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Why Did Edgar Wright Leave Ant-Man?

May 25th, 2014 by Todd Black Comments

Ok, so if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know there was a massive shakeup the other day at Marvel. Mainly that Edgar Wright left the Ant-Man movie (here).

Why is this a massive shakeup you ask? Well, Edgar Wright has been on this movie virtually forever, more accurately, since its conception many years ago. And recently, we’ve been getting nothing but big news about the Ant-Man movie. Including the casting of Paul Rudd and the legendary Michael Douglas. Even a release date had been given. This made the departure very, very, curious. And when that happens, rumors begin to fly.

According to Latino-Review, the reason for the departure was a result of the sudden “lack of faith” in Edgar Wright and fellow writer Joe Cornish.

Reportedly, Edgar and Joe had been in talks with Marvel about the script. Very natural. Suddenly though, Marvel took the script writing duties away from them, and give it to some other writers. Only one of which was a Marvel writer. When the script came back, both Edgar and Joe were displeased by how different the script was from the vision they had for the film, and how much poorer it was in quality. This was what caused Edgar Wright to leave.

So what does this mean going forward? That’s still unclear. The cast seem locked into their contracts, but what about the writer? Showrunner? Etc. Will the project be delayed (again) because of this? Stay tuned as hopefully more details unfold.

Meanwhile, here’s Joss Whedon showing his tribute to the departure of the director of the Cornetto trilogy. Too cool.


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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians ( He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!