Because we’re such a huge fan of superhero/DC/Marvel movies here at RetroEnt, we have to say we absolutely loved Ant-Man. The 2014 movie starred Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas – but could have been very different. In the early stages of development, Baby Driver director, Edgar Wright was in charge of writing and directing the Marvel movie. However, he soon stepped away from working with the Ant-Man team, and has always put it down to ‘creative differences.’ Since then, fans have speculated on these differences, and now Edgar Wright has finally spoken out about his decision to leave.
While promoting his new movie, Baby Driver, Wright spoke on a Variety Playback podcast about the ordeal.
I think the most diplomatic answer is that 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.
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.
As the podcast went on, Wright seemed to suggest that the feud initially started after Marvel had decided they wanted to create a new script without the work of Edgar Wright. He had previously been writer and director on his other films, so it stung a bit when Marvel didn’t like his script, and kept asking for changes. He felt that he was a ‘director for hire’, which meant that he didn’t feel he could be as emotionally invested as he wanted to be.
Wright remained a credited source on the final cut of the movie. However, there is no way to know whether the full script (or how much of it) ended up in the end product. As much as we absolutely loved Ant-Man, we can’t help but wonder what it would have been like if Wright had continued with the project…