Now that we’ve had the weekend to gather info on the situation, gnash our teeth and throw a Cornetto cone up in the air, it’s time to move on and hope for the best. One of the best responses to this untimely departure came from Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn, who counts Wright as a near and dear friend. Gunn recently took to Facebook to offer his insights on the situation and wish his fellow artist all the best.
From Gunn’s personal page:
“Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. You love each of them dearly as individuals and think they’re amazing people. When they talk to you about their troubles, you do everything you can to support them, to keep them together, because if you love them both so much doesn’t it make sense they should love each other? But little by little you realize, at heart, they aren’t meant to be together – not because there’s anything wrong with either of them, but they just don’t have personalities that mesh in a comfortable way. They don’t make each other happy. Although it’s sad to see them split, when they do, you’re surprisingly relieved, and excited to see where their lives take them next.
It’s easy to try to make one party ‘right’ and another party ‘wrong’ when a breakup happens, but it often isn’t that simple. Or perhaps it’s even more simple than that – not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn’t mean they’re not wonderful people.
And that’s true of both Edgar Wright and Marvel. One of them isn’t a person, but I think you get what I mean.”
Aside from the weird, Romney-esque humanization of a corporation, this feels like a rather heartfelt lamentation of a creative partnership that might’ve been doomed from the start*. Here’s hoping that Ant-Man can still be salvaged (though I can’t say I’m personally interested in ever seeing it) and that Wright absolutely kills whatever (hopefully personal) project he takes on next.
Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters August 1.
*There is also an alternative way to read this — Gunn’s playing nice, keeping the suits happy while still giving a shout out to his buddy; a “don’t tread on me” regarding his current picture that may not be 100% locked yet.