Marvel Had A Bad Weekend

Late Friday, Marvel made the surprise announcement that Edgar Wright was stepping down from the director's chair on Ant-man. This was, to say the least, surprising. Shocking even. The press release read as such:
"Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT-MAN due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly."
If that wasn't enough of a hit for the company, over the weekend, it was announced that Drew Goddard is stepping away from the Netflix original Daredevil series, to be replaced by fellow Buffy alumni Steven S. DeKnight. Goddard's exit is believed to be because of Sony pushing the Amazing Spider-man spin off Sinister Six up on the schedule, despite it's parent film being viewed mostly negatively and no one in particular asking for a Sinister Six film. Goddard will remain on Daredevil as a producer, and they will proceed with the series using the initial two episodes Goddard wrote.

As for Ant-man, there seems to be a lot more at work. There are rumors, and they are only just that, that the decision was made based on the fact that Ant-man was meant to go before the cameras within the next couple months, to make the announced release date of Summer 2015. And that Wright was not prepared to the extent that Marvel was satisfied to make that schedule. Another rumor claims that the higher ups at Disney insisted on a last minute rewrite of the script by Wright and Joe Cornish, which Wright would not support. It is important to note that Ant-man has been in the works for 8 years. The development of Ant-man represents the most work Marvel has put into a picture in the history of the MCU, and that includes the entire MCU.

Kevin Feige has stated in the past that Ant-man has only remained part of their plan because of the enthusiasm they've had over Wright's vision. But what has consistently delayed the film has been Wright himself. Ant-man was meant to follow Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk, but was pushed back so that Wright could make Scott Pilgrim and The World's End. Wright, somewhat notoriously, is a perfectionist, taking extreme care to over see ever detail of his films is done just so. While this method produces excellent works (I'm less a fan of Scott Pilgrim than Wright's other projects), it works best when down independently. Marvel keeps a tight schedule, and have spent nearly a decade bending over to accommodate what was essentially a passion project for Wright.

It is also, sadly, nothing new for Marvel. Jon Favreau left the Iron Man films due to Marvel's insistence that he make room in his story for their universe building. Patty Jenkins left Thor: The Dark World due to "creative differences," and they apparently encountered similar issues with eventual director Alan Taylor over the film's final cut, which likely means Taylor will not be revisiting Asgard any time soon. While they have shown considerable enthusiasm in providing unique voices like Joss Whedon, Shaun Balck, the Russo Brothers and James Gunn the opportunity to play in their sandbox, Disney seems less enthusiastic than front man Feige in trusting those voices to deliver a sellable product (considering that no MCU film has been anywhere near a financial failure, Disney really should be less up tight about the creative end of things).

Loosing Wight behind the camera is a deep cut for Marvel. Loosing both him and Goddard (though Goddard in more friendly circumstances), and it will be very interesting to see how they approach the repercussions of these announcements in the coming weeks. Especially as it relates to the condition of the Ant-man script, and the identity of their eleventh hour replacement in the director's chair.

Via Collider, twice.
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