Marvel head honcho, Kevin Feige, has finally revealed the reason Edgar Wright was jettisoned from Ant-Man, and while he admits creative differences were the reason for the split, it wasn't because Wright's vision was "too out-there" for the studio.
Speaking to the Guardian, Feige said:
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.
To be fair, Feige makes a great point. It might be the easy option for us to say the studio lacked the balls to follow through on Wright's vision, but you only have to look at the relatively big risk they are taking with [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) - it's a space adventure with a talking raccoon and a monosyllabic tree! - to understand Marvel is not afraid to take risks.
But now that Wright has gone, what does it mean for [Ant-Man](movie:9048) moving forward? Well it seems the movie is in really good shape now that Peyton Reed has taken the helm:
Peyton is going to do a tremendous job and the cast is tremendously dedicated and the script is getting into amazing shape.
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.
I believe in Kevin Feige. He hasn't let us down yet, so if he says Ant-Man is great shape, then I believe him.
Are you stoked for Ant-Man?