Joss Whedon is once again, set to set records with the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Early buzz is that it’s just as good, if not slightly better than the first. Marvel is riding high but that doesn’t mean there weren’t casualties along the way.
Whedon himself will be the first to tell you, how debilitating the process of making a movie so important to the behemoth that is now the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So it came as no surprise really when Mr. Whedon had stated that he will not be renewing his Marvel contract and as a result not directing the third and ultimately two-part Avengers: Infinity War. While doing an interview he discussed at times how rewarding but at the same time, how taxing it can be working with Marvel and all the complexities that come with the role. Eventually the subject of one time Ant-Man director, Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) and Whedon was among the many disappointing fans.
[“I don’t get it,”] he said with a sigh. “I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I’d read. I had no interest in Ant-Man. [Then] I read the script, and was like, Of course! This is so good! It reminded me of the books when I read them. Irreverent and funny and could make what was small large, and vice versa. I don’t know where things went wrong. But I was very sad. Because I thought, This is a no-brainer. This is Marvel getting it exactly right. Whatever dissonance that came, whatever it was, I don’t understand why it was bigger than a marriage that seemed so right. But I’m not going to say it was definitely all Marvel, or Edgar’s gone mad! I felt like they would complement each other by the ways that they were different. And, uh, somethin’ happened.
No doubt, some will view this as a parting shot. I think Joss was just speaking his mind and perhaps showing some solidarity between directors. Unfortunately comments like this aren’t going to the current Ant-Man director, Peyton Reed (Anchorman) any favors.
The film took a big credibility hit when Edgar Wright left the project with both sides citing “Creative Differences”. This left Marvel scrambling for a director with about a year and change before release. Eventually the company teamed with Peyton Reed and it’s been an uphill battle ever since. Fans wish they were seeing Wrights version, hell, fans need to be convinced to see a movie called Ant-Man. It seems like Marvel was banking on some indie property Guardians of the Galaxy-type cred but it feels like everyone is trying to get the movie over and out of the way so they can move on to the next project. Not exactly a ringing endorsement. It will be interesting to see how much the hype machine will be behind Ant-Man post Age of Ultron.