I was upset to hear about Edgar Wright’s departure from the Ant-Man project slated for July, 2015. I’m a fan of Wright’s work with Scott Pilgrim vs The World, along with his collaborations with actor Simon Pegg. The test footage shown at Comic Con back in 2012 I thought was well done and looked great (for what it was). Wright’s comedic and unique style would have been at the very least interesting for Ant-Man. Casting a comedic actor like Paul Rudd for the lead role, under the direction of Wright would have been a great match up for a character like this. Not many people including myself at first were very familiar with Ant-Man. That’s why I appreciate these Marvel films so much because introduce you to these amazing characters and their stories. At the very least they make me aware and interested to learn more.
Reports say the Wright/Marvel split is due to creative differences. Which means that what Wright wanted to create for the character’s story interfered with Marvel’s 14 year plan. Seeing Edgar Wright’s take on the Ant-Man property is no longer reality which is a shame, especially with what we learned about the plot so far (see below).
Biochemist Dr. Hank Pym uses his latest discovery, a group of subatomic particles, to create a size-altering formula. Though his first self-test goes awry, he develops an instrument that helps him communicate with and control insects.
Ant-Man currently has no director attached. The film stars are still currently attached, which includes Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and also includes Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson and Corey Stoll in unspecified roles.
Judging by this cast, it’s speculated that Ant-Man would have involved a heist. Scott Lang (Rudd) would steal the Ant-Man suit and use it for himself. Eventually, Lang is captured by old Hank Pym (Douglas), the creator of the suit. Hank allows Scott to keep the suit while mentoring him to use it for a greater purpose. This is all speculation but it would have been the most likely storyline for the film and still may very well be.
Less than 24 hours later, it was confirmed that Director Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) was no longer attached as a Showrunner/Pilot Director/Executive Producer for the Netflix Daredevil series. The project was met with much excitement from the Marvel fan base as Daredevil is a very R-rated character with a dark story. Having Goddard on board, who has done work in successful horror/thriller films would have been a favorable match for a character like Daredevil. Now Goddard is still attached to the Daredevil series as a producer. His reason for leaving was to focus on Sony’s Spider-Man villain spin off film, Sinister Six. Not too long after this announcement, Marvel has announced that Stephen S. DeKnight, creator of Starz series “Spartacus,” has taken over as executive producer and showrunner on the Netflix series. I do like that Marvel allowed Goddard to leave and focus on another comic book property from another studio (Sony). It shows, at least to me, that Marvel and Sony still have good relations going back to almost having the Oscorp building featured in The Avengers. With Goddard still attached its not a complete loss, he still wrote the first two episodes and will help guide the show as a producer.
Of course, there were fans shouting all over the internet about Marvel’s beginning of going downhill. Which I expected to hear, especially when you read two stories in less than 24 hours involving fan favorite filmmakers leaving Marvel projects. But this is all nothing new to Marvel Studios. Take a look at some past filmmakers and/or actors who left Marvel projects.
-Edward Norton left after The Incredible Hulk. Marvel signed Mark Ruffalo to take over the character.
– Terrance Howard opted not to reprise his role as Col. James Rhodey in Iron Man 2. Marvel signed Don Cheadle for the role.
– Hugo Weaving publicly expressed his frustration while on set with Captain America: The First Avenger. It’s currently not known if Weaving will reprise his role as Red Skull in future Marvel films, even if under contract.
-Jon Faverau left the director’s chair in the Iron Man franchise. Marvel got Shane Black to direct Iron Man 3.
Regardless of how you and I may feel about the result of these situations or about what actually went down, Marvel has continued making the right moves and having success. As Kevin Feige, president of production and executive producer on all Marvel Films has said, “the company works together and moves together as a team”. Which is what makes every studio in Hollywood with a comic book property currently try and follow their formula for success.
Ant-Man is still slated for a July 17, 2015 release.
Production on Daredevil will begin this summer w/ the Netflix series set to premiere in 2015.
Hows does the departure of Edgar Wright impact your opinion on Marvel and Ant-Man? Is Marvel the enemy for not giving it’s directors creative freedom or do you praise their stance how on they want things done? What about Daredevil now in the hands of the same showrunner who ran Spartacus? Express your thoughts with us! Thanks for reading.