Both "Avengers" helmer Joss Whedon and "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn took to social media in the days since Wright left "Ant-Man," addressing Wright's exit while staying even-handed enough to remain on Marvel's good side. Gunn was the more neutral of the two, posting a note on his Facebook page that equated Wright and Marvel's relationship to that of mutual friends that the director loves equally, but who ultimately were just not the right fit for one another.
Whedon, meanwhile, didn't say anything at all; instead, he chose to speak through a photo. The director posted an image to his Twitter timeline of him lifting up a Cornetto (an English ice cream treat and a reference to Wright's Cornetto Trilogy films), his head bowed.
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? 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.
The photo certainly seems to indicate that Whedon is on Wright's side in his dispute with Marvel, though obviously Whedon also wants to remain in the studio's good graces, since he's in the middle of directing the sure-to-be-massive "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and no doubt would like to stick around for a third chapter. Perhaps it's just a salute of solidarity to a fellow creative who, unfortunately, didn't get to see his vision through this time around.
Wright, for his part, seems to be taking things in stride, though he couldn't resist having his own Cornetto-themed fun. In a since-deleted tweet, the director posted a photoshopped image of sullen-looking silent film star Buster Keaton clutching the frozen novelty, along with the label "selfie." (Vulture has some analysis of the significance of the snap.)
While we're sad that Wright won't become part of the Marvel family, we're glad to see that his fellow filmmakers have his back. Also, now we really want a Cornetto.
[via: James Gunn, Joss Whedon, h/t A.V. Club]
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