Joss Whedon Talks About The Split Between Edgar Wright & Marvel

Just a quick random thought…

I’m not sure which fan boy group (Marvel, DC) took the following announcements worse. Warner Bros. announcing Ben Affleck as the new Batman, or Marvel Studios announcing that after 8 years of pre-production work, Edgar Wright is no longer directing Ant-Man? While the former is something we’ll get to see the result of next year, some of us will always wonder what an Ant-Man movie would’ve looked like had Edgar Wright directed it.

The whole Edgar Wright-Marvel split was unfortunate, because Wright had been working on the script since the start of Phase One. Then suddenly, Marvel became this large successful Cinematic Universe and Wright’s vision for Ant-Man no longer fit the bigger picture.


Joss Whedon not only directed Avengers 1 & 2, but was involved in the Phase Two films as a “creative consultant”. During an interview with Buzz Feed, the filmmaker weighed in on the matter and how everything that happened between Wright and Marvel was a result of creative differences.

“I don’t get it,” he said with a sigh. “I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I’d read. I had no interest in Ant-Man. [Then] I read the script, and was like, Of course! This is so good! It reminded me of the books when I read them. Irreverent and funny and could make what was small large, and vice versa. I don’t know where things went wrong. But I was very sad. Because I thought, This is a no-brainer. This is Marvel getting it exactly right.

Whatever dissonance that came, whatever it was, I don’t understand why it was bigger than a marriage that seemed so right. But I’m not going to say it was definitely all Marvel, or Edgar’s gone mad! I felt like they would complement each other by the ways that they were different. And, uh, somethin’ happened.”

Whedon also addressed Marvel’s episodic approach to their films and how that pressured him to make Age of Ultron feel like a complete film.

“No matter how much they may talk about, ‘Well, this is going to lead to some terrible stuff down the line,’ in my movie, it’s designed to be a complete experience. And if I don’t do that, if I haven’t brought you on that journey and closed it out, fuck me. That’s the danger of this sort of serialized storytelling, turning the motion picture experience into episodic TV. Because we have episodic TV, and now you don’t even have to wait to watch it, you can binge it. So that’s to me a dreadful mistake.”

We may never know just what exactly in Edgar Wright’s script didn’t fit with Marvel’s plans. It could’ve been one big part, or a bunch of tiny ones within the script that could’ve made the difference between Ant-Man being a Marvel film or an Edgar Wright film.

I think Marvel Studios is beyond a point now where they deserve the benefit of the doubt. Their style of film works because of the talent that Marvel recruits (James Gunn, The Russo Brothers) and how every one involved works in unison to complete one goal. Yes, Edgar Wright’s departure was unfortunate, but get over it. Ant-Man is coming July 17th, and it might still be awesome.


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