The latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man was directed by Peyton Reed. Most people are aware that originally, Edgar Wright was supposed to direct Ant-Man. Wright directed films such as Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013). He was writing Ant-Man since 2006 and six years later in 2014, Marvel announced that Edgar was no longer directing the film due to creative differences.
Ant-Man is personally one of my favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe movies (click here to see more), but we would've got a much different film with Wright. Unfortunately, we will never be able to see that version of the blockbuster film. Marvel has a plan for where they want to take their universe and Edgar Wright probably had a great movie, but it most likely did not fit in with the timeline and plot structure of the MCU. Luckily, Marvel gained Peyton Reed to replace Wright and he did a outstanding job. Ant-Man was so good that Marvel adjusted their Phase 3 slate to fit in an Ant-Man sequel: Ant-Man and the Wasp, which will be released in theathers in 2018.
Edgar Wright is not done with Hollywood yet, as it was just recently announced he was directing a new movie. What kind of movie?
Edgar Wright is Directing a Dreamworks Movie
The beginning of Edgar Wright's animation career begins as he proceeds on to a film he will direct and co-write along side with David Williams. Ironically, the project is a new take on a previously developed concept, the tables have turned! (On Ant-Man, Peyton Reed worked on his previously developed concept). The film is centered on the theme of shadows. There are a lot weirder ideas coming out in Hollywood with movies about PEZ and emojis. This could be a really unique film like Inside Out was and Wright is the WRIGHT (no pun intended) person to direct it. Also, Dreamworks came out confidently about this news. Here's what they said:
"Edgar will spearhead a new approach to this fascinating concept and we’re ecstatic to have him onboard as director along with David as co-writer,” said a statement from DreamWorks Animation’s Co-Presidents of Feature Animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria. “We’ve always been intrigued by a film concept involving shadows, and now with Edgar’s signature comedic style and abilities as a natural storyteller, audiences will be treated to a truly captivating and energetic tale.”