Empire Magazine Dives Into Everything Ant-Man!
Over the last few months, we’ve heard a lot stories about why Edgar Wright decided not to go through with directing Marvel’s Ant-Man, but in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, the issue sheds a little more light on why he actually decided to part ways with Marvel.
For one, Edgar Wright’s take on the script would’ve had Scott Lang fight the villainous “Nano Warrior”, but for the most part, still the basic premise. Scott Lang would still be guided by Hank Pym. There was also reports that Edgar Wright’s script didn’t take place in the MCU, but that apparently wasn’t the case as it featured appearances from established cameos and he had even written an after-credits scene for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Some of the major changes along the way had Nano Warrior being renamed as Yellowjacket, a car chase being completely scrapped, and a number of character roles being cut from the film. However, it was definitely Dave Callaham and Eric Pearson’s changes which led to Wright’s departure as we’ve heard a number of times already.
“Was it a strange situation? Absolutely,” says new Ant-Man director Peyton Reed. “One of my concerns upfront was, ‘Someone else has developed this movie for a really long time. Can I come in and make it my own?’ And that has absolutely been the case. For one thing Marvel have let me explore the dark side of Hank Pym, this tortured, guilt-ridden guy. I love that this is a mentor/pupil story, but with a [frick]ed up pupil and a really [frick]ed up mentor.”
Reed even reveals that whenhe spoke to Wright via email after accepting the job, it didn’t sound at all hostile between the two filmmakers.
“We both acknowledged the general werdness of the situation. It’s all very odd, but it’s been really nice to communiate with him.”
Evangeline Lilly revealed perhaps the most interesting details about the changes made to the screenplay by Paul Rudd and Adam McKay though.
“I met with Paul in a little restaurant in New York City, and he talked me through how the movie was changing. I think the most defining difference between the two scripts was that Edgar’s didn’t take itself as seriously. It was fun and silly and brilliant irreverent – a romp from beginning to end, in classic English fashion. Whereas where we’ve gotten to is so much more American. There’s tons of levity, but just as much emotion.”
Whether that’s a good or bad thing remains to be seen!Finally, the magazine mentions that Anthony Mackie’s Falcon might make an appearance alongside other Avengers, to which Reed would only say: “That’s classified information. That’s buried. It’s possible.”
SOURCE: Empire Magazine