Jon Favreau Shares Thoughts On Edgar Wright Exiting Marvel's ANT-MAN

Revealing the original Fantastic Four movies were the initial model for Iron Man, director Jon Favreau has weighed in on Marvel and Edgar Wright parting ways on the Ant-Man adaptation. Check it out!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 6/25/2014
While Marvel Studios first established its shared universe and self-produced brand with Iron Man (2008), director Jon Favreau was hired the same year, 2006, that Edgar Wright had signed on to helm the company's Ant-Man adaptation, which the British filmmaker is no longer directing. In light of Wright and Marvel/Disney parting ways on the 2015 project, Favreau was asked about the split while promoting his critically acclaimed Chef movie. 

"Edgar's a dear friend of mine - I was so looking forward to seeing his version of Ant-Man," he told Shortlist during an interview today. "All Edgar's films have been studio films, it's not like he's never made one before. I think he's been used to a situation where he can have tremendous creative say around his story and casting, and Marvel has built an entire franchise around their style of telling stories." He continued, "I know both parties well and I respect his decision to see that he wasn't going to be fulfilled in the process. That's all I can really say."

When asked whether or not Iron Man felt like a gamble at the time he was directing, Jon Favreau responded: "The model was the Fantastic Four films with Fox. You were expected to spend a certain amount of money that would make you a certain amount of money back as long as the effects are good. They wanted to figure out a way to get the movie to audiences for a price. I think by casting Iron Man the way we did, it classed the brand up. It allowed us to bring a certain humorous tone that had been lost from, say, the Bond franchise. With Daniel Craig, those movies gained a harder edge, meaning there was definitely room for a new humorous cad adventurer. That archetype had not been filled in a long time. Through Iron Man, Marvel found its tone and voice, but nothing was expected of it. And then the success came, and then there was pressure to continue that brand, and that’s where it becomes more challenging."

It's safe to say the challenging aspect is what resulted in mixed reviews for Iron Man 2, and Jon Favreau 
ultimately leaving the Marvel franchise's director's chair and going on to direct Chef and upcoming Jungle Book adaptation, which just added Iron Man 3's Ben Kingsley to its voice cast.
Source: Shortlist
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DrDoom - 6/25/2014, 5:52 PM
The Fox Fantastic Four movies shouldn't be the model for anything.
alamborn19 - 6/25/2014, 5:52 PM
Edgars a big baby also unrealted though it may not be my buisness i have to questions is there a page for owners and what happened to Levitkutz
McNyagano - 6/25/2014, 5:52 PM

PymParticle - 6/25/2014, 5:54 PM
Iron Man 3 Star? It's just trevor
EzioKenway1225 - 6/25/2014, 5:55 PM
im still sad that we wont get a edgar wright ant man film,but at this point,i can just hope for the best and hope its a good movie,everyone who was being considered was a step down but that doesnt mean peyton reed cant make it a good film, they are so many different reports that i frankly dont believe any,i believe what GUNN AND FAVREAU have said since they are more on the inside
Omarvls - 6/25/2014, 5:56 PM
STILL with this?

Move on Man
EzioKenway1225 - 6/25/2014, 5:57 PM
many filmmakers will say the best way to make a good film is collaboration but no one entity whether it be the filmmaker or the studio can have too much power.. the guy is known to be an auteur,he is known to be very hands on and be in control of every part of his films and u cant do that in a big budget superhero film
Destined - 6/25/2014, 5:57 PM
Favreau knows what's up. They all support Wright as creators.
EzioKenway1225 - 6/25/2014, 5:59 PM
this video gives some good thoughts imo..