When Edgar Wright was first announced to bring Marvel's "Ant-Man" to the big-screen, the fanboy many filmgoers were incredibly excited. Wright has a very unique and distinctive style that lends itself very well to the comic-book world, as seen in such films as "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" and "Shaun of the Dead". In a very surprising turn of events, it was just announced that Wright has parted ways from the production due to creative disputes.
Here is the statement that Marvel released on the departure:
"Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT-MAN due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly."
We know that Marvel President Kevin Feige is the top dog when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is truly brilliant and strategically shaped the MCU into being one of the biggest powerhouses of this decade in the film world. Needless to say, if you are clashing creatively with Feige and straying away from what he has in mind with how it fits within the larger scheme, you better be prepared to change your tune or walk away.
The disappointing factor is that many of the mainstream moviegoers aren't very familiar with the Ant-Man property, so having a creative and fresh director like Wright take charge definitely makes it extremely interesting. When something as big as another installment for the MCU is on the line, you would think they wouldn't gamble with a director and would hire someone they have great faith in. Wright's style is what makes him so solid, so by inhibiting that creative freedom, you are in essence taking away the best part of his skill.
But this is just one puzzle in a larger world, so if you expect to have full creative control over something of this size, it's been confirmed that you may be in for some serious disappointment.
Wright was also a co-writer on the script with Joe Cornish. The statement assures us that the release date will still be hit, which means they are aggressively in conversation with other directors to fill the void. After a bad press leak like this and being on the height of their game, one would expect Marvel will lock in a quality director that will keep our faith in this property intact and give Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd a proper platform to shine.
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