Way back in 2006, two years before Marvel launched their Cinematic Universe with Iron Man, filmmaker Edgar Wright signed on to direct and develop Ant-Man, co-writing the script with Joe Cornish. Over the years, Marvel's burgeoning slate and Edgar Wright's own projects started to take precedence over Ant-Man, until the studio finally gave the green light back in 2012. Just before production was set to begin last year, Edgar Wright left the project, with Peyton Reed coming aboard to direct and Adam McKay and star Paul Rudd rewriting the script. With Ant-Man set to open on July 17, many are still wondering what could have been if Edgar Wright had stayed on the project. While promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon revealed that Edgar Wright's Ant-Man script was the best that Marvel has ever had.
"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."
Back in January, we reported that both Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish were only receiving "story" credit for Ant-Man, with Adam McKay and Paul Rudd receiving full screenplay credit. However, The Wrap reports that the writing credits were brought to Writer's Guild arbitration, with the guild deciding that there is still enough of Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish's material in Ant-Man to warrant a screenplay credit. Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish will still receive "story" credits, and they will also share the full screenplay credit with Adam McKay and Paul Rudd.
The finished product still reportedly features much of the work that Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish did on the project, with director Peyton Reed even using the storyboards that Edgar Wright had commissioned. Of course, even after watching the finished film, it will be difficult to determine, without reading the scripts created by both writing teams, which scenes were created by which writers, but perhaps Edgar Wright fans can rest easy knowing there is still plenty of his original material still present in Ant-Man. What do you think about these new details? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more on Ant-Man as we get closer to the July 17 release date.