Ant-Man‘s journey to the big screen has been anything but smooth. After Edgar Wright split from the project, fans were understandably concerned this may very well be a doomed Marvel pic. Marvel nevertheless sped through the issues, placing Peyton Reed at the helm and getting Adam McKay to work on the screenplay.
Though the lead cast hasn’t really changed since they were officially announced, lead actress Evangeline Lilly has revealed that she nearly walked when Wright did.
“[I was] shocked,” Lilly told Buzzfeed, describing her reaction to hearing of Wright’s departure.
“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.”
Lilly said Wright’s version of Ant-Man would have “stuck out like a sore thumb” in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, ultimately suggesting that the decision for them to split ways was best for the MCU as a whole.
“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,” Lilly said. “[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. And therefore it ruins the suspended disbelief that they’ve built.”
Lilly plays Hope Van Dyne, a character she describes as a “kick-ass female”.
“…What’s cool is that, you know, Janet Van Dyne is my mom. Hank Pym is my father. I was raised by two superheroes. I’m no schlump. I’m a pretty smart, competent, capable, kick-ass female. She’s very cool.”
Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd as Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, will hit U.S. theatres July 17, 2015.