Avengers director Joss Whedon speaks out about MCU direction and why Marvel and Edgar Wright split over Ant Man

Posted on 22 April 2015
By Pierce King
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Geek hero Joss Whedon has spoken out about what it’s like working under the Marvel banner and his thoughts about what direction they are taking the MCU in as Avengers Age of Ultron hits the cinema.

But what was most interesting was Joss’ reaction to the departure of film-maker Edgar Wright from the Marvel fold.

The Shaun of the Dead director guided Ant-Man from the early stages of development, which predates the creation of the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, all the way up to last May when Wright left the project citing creative differences.

Firefly creator Joss, who had read Wright’s script, admitted he was a bit surprised when he learned of the shake up.

Joss said: “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.”

You can watch Purple Revolver’s crack comic team talk about the recent Ant Man trailer and THAT cameo from Thomas The Tank Engine in the video box here:

Ant-Man hits our screens on July 17.