Evangeline Lilly explains what went wrong with Edgar Wright's Ant-Man

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Dec 3, 2014

For many fans, director Edgar Wright's decision to leave Marvel's Ant-Man movie was a crushing blow. But star Evangeline Lilly has a different take.

Lilly, who is playing Hope Van Dyne (Hank Pym's daughter) in the movie, told Buzzfeed she almost left the project herself after Wright abandoned it:

"You know, a creative project is a moving target. You never end up where you start. But we all, I think, signed on very enthusiastically with Edgar. We were excited to work with Edgar. We were fans of Edgar. So when the split happened, I was in the fortunate position where I had not signed my contract yet. So I had the choice to walk away, and I almost did. Because I thought, 'Well, if it’s because Marvel are big bullies, and they just want a puppet and not someone with a vision, I’m not interested in being in this movie.' Which is what I was afraid of."

But the actress -- who plays the elf Tauriel for the second time in the about-to-open The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies -- said that while she thought Wright's vision for the material was "brilliant," she also realized that it did not fit into the expanding concept of the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

"I mean, they’ve established a universe, and everyone has come to expect a certain aesthetic (and) a certain feel for Marvel films. And what Edgar was creating was much more in the Edgar Wright camp of films. They were very different. And I feel like, if (Marvel) had created Edgar’s incredible vision -- which would have been, like, classic comic book -- it would have been such a riot to film (and) it would have been so much fun to watch. (But) it wouldn’t have fit in the Marvel Universe. It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was. It just would have taken you away from this cohesive universe they’re trying to create."

This is where the root of the problem seemed to be -- Wright is a very iconoclastic director with a very distinctive personal stamp that would have been hard to integrate into the larger body of Marvel movies. And to be fair to both sides, there was no MCU when he started working on Ant-Man eight years ago -- at least not the one that has come into being since 2008. 

Peyton Reed is directing the film now, and Lilly also said that she thinks "we are going to come close to pleasing" both fans of the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and his successor, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). Do you think Marvel acted in everyone's best interests -- and in the best interests of both Ant-Man and the MCU -- by making the change they did? 

(via The Playlist)

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