Joss Whedon Says Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ Was ‘The Best Script Marvel Ever Had’
It's futile to continue to talk about what could've been when it comes to Edgar Wright, Marvel and Ant-Man. For their own separate reasons, they parted ways, the film was rewritten by Adam McKay (Anchorman) and star Paul Rudd, and was eventually directed by Peyton Reed. And that may very well wind up being a great Ant-Man movie (the trailer certainly looked promising enough)! But, if we're to believe Avengers director Joss Whedon, Edgar Wright's Ant-Man could have been the best movie Marvel ever made.
I thought the [Ant-Man] 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.
Whedon sounds like the child torn between two divorced parents. He clearly wishes the two sides could've worked out their differences (as did we all), but the divide between Wright and Marvel was clearly too wide.
For all their work on the movie, original writers Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish are only receiving a "Story By" credit on Ant-Man, while Rudd and McKay receive the final screenplay credit. How much of that "best script that Marvel ever had" makes it into the final movie? We'll find out for sure when Ant-Man opens in theaters on July 17.