Recently press was invited to an event for the upcoming released of Ant-Man on Blu-ray. At this event, there was a Q&A session and Newsarama got some new info from director Peyton Reed about the recently announced sequel Ant-Man & The Wasp and his inspiration for certains aspects of the first film. Were you a fan of the weirder elements of Ant-Man? Well, you’re definitely going to be getting more of that as Reed told the site that the “goal is to keep what we really liked for the characters in the first one, but to make it a much weirder movie.” Reed then added that much of the influence he had for that came from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odysey and Ken Russell’s Altered States, as well as the work that Jack Kirby, Jim Steranko, and Steve Ditko had done for Marvel Comics in 60’s and 70’s.
Reed then commented on the status of the sequel and stated that they are “starting the writing process” and that now that everything has been established, the film can go into some “unexpected places.” The director then commented on the relationship between the titular characters, one of the thing’s that he is looking forward to exploring more in the film.
Ant-Man & The Wasp is currently set to hit theaters July 2, 2018.