Doesn’t Ant-Man seem to have been around forever? I can’t believe we haven’t seen more than that test footage from that Comic Con, where Edgar Wright came out and said, “I’m directing Ant-Man, hooray!” or something. There’s been no official character images, no leaked set photos. Nothing. But the film seems to have been around since the start. That’s probably because it has been.
Ant-Man predates Iron Man. Can you imagine what the MCU would look like if Ant-Man had kicked it off? Personally I think Marvel’s success owes more to Robert Downey Jr than most people realise. The fact that Iron Man’s premise is so firmly rooted in the real world, albeit an exaggerated one, helped ease viewers into the new comic book universe. If a fantastical movie like Ant-Man, with his size-fu antics were to have started things, fewer people would have bought into it, I’d wager.
Now there is a LOT of talk about Ant-Man, and not all of it is good. Wright’s departure from the long in development project has thrown an unwelcome light on the movie. Creative differences have been claimed in a joint press release which Marvel President Kevin Feige said wouldn’t be believed by anyone, but Edgar Wright insisted they proceed with the statement. A statement Mr. Feige believed would be interpreted as a major studio’s mistreatment of a director. You can hear Kevin Feige’s comments on this weeks Empire podcast. Mr. Feige is clearly very fond of Edgar Wright but is equally excited about moving forward with Peyton Reed. Although he wouldn’t go in to specifics during his interview, it seems clear that the version of Ant-Man Edgar Wright was working on predates the MCU and so probably doesn’t tie into the evolving universe as neatly as Marvel would like. One can imagine Wright’s vision as a standalone movie, something Marvel no longer make. Could the potential changes required by Marvel, to dove tail Ant-Man into the relevant “Phase”, have been the final straw for Wright? I think so. But Wright may not be as gone as we first thought…
/Film have a piece that suggests some of Edgar Wright’s visuals will remain. And that elements of Wright’s and co-writer Joe Cornish’s script would remain. I’d be willing to bet that most of those earlier drafts remain and that the changes are simply to facilitate a cohesive tie to the existing universe. Only time will tell just how much the movie slots into the larger story being told. We will have a better idea next July. Here’s an extract from Mr. Feige’s interview:
Yeah. It wasn’t the whole movie and there are new elements in the movie obviously, now, that [Wright] was not involved in. But there are some segments that are awesome and will be brought to life in some incarnation. Peyton [Reed] certainly has all that material and is a talented enough and a secure enough guy to notice if something is really cool and go “No reason to change that, that’s great.” Or if he’s got his own spin on something to go and adapt it from there.
Mr. Feige goes to great lengths to bolster Peyton Reed’s position on the movie. I don’t think any of us believe Mr. Reed to simply be a jobbing director wheeled in to finish off this project, but I definitely think we will see Marvel’s hand at work in this film, more so than any others. Whether that’s a good thing or not, we will gave to wait and see…
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