Fans were devastated when news broke that Edgar Wright would be leaving ‘Ant-Man’ over creative differences. After all, the filmmaker behind ‘Shaun of the Dead,’ ‘Hot Fuzz,’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’ had been working on that movie even before the Marvel Cinematic Universe existed. Now, that doesn’t mean that Peyton Reed’s upcoming Phase Two finale written by Adam McKay and Paul Rudd will be bad. Judging by the trailers that we’ve seen so far, it could be pretty good. But nonetheless, everyone wishes that they could have seen Wright’s version on the big screen. I mean, those who read it like ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ director Joss Whedon won’t stop talking about how good it was.
While speaking to Buzzfeed on the set of the sequel to his acclaimed 2012 blockbuster featuring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Whedon shared his thoughts on Wright’s version of Scott Lang and Hank Pym’s introduction into the MCU. Though he was hesitant at first, he mentioned that he didn’t get why the separation even took place since the script fit so perfectly with what the House of Ideas was looking for in their films:
“I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I’d read. I had no interest in Ant-Man. [Then] I read the script, and was like, ‘Of course! This is so good!’ It reminded me of the books when I read them. Irreverent and funny and could make what was small large, and vice versa. I don’t know where things went wrong. But I was very sad. Because I thought, ‘This is a no-brainer. This is Marvel getting it exactly right.’ Whatever dissonance that came, whatever it was, I don’t understand why it was bigger than a marriage that seemed so right. But I’m not going to say it was definitely all Marvel, or Edgar’s gone mad! I felt like they would complement each other by the ways that they were different. And, uh, somethin’ happened.”
As I said before, ‘Ant-Man’ could still be very good without Edgar Wright. However, that still doesn’t change the fact that True Believers (including Joss Whedon) really, really wanted to see Wright’s version of the story that he’s been talking about for nearly a decade. Sure, there are rumors saying that more of his work with Joe Cornish has been recently reinserted back into the film thanks to reshoots, but we don’t even know for sure how much of their influence remained in Rudd and McKay’s draft in the first place.
Are you still down about Edgar Wright leaving ‘Ant-Man’? What do you think of Joss Whedon’s comments on the original version of the script? Let us know in the comment section.
‘Ant-Man’ starring Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey Stoll flies into theaters on July 17, 2015.