Edgar Wright fans and Ant-Man fans were dealt a crushing blow when Wright decided to leave the project after spending eight years working on the movie adaptation. Nobody quite knows what happened, but it’s no secret that Marvel henchman Kevin Feige is pretty hands on with all the Marvel projects. The natural assumption has been that Wright was not willing to give away too much creative freedom, and when Marvel decided to change parts of the original script he and Joe Cornish (Attack Of The Block) had worked on, he’d had enough. To this day, nobody really knows the real reason Wright left and it’s pretty much all based on speculation. However, now Evangeline Lilly – who is playing Hope Van Dyne (Hank Pym‘s daughter) – has offered her take on the whole debacle.
Lilly told Buzzfeed that she almost left the project herself when she got the news that Wright had abandoned ship:
“You know, a creative project is a moving target. You never end up where you start. But we all, I think, signed on very enthusiastically with Edgar. We were excited to work with Edgar. We were fans of Edgar. So when the split happened, I was in the fortunate position where I had not signed my contract yet. So I had the choice to walk away, and I almost did. Because I thought, ‘Well, if it’s because Marvel are big bullies, and they just want a puppet and not someone with a vision, I’m not interested in being in this movie.’ Which is what I was afraid of.”
Here is were it starts to make more sense, as the actress – who is about to star as elf, Tauriel for the second time in the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies – says that while she thought Wright’s vision was “incredible” and the material was “brilliant,” she also realises that Wright’s vision was not in sync with the concept of the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“I mean, they’ve established a universe, and everyone has come to expect a certain aesthetic (and) a certain feel for Marvel films. And what Edgar was creating was much more in the Edgar Wright camp of films. They were very different. And I feel like, if (Marvel) had created Edgar’s incredible vision — which would have been, like, classic comic book — it would have been such a riot to film (and) it would have been so much fun to watch. (But) it wouldn’t have fit in the Marvel Universe. It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was. It just would have taken you away from this cohesive universe they’re trying to create.”
She has more or less hit the nail on the head here, as Wright’s sensibilities and sense of humour are very distinct, and he is a very iconoclastic director who has a particular style; a personal stamp if you like. Perhaps Marvel were worried that the movie was not going to be easily integrated into the collective MCU. Afterall, the MCU has grown exponentially in the last eight years and when Wright initially got involved with the project (2008) there wasn’t really a distinctive universe at that point.
With Peyton Reed on directing duties now, Lilly has said that she thinks “we are going to come close to pleasing” both fans of the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and his successor, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd).
Now that we have learned a bit more about the situation, and the fact it was based on the ever expanding MCU, …who are you siding with? Team Marvel or Team Wright? Did Marvel act in everyone’s best interest? Or would you have preferred a standalone movie? (…so many questions).
Via – Blastr