Developing for years with a script by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” underwent some major re-writes in the wake of Wright’s departure from the project in May last year. Since that time Adam McKay and Paul Rudd have done enough of a re-write to get ‘Screenplay By’ credits whilst Wright and Cornish are getting ‘Story By’ credits.
Wright’s departure remains a hot issue to this day. Spending years on the project and then departing due to irreconcilable creative differences, the prevailing thought has been that Wright’s unique sensibilities didn’t fit with the Marvel formula.
In a new interview with Buzzfeed, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” director Joss Whedon says that he has read Wright and Cornish’s script and thinks it’s perfect:
“I don’t get it. I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I’d read. I had no interest in Ant-Man. [Then] I read the script, and was like, Of course! This is so good! It reminded me of the books when I read them. Irreverent and funny and could make what was small large, and vice versa.
I don’t know where things went wrong. But I was very sad. Because I thought, This is a no-brainer. This is Marvel getting it exactly right. Whatever dissonance that came, whatever it was, I don’t understand why it was bigger than a marriage that seemed so right. But I’m not going to say it was definitely all Marvel, or Edgar’s gone mad! I felt like they would complement each other by the ways that they were different. And, uh, somethin’ happened.
One of the rumored reasons for the departure was Marvel wanted changes to the film to make it a better fit for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whedon admits that he has his own trepidations when people talk about his films being just setup for the next few films from Marvel:
“Somebody said, ‘Well, that was a great setup for the next thing!’ in one of the test screenings, and I died inside. [Marvel executives] were like, ‘No! They say that all the time, it’s fine.’ I was like, ‘No, that’s the worst thing I could have heard.’ I want people to come out feeling done. And if I don’t do that, if I haven’t brought you on that journey and closed it out, f–k me. That’s the danger of this sort of serialized storytelling, turning the motion picture experience into episodic TV. Because we have episodic TV, and now you don’t even have to wait to watch it, you can binge it. So that’s to me a dreadful mistake.”
As if anyone needed convincing, Whedon also confirmed that bootleg Spider-Man post-“Ultron” credits sequence that popped up on Youtube this week and has already scored nearly two million views is indeed a fake. Whedon tells Flicks and the City that he has no idea where it came from:
“We wanted to be clear that there was no tag scene at the very, very end of the film. Because after sitting through 40 minutes of credits and not seeing anything, we thought people would become irate. [Laughs] So no, I don’t know where that started.”
Speaking of “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, my own review of the film is now online here.