Right around the corner is the biggest summer blockbuster of the year, and perhaps of the last few years, in Avengers: Age of Ultron and director Joss Whedon stopped by Buzzfeed recently for an interview about his experience filming the movie, before he also revealed his opinion of Edgar Wright’s scrapped Ant-Man film for Marvel.
The news of Wright dropping out of the film back in May 2014 after working on it for eight years came as a shock to many, especially Wright’s fans, who believed that the director’s unique voice would be perfectly suited to the project. A joint statement between Marvel and Wright cited creative differences as the reason for the split.
Among fans of Wright’s vision included Whedon himself, who tweeted out a photo afterward of himself holding up a Cornetto in solidarity, referencing Wright’s “Cornettos” trilogy. Since then he has remained silent on the matter, in the middle of making Age of Ultron and also perhaps not wanting to speak out against the very studio he was working for.
With the premiere date of his film coming up very soon, however, Whedon seems to feel more liberty in speaking about Wright’s departure, saying in the interview, “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.” That’s high praise from the man who is tasked with handling the most important and fragile part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with The Avengers.
Whedon continues, “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 Marvel, or Edgar’s gone mad! I felt like they would complement each other by the ways that they were different. And, uh, something happened.”
Whedon’s just a fan like the rest of us. But we will probably never really know just how good Wright’s version of Ant-Man would’ve been and whether or not Marvel made a mistake by letting him go.
With Wright out, Peyton Reed was hired to take over the project with a script rewritten by Adam McKay and Ant-Man star Paul Rudd, with story by credit for Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish.
You can read the rest of the Buzzfeed article on Joss Whedon here, including what he’s learned from making Age of Ultron, as well as his plans for after.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will hit theaters on May 1, while Ant-Man jumps onto the big screen on July 17.