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Kevin Fiege dishes out details on why Peyton Reed is right for Ant-Man

Jul. 15, 2014by: Sean Wist

The name Peyton Reed didn't exactly get the masses excited when it was announced that he was replacing Edgar Wright as director of ANT-MAN. The slew of writers that have come on board since haven't inspired confidence either, especially for a flick that's set to come out one year from now. Marvel is sticking by their guns, however, and uber-producer Kevin Fiege had a few things to say regarding Peyton Reed as director when asked at a Q&A in London.

In Kevin Fiege's own words:

Peyton is someone that Ive been a fan of for a long time. People may not remember, though probably your readers remember, that he was attached to Fantastic Four more than 10 years ago. We spent a lot of time together and I got along with Peyton very, very well and he had awesome ideas and an awesome vision for the movie, and for various reasons he ended up leaving that movie.

Hes come in to meet on a lot of our movies over the years, in particular Guardians. He had a lot of awesome things to say on Guardians. But James [Gunn] had a slightly more solid take that was of interest to us. But Peyton was always on our lists, and so when this happened and Edgar [Wright] said Not for me, we met with a handful of people, but Peyton was always one that I thought would be great.

Regarding Peyton Reed accepting the role of director:

It was not a slam-dunk that he would just step into it and do it. He wanted to be sure that he was wasnt just inheriting something or following someone elses lead, or wasnt inheriting something that the evil studio had watered down to be something bad. I kept saying, You can either read whats online, or come in and talk to us and look at all this stuff. He looked at everything, he talked with us, and he said Number one, I agree with the direction youre going in. And number two, I can add to it. And he has the movie is in as good a shape as its ever been right now.

On whether or not the material has changed since Wright:

Its still very much in the spirit of what Edgars original pitch was and the entire template of the movie is what Edgar set out and originally came and pitched us maybe eight years ago now. But it's on its way to being the absolute best version of what that movie could have been.

How Reed will measure up with other Marvel directors:

Peyton is really, really wonderful, and will be proving that soon enough. As I said to the Comic-Con audience a few years ago, You might not have heard of Joe and Antony Russo (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER), but youre going to be big fans of them soon. And Id say the same thing about Peyton Reed now.

The fact remains that while we'll never get an Edgar Wright ANT-MAN, the director of BRING IT ON may deliver something good. It's just too early to judge. I also respect the fact that Kevin Fiege acknowledges what people think, given his "evil studio" comment. The man is no stranger to negative feedback and certainly knows that there's more pressure on Marvel to produce a great ANT-MAN flick now than there ever was before. Here's hoping that Reed and Co. can deliver.

Peyton Reed's ANT-MAN will be released on July 17, 2015.

Source: IGN

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12:03PM on 07/16/2014
Really, it is "just too early to judge"?

You mean not having seen a single frame of footage, not having read a single page of the script or having a single shred of actual factual knowledge of the film is too early to judge? You don't say.

Only hysterics and idiots are judging this film already.
Really, it is "just too early to judge"?

You mean not having seen a single frame of footage, not having read a single page of the script or having a single shred of actual factual knowledge of the film is too early to judge? You don't say.

Only hysterics and idiots are judging this film already.
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8:34AM on 07/16/2014

He literally inherited a cast.

There is nothing you're going to say to change that Peyton Reed is a total "for hire" yes-man. Thankfully for Kevin Feige, nobody gives a crap about Ant-Man (in b4 "some men do"). But yeah, this movie's dead to me.

I love how he's trying to spin it as Edgar being the problem. "Yeah the guy we worked with for eight years - he was tooooootally the problem, not the way Marvel is being run now or whatever.
There is nothing you're going to say to change that Peyton Reed is a total "for hire" yes-man. Thankfully for Kevin Feige, nobody gives a crap about Ant-Man (in b4 "some men do"). But yeah, this movie's dead to me.

I love how he's trying to spin it as Edgar being the problem. "Yeah the guy we worked with for eight years - he was tooooootally the problem, not the way Marvel is being run now or whatever.
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1:43AM on 07/16/2014
I'm still not convinced that this guy will make a better or just as good Ant Man film then Wright would have.

At this point, I wouldn't mind if Marvel scrapped this film and gave us a Incredible Hulk 2 or Black Panther film already. I mean, when it comes to confirmed Phase Three films, I'm looking forward to Doctor Strange much more then this project.
I'm still not convinced that this guy will make a better or just as good Ant Man film then Wright would have.

At this point, I wouldn't mind if Marvel scrapped this film and gave us a Incredible Hulk 2 or Black Panther film already. I mean, when it comes to confirmed Phase Three films, I'm looking forward to Doctor Strange much more then this project.
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10:37PM on 07/15/2014
The way that I see it, Marvel has to have a stinker at some point.
The way that I see it, Marvel has to have a stinker at some point.
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5:27PM on 07/15/2014
I wish Reed all the luck in the world. But I find it odd that Feige says Wright said "Not for me" after working on Ant-Man for over eight years. Feige and Disney/Marvel probably decided to change direction on the movie late in the game and it threw Wright for a loop. He wouldn't do exactly as he was told (The Marvel Studios Method) so he was kicked off the project.
I wish Reed all the luck in the world. But I find it odd that Feige says Wright said "Not for me" after working on Ant-Man for over eight years. Feige and Disney/Marvel probably decided to change direction on the movie late in the game and it threw Wright for a loop. He wouldn't do exactly as he was told (The Marvel Studios Method) so he was kicked off the project.
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5:23PM on 07/15/2014
I was number 1 fan for Wright's Antman, and took it as a seriously big blow when he left the project. Will Reed deliver a movie that is just as good, or even good? I have no idea, and am still skeptical. But taking the 2 movies of his that I have seen so far for what they are, the guy isn't bad. Bring it On was a solid chick flick, that girls still watch and quote. And Yes Man wasn't revolutionary, but it was more comedic Jim Carrey in a well rounded flick. Both worth a watch. Feige is
I was number 1 fan for Wright's Antman, and took it as a seriously big blow when he left the project. Will Reed deliver a movie that is just as good, or even good? I have no idea, and am still skeptical. But taking the 2 movies of his that I have seen so far for what they are, the guy isn't bad. Bring it On was a solid chick flick, that girls still watch and quote. And Yes Man wasn't revolutionary, but it was more comedic Jim Carrey in a well rounded flick. Both worth a watch. Feige is right, Winter Soldier has been the best so far, and the Russo bros. came out of left field to do it. Marvel has their structure, and its important to them to try and keep it. The guy deserves a chance. Hopefully, worst case scenario, it goes the Thor 2 route and winds up just being another pretty good MCU entry. Best case scenario, maybe we still get a great movie.
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5:04PM on 07/15/2014
I'm cautiously optimistic, but it's tough because of the reports of how multiple directors wanted no part of being within 5 feet of the Ant-Man project once Wright stepped down, plus all the constant re-writes that the script keeps undergoing. With all that in mind, it's tough to believe that Reed is Fiege's go-to guy for this. I mean, he obviously wasn't at the top of the list since Wright had been attached to this for so long. I can't help but feel they're just "settling" for this guy now
I'm cautiously optimistic, but it's tough because of the reports of how multiple directors wanted no part of being within 5 feet of the Ant-Man project once Wright stepped down, plus all the constant re-writes that the script keeps undergoing. With all that in mind, it's tough to believe that Reed is Fiege's go-to guy for this. I mean, he obviously wasn't at the top of the list since Wright had been attached to this for so long. I can't help but feel they're just "settling" for this guy now that their actual top choice is gone, and so that doesn't exactly inspire confidence with the movie itself. Hope to be proven wrong though!
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4:48PM on 07/15/2014
He was on the shortlist for Guardians after all and man oh man, Winter Soldier kicked colossal amounts of ass. No way you could tell it was the directors' first go at a big-budget action blockbuster. Not giving up hope on this one yet.
He was on the shortlist for Guardians after all and man oh man, Winter Soldier kicked colossal amounts of ass. No way you could tell it was the directors' first go at a big-budget action blockbuster. Not giving up hope on this one yet.
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4:42PM on 07/15/2014
Best thing to taken from this is the comment about the Russo bros. Fans of Community knew they were talented, but Winter Soldier was the best movie in the new Marvel Studios line up so far. Sometimes these underdogs are just waiting for a chance to blow us away.
Best thing to taken from this is the comment about the Russo bros. Fans of Community knew they were talented, but Winter Soldier was the best movie in the new Marvel Studios line up so far. Sometimes these underdogs are just waiting for a chance to blow us away.
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4:40PM on 07/15/2014
[filtering his statement through my J.A.R.V.I.S. powered statement translator. Here are the results]

"This guy will do as he is told AND WILL BE DAMN GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY and he will keep his "ideas" to himself! HAIL HYDRA!"
[filtering his statement through my J.A.R.V.I.S. powered statement translator. Here are the results]

"This guy will do as he is told AND WILL BE DAMN GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY and he will keep his "ideas" to himself! HAIL HYDRA!"
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4:28PM on 07/15/2014

Just an observation...

Quote 1: "...that he was wasnt just inheriting something or following someone elses lead."
Quote 2: "...[Ant-Man] is still very much in the spirit of what Edgars original pitch was and the entire template of the movie is what Edgar set out and originally came and pitched us maybe eight years ago now."

Beg your pardon, Mr. Fiege...but isn't that a direct contradiction? Still, I can't wait until Phase 3 starts next year.
Quote 1: "...that he was wasnt just inheriting something or following someone elses lead."
Quote 2: "...[Ant-Man] is still very much in the spirit of what Edgars original pitch was and the entire template of the movie is what Edgar set out and originally came and pitched us maybe eight years ago now."

Beg your pardon, Mr. Fiege...but isn't that a direct contradiction? Still, I can't wait until Phase 3 starts next year.
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4:14PM on 07/15/2014
I think what Kevin does or doesn't understand is that fans will now and always be wondering..."What would Edgar have done with the movie?" which will always mean that Reed's version will never be as good, even if it turns out great in the end. The "What If" will always be there.
I think what Kevin does or doesn't understand is that fans will now and always be wondering..."What would Edgar have done with the movie?" which will always mean that Reed's version will never be as good, even if it turns out great in the end. The "What If" will always be there.
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4:36PM on 07/15/2014
Well, that's their problem. And, frankly, pointless and unfair because they'll be comparing something to nothing. You can't say Reed's "Ant-Man" won't be as good as Wright's because there is no Wright "Ant-Man" to compare it to. The "what if" is only there among those who either refuse or are unable to accept that Wright isn't directing.

It's better to accept it, move on, and judge the movie on its own instead of obsessing over the "what if".
Well, that's their problem. And, frankly, pointless and unfair because they'll be comparing something to nothing. You can't say Reed's "Ant-Man" won't be as good as Wright's because there is no Wright "Ant-Man" to compare it to. The "what if" is only there among those who either refuse or are unable to accept that Wright isn't directing.

It's better to accept it, move on, and judge the movie on its own instead of obsessing over the "what if".
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