It's been a few days since Edgar Wright walked off his "passion" project, the Marvel Phase 3 movie Ant-Man, and we've barely heard a peep from him since. Well, maybe just one tiny peep, as Wright posted the following image on Twitter over the weekend:
Now before you can ask: "Um Zechs why didn't you just embed the tweet as you usually do?" Well, soon after posting the image, Wright deleted the post (and the image now comes courtesy of Comic Book Movies), perhaps regretting breaking his silence, wanting to avoid burning bridges, or just waiting to release an official statment.
Whatever the case, the context of the image is quite clear to film historians. Wright's Photoshopped image is of silent-film comedian Buster Keaton, who gave up creative freedom to sign with a major studio. Ant-Man would have been Wright's first major studio picture. Keaton is seen holding a Cornetto ice cream bar, a frozen treat referenced in Wright's movies Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End. Wright could have been hinting that he left the project to avoid the same mistake as Keaton, sticking to his independent movie morals. Or maybe he was joking. Or maybe he was simply comparing rotund Marvel CCO Joe Quesada to Fatty Arbuckle. Whatever the case, he may have regretted his tweet and removed it, but you can't take things back on the internet.