Joss Whedon: Edgar Wright's Ant-Man Was the 'Best Script Marvel Ever Had'

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 - 9:59AM
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 - 9:59AM
Joss Whedon: Edgar Wright's Ant-Man Was the 'Best Script Marvel Ever Had'
There are several reasons that Marvel fans are hesitant to embrace Ant-Man, but the biggest controversy surrounding the film has been, by far, the departure of Edgar Wright. The presence of the beloved director got everyone's hopes up that Ant-Man could be the next Guardians of the Galaxy: a silly, irreverent gem borne out of a slightly underwhelming title hero. So when he left the project as a result of "creative differences," fans were understandably disappointed that Marvel wouldn't be getting the Shaun of the Dead treatment. Now, Joss Whedon, Age of Ultron director and someone who actually read the script, has basically confirmed that we all missed out on a potentially amazing film:

"I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I'd read," Whedon told Buzzfeed. "I had no interest in Ant-Man. [Then,] I read the script and was like, 'Of course! This is so good!' It reminded me of the books when I read them. Irreverent and funny and could make what was small large, and vice versa."

It comes as less surprise to me that the script was well-written than that it was "the most Marvel" script Whedon had read. No one was disputing that Wright is a talented writer and director, there was simply a question of whether his film would fit into the larger cinematic universe. It's subjective, and Evangeline Lilly recently agreed with Marvel's assessment, but if Whedon is to be believed, then it would have fit in just fine, which makes the disappointment sting that much more.

"I don't know where things went wrong," said Whedon. "But I was very sad. Because I thought, 'This is a no-brainer. This is Marvel getting it exactly right.' Whatever dissonance that came, whatever it was, I don't understand why it was bigger than a marriage that seemed so right. But I'm not going to say it was definitely all Marvel, or Edgar's gone mad! I felt like they would complement each other by the ways that they were different. And, uh, somethin' happened."

Ant-Man could still be a good movie, although the promotional materials have been extremely underwhelming thus far. (And I say that as someone who loves Paul Rudd and really wants to be excited for this movie.) I'll give it the benefit of the doubt, but it sounds like they may have been better served keeping Wright on board.

Ant-Man comes out in theaters on July 17.

Via THR.
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