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Joss Whedon talks Edgar Wrights Ant-Man script

April 22nd, 2015 by Marc Comments


It’s been a year since Edgar Wright, director of FTN favourites Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The Worlds End, stepped down from Ant-Man.  

The movie was a passion piece for Wright, which is what made it all the more sad when he departed the project.  Fortunately Peyton Reed stepped into the director’s shoes and the movie is scheduled for release in July.

But, how different will this new movie be from Wright’s original vision?

Buzzfeed managed to snag an interview with Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon, and the topic of Ant-Man popped up. Here’s what the Nerd-God had to say –

“I don’t get it. I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I’d read. 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.

“I don’t know where things went wrong. 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.”

So there you have it – Wright’s script would have easily fitted in with the likes of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America. We wonder if the original script by Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish will ever see the light of day?

Ant-Man is set for release on July 17th.


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….