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Edgar Wright's Influence Will Still Be Seen in Visuals of 'Ant-Man'

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July 21, 2014

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When a replacement direct was being sought for Marvel's Ant-Man following the exit of Edgar Wright, we mentioned that the filmmaker who ends up with the job won't have as huge of an impact as some might think. Why? Because at this stage in the game, the action sequences and pre-visualization of the film has already been completed, and they're not going to start over when it comes to that kind of work that Wright had already begun. And that's why, despite Yes Man director Peyton Reed taking over the job, the film's visuals will still have Wright's influence and style. So we suppose that's a bittersweet parting gift. Read on!

Speaking with SlashFilm, Feige confirmed the film had been storyboarded already:

It wasn’t the whole movie and there are new elements in the movie obviously, now, that [Wright] was not involved in. But there are some segments that are awesome and will be brought to life in some incarnation. Peyton [Reed] certainly has all that material and is a talented enough and a secure enough guy to notice if something is really cool and go 'No reason to change that, that’s great.' Or if he’s got his own spin on something to go and adapt it from there.

This echoes what Feige previously told Total Film when he said, "Ant-Man is still going to come out [on time], we start filming this August. Edgar Wright, who I’ve known for many years, who wrote the draft with Joe Cornish – much of the movie will still be based very much on that draft and the DNA of what Edgar has created up to this point, but Peyton Reed has stepped in." Will fans be able to discern Wright's contributions to the visual style of the film? He certainly has a swift and polished way of moving the camera and whatnot, so it's certainly possible. We just wish he was still directing. Ant-Man arrives July 17th, 2015.

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  • Chris Groves
    Here's hoping we end up with as good of a movie as possible.
    • http://djkento.com/ Kento
      Reed is a funny guy, and he's capable, and the new writing teams are really talented as well. With Wright's foundation the film will be better than people expect. I'm looking forward to it.
  • Xerxexx
    I wanna have hope...but my excitement has gradually decreased...I hope we get something good.
  • Bl00dwerK
    Maybe, maybe not, but looks like it'll be seen on fansites for the next 20 years...
  • Tuomas Lassila
    It's pointless to wish Anderton, he is not coming back. Kevin Feige knows what he is doing, he always does because he's awesome. Besides, the script still has Wright/Cornish on it so that should satisfy you enough, and Yes Man was a good movie so I'm sure Reed will do a good job. Think about it this way Anderton: Wright begun Ant-Man, wrote it and created a basis, Reed is completing it and making sure it'll be as great as how Wright would have propably made it. But if you don't have faith in Reed, HAVE FAITH IN FEYGE, it's his visions that keeps Marvel Cinematic Universe in brilliant shape after all, not directors, and if he thought taking Wright out of the project, wether he liked it or not (mostly not propably), was the most logical option to keep Ant-Man in shape, then it was. But please people, HAVE FAITH IN FEYGE!
    • JBrotsis
      Feige or Feyge? It's Feige.
      • Tuomas Lassila
        Thank you.
  • MattPeloquin
    Ant Man is very special to my daughter and I and we will be personally offended if Feige does not treat him and his story with the respect that they deserve. It's an epic story where Pym feels like every decision he makes leads to him becoming just like the people he's fighting against. He's torn between eradicating evil and leading by example which ultimately leads to him hanging up his suit and leaving the Avengers.
  • DAVIDPD
    Really don't like the sound of this. Trying to pay homage to Wright is a bad idea. further constricting what Peyton Reed will be able to do. If Feige was smart(er) he should have just let Wright do whatever the fuck he wanted to with ANTMAN. The general audience does not know anything about this super hero, he could have literally done anything to him and people would not have given two shits.

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