The folks at Marvel Studios certainly had a lot to deal with before starting their Memorial Day weekends. The company that brought us recent hits such as ‘Iron Man 3’, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, and ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ announced a number of shakeups late Friday afternoon. First, on the TV/Netflix front, Drew Goddard stepped down as showrunner of ‘Daredevil’ and was replaced by Steven S. DeKnight. Then, after being attached to the project since before the Marvel Cinematic Universe existed, Edgar Wright announced that he would be vacating the director’s chair of ‘Ant-Man’. While the fan favorite filmmaker hasn’t openly spoken about the move since the news broke, some of the other directors from various corners of the House of Ideas shared their thoughts on the development.
First, Joss Whedon chimed in with a subtle, smart reference to Wright’s famed Cornetto Trilogy. The writer and director of ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ posted the following tweet featuring filmmaker with a familiar tasty treat as a sign of solidarity to his former colleague:
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) May 24, 2014
Of course, one could interpret the post as Whedon saying that Marvel made the wrong decision in letting him go, but on the flipside it could just be a lovely nod to a respected contemporary. Either way, he expressed his feelings in the typical clever Whedon fashion.
Another MCU architect that chimed in was ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn. In a post on his Facebook account, he followed in Whedon’s footsteps and offered an elegant commentary on the situation without taking sides:
“Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. You love each of them dearly as individuals and think they’re amazing people. When they talk to you about their troubles, you do everything you can to support them, to keep them together, because if you love them both so much doesn’t it make sense they should love each other? But little by little you realize, at heart, they aren’t meant to be together – not because there’s anything wrong with either of them, but they just don’t have personalities that mesh in a comfortable way. They don’t make each other happy. Although it’s sad to see them split, when they do, you’re surprisingly relieved, and excited to see where their lives take them next.
It’s easy to try to make one party ‘right’ and another party ‘wrong’ when a breakup happens, but it often isn’t that simple. Or perhaps it’s even more simple than that – not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn’t mean they’re not wonderful people.
And that’s true of both Edgar Wright and Marvel. One of them isn’t a person, but I think you get what I mean.”
Both Whedon and Gunn’s posts manage to take a rather classy route. While they’re both upset to see this creative relationship dissolve, they don’t take sides or throw blame. It’ll be interesting to see if opinions change if and when more details emerge about the situation.
What do you think about Joss Whedon and James Gunn’s comments on the Edgar Wright situation? How did you react when you first heard the news about ‘Ant-Man’? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.