When the first Ant-Man movie was first being worked on back in 2006, the plans were to have Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright helm it. Wright co-wrote the script and kept developing it for years until Paul Rudd was officially cast as Scott Lang. Despite working on Ant-Man for so long and being close to start shooting it, Wright ended up parting ways with Marvel Studios due to creative differences.
Shortly after the announcement of Wright stepping away from the movie, Marvel Studios ended up hiring Peyton Reed to helm the film. Wright recently appeared on Variety’s Playback podcast where he chatted about his history with Ant-Man. The director explained the dynamic he had with Marvel Studios when they were working on Ant-Man which led to him departing the project eventually.
“The most diplomatic answer is I wanted to make a Marvel movie but I don’t think they really wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie. I was the writer-director on it and then they wanted to do a draft without me, and having written all my other movies, that’s a tough thing to move forward. Suddenly becoming a director for hire on it, you’re sort of less emotionally invested and you start to wonder why you’re there, really.”
Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang a.k.a. Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne a.k.a. the Wasp, Michael Peña as Luis, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian as Kurt and Hannah John-Kamen, is set to come out in theaters on July 6, 2018.