Nicholas Stoller & Michael Dowse Also in the Running for 'Ant-Man'
Marvel is trying to keep the attention off their struggling Phase Three film Ant-Man following the departure of director Edgar Wright. Since the Shaun of the Dead director walked from the film over creative differences, supposedly resulting from a reworked script that he and co-writer Joe Cornish didn't believe in, directors like Adam McKay, Rawson Marshall Thurber and Ruben Fleischer have been linked to the project. McKay seemed to be the man for the job, but scheduling issues forced him to pass. Now two more names have surfaced: Forgetting Sarah Marshall helmer Nicholas Stoller and Goon director Michael Dowse.
It's not that these two directors aren't talented, but Marvel is starting to really scrape the bottom of the barrel when it comes to directors who should be directing this movie. Again, the director of Ant-Man at this point only really has to make the non-action scenes work since all the storyboarding and pre-visualization has been done by now. A new director isn't going to change any of the major set pieces or action scenes, so that's why Marvel is looking at comedy directors like this. Marvel Studios likely thinks they can control them without any argument over their script changes that Wright didn't approve.
In addition, though some reports have said that Rawson Marshall Thurber has also already passed on Ant-Man, Deadline says he's still in the running, and is even the favorite at Marvel Studios right now. None of these names do anything to get me excited about Ant-Man, and it would be much better if Marvel just put their tail between their legs and asked Edgar Wright to come back and direct. There's no way a filmmaker and Marvel fan like him can do something so outlandishly outside of the wheelhouse of Marvel that audiences would dislike it. Just let this gifted filmmaker do the job he was originally hired to do.