Though it turned out to be a successful addition to the Marvel cinematic universe, grossing $519 million worldwide and generally getting good views from both audiences and critics, for a long time prior to its release, fans were expecting a very different kind of movie from Ant-Man. For a long time the director behind the world famous Cornetto Trilogy, Edgar Wright, was attached to the direct the movie, having been involved since 2006 – two years before the release of Iron Man. His vision combined with the wealth of Ant-Man source material would certainly have made for an interesting film and many fans were eager to see it.
When it was announced that Wright was no longer involved with the project, a lot of fans were disappointed that the movie he would’ve made wouldn’t never become reality. For a long time, the separate between Wright and Marvel was put down to ‘creative differences’. Aside from that rather vague reasoning, there wasn’t much more information available about what happened.
In a recent interview promoting his new movie Baby Driver, Wright explained why he chose to leave Ant-Man:
“The most diplomatic answer is I wanted to make a Marvel movie but I don’t think they really wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie. It was a really heartbreaking decision to have to walk away after having worked on it for so long, because me and Joe Cornish in some form – it’s funny some people say, ‘Oh they’ve been working on it for eight years,’ and that was somewhat true, but in that time I had made three movies. So it wasn’t like I was working on it full time. But after The World’s End, I did work on it for like a year, I was gonna make the movie. I was the writer-director on it, and then they wanted to do a draft without me, and having written all my other movies, that’s a tough thing to move forward… Suddenly becoming a director for hire on it, you’re sort of less emotionally invested and you start to wonder why you’re there, really.”