/avengers-2-early-footage-description-teases-hulk-vs-iron-man-fight/Earlier today, we told you about the first Avengers: Age of Ultron footage that was previewed by Marvel Studios President and producer Kevin Feige at a Q&A session after a Guardians of the Galaxy sneak preview in London. At that same event, Feige explained his decision to hire Peyton Reed as director Edgar Wright's replacement on the Phase Three adventure Ant-Man.

Apparently, Marvel had been seeking the director out for quite some time, and even considered him for Guardians of the Galaxy before James Gunn ultimately won that job.

"Peyton Reed is someone that I've been a fan of for a long time. People may not remember, though probably your readers remember, that he was attached to Fantastic Four more than 10 years ago. We spent a lot of time together... And I got along with Peyton very, very well and he had awesome ideas and an awesome vision for the movie, and for various reasons he ended up leaving that movie... Peyton was always on our lists, and so when this happened and Edgar [Wright] said 'Not for me' we met with a handful of people, but Peyton Reed was always one that I thought would be great.

It was not a slam-dunk that he would just step into it and do it. He wanted to be sure that he was wasn't just inheriting something or following someone else's lead. Or wasn't inheriting something that the evil studio had watered down to be something bad. I kept saying, 'You can either read what's online, or come in and talk to us and look at all this stuff.' He looked at everything, he talked with us, and he said 'Number one, I agree with the direction you're going in. And number two, I can add to it.' And he has - the movie is in as good a shape as it's ever been right now."

He went onto talk about Peyton Reed's long history with Marvel and the other jobs he's meet with the studio about.

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"He's come in to meet on a lot of our movies over the years, in particular Guardians of the Galaxy. He had a lot of awesome things to say on Guardians of the Galaxy. But James Gunn had a slightly more solid take that was of interest to us. But Peyton was always on our lists."

How has the script changed from the time Edgar Wright had a hold of it? Not too much, as Edgar's spirit is still in tact.

"It's still very much in the spirit of what Edgar's original pitch was and the entire template of the movie is what Edgar set out and originally came and pitched us maybe eight years ago now. But it's on its way to being the absolute best version of what that movie could have been.

Kevin Feige finished his thoughts on the matter by touting Peyton Reed as every Marvel fan's next favorite director.

"Peyton is really, really wonderful, and will be proving that soon enough. As I said to the Comic-Con audience a few years ago, 'You might not have heard of [Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors] Joe and Anthony Russo, but you're going to be big fans of them soon.' And I'd say the same thing about Peyton Reed now."
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