Kevin Feige Opens Up On Edgar Wright's ANT-MAN Exit And 'Too Far Out Vision' Rumors

The Marvel Studios producer speaks more directly about parting ways with the initial Ant-Man director, how the process played out, and the rumors regarding exactly why it happened. Check it out!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 7/17/2014
When The Guardian caught up with Kevin Feige at the Guardians of the Galaxy press event in London this week, the British newspaper pressed the Marvel Studios president for details surrounding Edgar Wright abandoning his Ant-Man adaptation  after eight years of development. While an official statement cited creative differences for the split, Feige confirms that it was a "combination" of personality issues and Wright's vision "falling out-of-sync" with Marvel's wider cinematic universe. The producer then reassured that his Disney-owned company did not behave like a "big evil studio... too scared at the outside-the-box creative vision," like some rumors had insinuated. "We sat round a table and we realised it was not working," said Feige. "A part of me wishes we could have figured that out in the eight years we were working on it. But better for us and for Edgar that we figure it out then, and not move it through production. We said 'let's do this together and put out a statement.' What do we say? 'Creative differences'. I said: 'That's what they always say and no-one ever believes it.' Edgar said: 'But in this case it's true'"

Kevin Feige continued, "The Marvel movies are very collaborative, and I think they are more collaborative than what he had been used to. And I totally respect that. "[But] the notion that Marvel was scared, the vision was too good, too far out for Marvel is not true. And I don't want to talk too much about that because I think our movies speak to that. Go look at Iron Man 3; go look at The Winter Soldier; go see Guardians of the Galaxy later this month. It would have to be really out there to be too out there for us." The Marvel honcho then boasted that Ant-Man is "in the best shape it's ever been" with Yes Man director Peyton Reed. "Peyton is going to do a tremendous job and the cast is tremendously dedicated and the script is getting into amazing shape," he said. "You wouldn't expect a producer to say anything different, but when that movie comes out it will be the absolute best version of Ant-Man that could have existed." He added, "The biggest disappointment for me is just the relationship, because I like Edgar very, very much and we were very close for many many years. But the perception that the big evil studio was too scared at the outside-the-box creative vision is just not the case."

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, David Dastmalchian, Michael Pena, and Patrick Wilson, and is set for release on July 17, 2015.

Source: The Guardian
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McGee - 7/17/2014, 6:33 PM
He f*cked your wife Kevin. Just admit it man.
PsychoManiacJacky - 7/17/2014, 6:34 PM
TheBuoyWonder - 7/17/2014, 6:36 PM
Lol @McGee
Reasonnnn - 7/17/2014, 6:37 PM
*insert Joker and here we go gif*
PsychoManiacJacky - 7/17/2014, 6:39 PM
^ Couldn't find the joker gif, but I hope this is good enough for now.

CharlesLord - 7/17/2014, 6:39 PM
intersting. im glad he kinda cleared this up
staypuffed - 7/17/2014, 6:40 PM
I respect Edgar's decision and am curious to see what happens here.
SuperCat - 7/17/2014, 6:40 PM
Lmao!!! @ McGee
Ignition - 7/17/2014, 6:41 PM
"While an official statement cited creative differences for the split, Feige confirms that it was a "combination" of personality issues and Wright's vision "falling out-of-sync" with Marvel's wider cinematic universe."

Marvel's wider cinematic universe = box
"falling out-of-sync" = too far outside of

too far outside of box
YeezusWept - 7/17/2014, 6:41 PM
PAF - 7/17/2014, 6:41 PM
I still cry
Reasonnnn - 7/17/2014, 6:41 PM
@Jacky that'll do, that'll do...
Reasonnnn - 7/17/2014, 6:42 PM
@ezio I agree
MrCBM56 - 7/17/2014, 6:42 PM
Too bad. Tough loss. Life moves on.
KurtWagner1225 - 7/17/2014, 6:42 PM
the way he is saying it..i believe it..he doesnt even need to be talking about it and he knows the perception some people about Marvel..i truly hope Ant Man is a good film come next year
McGee - 7/17/2014, 6:44 PM
We've all done it. What's the big deal? I bet Kevin f*cked his own wife too one time.
YeezusWept - 7/17/2014, 6:44 PM
"You wouldn't expect a producer to say anything different, but when that movie comes out it will be the absolute best version of Ant-Man that could have existed."

DrKinsolving - 7/17/2014, 6:45 PM

Haha, now we know the truth.


Honestly though, if what Edgar wanted to do was more out there than Iron Man 3, I could see how it could cause some problems
Phronesis - 7/17/2014, 6:45 PM
i wasn't excited for this movie with Edgar, I'm damn sure won't be excited for whoever the hell Peyton Reed is.
Phronesis - 7/17/2014, 6:46 PM
"but when that movie comes out it will be the absolute best version of Ant-Man that could have existed"

Uhhh... No.
Missy - 7/17/2014, 6:47 PM
Wish I could go to an alternate universe just to see what Wright's Ant-Man would've looked like. Oh well, I'm not that excited for this movie ever since Wright left, but I hope that it'll be good anyway. After all, this is Marvel Studios we're talking about and they've done the best superhero movie franchise.

I guess Wright kinda wanted Ant-Man to be its own thing, which I find interesting but still think it should be connected to the rest of the MCU. Welp, we'll see... maybe at SDCC.
KurtWagner1225 - 7/17/2014, 6:47 PM
Phronesis-why?..they will try to make the best movie they can
Space - 7/17/2014, 6:48 PM
If it doesn't mash up with the MCU then it just doesn't. Oh well
fettastic - 7/17/2014, 6:48 PM
@Ignition, Well played sir.
AlexanderLykins - 7/17/2014, 6:49 PM
Oh boy.
mmadadamm - 7/17/2014, 6:49 PM
"Go look at Iron Man 3; go look at The Winter Soldier; go see Guardians of the Galaxy later this month August first in a theater near YOUUU!" *points at an imaginary camera*
KurtWagner1225 - 7/17/2014, 6:50 PM
i do hope,like Guardians blew away people who saw the footage at comic con,i hope they show( probably not since they dont start shooting until August) but i hope they do something that allays atleast some people fears for this film
Phronesis - 7/17/2014, 6:51 PM
@EzioKenway1225 While this movie might in fact be great, and while I have no doubts about that, the known deviations already tells me this will be FAR from the best "version of Ant-Man that could have existed". That's just wishful thinking and quite frankly arrogant.
KurtWagner1225 - 7/17/2014, 6:52 PM
Phronesis-ah,i see,this is the idea they have,i dont see how it is arrogant,i see that statement as him just saying he wants to make the best version of the movie ..but i see your point
typicalfanboy - 7/17/2014, 6:52 PM
i hope the time travel/parallel universe thing where niteowl is actually the younger version of michael douglass who's used as an enforcer by corey stoll's villain is true. that way douglass can die and we'll have a giantman/yellowjacket and an ant-man.
GhostSurfer - 7/17/2014, 6:52 PM
I believe him. What does he need to lie for? Every single Marvel movie under their shared Universe has been Certified Fresh on Rottentomatoes, with the lowest being Incredible Hulk at 67%. I'd say Feige knows what he's doing, and if he says creative differences got Wright the boot, then I feel it was probably for the best.

Having said that I definitely would have loved to see Wright's directing and comedic timing present in Ant-Man.
SnapperCarr - 7/17/2014, 6:53 PM
Oh well. What could've been. If they had just figured this out earlier, we probably would've seen Antman and Wasp in the Avengers as opposed to Black Widow and Hawkeye, and probably would have Antman as Ultron's creator (unless in a midcredit scene they show Hank Pym assisting Stark or something in the development of Ultron).
Snotzo - 7/17/2014, 6:53 PM
They have not let me down so far (although Mandarin twist was not a high point for me), so bring it on, bring on the Ant-man.
HurricaneXavier - 7/17/2014, 6:53 PM
This issue will won't die until we see a trailer.
SnapperCarr - 7/17/2014, 6:54 PM
And I wonder what Lang and Pym are trying to steal? Maybe another Infinity Stone?
Missy - 7/17/2014, 6:55 PM
I still think Ant-Man may possibly be Marvel Studios' fist flop.
KurtWagner1225 - 7/17/2014, 6:55 PM
i would loved an edgar wright ant man movie..that would be amazing but unfortunately..its not happening..we just have to move on and hope for the best
SpideyQuad - 7/17/2014, 6:56 PM
As much as I like Edgar, this movie has always been about the character Ant-man to me. I trust Marvel and their vision. I hope this movie kicks butt and meets my expectations. For eight years I've been in the minority about this. I honestly don't understand all the negativity that surrounds it. Perhaps it's because I was around when the character was introduced in the comics. All I can say to the doubters is read Avengers # 161 and/or Marvel Premieres #47, if you want to see the characters true potential!
KurtWagner1225 - 7/17/2014, 6:56 PM
CosmicLord-possibly..i think it depends on Guardians..i think Guardians is a test of how big their brand is and on their band alone can they make audiences atleast give their movies a chance..also love the david tennant/ Tenth Doctor avatar..ALLONSY!!
Phronesis - 7/17/2014, 6:59 PM
@EzioKenway1225 I say arrogant because he practically confirms this will be the best version of ant-man to ever exist acting as if it's not subjective. And the deviations they've did to Hank Pym doesn't fall well with that statement. Now, yes, he didn't explicitly state this will be the best version of Hank Pym but he falls into the section of "Ant-Man", or rather "Ant-Men". Now if he said, we will TRY to make this the best version, sure. But he didn't.
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