Peyton Reed On Expanding Emphasis On The Wasp; Comments On The Need For Female Heroes Being A ‘No-Brainer’

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Earlier today we heard a bit from director Peyton Reed about the possibility of returning for 2018’s Ant-Man & The Wasp and the what direction that the film might head in. The director is currently doing the rounds promoting the home video release of Ant-Man and, while speaking with MTV, commented a bit on a greater emphasis on both Hope Van Dyne & Janety Van Dyne in the first film and how the need for female heroes is a ‘no-brainer’. In the original draft of the film, Evangeline Lily’s Hope Van Dyne had a much smaller role that was greatly expanded upon after Reed took over on the film.

That was one of the things that was important to me in the first movie when I came on was emphasizing the Wasp more, both Hope Van Dyne and Janet Van Dyne…It’s such a no-brainer that there needs to be female heroes. It’s about keeping the stories interesting and having fresh stories to tell. I always like that about Ant-Man and Wasp because it dealt with gender politics as well as superhero stuff. In the comics, particularly in the ’60s comics, the Janet Van Dyne Wasp was clearly written by all men and was pretty one-dimensional. She’s gotten much more dimensionalized since then. That’s one of those things that I think is going to be really exciting and fresh about this movie. You do feel a certain amount of responsibility. At the end of the day it’s organic to that character and the movie.

The director also told the site that he plans to “be loud” in order to make sure that The Wasp doesn’t get screwed over when it comes to merchandise, a complain that many have had in regard to Scarlett Johansonn’s Black Widow.  Let us know your thoughts on Reed’s comments in the box below and what you’d like to see when Ant-Man & The Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018. 

Source: MTV

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