When Edgar Wright left ‘Ant-Man,’ the studio struggled to find a new director before finally announcing that Peyton Reed would helm the movie. Now that the dust seems to have settled, Marvel’s President of Production Kevin Feige has decided to weigh in on why Reed is the perfect man for the job. Reed isn’t a new contender for directing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as he was on the short list to direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.
Here’s what Feige had to say:
“It was not a slam-dunk that he would just step into it and do it. He wanted to be sure that he was wasn’t just inheriting something or following someone else’s lead. Or wasn’t inheriting something that the evil studio had watered down to be something bad. I kept saying, ‘You can either read what’s online, or come in and talk to us and look at all this stuff.’ He looked at everything, he talked with us, and he said ‘Number one, I agree with the direction you’re going in. And number two, I can add to it.’ And he has – the movie is in as good a shape as it’s ever been right now.
It’s still very much in the spirit of what Edgar’s original pitch was and the entire template of the movie is what Edgar set out and originally came and pitched us maybe eight years ago now. But it’s on its way to being the absolute best version of what that movie could have been.
Peyton is really, really wonderful, and will be proving that soon enough. As I said to the Comic-Con audience a few years ago, ‘You might not have heard of [Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors] Joe and Antony Russo, but you’re going to be big fans of them soon.’ And I’d say the same thing about Peyton Reed now.”
So it sounds as if he not only had time to check out the script in advance but was able to make a few changes where he felt his own touch was needed. Now Feige doesn’t really go into in depth the exact details on why Reed is the right director for the job, but does seem to hint that his vision is solid and is in alignment of wherever Marvel wants the movie to go. I personally feel that as long as it isn’t as bad as ‘Iron Man 2,’ most of the audience will end up being entertained by the movie.
Are you still disappointed with Wright no longer being attached to the film or do you have faith that Marvel can still make this an enjoyable watch? Share your thoughts below true believers!
‘Ant-Man’ is slated to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.
Source: Screen Rant.