May. 23rd, 2014

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The news broke that, due to "differences in their vision of the film", Edgar Wright and Marvel have parted ways on the Ant-Man movie. On the surface, this doesn't seem like that big a deal -- except that Edgar Wright has been working on this movie for over eight years and he was the driving force behind it getting greenlit in the first place. Moreover, Marvel is still planning to use his script and keep the release date, which is in summer of next year.

Shocking! I wonder when Edgar Wright will go on a twitter rant and spill the beans about what happened. Personally, I don't know if its even feasible to make the movie at this point -- Marvel will have to find a director in the next few weeks and that director will only have about 6-7 months to get the movie out in time for editing, marketing, and making the release date. That's a tall order!

If it were up to me, I'd probably scrap the project altogether, but can they even scrap it without screwing up their plans for other MCU movies? We know so little about the Ant-Man movie, but it may be integral to Marvel's plans for its cinematic universe. About the only thing that can be said is that Wright's firing makes it all the more obvious that Marvel is willing to ditch anyone who won't cooperate with them, no matter how many years they'd put into the project. Don't squabble with Marvel over paychecks, don't blab secrets, and sure as hell don't try to commandeer a project from Marvel or you WILL be eliminated with extreme prejudice. It happened to Terrance Howard, to Edward Norton, Patty Jenkins, and now Edgar Wright. As far as Marvel is concerned you are replaceable. On one hand I'm like "damn that's cold" but on the other hand I have to think that's why all the movies have been so cohesive so far.


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