Comic-book and film aficionados alike were met with stunning disappointment this past week upon learning that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright had backed away from directing Ant-Man, citing creative differences. Fans weren’t the only ones disappointed however, as directors of other Marvel films are now making their thoughts known on the situation.
The Avengers helmer Joss Whedon recently tweeted an image of himself with his head lowered in disappointment, as he raised a Cornetto high and proud.
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) May 24, 2014
For those confused as to why Whedon holding a Cornetto is a showcase of support, the gesture is a reference to Wright’s loosely-linked Cornetto trilogy, which consists of Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn also posted this level-headed, elegant response over Facebook:
Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. You love each of them dearly as individuals and think they’re amazing people. When they talk to you about their troubles, you do everything you can to support them, to keep them together, because if you love them both so much doesn’t it make sense they should love each other? But little by little you realize, at heart, they aren’t meant to be together – not because there’s anything wrong with either of them, but they just don’t have personalities that mesh in a comfortable way. They don’t make each other happy. Although it’s sad to see them split, when they do, you’re surprisingly relieved, and excited to see where their lives take them next.
It’s easy to try to make one party “right” and another party “wrong” when a breakup happens, but it often isn’t that simple. Or perhaps it’s even more simple than that – not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn’t mean they’re not wonderful people.
And that’s true of both Edgar Wright and Marvel. One of them isn’t a person, but I think you get what I mean.
While it’s a shame that we will never get to see Wright’s take on Ant-Man, it’s definitely nice to see fellow Marvel directors speak up about the situation. Gunn really hit the nail on the head, too, by suggesting that maybe Wright’s collaboration with Marvel was just something that wasn’t meant to be.
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