Marvel has gone through hell with this “Ant-Man” movie ever since Edgar Wright left the project. There have been several names for directors the studio was interested in including Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer, David Wain, and Rawson Thurber. For some reason, Phil Lord & Chris Miller were never mentioned, but I digress. Clearly, they wanted comedy directors. Now, it’s officially been announced that Marvel has their guy – Peyton Reed, director of “Yes Man” and “The Break-Up.”
Here’s the official statement from Marvel:
When Marvel’s “Ant-Man” hits theaters July 17, 2015, director Peyton Reed will help shepherd the hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a cast led by Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, with writer Adam McKay contributing to the film’s script.
I’m just gonna say it. Talk about a downgrade. I’m honestly flabbergasted by this choice. Marvel didn’t have a good list to begin with (McKay and Wain were the best names of the bunch) and they end up choosing the absolute worst name. Hell, Ruben Fleischer would have been a better choice than this. It just feels like an uninspired pick and this literally made my excitement for “Ant-Man” plummet. That’s a shame, too, because I loved everything I had heard from it before Edgar Wright’s exit.
As for Adam McKay writing, that intrigues me. I’m not sure if McKay’s style of comedy will fit with the MCU, but I’m more optimistic about his involvement in the film than I am about Reed’s.
Oh well. I guess all we gotta do is wait and see. But as of right now, it looks like with this and the casting of Josh Brolin as Thanos, Marvel’s been making some extremely questionable decisions for their films. Maybe I’m all off on this and Reed will knock it out of the park. But let’s just say I’m very disenthused at this point.
What do you guys think of this choice? You excited about Peyton Reed directing “Ant-Man?” Leave your thoughts down below.
“Ant-Man” is expected to be released on July 17, 2015.
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