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Evangeline Lilly Says Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" Wouldn't Have Fit the MCU Anyway, So Calm Down, Nerds

By Rebecca Pahle | Industry | December 3, 2014 |

By Rebecca Pahle | Industry | December 3, 2014 |

Hey, remember that time Edgar Wright was going to direct Ant-Man, only for the studio to swoop in at 5:45 on a Friday afternoon and mumble “bythewaywe’rereplacinghim HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND EVERYBODY.” We weren’t the only ones who were taken aback by the news—in an interview with BuzzFeed, Ant-Man co-star Evangeline Lilly explained how she, too, was all “BZUH?!”:

“[I was] shocked. And mortified, at first. Actually, I wouldn’t say mortified. 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.”

She eventually got over it, maybe because new director Peyton Reed convinced her he’d kick some tiny, insect-sized ass, maybe because of money, maybe because she’s a big ol’ nerd who wanted to be in a comic book movie—it’s a mystery. Evangeline Lilly, I don’t know you, and I don’t know your life. Keep doing your thing, you magical, arrow-slinging diamond. And anyway, for all that Ant-Man might have been the greatest thing since Cornetto, Lilly says it wouldn’t have fit in with the rest of the MCU, which she rightfully points out has “a certain aesthetic [and] a certain feel.” She continues:

“…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. And therefore it ruins the suspended disbelief that they’ve built.”

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(via Collider)

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