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Don’t Believe The Hype: James Gunn Says ‘Ant-Man’ Directing Rumors Are Bullsh*t

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist May 29, 2014 at 1:35PM

So if you believed the morning rumors, which honestly smelled a little bit more like horseshit than usual, James Gunn, director of Marvel’s “The Guardians Of The Galaxy” was going to take over “Ant-Man” from the now departed Edgar Wright. Hey, Gunn was understanding of the problems between mom and dad, and hell, his Marvel movie was to 2014 what Wright’s “Ant-Man” was to 2015—a risk. Presumably Gunn’s done a great job of blending wacky comedy and “risk” along with the narrative foundations of what Marvel needs and expects for their tentpoles, so he’d make a good choice, right?
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So if you believed the morning rumors, which honestly smelled a little bit more like horseshit than usual, James Gunn, director of Marvel’s “The Guardians Of The Galaxy” was going to take over “Ant-Man” from the now departed Edgar Wright. Hey, Gunn was understanding of the problems between mom and dad, and hell, his Marvel movie was to 2014 what Wright’s “Ant-Man” was to 2015—a risk. Presumably Gunn’s done a great job of blending wacky comedy and “risk” along with the narrative foundations of what Marvel needs and expects for their tentpoles, so he’d make a good choice, right?

But Gunn is also presumably finishing his own Marvel movie, set to open in August, and even if we presume that he’s mostly complete, would he want to make back to back tentpoles? The rumors had Gunn as the next possibility to fill the shoes, but Gunn has quickly slapped all that down. As you can see from his tweet, it’s b.s.

So who’s taking over? Well, some reports says there’s a replacement already waiting in the wings, which suggests Marvel knew Wright would balk at their script changes and bail. But a more recent report suggests that Marvel won’t be ready to hire a new replacement by the time late July arrives (the proposed “Ant-Man” shooting date) and therefore they may miss their summer 2015 release date window.

Frankly, it could go either way. For one, it’s easy to see Marvel finding a TV director already at-ease with executing a pre-ordained vision, but on the other hand, this is no TV episode; it’s at least a 90-minute movie and the month and half of preparation might be too much for anyone, lest they want to pull a Brett Ratner and inherit “X-Men: The Last Stand” about 4-6 weeks before filming began (and we all know how that turned out).

Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Marvel delays "Ant-Man." Now that they’ve got “control” of "Ant-Man" and it’s their film and not the possibly-too-quirky picture Wright was going to make, they could rethink the project even more. Hell, one school of thought would even go so far as saying: does this movie need to be made now? Or should we just introduce this character as an ‘Avenger’ down the road? Depending on how much Marvel’s invested in the project already, it’s probably within the realm of possibility. We’ll see. In the short term, don’t believe the hype—James Gunn isn’t making back to back Marvel films.

This article is related to: Ant-Man, James Gunn, Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy


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