Ever since Edgar Wright left Marvel's Ant-Man production due to creative differences, fans have been up in arms. I've been one of them! I hate that Wright is not directing Ant-Man, and that he's been replaced by a guy named Payton Reed, who is in no way in the same league as Wright. Reed is the guy who made Yes Man and Bring It On. He's not the kind of director that gets fans excited or even sparks confidence for a movie like this.
That being said, I believe that Marvel has a solid plan for Ant-Man. Just hear me out. I trust that they are going to deliver fans a great film. The vision for Ant-Man has changed over the years. You have to remember that Wright was working on an Ant-Man script before Jon Favreau jumped aboard to make Iron Man. Since then, the studio has been building a cinematic universe for their characters. Because of that, Ant-Man needs to fit in that universe. Marvel has a very large map of films that take them all the way to 2028, and there's no doubt that Ant-Man plays a part in that plan.
The character needs to fit in to whatever the bigger plan is. We aren't just talking one standalone film here, there's a bigger picture that needs to be looked at, and that's what Marvel was doing when they adjusted Wright's script. The new direction they needed to take the character simply just didn't mesh well with Wright's vision. I do applaud the director for keeping his artistic integrity and walking away. He will be missed, but that doesn't mean the movie is going to be a piece of crap.
Marvel hired the new director they did so that their vision of Ant-Man can be realized. They hired a guy that is going to give the studio exactly what they want. Reed isn't "really" going to be directing the movie… Marvel is. The executives at Marvel are going to be telling Reed exactly what to do, and Reed is getting paid to do it. He's not being paid to be an artist, he's not being paid to show his vision of the character, he's being paid to follow the storyboards that Marvel gives him, work with the actors, and shoot the film. As I said in my initial report, Reed is literally a "Yes Man" for the studio.
Marvel is the true brains behind Ant-Man right now. Fans have enjoyed every movie that they've made so far, they have a solid track record, and the movies just keep getting better. So why wouldn't Ant-Man turn out well? I believe that Marvel is going to present a film to us that we're going to love and enjoy. It's also going to be awesome to see where they take this character in the cinematic universe, and how he will play in with the rest of the superheroes that have been introduced into their universe. Who knows? maybe one day Joss Whedon will get to direct Ant-Man in The Avengers 3. I think there's a lot to be excited about.
As of right now the movie stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, who are both incredible actors. I can't wait to see what they do with their characters. Here's the recently released synopsis:
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
The movie is set to be released on July 17th, 2015, and I really do think it's ok to be enthusiastic for this flick, regardless of all the drama surrounding it. I'm sure once we see some of the first actual footage from the movie fans will forget about the drama and be happy again.