After weeks of silence, Marvel Studios mastermind Kevin Feige is finally speaking out on Edgar Wright's departure from "Ant-Man."
In an interview with The Guardian, Feige explains his side of the story, saying that Marvel and Wright's parting-of-ways was a disappointing development, but not an instance of the "big evil studio" being "too scared at [Wright's] outside-the-box creative vision." Instead, Feige pinned the break-up on a "combination" of factors, including clashing work styles and Wright's vision falling out of sync with the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"A part of me wishes we could have figured that out in the eight years we were working on it," said Feige. "But better for us and for Edgar that we figure it out then, and not move it through production."
Feige continued, saying that the Marvel movies are "very collaborative," perhaps more so than Wright is used to from his previous experiences. "And I totally respect that," he added. But as far as Wright's vision being too out there for Marvel to swallow, Feige said the rumors couldn't be further from the truth.
"The notion that Marvel was scared, the vision was too good, too far out for Marvel is not true," he said. "And I don't want to talk too much about that because I think our movies speak to that. Go look at 'Iron Man 3'; go look at 'The Winter Soldier'; go see 'Guardians of the Galaxy' later this month. It would have to be really out there to be too out there for us."
For Feige, the biggest disappointment of the situation is the strained relationship with Wright, "because I like Edgar very, very much and we were very close for many years." But moving forward, Feige believes that "Ant-Man" is in better hands than ever, now that Peyton Reed is directing the film.
"Peyton is going to do a tremendous job and the cast is tremendously dedicated and the script is getting into amazing shape," he said. "You wouldn't expect a producer to say anything different, but when that movie comes out it will be the absolute best version of 'Ant-Man' that could have existed."
"Ant-Man," starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, opens on July 17, 2015.