Post-Edgar “Ant-Man” Is “More American”

When Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” film switched out beloved British filmmaker Edgar Wright with American director Peyton Reed at the helm, there was plenty of people quite upset about the change at first – one of them being cast member Evangeline Lilly.

Lilly came onboard the project in the role of Hope Van Dyne when Wright was involved. In the wake of his departure, the film’s tone and script saw re-writes by Paul Rudd and Adam McKay to such an extent that it’s currently not known how much of her role was changed or expanded.

In a new interview with Empire, Lilly was asked about the changes to Wright’s original screenplay. From the sounds of it, the new take doesn’t change the details so much as the tone to better fit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

“I met with Paul [Rudd] 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.

In effect, it demonstrates one of the downsides of a shared cinematic universe in that even though the films can change genres and styles, they can’t change things up too much. Despite Wright’s departure, Reed himself tells the magazine he has still been communicating with Wright about the film which hits cinemas in July.

There’s also three new stills from the movie out today which you can see below: