Thurber, Fleischer, McKay In Running To Direct ANT-MAN

Thurber Fleischer McKayWhoever takes over the reins from Edgar Wright on the Ant-Man film will have not only big shoes to film, but also have to have the fortitude to endure a constant Internet lambasting. It’s fitting then that, according to The Wrap, Marvel is looking at three veteran directors to step in and take over. Who are they? Let me tell you, from left to right above:

  • Rawson Marshall Thurber: The Wrap says that Thurber is the front runner for the job. He is best known for the comedies Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and last year’s surprise hit We’re the Millers.
  • Ruben Fleischer: Best known for the inventive Zombieland, he is coming off the flops 30 Minutes or Less and The Gangster Squad.
  • Adam McKay: Certainly the most experienced of the group, with the most films on his resume. He is known for his improvisational style of directing and his frequent partnering with Will Ferrell. He has worked with Paul Rudd on both Anchorman films. He’s the less likely of the three to get the job because A) he has always directed stuff he himself wrote and B) while his improvisational style might work on the film that will be making up its script as it goes along, I doubt Marvel is going to let anyone have that kind of freedom.

Having three men known primarily for comedies in contention for the directorship lends us to believe that Marvel intends Ant-Man to be a comedy.  This flies in the face of a popular line of gossip that Marvel was upset and concern about Guardians of the Galaxy‘s humorous tone, and that played into the decision to part ways with Edgar Wright. Of course, the Russo Brothers were primarily known for sitcoms, and they delivered a fairly fine action film in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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May 30, 2014 10:03 pm

Thurber, Fleischer, McKay In Running To Direct ANT-MAN

Sean Klus
May 30, 2014 10:17 pm

Heres what probably happened- until the MCU came along it was Edgar Wrights Ant Man. After the huge success of the MCU, Marvel understandably wanted their version. In the end they parted ways.

William Gatevackes
May 30, 2014 10:21 pm

Not disagreeing with you. I just think Wright’s vision would have been better than marvel’s

Sean Klus
May 30, 2014 10:25 pm

You know I’m really not sure I like him as a director but I enjoy the direction Marvel is headed

William Gatevackes
May 30, 2014 10:27 pm

I love him as a director and I;m not sure of the direction Marvel is headed.

William Gatevackes
May 30, 2014 10:33 pm

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Sean Klus
May 30, 2014 10:35 pm

Well I mean, I trust them until they do something on par with X3

Jason Sherry
May 30, 2014 10:55 pm

I don’t think X3 was really any worse than Iron Man 2 when you come down to it. And it was better than the new Spiderman.

Yeah, I said it.

William Gatevackes
May 30, 2014 11:02 pm

Oh, no you didn’t!

William Gatevackes
May 30, 2014 11:04 pm

Okay, I will say that I liked X3 a lot more than I expected to, and I think it wasn’t quite as bad as everyone says it is. I still say Iron Man 2 and Amazing Spider-Man 2 is better than it, though.

Jason Sherry
May 30, 2014 11:04 pm

See, I thought ASM2 was Fantastic Four bad.

Sean Klus
May 30, 2014 11:05 pm

I have zero interest in anything ASM. The problem with X3 is they teased Phoenix and then we got..well something else.

William Gatevackes
May 30, 2014 11:24 pm

See, I also don’t thing FF was as bad as everyone else said it was. ASM2, for me, worked in spite of itself. The acting raised a bad script above what it should. For X3, I knew going in they weren’t going to do Dark Phoenix justice, soI was able to come to peace with that going in.