Joss Whedon & James Gunn Support Ex-Marvel Director Edgar Wright
by Ethan Anderton
May 26, 2014
We're still reeling over last week's news that director Edgar Wright had departed the production of Marvel's comic book adaptation Ant-Man. After working on the film for eight years, word on the street is that a recent rewrite ordered by Marvel's higher-ups didn't sit well with Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish, so they decided to leave the project rather than compromise their vision. Now some familiar names from behind the camera of Marvel's films have shown support. The Avengers helmer Joss Whedon paid tribute with a single image, and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn had a more practical perspective.
Here's the awesome image Joss Whedon posted to his followers on Twitter over the weekend:
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) May 24, 2014
That's a Cornetto wrapper that Whedon is holding like Bender from The Breakfast Club. This is a reference to Wright's thematic film trilogy that became known as The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, named for the fact that Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End all featured some sort of funny reference to the British ice cream snack. Whedon is careful not to make any blatant statements about his feelings on this matter between Marvel and Wright, but the image pretty much indicates where his allegiances lie.
Meanwhile, director James Gunn was a little more practical about showing his support for Wright, and didn't make Marvel the bad guy. Posting to his Facebook page, Gunn equates this situation to a romance:
Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. You love each of them dearly as individuals and think they’re amazing people. When they talk to you about their troubles, you do everything you can to support them, to keep them together, because if you love them both so much doesn’t it make sense they should love each other? But little by little you realize, at heart, they aren’t meant to be together – not because there’s anything wrong with either of them, but they just don’t have personalities that mesh in a comfortable way. They don’t make each other happy. Although it’s sad to see them split, when they do, you’re surprisingly relieved, and excited to see where their lives take them next.
It’s easy to try to make one party “right” and another party “wrong” when a breakup happens, but it often isn’t that simple. Or perhaps it’s even more simple than that – not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn’t mean they’re not wonderful people.
And that’s true of both Edgar Wright and Marvel. One of them isn’t a person, but I think you get what I mean.
After eight years of development, that would be a pretty tough break-up. We can't imagine how difficult it might have been for Wright to walk away from a project he's been working on for that long, but if the rumors are true, we're glad that he stood his ground and didn't stick around to make a film that he didn't necessarily believe in. If we're fortunate, this means Wright can get to work on something original that we can get excited about. Or maybe Disney can round him up to take on one of their gestating Star Wars spin-offs to follow director Gareth Edwards signing on to helm the first one for December 2016. Thoughts?