Peyton Reed Talks about ANT-MAN AND THE WASP and Keeping Ant-Man in His Own Corner of the MCU
Ant-Man was a surprisingly awesome movie. After all of the drama when it lost Edgar Wright and Peyton Reed replaced him, I didn’t think it would end up being as entertainingly good as it was.
Reed will be back in the director's chair for the sequel Ant-Man and The Wasp, and in a recent interview with Moviefone he talked about the film a little bit and the character’s place in the MCU. During the interview, he revealed that the project is still in the writing phase, and they will officially start prepping to shoot it later this month. A lot of that prep deals with the visual development of the film
The director then discussed the Ant-Man’s place in the MCU:
“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 do like that Ant-Man is its own thing in the MCU. Of course, he plays a much bigger role in it as he recently appeared in Captain America: Civil War, which is something that Reed was a little bummed out about initially. When The Wasp was brought up as being a part of The Avengers 4, Reed said:
“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.”
I’m excited for the debut of The Wasp! Evangeline Lilly is freakin’ perfect for the part, and I have no doubt she’s going to kill it in the sequel as The Wasp. When asked what he would want to do with the character now that comic book films are entering a big era of female superhero movie characters, he explained:
“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!”
It is exciting, and I can’t wait to see what Reed and Marvel have planned for her! Ant-Man and The Wasp isn’t coming out until July 2018, and I’m sure we’ll get a lot of information on the film between now and then.