Directors Abandon Marvel Movies, Wright Leaves 'Ant Man', Goddard Leaves 'Daredevil'
It's been a tough 24 hours for cinematic powerhouse Marvel Studios. First, it was reported that Edgar Wright, fan favorite and visionary comic master, was leaving the studio's much heralded Ant Man movie, and now it is being reported that director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) has left the upcoming Daredevil Netflix series, in which he was going to write and direct the pilot episode.
So what the hell is going on?
Latino Review reports that Wright and the heads of Marvel differed on the direction and take of the character of Ant-Man, and that after a new draft from some low-level, in-house writers that was not Wright's vision, the famed director asked to leave the production. Latino Review also reports that while Drew Goddard is off the Daredevil project, there has been no follow up from the director's rep due to the holiday weekend.
Marvel is known as a place where talented, but not necessarily wildly successful, directors can go and work on a big-budget spectacle. Jon Favreau, Alan Taylor, Shane Blackheck, the guys who directed The Winter Soldier had only directed comedies on tv, and look how that turned out. Wright's departure puts a dent in the Marvel Studio shine and speaks of a deeper imbalance amongst the corporate brand and the need to tell creative, original and awesome stories, all three of which Wright would absolutely be able to do.
No doubt more news will be breaking as the days wear on. Marvel has been on quite the hot streak recently, so this is a huge blow to the PR machine. One can hope that the Ant Man movie can get back on track. Sadly, it won't be Edgar Wright's Ant Man, but I guess that opens him up for the fourth installment of the Cornetto Trilogy, right?
Watch the trailer for Wright's still amazing The World's End below!