Kevin Feige Explains Marvel’s Take on Why Edgar Wright Left ‘Ant-Man’
Up until this point, we haven't heard any real explanation from Marvel or Edgar Wright on why the two sides parted ways on the 'Ant-Man' movie. The only official word was a statement released by Marvel stating, "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..." Besides a few tweets, Wright has stayed mum on specifics, but now Marvel president Kevin Feige opened up about the departure.
Feige told The Guardian that the rumors that Disney and Marvel were concerned about the commercial viability of Wright's film was untrue.
The notion that Marvel was scared, the vision was too good, too far out for Marvel is not true. And I don’t want to talk too much about that because I think our movies speak to that. Go look at 'Iron Man 3'; go look at 'The Winter Soldier'; go see 'Guardians of the Galaxy' later this month. It would have to be really out there to be too out there for us. The perception that the big evil studio was too scared at the outside-the-box creative vision is just not the case.
So, what exactly was the case? Feige didn't get into specifics about what drove them apart aside from mentioning he and Wright "sat around a table and we realised it was not working." Most of you are probably wondering, well, how did you not realize it wasn't working considering Wright had been working on the film since 2006? And, to his credit, Feige takes the blame for that, saying he "wishes we could have figured that out in the eight years we were working on it."
If you think that it's possible Marvel and Wright could somehow find a way to work together in the future, we wouldn't bank on it. It sounds like, even though the decision was "amicable" (as the Marvel press release states), there was some permanent damage to the relationship on a personal level. Feige laments: "The biggest disappointment for me is just the relationship, because I like Edgar very, very much and we were very close for many many years."
Of course, this is very much Marvel's side of things and if, one day, Wright openly talks about his experience, we would expect him to sing a slightly different tune. Whatever the case, we're disappointed we'll never get to see Wright's vision for a Marvel movie realized, but look forward to seeing what Peyton Reed can do with the property.