2015’s Ant-Man was one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (ironically) biggest surprises. The film was clouded in controversy following the departure of Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright, as well as the messy scandal that entailed. However, Yes Man director, Peyton Reed, stepped into Wright’s shoes as the head for this adventure and, despite not being the franchise’s best film, it certainly could have been worse. Following the character’s appearance in this summer’s Captain America: Civil War, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man is quickly becoming one of Marvel’s most iconic heroes. With this in mind, a follow-up to the 2015 adventure, Ant-Man And The Wasp is set to hit theatres everywhere in 2018.
In a new interview with Moviefone, Reed, who will return as director for the sequel, he discussed some interesting components of the follow-up. When asked if the sequel will do what most sequels do nowadays, and feel the need to be bigger, Reed downplayed those claims:
“No, I think we like our little Ant-Man corner of the universe. Because it’s a whole different vibe tonally, but also just in terms of who Scott Lang, who Ant-Man is: he is a guy who is maybe not so sure he wants to be like this Avenger-style, full-on superhero. He’s got a kid, and this is the inner conflict with him, and he’s very much just like a normal guy who has come into contact with some incredible power. So, we like that aspect of kind of like it being its own little corner of the universe.”
I am a huge fan of this idea. I think one of Ant-Man‘s best qualities was the movie’s ability to be its own thing, except for that scene with The Falcon; but hey, that was super fun.
Reed commented on Ant-Man becoming Giant-Man in Civil War, instead of the upcoming sequel. The director revealed he was not originally on board with the reveal, but came around to it. Reed also teased some components of Evangeline Lilly’s interpretation of The Wasp:
“Again, that is one of the sort of things where it’s a mixed bag. When I first found out — gosh, I don’t know, two years ago, a year-and-a-half ago — that “Civil War” was going to get the Giant-Man premiere, I was like “No!” But, now, I’ve since recovered, and we have a lot more in store for Scott Lang in this movie. We get to see the Wasp debut — we’re all about the Wasp and Ant-Man. So I like it, because we spend a lot of time with our different writers and directors, and there’s a lot of crosstalk, and I love that.”
The director was finally asked where he would like to take The Wasp before her big appearance in Avengers: Infinity War:
“Well, I’m just personally excited to get to introduce yet another character into the Marvel Universe. After Ant-Man, now we get to see Wasp, so really designing her look, the way she moves, the power set, and figuring out, sort of, who Hope van Dyne is as a hero — because we know her in a certain context in the first movie, but now she’s going to have her coming out party — that’s exciting!”
Of course, fans will remember that The Wasp originally appeared in early drafts of Joss Whedon’s first Avengers film, with many actresses being looked at for the part, until she was scrapped in favour of a more simple story. But now, finally, fans will get to enjoy the arrival of The Wasp, and I can hardly wait.
So, what do you guys think? Are you excited for Ant-Man And The Wasp?
Ant-Man And The Wasp hits theatres everywhere on July 8, 2018.