Many were dismayed when it was announced that Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, and according to Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios' head, the hiring of Peyton Reed could not have been a better stroke of fate. Fans should be thrilled at what is going to come their way from Reed and stars Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd.
Feige (and at least Douglas) will be bringing Ant-Man to Comic-Con, but in the meantime, he was addressing an audience while screening footage from Guardians of the Galaxy and discussed the change in directors for his Ant-Man movie that hits theaters July 17, 2015.
"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,” Feige reported.
“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."
Feige has long been an admirer of Reed’s and admits that he was almost the man who would bring The Fantastic Four to the big screen the first time around.
"Peyton 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,” Feige said.
“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 was always one that I thought would be great.”