Joss Whedon has had quite a bit on his plate, preparing The Avengers: Age of Ultron for its May 1 release. But ever since he signed on to be a central part of Marvel’s cinematic universe, he’s had some sort of involvement with the rest of the studio’s slate as well. And because of that, he had the chance to read a version of Ant-Man viewers won’t see ever fully realized—Edgar Wright’s take.
Whedon had nothing but good things to say about Wright’s original plans for the character. Speaking to Buzzfeed News during the filming of Ultron, Whedon praised Wright’s script and expressed his excitement for the project. “I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I’d read,” Whedon said. “I had no interest in Ant-Man. [Then] I read the script, and was like, Of course! This is so good!”
Whedon went on to say the script reminded him of the source material in the script’s ability to be “irreverent and funny and could make what was small large, and vice versa.”
After years in pre-production, Wright left the project, splitting with Marvel over creative differences. Wright and Marvel Studios released a joint statement last year announcing the two “have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their vision of the film” but that the decision was an “amicable” one, an idea Feige reinforced to Buzzfeed during the set visit.
Whedon’s sentiment echoes his response to the news when it became public last year, but regardless, Ant-Man continued on with a script rewrite and Peyton Reed in the director’s chair. The film is still set for a July 17 release, and while it’s a shame Wright could not bring his vision to life, the film’s latest trailer, viewable below, certainly looks to be doing right by the character.
Read the rest of Buzzfeed‘s report for more insights from Whedon on both Ultron and the Marvel universe at large. And for more on Ultron before its debut, read EW’s cover story on the film from our Summer Movie Preview.