Following Edgar Wright's shocking departure from Ant-Man, directors Joss Whedon and James Gunn, who are both directing projects for Marvel, have shown their support for the filmmaker.
On Friday it was announced that Wright, who has been working on a script for Ant-Man for around eight years, had left the film due to creative differences.
Clearly both Whedon and Gunn -- who have directed The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy respectively for the studio -- are torn by the break-up as they have great respect for Wright since they also don't want to offend the company that has supported them in their cinematic pursuits.
Whedon took to his Twitter account early on Saturday morning to post the following image:
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) May 24, 2014
In the picture Whedon can be seen holding up a cornetto, which is an ice-cream product that featured in Wright's films, Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End. Wright even refers to this trifecta of films as The Cornetto Trilogy.
Meanwhile, Gunn wrote out a long passage on his Facebook page that revealed his feelings on the dispute, while he also avoided taking sides in the argument.
Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. You love each of them dearly as individuals and think they're amazing people. When they talk to you about their troubles, you do everything you can to support them, to keep them together, because if you love them both so much doesn't it make sense they should love each other?It's believed that Wright left the project after Marvel re-wrote a big section of Ant-Man. After reading their changes he concluded that he wouldn't be able to oversee the blockbuster, which is still set to be released in 2015.
But little by little you realize, at heart, they aren't meant to be together – not because there's anything wrong with either of them, but they just don't have personalities that mesh in a comfortable way. They don't make each other happy. Although it's sad to see them split, when they do, you're surprisingly relieved, and excited to see where their lives take them next.
It's easy to try to make one party 'right' and another party 'wrong' when a breakup happens, but it often isn't that simple. Or perhaps it's even more simple than that – not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn't mean they're not wonderful people.
And that's true of both Edgar Wright and Marvel. One of them isn't a person, but I think you get what I mean.
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