Last week, news broke that Edgar Wright would no longer be directing ‘Ant-Man’ despite being attached to the project since 2006. The official word was that the split happened over “differences in their vision of the film”, but current rumors point towards major rewrites as the main reason for the filmmaker’s departure. Previously, we shared some comments from his former Marvel co-workers and fellow directors Joss Whedon and James Gunn, but now we have Wright’s latest comments on the situation.
Fans of the ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’ director may have noticed that he’s extremely active on Twitter. However, as with any breakup, it’s probably better to stay away from social media for a while to avoid posting something that you might regret. That might have been the case when Wright tweeted then quickly deleted the following picture:
Labeling the post as a selfie, Wright shared this photoshopped picture of silent film icon Buster Keaton holding a Cornetto ice cream cone, which is a nod to the fan favorite Cornetto Trilogy created by Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost consisting of ‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Hot Fuzz’, and ‘The World’s End’. But what could the meaning behind this post be? Many outlets point to Keaton’s comments from 1928 where he admitted that allowing film executive Joseph M. Schenck talk him into working for MGM rather than continue his independent films was “the worst mistake of my career”. Was Wright declaring that he never should have taken his ‘Ant-Man’ script to a big studio like Marvel in the first place? Did he mean that a studio executive promised him independence and freedom that he never received with this project? Or was it simply meant as a sad picture for a sad situation? We may not know for some time, but this post definitely opened the floodgates for rumors to spill out and potentially get out of control.
As True Believers continue to mourn the loss of Edgar Wright from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, how do you interpret his first tweet since the announcement of his departure? Let’s hear your thoughts and theories in the comments below.
‘Ant-Man’ starring Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd hits theaters on July 17, 2015.