When Edgar Wright departed Ant Man, the Internet immediately began hatching conspiracy theories that big evil Disney was crushing the dreams of a visionary filmmaker. Those who followed the Marvel Cinematic Universe and how “it’s all connected” understood how Wright’s standalone Ant Man movie wouldn’t really mesh with that, so to them it wasn’t a huge surprise.
Speaking to The Guardian, Kevin Feige directly addressed these Internet rumors in a way that some major film blogs have said he wouldn’t:
But speaking to the Guardian at a screening of footage from new film Guardians of the Galaxy on Tuesday, Feige said Marvel had not behaved like a “big evil studio â€¦ too scared at the outside-the-box creative vision” in its dealings with the film-maker.
“We sat round a table and we realised it was not working,” he said. “A part of me wishes we could have figured that out in the eight years we were working on it. But better for us and for Edgar that we figure it out then, and not move it through production.
“We said let’s do this together and put out a statement. What do we say? ‘Creative differences’. I said: ‘That’s what they always say and no-one ever believes it.’ Edgar said: ‘But in this case it’s true â€¦ ‘”
Added Feige: “The Marvel movies are very collaborative, and I think they are more collaborative than what he had been used to. And I totally respect that.
“[But] the notion that Marvel was scared, the vision was too good, too far out for Marvel is not true. And I don’t want to talk too much about that because I think our movies speak to that. Go look at Iron Man 3; go look at The Winter Soldier; go see Guardians of the Galaxy later this month. It would have to be really out there to be too out there for us.”
He continued: “The biggest disappointment for me is just the relationship, because I like Edgar very, very much and we were very close for many many years. But the perception that the big evil studio was too scared at the outside-the-box creative vision is just not the case.”
Expect to see a lot more of Ant Man at Marvel’s SDCC panel next Saturday…