Edgar Wright’s fellow super-hero directors show support following ‘Ant-Man’ exit

Joss Whedon and James Gunn post on social media following British director's exit from Marvel movie

Directors Joss Whedon and James Gunn have rallied around Edgar Wright after he departed the Ant-Man movie he has been working on since 2006.

Wright officially left the feature film of the Marvel comic book hero last week with Marvel and Wright issuing a joint statement confirming the move.

The statement read: “Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their vision of the film.

“The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”

Avengers director Joss Whedon showed solidarity with Wright the day after the Marvel statement, posting an image referencing the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, Wright’s movies Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, on Twitter.


— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) May 24, 2014
Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has also passed comment on what has happened to Wright, suggesting that the director’s style was simply not a good match for the studio. Posting on Facebook, he wrote: “It’s easy to try to make one party ‘right’ and another party ‘wrong’ when a break-up happens, but it often isn’t that simple. Or perhaps it’s even more simple than that – not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn’t mean they’re not wonderful people.”

The character of Ant-Man made his Marvel comic book debut in 1962, but has never appeared on screen before. Speaking previously about his plans for the film, director Edgar Wright said he was eager to bring his own sensibilities and idiosyncrasies to the Hollywood project. Actors Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas are attached to the film.

As well as directing, Wright co-wrote the film’s script with Joe Cornish, also his collaborator on the screenplay for The Adventures Of Tintin. Ant-Man will be released on July 15 next year.