument/something happened between cast and crew/director that created a bad working environment that he wasn’t happy to be involved in. He got offered another gig, which is a possibility but given this is his passion project I don’t see it, I think there’s a strong chance Marvel got spooked at what he was doing or how much he was trying to change the MCU or they didn’t get the humour, or it was their plan all along to get “someone like Edgar Wright” then try mold him in to Whedon.

  • Jamesy

    I genuinely got an ache in my gut when I read this. I am in no way an Ant-Man fan, never read the comics, never knew much about the character other than what I learned from sites like this. But the involvement of Wright and Rudd got me interested, and I had seen the test footage and thought it looked great. I love Wrights style, his humour and thought it would be a perfect match to a comic book movie, I thought OK here’s the chance to do something fresh here. With GOTG and then Ant-Man I had a feeling Marvel were heading in to uncharted territory and were willing to get a little “weirder” I really don’t know why he would have left? “Creative differences” really? This has been talked about for years, Wright knew the movie he wanted to make, Marvel were clearly on the same page as they hired him and obviously had meetings in the past ,set a release date etc, they must have known they weren’t gonna get a “normal” comic book adaptation when you hire someone like Edgar Wright. Only reasons I can think of why this happened are, well not a paycheck…he doesn’t seem the type, so they couldn’t do what was planned with the budget allocated and the suits weren’t willing to fork out more cash. An argument/something happened between cast and crew/director that created a bad working environment that he wasn’t happy to be involved in. He got offered another gig, which is a possibility but given this is his passion project I don’t see it, I think there’s a strong chance Marvel got spooked at what he was doing or how much he was trying to change the MCU or they didn’t get the humour, or it was their plan all along to get “someone like Edgar Wright” then try mold him in to Whedon.

  • Manchego Cheese

    Jeez, wow… a real shame.

    Marvel needed someone like Wright, with great visual flair, humour and energy to get a film like this going.

    Wonder who’ll step in.

  • Manchego Cheese

    Jeez, wow… a real shame.

    Marvel needed someone like Wright, with great visual flair, humour and energy to get a film like this going.

    Wonder who’ll step in.

  • DMSTOCK

    James Mangold. If ANYONE could step in and carry ANT-MAN across the Finish Line, it’s James Mangold!

  • vitextreeradar

    last minute or what? 1 action 2 i quit 3 oh sh@#

  • Merlin235

    Boy, the doom and gloom here suggests people believe Edgar Wright is the only person capable of directing a good movie.

    I’m not bummed that WRIGHT left the project. I’m bummed that ANYONE left the project. It’s never a good thing to have creative differences at this point in the project’s life-cycle. It suggests that someone couldn’t share toys with the rest of the class.

  • YodaRocks

    Henceforth, Kevin Feige should direct every Marvel movie except Avengers.

  • Bye Scott Pilgrim vs Ant-Man

    Joe cornish should be the replacement, he is already involved with the film, Attack the block was great and he knows how Wright works, so his sensibility should be at least somehow similar. Do you think Marvel will go for that? Or him?

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  • Strong Enough

    well damn.

  • Mehdi Akbar

    Satan, is that you?

  • Werefon

    Let me finish my Scotch, and then I give you a Black Eye.

  • Werefon

    If it bleeds…. put a tampon in!

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