The talented Edgar Wright has been attached to Marvel's "Ant-Man" for years. That is, until Wright abruptly departed the project last week due to some creative differences that were never fully explained. Now it appears we have a bit more context to the situation.
According to the Latino-Review, the split was due to screenplay issues between co-writers Wright and Joe Cornish and Marvel. Feige and team wanted to ensure that certain things were included, such as "franchise characters", and that the "core morality of the piece" was clear. The writing duo apparently did two new drafts of the script which tried to appease the powers that be without changing their direction too dramatically but that apparently didn't satisfy Marvel's needs.
The script was then rewritten by two new writers, one of which is associated with Marvel's in-house team and the new material was reportedly "poorer, homogenized, and not Edgar's vision."
Feige and team have majorly shaped the Marvel Cinematic Universe into being one of the biggest film powerhouses of this generation. There is certainly a code and style to follow that fits within the larger vision but would you even hire a director like Wright, who has such a unique and fresh style, without knowing what you're getting?
According to a source from THR, "Kevin Feige [and his top lieutenants] run Marvel with a singularity of vision, but when you take a true auteur and throw him into the mix, this is what you get. They don't want you to speak up too much or have too much vision. People who have never worked there don't understand how they operate, but if you trust them, they have an amazing track record."
Every installment obviously needs to fit within the larger plans of the universe but does that not leave room for creativity? We of course will never fully know the details of the departure. Were Feige and team being unreasonable and compromising the very essence of the director's creativity? Or was Wright so set in his ways of doing what he wanted on his terms, that he wasn't willing to compromise and be reasonable?
So many questions left to be answered and sadly they may never be. But one thing is clear; a new director will be chosen soon and let's just hope for Marvel's sake that they are willing to work with what they have in mind or this property could be in some serious trouble.
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