Edgar Wright bows out of Phase Three

Phase Three of Marvel’s Avengers Initiative will begin with “Ant-Man” but the film needs a new director.

Next year, Marvel’s Avengers Initiative will close, what I like to call, Phase Two with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes doing battle against a sentient, yet malevolent, artificial intelligence in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Once the dust settles after the epic showdown, the curtain will rise on Phase Three, with the size-shifting insect interpreting hero “Ant-Man” starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña and Evangeline Lily. The director of this solo installment of the Avengers franchise has been Edgar Wright, until Marvel and Wright made a joint announcement that both parties will part ways on the project, leaving “Ant-Man” without a director. According to the statement:

Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly

For the time being, there is no report on who is being looked at to replace Wright but the screenplay written by Wright and Joe Cornish looks all set to go. The film is still in its pre-production stage. “Ant-Man” will arrive in theaters on July 17, 2015.

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