Edgar Wright left his role directing the highly anticipated Ant-Man movie, for apparent creative differences with Marvel. Wright and Marvel Studios released a joint statement this Friday releasing the information, and claim that it will not impact the 2015 release date. Fans are on the edge of their seats as they await the announcement of the new director.
Ant-Man is a popular Marvel super hero, who was created in the 60s by Jack Kirby, along with Stan Lee, and Larry Lieber. He is the alter ego of Henry Pym. Pym is a talented biophysicist, who discovers a substance that allows him to shrink down in size. After inventing a helmet that allows him to control ants, he decides to become a mystery solving super hero. Soon after, his girlfriend Janet Van Dyne joins him, becoming the Wasp. The couple later become founding members of the Avengers, although they were left out of the big 2012 Avengers movie.
Edgar Wright stunned the crowd at Comic Con in 2012 with early footage. The movie faced some set backs, but as far as anyone could tell he was firmly committed to the project. Edgar Wright is a well-known British sitcom writer and director. After working with Simon Pegg on Spaced, he went on to direct Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Wright has an interesting and different take on every film he adapts. His rendition of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World brought the popular comic book to life, and was well received at the box office. He picked up Ant-Man back in 2006, and has been working on writing the script with Joe Cornish ever since. After all the work he has done it is sad to see that he will be leaving the film up to another director.
Details of Wrights and Marvels creative differences are unknown, but if the studio is not willing to give Wright 100% creative freedom its safe to say he would not do his best. Wrights flashy and comedic style is apparent in all of his films. Although Ant-Man is an action/science story, the whole concept of an insect controlling scientist is a little silly. Marvel has had subtle humor in a lot of their films to offset the seriousness, but when it comes down to it they are looking for a serious action packed film to follow all their heroes. Perhaps Wright was attempting to make the movie funnier than the studio was willing to let slide.
Paul Rudd will be starring as Ant-Man, along with Evangeline Lilly as his girlfriend. Michael Douglas, Pactrick Wilson, and Michael Pena will also be making an appearance in the film. Paul Rudd has made a name for himself with his comedic performances, which further confuses the audience on why Ant-Man is not a comedy. He is well known for his roles in Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Role Models, which are all comedies. No matter what movie he is in, Paul Rudd is an admired actor, and fans are excited to see how he will do in his first super hero role.
While fans recover from the news of the separation of Edgar Wright from the Ant-Man movie, Marvel works on their announcement of the new director –expected soon. Despite all the set back, Ant-Man will be in theaters on July 27, 2015.
By Morgan Louchen