Feige Says Ant-Man Will Keep Its Wright-ness

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There has been quite the kerfuffle over Edgar Wright leaving Marvel’s Ant-Man and Marvel’s subsequent search for a new director. Wright left back in May, only a month ago, and Marvel found comedy director Peyton Reed to take his place. Since then fans have been doubting the movie, many of them only interested in seeing Edgar Wright’s vision of the character, and dire predictions of Ant-Man becoming a flop abound.

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During a Q&A at the CineEurope event in Barcelona, Marvel President Kevin Feige tried to assuage fan’s fears over the recent upset in production by insisting that Edgar Wright’s draft of the script will still (mostly) be the one they will use:

Ant-Man is still going to come out on 17 July [2015], we start filming this August. Edgar Wright, who I’ve known for many years, who wrote the draft with Joe Cornish – much of the movie will still be based very much on that draft and the DNA of what Edgar has created up to this point, but Peyton Reed has stepped in.

Adam McKay, a very good writer, is reworking parts of the script – not the entirety of the script, but some of it – and it’s going to, we believe, come to life in the best version of Ant-Man that we could possibly make. Again Ant-Man is a very important character for us. We like that people don’t necessarily know what it is, we like that it sounds sort of strange when you first hear the notion of Ant-Man, or a hero that can shrink, but he’s a very key Marvel character: he’s a key Avenger. He’s an important character we want to bring into our universe and Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and an amazing cast all set to start in August, we believe that we’re on the road to the best version of Ant-Man that we could have.

Feige seems to know that fans were interested in Wright’s version of the film, so he’s clearly trying to make it sound like Wright’s vision will still be there in spirit. But can it really be the same without him? What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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