‘Ant-Man’: Kevin Feige On Why Peyton Reed is the Right Director

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For many people, the reason they were excited to see Marvel Studios’ upcoming Ant-Man movie was because of director Edgar Wright; as such, when Wright made a surprise exit from the project after having overseen development on it for so many years, it took a fair amount of wind out of the film’s sails. Nonetheless, Ant-Man is still chugging along and will have a presence at next week’s International Comic-Con in San Diego – but before then, we have comments from Marvel Studios’ President of Production Kevin Feige, concerning Wright’s replacement, Peyton Reed.

Reed, as Feige pointed out during his recent interview with IGN, has a history with Marvel; in addition to having come very close to directing the Fantastic Four movie released by 20th Century Fox nearly a decade ago, Reed was also once a serious contender to direct Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Studios, according to Feige. It’s certainly not an ideal situation, with Reed having to take over from Wright on Ant-Man in this manner, but Feige believes he is indeed the “right director” to keep this ship moving ahead.

As those who’ve been following the story know all too well, Reed wasn’t the only director approached to take charge on Ant-Man following Wright’s departure; at one point, Adam McKay (who is now a co-writer on the film) seemed to be closing in on a deal to direct, only for him to drop out in what seemed like a sudden manner, from afar. However, Feige indicated to IGN that he believes it all worked out for the best in the end, now that Reed is serving as the helmsman on Ant-Man.

“It was not a slam-dunk that he would just step into it and do it. He wanted to be sure that he was wasn’t just inheriting something or following someone else’s lead. Or wasn’t inheriting something that the evil studio had watered down to be something bad. I kept saying, ‘You can either read what’s online, or come in and talk to us and look at all this stuff.’ He looked at everything, he talked with us, and he said ‘Number one, I agree with the direction you’re going in. And number two, I can add to it.’ And he has – the movie is in as good a shape as it’s ever been right now.

“It’s still very much in the spirit of what Edgar’s original pitch was and the entire template of the movie is what Edgar set out and originally came and pitched us maybe eight years ago now. But it’s on its way to being the absolute best version of what that movie could have been.

“Peyton is really, really wonderful, and will be proving that soon enough. As I said to the Comic-Con audience a few years ago, ‘You might not have heard of [Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors] Joe and Antony Russo, but you’re going to be big fans of them soon.’ And I’d say the same thing about Peyton Reed now.”

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It feels like a bit of a no-win situation for Reed; no matter how Ant-Man turns out, many fans will still compare it to the version that Wright might’ve delivered – either for better or worse - and in the process, diminish Reed’s positive contributions to the final result. Either way, the movie is unlikely to impact on Reed’s reputation as a director as the response to Captain America: The Winter Soldier did for the Russos’ standing.

At the same time, though, Feige assurance that Reed’s Ant-Man will be “in the spirit” of Wright’s origin pitch brings attention to something we’ve said in the past – even as more writers are recruited to tinker with the film’s script, there’s only so much they can do to change things, at this point. Reed’s not averse to the kind of cheeky humor that Wright usually prefers either (see: his work on The Weird Al Show, Bring It On, and Down with Love), so he may be all the less inclined to change Ant-Man‘s DNA that much from what Wright had in mind.

Basically, until we have fair reason to say otherwise, we’ll going to keep looking for that silver lining – and thus, have our fingers crossed that this Marvel superhero movie turns out to be a worthwhile addition to Marvel’s Shared Universe. Who knows, when all is said and done, it could well be that Reed will have indeed proven himself to have been the right person for this job after all.

Ant-Man remains scheduled to open in theaters on July 17th, 2015.

Source: IGN

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  1. Unfortunately, I feel that, like you said, “fans will still compare it to the version that Wright might’ve delivered.”

    The movie may have been on its way to being an utter disaster and Reed is it’s savior, but it doesn’t matter. People will always imagine an alternate and flawless version.

    I’m surprisingly comfortable with the current direction, but I can’t imagine ever hearing about this movie without fanboys screaming something about Edgar Wright (who I’m usually a fan of… I just don’t think he fits the Marvel mold).

    • But that’s the thing: it’s the fanboys b*&$hing and moaning, not the public.

      It’ll probably be fine and fun.

      • I agree with you 100% John. It’s always funny for me to see the wining and moaning from the fan boy nation who think that their minority opinion is the only opinion that matters. I think that Ant-Man is an interesting choice for a feature, and I’m looking forward to it.

    • John makes a good call. The vast majority of the cinema-going public is only vaguely aware of the controversy around this movie at best. They’ll go see it if the trailers and marketing make it look interesting (plus, that Marvel name doesn’t hurt). It’ll do well if it’s entertaining. Nobody but the extreme minority of Edgar Wright fanboys is going to boycott this thing on principle.

      • Yeah, I’m sure the movie will make a couple hundred million. I’m more referring to having to hear it said incessantly in various locations on the internet.

        • You have a point there. It will probably join the ranks of Bryan Singer’s X-Men 3, the ‘darker cut’ of Iron Man 3 and Favreau’s original pitch for Iron Man 2.

      • Bravo, sir! My sentiments exactly. Thank you for saving my fingers a lot of typing.

  2. “For many people, the reason they were excited to see Marvel Studios’ upcoming Ant-Man movie was because of director Edgar Wright” for me, ONE of the reasons. Just one. The movie’s still happening, and I’m still watching it.

    “…wasn’t inheriting something that the evil studio had watered down to be something bad” wohoho I’m totally liking Feige’s statement there, and I do mean it without trying to be sarcastic :D

    Can’t wait to see how the final Ant-Man turns out! Let’s just have faith in him, okay?

  3. He said yes?

  4. “Kevin Feige On Why Peyton Reed is the Right Director” – We asked are you available? He said yes. Seemed like a good fit.

    • Did you skip straight to the comments, or did you read the entire thing and still think that your joke sounded funny (after ScaryBottles already posted it)?

      Asking for a friend.

      • You must have missed when a number of directors were passing on it. Any person that doesn’t automatically accept everything Marvel Studios does can see behind the words of Feige considering his vested interest. They obviously wanted a yes man (pun intended) to fit their needs, regardless of what Feige claims. Just look at this Peyton fellow’s track record. The guy’s a true hack, which fits Marvel Studio MO.

        • Yep. Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, Joe and Anthony Russo, James Gunn – all hacks.

          • Yes they are all hacks

            • You are incorrect in that assessment.

        • I think you’re confused. There were rumors that several directors were being considered, but that’s it. If you want, you can throw out all the details and make up your own narrative because you don’t trust Kevin Feige, but I’d say the studio has proven it can make successful movies. Speaking of track records…

          I don’t really expect this movie to be beyond mediocre (like the Thor movies), but the notion that Marvel studios had to get on their knees to beg someone to do a movie for them is laughable.

      • Of course I read the article, but it doesn’t change the fact that Marvel was desperate to find a replacement. And I didn’t realize ScaryBottles had the same response. The question mark made me think that commenter didn’t realize that Reed accepted the position, but after your “friend” pointed it out, I see that comment does have the same intent as mine.

        @ScaryBottles, well said. Sorry for repeating your joke. And @5aucy, tell your “friend” to grow a backbone and comment people directly.

        • ;-)

  5. You’ll do awesome Mr. Reed :)

    • uh .. why are you writing a comment as if he’s reading it ???

      I’ve never understood that, why do people write online (ie. sites like this or any others) as if the people the article or news is about as if the person is going to read it. sure they could randomly get on whatever site and read it but it’s EXTREMELY unlike.

      you act like you’re writing a personal direct message – as if you’re at a party and people are discussing this subject (or anything else) – saying exactly what they’re saying here to each other and then you say: You’ll do awesome Mr. Reed
      as if he’s there at the party and part of the conversation – when clearly he’s not

      apologies if I’m being mean – but I just don’t get it – saying he’ll do great is fine but TELLING him directly he’ll do great (is odd)

  6. I don’t get it. Why is/was Edgar Wright and his vision for Ant-man considered to be irreplaceable as so profusely and enthusiastically pitched by Marvel/Kevin Feige before Wright’s departure? What is it about Wright that made him such a catch?

    Same question applies to James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy as well.

    Someone PLEASE explain.

    • Edgar got asked that classical “artist” question:

      Are you going to be precious about your talent, or are you going to be a team player?

      He chose to be precious.

      • That wasn’t helpful. AT ALL.

      • @ the Fred,
        15 internets for that!

    • Because Gunn and Wright are very visual and distinct directors. They’re visionaries, they both will and could have brought their own thing to the marvel universe. If you have seen either of their movies before ie: “Super” or “Shaun Of The Dead” & “Hot Fuzz” you would understand why everyone got so excited to see something very distinctly different brought to such a one track minded studio

      • I am not trying to troll, but I seriously don’t get all the hype over Shaun and Fuzz. I mean they were okay…mildly amusing…entertaining enough.

        But it seems like everyone is trying to turn it into the next big “only the cool kids can get it and if you don’t then you one of them outsiders with no creativity”. LOL

  7. “It’s still very much in the spirit of what Edgar’s original pitch was and the entire template of the movie is what Edgar set out and originally came and pitched us maybe eight years ago now.”

    Then what was the point of changing his vision not once, not twice, but three different times? He knows that he’s BSing us, and he is aware that this film will get a lof of bad publicity. Hell, it’s probably going to underperform, only to be saved by the fact that it’s a Marvel film. But I bet you that they are already aware that they screwed up.

    • When the film’s trailers and marketing start up, it’s going to get nothing but good press. Don’t delude yourself into thinking the larger movie-going public will be very interested in all the behind-the-scenes drama that happened prior to production. They just want to see a fun, good movie, they know Marvel Studios has provided that for them in the past, so they’re going to go see it. If it’s good, maybe they’ll see it a couple times and buy the blu-ray or DVD.

      They’ll never know anything about Wright’s ‘original vision’ or the revisions to it.

    • They weren’t trying to make Edgar change the vision of his pitch, they were trying to get it to tie in with other Marvel properties more.

      I really don’t get how this all happens behind closed doors and everyone assumes that Marvel was just totally shredding his script.

      Go watch an Edgar Wright movie. They are very specific in almost every way. I don’t see him as someone that takes kindly to surrendering any creative control.

      • You don’t know what they were trying to change. They probably just wanted to make sure this movie follows a familiar formula so that they can still make bank.

        • So I don’t know what they were trying to change, but you do…

          Edgar Wright wrote this script before Iron Man came out. It had nothing to do with the–now well established–Marvel movie universe. Unless Edgar Wright is a time traveler. I doubt this is the case, but I will entertain evidence if you have any.

          Script changes were requested. This is a fact. No need to contend it.

          So, the elusive question of what those changes were… Well, we know FOR SURE that they wanted changes that tied it in with other marvel movies (see first point). So I MIGHT have a glint of an idea what I’m talking about here. Unless you can address my time traveler point. Then I suppose my logic falls apart…

          I suppose they could be trying to fit it into a formula, as you suggest, though. I’m not sure what formula that is, though. Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy are the two newest and they don’t exactly fit a mold.

  8. He was chosen because 10 other guys said “no!”

    • I TOTALLY AGREE ! Everyone above us seems to just casually dismiss “How many directors turned this down” as if it’s no bigdeal and cant possibly be a bad sign…… WAKE UP !

      Also, anyone who thinks that only fanboys will be the ones bitching or have an issues with this is deluding themselves. Believe me this will come up because people “love” potential controversy. If an opportunity presents itself for people and critics to throw shade at this movie “they are gonna take it” !

      Only a fool is so oblivious that they cant see the possibility of this happening. They are blinded by the fact that its a Marvel movie and in their minds “Disney cant have a flop since they have such a great track record with their comic based movies” and that is bullcrap ! lol

      Antman is the least known and least favorite property “of all the movies in this franchise thus far” so their is a great chance this could be the first flop ! It would not surprise me in the least……. Ask yourselves, At this point “Which one of you would be shocked if it didn’t do nearly as well at the Box Office as the other Marvel movies have” ???

    • Actually, ONE guy said ‘no’ and that was Adam McKay, who said that he was already busy with another project and wouldn’t have the time to direct the whole movie. He did manage to find the time to rework parts of the script though, so he mustn’t have thought this was a doomed movie to begin with.

      As for the other names that have popped up on the net, they were all rumors, as far as I know, and they were never officially offered the job by Marvel/Disney.

      The idea that no director would touch this movie with a ten-foot-pole is completely wrong.

  9. Maybe its just me but im caring less and less who is directing or writing the marvel movies. I dont mean that in a bad way, i think of these movies are one big “season” of a tv show. Say for games of thrones or walking dead, do people care who directs the individual episodes they watch? Nope. As long as its consistent from episode to episode in style and the story is good/progresses then audiences are happy. Heck the story is the driver for these shows are the MCU is now no different. In a way, this is what I’ve come to see the marvel shared universe (for better or for worse).

  10. Because he was the only one to accept the offer !

  11. It seems like Edgar Wright wanted Ant-Man to be bigger than Marvel wanted him to be, he likely was trying to make him seem like the top dog ahead of Iron Man, no way Marvel would be cool with that after Iron Man’s films, especially if they did it and the movie didn’t do so well. I can’t think of anything else that would make them part ways with Wright unless he was trying to steer the movie where it didn’t make any sense for what Marvel had planned already. Sad to say it but I think it was for the best for us MCU fans that Wright didn’t get his way.

  12. Recently I read a theory that perhaps the reason Wright left was because Marvel wanted to include the Wasp, or have Janet van Dyne become the Wasp, in the movie but Wright disagreed. Of course that’s just speculation but I’d be interested to see if people who are upset would be more forgiving to Marvel if this were the case. Personally I’m hoping the Wasp will appear, no matter the reason why.

  13. For phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe we have lined up

    -Captain America: The Secret Avengers
    (intro to the avengers black ops team of Cap, black widow, hawk eye, agent 13. Reintro of the Red Skull and soviet origins of winter soldier, introduces the black panther)
    -Thor: Dawn of Ragnarök
    (Surtur, Enchantress, and the excecutioner as villains)
    -Doctor Strange
    (origin, Joel Edgerton)
    -Planet Hulk
    (after hulk gets shipped off to space after Age of Ultron he lands in Sakaar. Sakaar is destroyed by Thanos which brings King Hulk and his army back to earth)
    -Guardians of the Galaxy Annihilation
    (Thanos destroying planets like Sakaar^ Intro to Nova played by Zac Efron, black bolt vin diesal and ms marvel tbd)
    -Avengers The Infinity Gauntlet
    (Thanos destroys half the universe and crossbones and red skull kill captain America)

    Yup Kevin Feige here, you heard it first!

  14. Sounds bad. Lost interest.,