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MAY
23
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Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' Departure: How Social Media Reacted

Judging by the Internet's reaction, the news that director Wright has left the Marvel project is not a good thing at all.

Ant Man Art - H 2013
Marvel

The news that Edgar Wright has left Marvel's Ant-Man due to "differences in their vision of the film" was something that, perhaps unsurprisingly, caused a huge amount of upset on social media Friday afternoon.

Reaction to the news seemed split into one of three responses. Firstly, there were those who couldn't quite believe that it had happened --

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-- closely followed by those who felt that a Wright-less Ant-Man held far less appeal than what they had originally been anticipating --

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-- and finally, those who believed that Wright's departure could be read as commentary on some larger topic, even if the nature of that larger topic shifted somewhat depending on whom you asked:

Overall, the social media response has been overwhelmingly negative, with the rare exceptions being fans of Wright happy that he'll be able to concentrate on one of his own projects instead of the creation and property of a third party. To say this is a rarity for Marvel Studios is an understatement; although the studio has had trouble with talent before, it has rarely been of this level or this timeframe, with Ant-Man still scheduled for release 14 months from now. More traditionally -- as in the case of this week's Guardians of the Galaxy teaser -- the studio is the center of excitement and well wishes, and firmly in control of the narrative as it unfolds.

Whether Ant-Man will prove to be the first serious stumble for Marvel in terms of fan goodwill remains to be seen. It will depend on who takes Wright's place in the director's chair and whether anyone else follows him in leaving the project. But one thing seems to be true, judging from reactions online: Whatever the final Ant-Man movie turns out to be, there will always be a section of the fanbase who will remain convinced that it could have been better if only Marvel had allowed Wright to make the movie he had originally wanted to.