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The Hell? Edgar Wright out as Ant-Man Director?

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The fan-favorite director, the guy who shot a whole test reel that fans and execs alike loved, the guy who actually wanted to make a movie about a hero most directors have probably never heard of…they got rid of that guy?

Yep. “Differences in their vision” is the reason given. And they presumably don’t mean Paul Bettany.

Here’s my educated guess: Edgar Wright wanted to make Ant-Man as a quirky standalone film in his own style. Back when Kevin Feige’s plan was to open the archives of minor characters and let filmmakers “play in our sandbox” (as he put it the one time I actually visited Marvel studios, during the making of Iron Man 2), it was cool for them to do whatever they wanted. Now, it seems like Marvel doesn’t want to just let minor characters do their own thing – every film has to connect as part of a grand “Phase” scheme. If I had to bet, I’d reckon that’s where the conflict happened.

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist