It’s a bit of an understatement to call Joss Whedon a Marvel Studios heavy hitter. Over the years he’s become as integral a part of the Marvel cinematic universe as the film’s he’s directed and the stories he’s crafted. One of the many benefits of this relationship is that Whedon more or less has care blanche to say what he wants about upcoming Marvel projects (within reason of course, he’s not a maniac). So it was a real treat to see the Avengers director weigh in on the long lost Ant Man script from original director Edgar Wright. It was however less of a treat when he divulged that it was one of the best Marvel scripts he’d ever read.
Screen Rant is reporting on an interview Whedon held with Buzzfeed on the eve of his final Marvel bow Avengers: Age of Ultron. On the subject of Wright’s script, Whedon expressed great fondness for the story and, if I’m not mistaken, a little disappointment that the film went in such a different direction. Check it out below:
“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.”
Now that’s a hell of an endorsement. Ever since the Shawn of the Dead director left the project during principal photography citing creative differences, fans of Wright have been dying to find out what the script was like and why Marvel had such a problem with it. From the sounds of it, Ant Man would have been an ideal Marvel film in tone and taste, but as we all know that simply not enough anymore, not with the MCU at such a critical mass. Whedon’s fondness for the script appears to be more of an appreciation of a solo Marvel film people would definitely enjoy. I’m sure the studio was looking for something more between iron man and Iron Man 2. That means a popular origins story with action to spare that pays as much homage to the rest of the films as possible without losing its essence.
We may never know for sure what Wright’s script was like, but from the sounds of Joss Whedon‘s rave reviews it will certainly be a loss. However, from the looks of the trailers, we certainly won’t be short an impressive Ant Man movie. Ant Man hits theaters on July 17th and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Corey Stoll.