More From Kevin Feige On ANT-MAN; Clarifies Marvel's Relationship With Past Directors

Kevin Feige talks more about parting ways with Edgar Wright over Ant-Man and how Marvel collaborates with directors; "At no point do we hire filmmakers who do everything we say, and at no point do we hire filmmakers that we let just do anything they want." Hit the jump for more!

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By Josh Wilding - 7/20/2014

When it was revealed that Marvel Studios and Edgar Wright had parted ways over Ant-Man, a few different reports surfaced which very much painted the former as the bad guys. Some fans declared that this was a sign that Disney were finally sticking their nose into Marvel's business, while others claimed that the movie could not and should not be made without Wright. Talking to Empire Online, Feige had this to say about people having this new perception of a studio who could previously do no wrong. "I don’t know if we ever thought of ourselves as invincible, quite the opposite. If you start thinking you’re invincible you start making bad decisions. We think we’re very vincible, and worry all the time! No, it’s much more personal than that."

As for the decision to no longer bring Ant-Man to the big screen with the Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz filmmaker, Feige reiterated: "We’ve been with Edgar for eight years, we saw the premiere of a number of his films in this very theatre. The biggest disappointment to me is not that he will not be making the movie. It was determined by him and by us that that would not be the best thing for the movie. The disappointing thing for me is not being able to make a movie with him, right now; it’s just the personal relationship. And it was amicable and we sat in a room together and said this isn’t working. I just wish I or he had figured that out somewhere in the eight years leading up to it. He was nervous about what the perception would be, and I said to Edgar ‘Don’t worry about it, because the perception will be that the evil studio squashes the innocent filmmaker’. That will be the perception no matter what, and that is the perception, but it’s much more complicated than that." As it turns out, that was the perception that the majority had when this news was revealed, but Feige makes it clear that he isn't letting it get to them as he's used to this sort of over the top reaction to such things from long before he was in charge of Marvel's own movie studio.


"Again to me, it’s reading in the early days of online fandom with Ain’t It Cool News back in 1999 that Bryan Singer was a terrible choice for X-Men and Hugh Jackman is way too tall to be Wolverine" he added. "We’re very thick-skinned and we’re use to the second-guessing and the colour commentary during the process. We’ve done what we’ve always done, which is block it out and make the best movie possible because it always comes down to the end product, when the lights go down on opening night and the clean slate appears and what is the experience of the movie. And clearly we believe that we’re on the road now with Peyton Reed to the best version of ‘Ant-Man’ that could have existed." As for whether or not Marvel have enough time to make Ant-Man with a new director attached, the producer dismissed rumours that the release date will need to be altered or that the production is in any sort of trouble. "Our schedule is not that dissimilar right now from Iron Man 3 and the original Avengers. And Ant-Man is not that visually complicated as either of those two films."

Talk then turned to what makes Yes Man director Peyton Reed the right choice to direct the movie in Wright's absence, Feige talked more about his good qualities and how the filmmaker is going about working with what was there before Wright's departure and what has changed since. He also revealed when exactly shooting begins. "When Edgar left this project, we talked about a number of different filmmakers and had few a few meetings with a few filmmakers and ending up reaching out to Peyton knowing that Peyton is not a slam dunk. He’s not just, ‘Oh, a movie, I’ll take it’. He had to be convinced that the big bad studio hadn’t squashed the filmmaker, that we were doing what was right for the movie. He read all the previous drafts and everything that had been created and is elevating it, and really having a clear vision of his own to bring this to life. The cast is incredibly engaged and we’re starting on August 18."

"Well, it’s not worth, right now, going into that in super-specifics," Feige added when talk turned to the actual creative reasons for Wright's departure. "I wish it wasn’t as late in the day as it was, but it just had become clear that there was an impasse that we had never reached before. We’ve worked with lots of unbelievable talented filmmakers like Edgar before, and of course there are disagreements along the way." He finished by discussing Marvel's previous collaboration with directors, perhaps going some way to explain why some have decided not to work with them again.
"There’s always been disagreements, whether big or small; that’s the collaborative nature of filmmaking and in particular the collaborative nature at Marvel that has producers, not just me, that are very involved and very opinionated. We had always found a way around it, a way to battle through it and emerge on the other side with a better product. At no point do we hire filmmakers who do everything we say, and at no point do we hire filmmakers that we let just do anything they want. There is always a middle ground that we find, and it just became clear that both of us was just being too polite over the past eight years I guess! Then it was clear that, ‘Oh you’re really not gonna stop talking about that note?’ ‘Oh, you’re really not gonna do that note?’ Alright this isn’t working." You can hear from Kevin Feige about Edgar Wright's decision to no longer work on Ant-Man by clicking here. What do you guys think about these comments?
Source: Empire Online
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AlexanderLykins - 7/20/2014, 9:54 AM
They better do something really cool with this movie.
EzioKenway1225 - 7/20/2014, 9:54 AM
i ave faith in Peyton reed..do not let me down , Mr Reed
DrDoom - 7/20/2014, 9:54 AM
I believe.

SageMode - 7/20/2014, 9:55 AM
Very well said.
BatManHeisenberg - 7/20/2014, 9:56 AM
People need to stop worrying about Ant-Man. With all that's going for it, I think it'll be great.
EzioKenway1225 - 7/20/2014, 9:56 AM
Alexanderlykins-Peyton Reed was gonna do a FF film before the two FF films we got but he walked away because Fox wanted to go in the direction of the two FF films we got but Reed wanted to do his version..one user on here did a review of the script he was gonna direct and it sounded really good imo...http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/MrFantastic/news/?a=103834
HurricaneXavier - 7/20/2014, 9:56 AM
I can't wait to see how this thread turns out.

Probably like the other 30 or so that have come before it...
marvel72 - 7/20/2014, 9:58 AM
with all the trouble this movie has had over the last few months i hope it turns out good.

charlie2094 - 7/20/2014, 9:58 AM
Some interesting comments, glad he is speaking about it a bit, the whole Ant-Man mess needed to be cleaned up. Certainly sounds amicable enough, hopefully this doesn't prevent Wright from potentially doing another such film in the future. Still not overly excited for Ant-Man anymore, but hopefully it still turns out well, still has a solid cast and Wrights input/script etc.
AlexanderLykins - 7/20/2014, 9:58 AM
I reall want to see the Ant-Man suit. Hopefully we get something awesome that doesn't look like Cosplay.
buctom13 - 7/20/2014, 9:59 AM
kevin feige has to be a big asshole to keep bringing this up..how many story r about how [frick]ing bad it is to work for this guy.
soforizo - 7/20/2014, 9:59 AM
I've been getting after the reporters the last few times this has been a story, but Feige is keeping this story alive and well at this point.
HurricaneXavier - 7/20/2014, 10:00 AM
You would think the suit would be very easy to make, as long as the helmet looks good.
Canary - 7/20/2014, 10:00 AM
As far as I'm concerned, Wright is the reason we never saw Hank Pym or Jan Van Dyne in the Avengers. That is unforgivable. Good riddance. Bring it, Peyton...
EzioKenway1225 - 7/20/2014, 10:00 AM
well,he is being asked by reporters these questions so he has to answer them as best as he can at this point since it is still a relatively fresh issues
HurricaneXavier - 7/20/2014, 10:01 AM
How dumb are some of you kids? You know he answers questions and gives statements based on what hes been asked.
marvel72 - 7/20/2014, 10:01 AM
waiting for the studio bashing,we will never know the full story so you can't blame either the director or the studio.
SageMode - 7/20/2014, 10:02 AM
@buctom13

He's answering the question(s) that's being asked. That's how interviews usually go you know........
TheRealRemyLebeau - 7/20/2014, 10:02 AM
Feige speaks truth!!
figuresmaniac - 7/20/2014, 10:03 AM
Well said
Archgoat - 7/20/2014, 10:04 AM
I believe that Thor 2 is the biggest evidence of studio interference to date. Game Of Thrones director and excellent trailer, what could go wrong? Answer: almost everything. It was mishmash of action scenes and cheesy, forced humor coupled with forgettable characters.

Alan Taylor was forced to include Guardians Of The Galaxy teaser to the end of the movie, he voiced his displeasure about that on interviews. Who knows what was left on cutting floor, it could've been much better movie. Damn you Disney.
AvengersRock - 7/20/2014, 10:05 AM
First?
MyloSteamwitz - 7/20/2014, 10:06 AM
*Flame Shield up*

I'm excited for Ant-Man.
SageMode - 7/20/2014, 10:06 AM
@canary

I agree. Whedon and Feige both said that the whole MCU up to this point was written around the absence of Pym and Wasp because of Edgar Wright kept pushing the project off to do his other movies. Marvel was more than generous. And given what both Favreau and Simon Pegg said, Edgar Wright didn't mesh well with the rest of the MCU because of his outdated script. Marvel wanted it change so that it could be so, but Wright didn't want to.....
AlexanderLykins - 7/20/2014, 10:07 AM
@HurricaneXavier
I mostly mean the helmet. You're right in that the actual suit should be pretty easy.
AvengersRock - 7/20/2014, 10:07 AM
I knew I spent way too long reading the note while I was at the store. Lol
SageMode - 7/20/2014, 10:07 AM
*Edgar Wright's vision
kinghulk - 7/20/2014, 10:08 AM
archgoat- the inclusion of the GOTG after credits scene doesnt really affect the film. the only way it affects the film is that asgard has given the aether to the collector. and it was filmed after all the filming for thor TDW was finished.
EzioKenway1225 - 7/20/2014, 10:08 AM
to be fair, while wright may have come up with the idea of lang being the main character and pym being an old man, Marvel liked it and approved it and they are sticking with it so it was a mutual decision
Klone - 7/20/2014, 10:08 AM
The evil, wicked studio!!
HurricaneXavier - 7/20/2014, 10:08 AM
@AlexanderLykins If Quills helmet in GOTG is any indication, I think/hope they will nail it.
Interestein - 7/20/2014, 10:09 AM
It was my most anticipated movie when Wright was involved, but now I'm interested, it still has an all-star cast and all of Wrights pre-vis work.
HurricaneXavier - 7/20/2014, 10:09 AM
@KingHulk Don't feed the trolls.
AlexanderLykins - 7/20/2014, 10:09 AM
Wow. I guess I never fully understood how Wright shaped the MCU.
soforizo - 7/20/2014, 10:10 AM
There are better ways to answer questions than to go into a monologue. Save the bullshit.
EzioKenway1225 - 7/20/2014, 10:10 AM
comic con is a few days away.. we will see what they do with ant man there
MisterMoustache - 7/20/2014, 10:11 AM
"It was determined by him and by us that that would not be the best thing for the movie."

Yeah, right. Because that's totally how it works...
TheRealRemyLebeau - 7/20/2014, 10:11 AM
Everyone wanted to hear from Kevin Feige how things went down with Edgar. Feige is right with the reaction that would come as dumb fanboys or DC haters blamed Marvel/Disney for the mix up. You heard it here that Edgar was scared of the reaction and feige said "don't worry about it because we will get blamed for squashing the little director" (summed up). I said it from the jump fanboys were overreacting. All these past 1000 comments or 10+ pages for ant man was ridiculous because there isn't that many fans out there for this character even stan lee said so.
AlexanderLykins - 7/20/2014, 10:11 AM
@HurricaneXavier
Yep. I want Ant-Man to have a very sleek look.
case - 7/20/2014, 10:12 AM
I still think of Intruder when I see that avatar/icon. Wonder what he feels about all this?

Good article Josh.
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