No Marvel Studios production so far has had more problems than ‘Ant-Man.’ After working on the project since 2006, Edgar Wright left the project over creative differences and was replaced by ‘Bring It On’ director Peyton Reed. Now that Adam McKay of ‘Anchorman’ fame has reworked the script, it seems that there have been a few other departures as well.
Patrick Wilson, Matt Gerard, and Kevin Weisman will no longer be appearing in Marvel’s upcoming Phase Three film. Since Wright’s exit, cast members and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige have not hidden the fact that they are disappointed that things didn’t work out with the fan favorite filmmaker. However, there were no talks of anyone else walking away from the project because of it. While rumors may say that the trio dropped out because of this changing of the guard, Marvel says that is definitely not the case.
In regards to Wilson, a schedule conflict has arisen because production on ‘Ant-Man’ was delayed due to the rewriting process. As for Gerard and Weisman, who were said to be taking villainous roles opposite Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, their characters were omitted in new drafts of the script.
With any luck, we’ll get to see how much the landscape of ‘Ant-Man’ has changed once Marvel Studios takes the stage in Hall H at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. But until then, here’s the official synopsis of the film as we ponder who the new villains of the story are:
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
What do you think about Patrick Wilson, Matt Gerard, and Kevin Weisman leaving ‘Ant-Man’? Do any of these departures disappoint you? Let us know in the comments.
‘Ant-Man’ starring Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd hits theaters on July 17, 2015.