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Peyton Reed to direct Marvel's Ant-Man; Adam McKay will contribute to script

Jun. 7, 2014by: Sean Wist

It's been a crazy couple of weeks for Marvel's ANT-MAN, as Edgar Wright famously left the project over creative differences, and rumored hopefuls were shot down one after another. Marvel wasn't budging with their release date so we knew that a replacement would be picked soon. That time has come, and his name is Peyton Reed.

Peyton Reed has more recently directed YES MAN with Jim Carey, but was also responsible for bringing us THE BREAK-UP, DOWN WITH LOVE and BRING IT ON. He's also had his fair share of televised comedy, having directed episodes of New Girl, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Mr. Show with Bob and David. Looking back over the man's career, I can't say that he has a particular style that would contribute a unique spin to a Marvel property (a la Wright), but he's competent.  I've enjoyed each of his films to a degree, so you could say that ANT-MAN has fallen off the excitement radar and into the land of indifference for me.

Another interesting tidbit of news is that Adam McKay (ANCHORMAN, THE OTHER GUYS) will be contributing to the script. McKay tweeted that he had met with Marvel and we had all assumed it was for directing purposes. That still may be true, but perhaps Marvel or McKay felt that he could contribute something to script, while keeping within the guidelines of what Marvel wants done.

Marvel has also released an updated synopsis, which is as follows:

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Now with a director and writer solidified, Marvel's ANT-MAN is back on track to being released on July 17, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: How does this directing choice change your opinion, if at all, of the upcoming Ant-Man?
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12:27PM on 06/09/2014
Not exactly a visionary, but he is brought in to carry the studio water here.
Somebody is going to take over. This man has a track record with comedies. I guess that is ho w Ant-Man is going to play out, as a comedy. Have to wait and see. I am not thrilled by this, but I don't have Ant-Man on my ignore list like FF.
Not exactly a visionary, but he is brought in to carry the studio water here.
Somebody is going to take over. This man has a track record with comedies. I guess that is ho w Ant-Man is going to play out, as a comedy. Have to wait and see. I am not thrilled by this, but I don't have Ant-Man on my ignore list like FF.
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2:22PM on 06/08/2014
On second thought I'll give Reed the benefit of the doubt - he's on record as a huge Marvel fan, and as others have pointed out he was the original choice to direct and write Fantastic Four 10 years ago. His script for that was apparently great and set in the '60s, but 20th Century Fox (being Fox of a decade ago) threw it out and fired him. If Reed brings some of that '60s FF flavor to the Pym flashback scenes and directs a fun caper film with heart around it, Ant-Man might not be a loss after
On second thought I'll give Reed the benefit of the doubt - he's on record as a huge Marvel fan, and as others have pointed out he was the original choice to direct and write Fantastic Four 10 years ago. His script for that was apparently great and set in the '60s, but 20th Century Fox (being Fox of a decade ago) threw it out and fired him. If Reed brings some of that '60s FF flavor to the Pym flashback scenes and directs a fun caper film with heart around it, Ant-Man might not be a loss after all. And hopefully we'll finally get The Wasp in the MCU. I'd love to see Evangeline Lilly as Janet Van Dyne working with The Avengers.
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2:18PM on 06/08/2014

What a scab

Fuck this movie
Fuck this movie
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1:57PM on 06/08/2014
The fact that he directed Yes Man is one of the greatest ironies of all time.
Hope Wright sets the record straight about what really happened one day. But he may have signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Mouse House...
The fact that he directed Yes Man is one of the greatest ironies of all time.
Hope Wright sets the record straight about what really happened one day. But he may have signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Mouse House...
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1:53PM on 06/08/2014
I've been saying that they would get a "Yes Man" to direct this film, and they go out and get the actual f'n director of "Yes Man"?!
I've been saying that they would get a "Yes Man" to direct this film, and they go out and get the actual f'n director of "Yes Man"?!
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8:24AM on 06/08/2014
'Yes Man'?

Oh fucking Jesus Christ.
'Yes Man'?

Oh fucking Jesus Christ.
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11:19AM on 06/08/2014
Ha! Isn't that appropriate.
Ha! Isn't that appropriate.
2:57PM on 06/08/2014
Lolz!
Lolz!
7:46AM on 06/08/2014
No offence to Peyton Reed and his work but he actually looks like the limp dick lad you see your ex walking around with after a break up. This is a pitiful replacement which is going to produce lukewarm dross not helped by the fact that Adam McKay is taking up light writing duties. I don't even know what could be called his writing credentials as he's pretty much responsible for creating this trend of tepid, horribly shot, improv comedy movies that's plagued the box office for the past 10
No offence to Peyton Reed and his work but he actually looks like the limp dick lad you see your ex walking around with after a break up. This is a pitiful replacement which is going to produce lukewarm dross not helped by the fact that Adam McKay is taking up light writing duties. I don't even know what could be called his writing credentials as he's pretty much responsible for creating this trend of tepid, horribly shot, improv comedy movies that's plagued the box office for the past 10 years.

I was excited to see it when he was directing because with Wright's script and his slick action from The Other Guys it still sounded interesting. But this pair of hands for hire and an amateur fiddling with the script of probably one of the few talented auteurs working today is really adding insult to injury.

Again full respect to the guy who's got to make money too and probably has some good films in him but Wright would have made the shit out of this film and his parting from marvel shows the studio is clearly turning into what it once railed against. A factory making toy commercials and feature length avengers trailers playing it safe and not taking the risks that had it achieve the level of success it enjoys now.

Sorry for the long ass spiel but i've been looking forward to Edgar Wright's Antman for 6 years. Literally having fucking dreams about it and just incredibly gutted to see it fall apart and be replaced by inferior talent. I'm just hoping it's some power play to try and get Wright back or that one of my dreams turned into a nightmare and i'm about to wake up.

BAH
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8:16AM on 06/08/2014
Jesus. Just after discovering David Wain was on the short list with him and Reed gets the job. Even more sickened.
Jesus. Just after discovering David Wain was on the short list with him and Reed gets the job. Even more sickened.
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7:34AM on 06/08/2014
The Russo brothers didn't have much to their credit save some tv episodes. Captain America 2 turned out okay. Obviously I wish wright was at the helm, but given marvels track record I'm willing to give this the benefit of the doubt. Guardians of the galaxy? Cap 2 directed by TV directors? While I submit to the argument that marvel is exerting some control over these films, when you have a universe this big and complex it's necessary....still excited for ant-man.
The Russo brothers didn't have much to their credit save some tv episodes. Captain America 2 turned out okay. Obviously I wish wright was at the helm, but given marvels track record I'm willing to give this the benefit of the doubt. Guardians of the galaxy? Cap 2 directed by TV directors? While I submit to the argument that marvel is exerting some control over these films, when you have a universe this big and complex it's necessary....still excited for ant-man.
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7:30AM on 06/08/2014

I'm finding this whole thing pretty funny.....

After all the freak-out I saw for months from the geek public over Ultron no longer coming from Pym, we get word that Wright (who's made some fun movies, but nothing that has been a big hit) has decided to tell an origin story where Pym is already 80 years old, and no longer relevant in today's world. His suit is already created and being used by a con-man. So there is literally ZERO improvements and changes to the suit and character ever again.....it is like saying that Iron Man will now be
After all the freak-out I saw for months from the geek public over Ultron no longer coming from Pym, we get word that Wright (who's made some fun movies, but nothing that has been a big hit) has decided to tell an origin story where Pym is already 80 years old, and no longer relevant in today's world. His suit is already created and being used by a con-man. So there is literally ZERO improvements and changes to the suit and character ever again.....it is like saying that Iron Man will now be piloted by Jack Black.

Yet somehow the comic-book faithful have no problem with the character of Pym being written out of Marvel universe before he ever gets a story. Evidently irony is kind of lost on most.
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6:10AM on 06/08/2014

Oh, man...

This is like when James Mangold was announced as driector of The Wolverine after Aronofsky left the project. He gave an okay movie, but I'll always wonder what awesomness would have it been if the original director had stayed....
This is like when James Mangold was announced as driector of The Wolverine after Aronofsky left the project. He gave an okay movie, but I'll always wonder what awesomness would have it been if the original director had stayed....
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10:11AM on 06/08/2014
James Mangold is a much more promising director, and has handles action before. This guy is known for a handful of decent comedies.
James Mangold is a much more promising director, and has handles action before. This guy is known for a handful of decent comedies.
2:09PM on 06/09/2014
Totally agreed Andris... man, what that Wolverine movie could have been in Aronofsky's hands... we can only dream.
Totally agreed Andris... man, what that Wolverine movie could have been in Aronofsky's hands... we can only dream.
4:53AM on 06/08/2014
You know what, I'm just happy Marvel are back on track. Like many, the main this reason for excitement for the film was Wright's involvement and I was very disappointed when he quit...

But I love what marvel are doing. I personally think phase 2 has gone from strength to strength which each release and I cannot wait for GOTG, which I think is going to be amazing. I want it out now damn it!

And because of that, I want Ant-Man to do well. It's following Avengers 2, so whatever sort of
You know what, I'm just happy Marvel are back on track. Like many, the main this reason for excitement for the film was Wright's involvement and I was very disappointed when he quit...

But I love what marvel are doing. I personally think phase 2 has gone from strength to strength which each release and I cannot wait for GOTG, which I think is going to be amazing. I want it out now damn it!

And because of that, I want Ant-Man to do well. It's following Avengers 2, so whatever sort of film it turns out to be, it's probably going to feel a little bit of a comedown... I just don't get this attitude where everyone wants things to fail. People ("fans") should be positive for the franchise. As others have said, marvel - by now - have earned the benefit of the doubt.

It's like a tv series - or probably a better analogy might be a characters journey I'm a story. As a [link] you give a character a 'through line', which you have to keep to. The character can do and say things that stray, but you have to keep returning to the through line, else the plot stalls, fails to progress, or you betray that through line and the audience lose it's connection. On a tv series, even one which is a 'monster of the week' affair - writers still need to adhere to the over arc.

The marvel universe is like that. I completely understand that the studio want directors to progress their arc. It's such a shame wright/Cornish left, it is - but we don't know for sure the script was actually any good. Maybe the idea was good but the execution wasn't working out. We'll never truly know as different sides have different takes.

Reed and McKay have the power now- and I for one am pleased that Ant-Man is a go again, because I was worried it was going to collapse in on itself.

My one actual negative comment is, if the script really was in trouble, why didn't Marvel use their best weapon - Mr Script-fixer Whedon? I know he's busy at the moment, but I'm sure they'd have know about the script way before now?

By-the-by - let's wait for the first trailer before we judge any further. We got Guardians out in August. Cannot wait.
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5:18AM on 06/08/2014
And I apologise now for some glaring mistakes, I was half asleep as I wrote it.
And I apologise now for some glaring mistakes, I was half asleep as I wrote it.
11:19AM on 06/08/2014
I don't think people "want" this to fail, they're (me included) just convinced that it will. It's true, Marvel's results speak for itself. But that doesn't hide the fact that the studio has a well-documented history of falling-out with their directors over petty things, plus the fact that Marvel is notoriously cheap. Add that to how Disney executives are now apparently meddling in the affairs of Marvel, and it's no wonder there's been so much negativity to this news. It's perfectly justified.
I don't think people "want" this to fail, they're (me included) just convinced that it will. It's true, Marvel's results speak for itself. But that doesn't hide the fact that the studio has a well-documented history of falling-out with their directors over petty things, plus the fact that Marvel is notoriously cheap. Add that to how Disney executives are now apparently meddling in the affairs of Marvel, and it's no wonder there's been so much negativity to this news. It's perfectly justified. History shows that most films that have rocky productions end up average at best, and financial/critical failures at worst.

As for your point about the script...with Edgar Wright collaborating with Marvel for EIGHT years, constantly making the necessary tweaks to fit the overall MCU as those movies developed, it's incredibly difficult to believe that his script was sub-par. The most likely thing that happened is that Disney higher-ups decided to throw their weight around, interfered for the heck of it, and pissed off Wright enough to leave. That's why they never consulted with Whedon (who's kind of busy shooting Avengers 2 at the moment)...they never thought Wright's script was bad. They just wanted to change things to fit what they wanted. And from how so many replacement directors dropped out of the running for Ant-Man, the re-written script was awful. Again, it's no surprise how negative we're all being about this. In the long run, I just hope we don't look back and sadly wish that they had just scrapped the entire project once Wright left.
10:58PM on 06/08/2014
This is "...Marvel back on track" for you?
This is "...Marvel back on track" for you?
1:40AM on 06/08/2014

I'm backing Peyton. I like his stuff.

but I still don't see how they could have got this far with Wright and not known what his take on it would be.
but I still don't see how they could have got this far with Wright and not known what his take on it would be.
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12:25AM on 06/08/2014

Uninspired casting to say the least.

I was looking forward to this. I'm hoping there's more to this director than meets the eye however my gut tells me Ant Man is going to be reminiscent of Tim Stories Fantastic Four movies, or Ben Affleck's Dare Devil. A bit too whimsical a director for a Marvel movie.
I was looking forward to this. I'm hoping there's more to this director than meets the eye however my gut tells me Ant Man is going to be reminiscent of Tim Stories Fantastic Four movies, or Ben Affleck's Dare Devil. A bit too whimsical a director for a Marvel movie.
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11:37PM on 06/07/2014

I doubt this...

Peyton Reed hasn't made a feature since 2008 according to Wikipedia and all of his work is either light comedy or chick flicks. They had Edgar Wright, a man who drove to get this movie made for years, leave because obviously they didn't want to hand over control, which is their right to do so. I just doubt the teaming of Mckay and Peyton is going to be a winner for this genre. While I've been a fan of Mckay in the past I know of his heavily improved movies so, as I've previously said, how much
Peyton Reed hasn't made a feature since 2008 according to Wikipedia and all of his work is either light comedy or chick flicks. They had Edgar Wright, a man who drove to get this movie made for years, leave because obviously they didn't want to hand over control, which is their right to do so. I just doubt the teaming of Mckay and Peyton is going to be a winner for this genre. While I've been a fan of Mckay in the past I know of his heavily improved movies so, as I've previously said, how much of his work is improv and how much is what he actually intended? I'm much less excited now which is a shame, I was keen to see Edgar Wrights spin on the Marvel world.
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10:12PM on 06/07/2014
I wasn't expecting very much with McKay, but at least I expected SOMETHING. You don't shuffle this many directors through a movie's production and end up with something good. It just doesn't happen.
I wasn't expecting very much with McKay, but at least I expected SOMETHING. You don't shuffle this many directors through a movie's production and end up with something good. It just doesn't happen.
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10:06PM on 06/07/2014
I was super stoked at one time but not anymore. Only mildly interested now because of the cast.
I was super stoked at one time but not anymore. Only mildly interested now because of the cast.
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9:53PM on 06/07/2014
Just get Edgar Wright back, Marvel. Please. This feels like a slap-in-the-face to fans.
Just get Edgar Wright back, Marvel. Please. This feels like a slap-in-the-face to fans.
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9:30PM on 06/07/2014

dont actually mind this

was always bummed Reed was kicked off FF4 back in the day, i enjoyed his first two flicks and think he could do something good with this. Of course id rather have Marvel coax Wright back but it aint gonna happen, as is, could be a lot worse. Lets wait for the trailer before having our periods about it. btw did everyone forget how to spell 'exciting' or is this just some meme im not hip to?
was always bummed Reed was kicked off FF4 back in the day, i enjoyed his first two flicks and think he could do something good with this. Of course id rather have Marvel coax Wright back but it aint gonna happen, as is, could be a lot worse. Lets wait for the trailer before having our periods about it. btw did everyone forget how to spell 'exciting' or is this just some meme im not hip to?
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9:07PM on 06/07/2014
To be honest, Edgar Wright was the only reason I cared about this movie. I think it will be the first marvel movie that I skip at the theatre.
To be honest, Edgar Wright was the only reason I cared about this movie. I think it will be the first marvel movie that I skip at the theatre.
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7:43PM on 06/07/2014

My first thought...

"Who the fuck is that?"
I don't know, kinda feels like Marvel is reaching on this one.
"Who the fuck is that?"
I don't know, kinda feels like Marvel is reaching on this one.
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7:30PM on 06/07/2014
Peyton Reed looks like Steven Soderbergh.But he ain`t Steven Soderbergh lol.

Adam Mckay is calling himself a writer now,yeeeeah okay.I bet he just goes through the screenplay and crosses out dialogue and writes in brackets. (improvise dialogue)
Peyton Reed looks like Steven Soderbergh.But he ain`t Steven Soderbergh lol.

Adam Mckay is calling himself a writer now,yeeeeah okay.I bet he just goes through the screenplay and crosses out dialogue and writes in brackets. (improvise dialogue)
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9:39PM on 06/07/2014
Wow, okay. So McKay's movies feature a lot of improvised dialogue. That doesn't mean he is incapable of writing. Adam McKay started as a writer first, serving as the head writer for SNL before teaming with Will Ferrell to direct and co-write his films. So, why does he not qualify as a writer?
Wow, okay. So McKay's movies feature a lot of improvised dialogue. That doesn't mean he is incapable of writing. Adam McKay started as a writer first, serving as the head writer for SNL before teaming with Will Ferrell to direct and co-write his films. So, why does he not qualify as a writer?
10:09PM on 06/07/2014
Head writer for SNL, huh? You're not helping, BrokenDreamer.
Head writer for SNL, huh? You're not helping, BrokenDreamer.
11:31PM on 06/07/2014
While I really find some of his work funny how much of Adam Mckay's actual work ends up in the movies he's written and how much of it was improvisation? That's the point that has me worried because I can't see this being filmed like Step Brothers or Talledaga Nights with open improv going on.
While I really find some of his work funny how much of Adam Mckay's actual work ends up in the movies he's written and how much of it was improvisation? That's the point that has me worried because I can't see this being filmed like Step Brothers or Talledaga Nights with open improv going on.
12:20AM on 06/08/2014
Tina Fey and Conan O'Brien both started out as writers for SNL.
Tina Fey and Conan O'Brien both started out as writers for SNL.
1:32PM on 06/08/2014
It really depends on the era of SNL. The point is he started out as a writer, and therefore has every right to call himself one. If you want to know what a script of his looks like, follow this [link] It's for The Other Guys, which happens to be his most action-heavy movie. It proves that he has skills as a writer, or at least indicates that not all of the dialogue is improvised.

(Wow, I hate to admit that some of the dialogue is really horrific. Still doesn't diffuse my point, though,
It really depends on the era of SNL. The point is he started out as a writer, and therefore has every right to call himself one. If you want to know what a script of his looks like, follow this [link] It's for The Other Guys, which happens to be his most action-heavy movie. It proves that he has skills as a writer, or at least indicates that not all of the dialogue is improvised.

(Wow, I hate to admit that some of the dialogue is really horrific. Still doesn't diffuse my point, though, which was that Adam McKay qualifies as a writer based on his experience. Whether he is a good writer was not my point. That is why I brought up SNL.)
6:21PM on 06/07/2014
Such an uninspired choice. Way to go, Marvel!
Such an uninspired choice. Way to go, Marvel!
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5:21PM on 06/07/2014
I like his name though. He must be related to Jojen.
I like his name though. He must be related to Jojen.
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5:19PM on 06/07/2014
To be fair, his treatment of Fantastic Four set in the sixties seems to have made some people exited. And Down with Love wasn't too shabby. Hopefully they will vampirize Wright's beats as much as they can.
To be fair, his treatment of Fantastic Four set in the sixties seems to have made some people exited. And Down with Love wasn't too shabby. Hopefully they will vampirize Wright's beats as much as they can.
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5:14PM on 06/07/2014

I have a message for Peyton Reed

You better not fuck this up.
You better not fuck this up.
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5:43PM on 06/07/2014
I think the sole purpose in bringing him in , is cuz he'll be they're "yes man" it's a paint by numbers film, it seems marvel constantly wants they're hand all over these films. They have a particular vision for they're films and they want it done, the way they want it done! I don't see how any director could fuck this movie up. All he's gonna be there to do is say "action, & cut" and follow the storyboards that are given to him. So if anyone can fuck this film up, it's marvel or in the editing
I think the sole purpose in bringing him in , is cuz he'll be they're "yes man" it's a paint by numbers film, it seems marvel constantly wants they're hand all over these films. They have a particular vision for they're films and they want it done, the way they want it done! I don't see how any director could fuck this movie up. All he's gonna be there to do is say "action, & cut" and follow the storyboards that are given to him. So if anyone can fuck this film up, it's marvel or in the editing room. The editing room is where the true art of movies are put together anyway.
12:24AM on 06/08/2014
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5:02PM on 06/07/2014
There were warning signs in the past that the studio was becoming overbearingly controlling, but Wright leaving just confirmed for people what they already suspected, that the studio has turned into an assembly line. The MARVEL formula has started to feel a little paint by numbers, and bringing in someone like Wright made people hope that maybe MARVEL were still willing to take a risk once in awhile, throw out the blueprints and try something fresh again. For better or worse, this is the
There were warning signs in the past that the studio was becoming overbearingly controlling, but Wright leaving just confirmed for people what they already suspected, that the studio has turned into an assembly line. The MARVEL formula has started to feel a little paint by numbers, and bringing in someone like Wright made people hope that maybe MARVEL were still willing to take a risk once in awhile, throw out the blueprints and try something fresh again. For better or worse, this is the studios film now. Whomever they slide into the Director's chair, is just there to give them what they want. Maybe it'll work out for them in the end, like Cap 2 did.
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5:57PM on 06/07/2014
I don't understand how anyone can say Marvel are unwilling to take risks when their riskiest film to date ("Guardians of the Galaxy") is opening in a couple months.
I don't understand how anyone can say Marvel are unwilling to take risks when their riskiest film to date ("Guardians of the Galaxy") is opening in a couple months.
6:23PM on 06/07/2014
What I meant was taking a risk by handing over control, or at least loosening the reins a bit and letting a film-maker make the film. Not micro-managing everything to death, and locking the Directors out of the editing room. Guardians of the Galaxy will most assuredly fall into the MARVEL formula, and like Disney, or Pixar, MARVEL have branded themselves well enough in the public consciousness that I doubt it will fail.
What I meant was taking a risk by handing over control, or at least loosening the reins a bit and letting a film-maker make the film. Not micro-managing everything to death, and locking the Directors out of the editing room. Guardians of the Galaxy will most assuredly fall into the MARVEL formula, and like Disney, or Pixar, MARVEL have branded themselves well enough in the public consciousness that I doubt it will fail.
7:19PM on 06/07/2014
I mentioned this in another thread, but you only have to look at the past MCU films to see that Marvel does allow the filmmakers to make the film and put their own stamp on them. "Avengers" is very much a Whedon film, "First Avenger" is a Joe Johnston film, and "Iron Man 3" has Shane Black written all over it. Heck, there were even reports of Marvel telling James Gunn his "Guardians" script wasn't James Gunn-y enough. I think it's a bit unfair to say Marvel doesn't allow a certain amount of
I mentioned this in another thread, but you only have to look at the past MCU films to see that Marvel does allow the filmmakers to make the film and put their own stamp on them. "Avengers" is very much a Whedon film, "First Avenger" is a Joe Johnston film, and "Iron Man 3" has Shane Black written all over it. Heck, there were even reports of Marvel telling James Gunn his "Guardians" script wasn't James Gunn-y enough. I think it's a bit unfair to say Marvel doesn't allow a certain amount of freedom for their filmmakers.

I say certain amount because they do have a vision for their films and the filmmakers have to compromise a bit to accommodate. I don't see that as a bad thing, however, since it's been that vision that's given us what had previously never been done before; a shared cinematic universe.
7:42PM on 06/07/2014
Until we see Wright's script we can only guess if he was too wacky or if Marvel was too square. We dont really know how free Gunn has been yet either. But judging from the films out so far, they need more bold original vision and less blandness.
Until we see Wright's script we can only guess if he was too wacky or if Marvel was too square. We dont really know how free Gunn has been yet either. But judging from the films out so far, they need more bold original vision and less blandness.
4:36PM on 06/07/2014
Reed was originally supposed to direct FANTASTIC FOUR before they gave it to Tim Story. I'm reasonably sure his version would've been more interesting. I'm okay with this.
Reed was originally supposed to direct FANTASTIC FOUR before they gave it to Tim Story. I'm reasonably sure his version would've been more interesting. I'm okay with this.
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4:33PM on 06/07/2014
I am totally for this! Reed's "Down With Love" is one of the most underrated and funniest films of all time. I am happy he'll be doing this,
I am totally for this! Reed's "Down With Love" is one of the most underrated and funniest films of all time. I am happy he'll be doing this,
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4:25PM on 06/07/2014
Funny Marvel hired a director who made a film called 'Yes Man'; which is basically what he was hired for....to be a yes man for this film and Marvel.

But since Wright's departure, my excitement for this film has dropped by a lot and has been replaced with anticipation for Doctor Strange. Hopefully Reed can surprise with this, like the Russo Brothers did with Winter Soldier.
Funny Marvel hired a director who made a film called 'Yes Man'; which is basically what he was hired for....to be a yes man for this film and Marvel.

But since Wright's departure, my excitement for this film has dropped by a lot and has been replaced with anticipation for Doctor Strange. Hopefully Reed can surprise with this, like the Russo Brothers did with Winter Soldier.
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7:47PM on 06/07/2014
I was gonna say something about them hiring a/ the Yes Man director too, glad I scrolled and looked first lol
I was gonna say something about them hiring a/ the Yes Man director too, glad I scrolled and looked first lol
4:20PM on 06/07/2014
This thing has been in the works for so long now that I wouldn't be surprised if every shot of the existing script has been storyboarded and other pre-production work nailed. Unless it's a million miles off what Marvel want, I would imagine they could parachute in any competent director and get the expected result
This thing has been in the works for so long now that I wouldn't be surprised if every shot of the existing script has been storyboarded and other pre-production work nailed. Unless it's a million miles off what Marvel want, I would imagine they could parachute in any competent director and get the expected result
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12:55AM on 06/08/2014
The story was originally written in 1978 and published in 1979 as Marvel Premiere Vol 1 #47. The story was then adapted as a cartoon in 2012 as the fifth episode of the second season of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Wright was still on board at that point. We're not sure what went wrong.

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The story was originally written in 1978 and published in 1979 as Marvel Premiere Vol 1 #47. The story was then adapted as a cartoon in 2012 as the fifth episode of the second season of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Wright was still on board at that point. We're not sure what went wrong.

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4:15PM on 06/07/2014
How exiting. Not.
How exiting. Not.
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3:40PM on 06/07/2014

Haha wow.

Save the world huh? I'm not really familiar with Ant-man, but I remember reading that the plot, or presumed plot(?), would be Rudd stealing the uniform from Douglas to save his daughter. Perhaps that was the comics? That was a good story and I'd much rather see a personal story than a save the world one, especially since the world will have been epically saved twice by the avengers, and more in solo films? I remember liking Down With Love and Bring It On was solid for that type of film,
Save the world huh? I'm not really familiar with Ant-man, but I remember reading that the plot, or presumed plot(?), would be Rudd stealing the uniform from Douglas to save his daughter. Perhaps that was the comics? That was a good story and I'd much rather see a personal story than a save the world one, especially since the world will have been epically saved twice by the avengers, and more in solo films? I remember liking Down With Love and Bring It On was solid for that type of film, but it's hard to get excited. I don't think he's bottom of the barrel but clearly pretty low. Hopefully Rudd and McKay can work some magic (though again, I got the impression McKay passed was because he realized Marvel was being shitty/cheap - but maybe that was read between the lines). As long as Rudd plays a dick, I think it'll be ok
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3:47PM on 06/07/2014
Maybe that's how Pym becomes Lang's mentor. Lang steals the suit, is caught by Pym who, upon realizing Lang was doing it to save his daughter, sees potential in him and takes him under his wing.
Maybe that's how Pym becomes Lang's mentor. Lang steals the suit, is caught by Pym who, upon realizing Lang was doing it to save his daughter, sees potential in him and takes him under his wing.
9:43PM on 06/07/2014
If McKay has a problem with Marvel, why would he work with them at all? Why would he even offer his time to contribute to the script if he didn't want anything to do with them? Adam McKay has a lot of projects lined up. It's unlikely he would drop out of them to do a studio picture on short notice.
If McKay has a problem with Marvel, why would he work with them at all? Why would he even offer his time to contribute to the script if he didn't want anything to do with them? Adam McKay has a lot of projects lined up. It's unlikely he would drop out of them to do a studio picture on short notice.
3:39PM on 06/07/2014
Pretty lame, Milhouse.
Pretty lame, Milhouse.
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3:31PM on 06/07/2014
This will probably get a lot of negative reaction but, barring Wright coming back, I think that would've been the case for just about whoever they got to direct. Personally, I feel Marvel has earned the benefit of the doubt. I'm just glad that Rudd and the rest of the cast are still on board, so I'm still excited for this.
This will probably get a lot of negative reaction but, barring Wright coming back, I think that would've been the case for just about whoever they got to direct. Personally, I feel Marvel has earned the benefit of the doubt. I'm just glad that Rudd and the rest of the cast are still on board, so I'm still excited for this.
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3:42PM on 06/07/2014
I don't understand. What would've been the case for whoever they got to direct? Being underwhelmed? I agree though, they have earned the benefit of the doubt. I've disliked 3 of their movies but I'll only say one was really bad.
I don't understand. What would've been the case for whoever they got to direct? Being underwhelmed? I agree though, they have earned the benefit of the doubt. I've disliked 3 of their movies but I'll only say one was really bad.
3:57PM on 06/07/2014
That, unless Wright came back, no matter who ended up directing they would've received a negative reaction. I thought that was pretty clear, but maybe I worded it poorly.
That, unless Wright came back, no matter who ended up directing they would've received a negative reaction. I thought that was pretty clear, but maybe I worded it poorly.
3:23PM on 06/07/2014
One would think this situation has put a certain amount of pressure on those that prompted Wright to leave the project to have this turn out to be a great film. Wright leaving immediately suggests to a lot of people that the eventual movie won't be as good as it might have been. As much as I'd like to have seen Wright's vision, I still hope Marvel can pull a great film out of this.
One would think this situation has put a certain amount of pressure on those that prompted Wright to leave the project to have this turn out to be a great film. Wright leaving immediately suggests to a lot of people that the eventual movie won't be as good as it might have been. As much as I'd like to have seen Wright's vision, I still hope Marvel can pull a great film out of this.
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3:19PM on 06/07/2014
"...you could say that ANT-MAN has fallen off the excitement radar and into the land of indifference for me."

I think that perfectly sums it up for me. At least Edgar Wright brought the potential of turning an incredibly silly concept into something unique and special. Now, I can't help but feel that the terribly re-written script and the new "yes man" replacement director will be major reasons why this movie ends up mediocre...at best. Let's face it, there's not a lot of excitement for a
"...you could say that ANT-MAN has fallen off the excitement radar and into the land of indifference for me."

I think that perfectly sums it up for me. At least Edgar Wright brought the potential of turning an incredibly silly concept into something unique and special. Now, I can't help but feel that the terribly re-written script and the new "yes man" replacement director will be major reasons why this movie ends up mediocre...at best. Let's face it, there's not a lot of excitement for a sans-Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie. Now that Tony Stark is most likely the creator of Ultron, I don't see the need for an Ant-Man in Marvel's cinematic universe. Hopefully Reed and McKay prove me wrong.
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3:49PM on 06/07/2014
Pretty well said. The directors they wanted for Ant Man said Can't, Man, so they had to get a Yes Man? Eh
Pretty well said. The directors they wanted for Ant Man said Can't, Man, so they had to get a Yes Man? Eh
3:13PM on 06/07/2014
Am I less excited about 'Ant-Man' since Wright's not directing it? Of course. But that doesn't also mean I'm gonna automatically hate on it, either. I'm just glad they finally have someone on board. Reed isn't the most exciting choice they could've made, but then again, the direction has never been the most exciting part of the MCU either, imho. Yes, some Marvel movies have been better than others, but they have yet to deliver a bonafide stinker, and I don't think 'Ant-Man' will be the first.
Am I less excited about 'Ant-Man' since Wright's not directing it? Of course. But that doesn't also mean I'm gonna automatically hate on it, either. I'm just glad they finally have someone on board. Reed isn't the most exciting choice they could've made, but then again, the direction has never been the most exciting part of the MCU either, imho. Yes, some Marvel movies have been better than others, but they have yet to deliver a bonafide stinker, and I don't think 'Ant-Man' will be the first.
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10:14PM on 06/07/2014
Iron Man 1 and 3, as well as Avengers and Cap 3 were all thanks to the directors. Were the Thor movies fun? Sure, but they weren't memorable like those were. I don't see how you can make a case that directors don't matter.
Iron Man 1 and 3, as well as Avengers and Cap 3 were all thanks to the directors. Were the Thor movies fun? Sure, but they weren't memorable like those were. I don't see how you can make a case that directors don't matter.
11:10PM on 06/07/2014
When did I say the directors don't matter? I just said they weren't THE most exciting part of the MCU. The stellar actors hold that honor, in my opinion. You say Iron Man 1 & 3 are two of the best Marvel films, and yet they had different directors - and at the same time, you didn't list Iron Man 2, which had the same director as 1. You said the Thors weren't memorable, so are you arguing that Kenneth Branagh and Alan Taylor are subpar directors? I don't understand your point, and I think it's
When did I say the directors don't matter? I just said they weren't THE most exciting part of the MCU. The stellar actors hold that honor, in my opinion. You say Iron Man 1 & 3 are two of the best Marvel films, and yet they had different directors - and at the same time, you didn't list Iron Man 2, which had the same director as 1. You said the Thors weren't memorable, so are you arguing that Kenneth Branagh and Alan Taylor are subpar directors? I don't understand your point, and I think it's clear you didn't understand mine at all.
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