Marvel movies have a seemingly smooth and consistent development cycle. With multiple movies on the horizon, Marvel tends to have all of their ducks in a row before they officially launch a project. Ant-Man, the upcoming film starring Paul Rudd in the title role, has a change in leadership.
In a joint announcement, Marvel and director Edgar Wright stated that they had come to terms on an amicable split, leaving the upcoming film without a director.
Wright, best known for his directorial abilities on Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, was first chosen to lead Marvel’s film adaptation of Ant-Man in 2012. Wright was also listed as a writer, along with Joe Cornish, for the film. No other changes have been announced, so Cornish currently remains with the production.
The disagreement, according to Huffington Post, was based on the script for the movie. In an era where Marvel properties on television and in the movies are striving to intertwine as much as possible, it may be of importance to note that Wright and Cornish envisioned Ant-Man as a stand alone movie outside of The Avengers story arc.
Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly also remain committed to the project, playing Dr. Hank Pym and a yet-to-be-named female lead, respectively. Lilly, you remember her as Kate from Lost, may be the one that draws the most attention, despite not being attached to any of the recent news.
Fans of the comic know that Pym is the original Ant-Man and that Scott Lang, played by Rudd, is the man who takes over. With the two lead actors defined, buzz continues to swarm around Lilly’s part. Will she dawn the costume of Lang’s love interest, Wasp? Current rumors suggest that Lilly’s character will be the daughter of Pym and a love interest of Lang. That would take a unique look at the origin story of Wasp or the introduction of an entirely new character. Wasp was the alter-ego of Janet Van Dyne in the comics, a character that had no connection to Pym.
The release date for Ant-Man remains July of 2015. The studio contends that the release date will not be affected by the change in directors at this point. No announcement has been made concerning who will take over the reins for Wright