The biggest downside of a shared cinematic universe is that much of the style, tone and design elements of films in the series have to be in line with the other entries that share said universe.
Actress Evangeline Lilly, currently doing “The Hobbit” promotional rounds, recently spoke with Buzzfeed about her role in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” film. More specifically, she discussed director Edgar Wright’s original vision for the movie which she says was much less fitting with the rest of the MCU:
“I mean, they’ve established a universe, and everyone has come to expect a certain aesthetic [and] a certain feel for Marvel films. What Edgar was creating was much more in the Edgar Wright camp of films. They were very different…
[Wright’s version] would have been, like, classic comic book – it would have been such a riot to film [and] it would have been so much fun to watch, [but it] wouldn’t have fit in the Marvel Universe. It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was. It just would have taken you away from this cohesive universe they’re trying to create.”
Lilly also confirms that her character of Hope Van Dyne in the film is the offspring of Janet Van Dyne and Hank Pam, and her character was essentially “raised by two superheroes”. “Ant-Man” is currently scheduled for release late next Summer.