If anyone knows what its like to walk in Edgar Wright's shoes during the whole Ant-Man debacle, its Iron Man director Jon Favreau, who stepped away from Iron Man 3 after experiencing his own creative differences with Marvel Studios. Jon recently addressed Edgar's exit while taking a stance not unlike Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. He didn't side with either party.
Looking at the situation from a distance, he realized that Edgar Wright's style and Marvel's shared universe just weren't going to mesh.
"Edgar's a dear friend of mine - I was so looking forward to his version of Ant-Man. All Edgar's films have been studio films, it's not like he's never made one before. I think he's been used to a situation where he can have tremendous creative say around his story and casting, and Marvel has built an entire franchise around their style of telling stories. I know both parties well, and I respect his decision to see that he wasn't going to be fulfilled in the process. That's all I can really say."
Jon Favreau is in an interesting position. Even though he stepped away as a director on Iron Man 3, he did return to his iconic Marvel role as Happy Hogan. Like Terrence Howard with the character of James Rhodes, the studio could have easily replaced him, but they didn't. The two parties remained amicable. And its probably one of the reasons he doesn't speak ill of his experiences on the creative side of Iron Man 3.
"The model was the Fantastic Four films with Fox. You were expected to spend a certain amount of money that would make you a certain amount of money back as long as the effects are good. They wanted to figure out a way to get the movie to audiences for a price. I think by casting Iron Man the way we did, it classed the brand up. It allowed us to bring a certain humorous tone that had been lost from, say, the Bond franchise. With Daniel Craig, those movies gained a harder edge, meaning there was definitely room for a new humorous cad adventurer. That archetype had not been filled in a long time. Through Iron Man, Marvel found its tone and voice, but nothing was expected of it. And then the success came, and then there was pressure to continue that brand, and that's where it becomes more challenging."
" Rudyard Kipling is the basis, because he nailed the mythology - getting back to the ancient myths that we see everywhere - like in Star Wars. But the '67 animated film has wonderful tone and characters that we can hopefully recombine with Rudyard Kipling, so it has a Disney feel to it. It's a great way to use technology to tell the story in a way that hasn't been done before. We can use computer graphics to tell a story that will go around the world. You can give a personal flavor to something that's big, as long as you don't jeopardize people's ability to make money from it."
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