James Gunn and Joss Whedon react to Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man

Joss Whedon and James GunnMarvel fans around the world were shocked by the sudden departure of Edgar Wright from the film adaptation of Ant-Man. This is especially disappointing to fans who have been waiting for this film since it was announced back in 2006. It wasn’t until 2013 that Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish had finally finished the script for the film and were scheduled to start filming this year.  Friday afternoon Marvel announced that it would be looking for a new director to helm the film.

Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Marvel’s “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.

The rumor going around is that Marvel booted Wright for being behind schedule with the production. Apparently, Marvel was not happy and lost their confidence in his ability to manage a production of this size. This is only a rumor of course. Many are now wondering what will become of the film now that Wright has left. A large majority of fans were behind Wright because of his genuine fondness for the character. Fans shared this disappointment with the news all over social media and surprisingly, a few MCU alum posted their reaction the news as well.

451081_602x602Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn wrote a lengthy post about breakups in relation to Wright’s and Marvel’s split.

Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. You love each of them dearly as individuals and think they’re amazing people. When they talk to you about their troubles, you do everything you can to support them, to keep them together, because if you love them both so much doesn’t it make sense they should love each other? But little by little you realize, at heart, they aren’t meant to be together – not because there’s anything wrong with either of them, but they just don’t have personalities that mesh in a comfortable way. They don’t make each other happy. Although it’s sad to see them split, when they do, you’re surprisingly relieved, and excited to see where their lives take them next.

It’s easy to try to make one party “right” and another party “wrong” when a breakup happens, but it often isn’t that simple. Or perhaps it’s even more simple than that – not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn’t mean they’re not wonderful people.

And that’s true of both Edgar Wright and Marvel. One of them isn’t a person, but I think you get what I mean.

I think the person who easily wins for the most poetic statement has to be Avengers director Joss Whedon. Following the announcement, Whedon posted a picture on his official Twitter holding up a Cornetto ice cream in tribute to Edgar Wright’s exit from the Marvel family. Edgar Wright would go on to retweet the photo later that day.


So what happens now? Who do you think should take direct Ant-Man? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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