Unlike many superhero films, Ant-Man And The Wasp doesn’t exactly have any characters you can really define as straight-up villains. The film features any number of people who can be considered antagonists but each of these is really just trying to achieve their own goals.
At an event promoting the home video release of Ant-Man And The Wasp, I spoke with the film’s producer Stephen Broussard. During our chat, I asked about this subject and if the route they went with the characters was always planned or something that came about during the development process.
“It was a decision from the beginning about a new way into a villain. This was our twentieth film and we’re always looking for ways to challenge ourselves to do new things and that gets harder the more you have to look in the rearview mirror. And we like this idea of antagonists rather than villains. We were influenced by early Elmore Leonard, something we talked about a lot. And Elmore Leonard is always this motley crew of quirky people, all with their own ends and they’re running to get to their own ends and they kind of collide in the middle. We like that idea.
Agent Woo isn’t necessarily a bad guy, he’s just doing his job but stands in the way of Scott’s freedom. We already also really liked the idea of Ava Starr aka Ghost as a quote-unquote villain who’s main objective is to rid herself of the very thing that makes her a threat. I thought that was really interesting and sort of an emotional core that we really haven’t explored. People seemed to respond to the idea of not a supervillain that had to take over the world. We knew we were coming off the heels of Infinity War and you can’t get bigger than that in terms of epic score, so we zigged where they zagged kind of on purpose.”
What did you about Broussard’s comments above? Are you hoping to see future Marvel Studios releases go a similar route with their antagonists? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and the Wasp stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michael Peña as Luis, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Judy Greer as Maggie, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Hannah John-Kamen as the Ghost, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne.
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes “Ant Man and the Wasp,” a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.
Ant-Man And The Wasp is now available digitally and will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on October 16th.