Ant-Man 2 Is Not a Heist Movie; Writer Adam McKay Will Return
Marvel's last Phase Two movie Ant-Man debuted on Blu-ray and DVD today, after a successful run at theaters. While it didn't pull in the massive numbers of the studios' Avengers movies, Ant-Man earned over $180 million domestic and $518.5 million worldwide, which is certainly a solid debut at the box office. The studio announced the follow-up Ant-Man and the Wasp this fall, which will bring back Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, a.k.a. The Wasp. Comic Book Resources recently spoke with director Peyton Reed, who revealed that the sequel will have a new "genre template," meaning it will be much different than the heist story told in Ant-Man.
"I think there's probably going to be some aspects that maybe call back to the tone of [the first movie], but for Ant-Man and the Wasp, we have an entirely different template. We know what that template is, and we have an entirely different genre template for that movie. But it's going to remain a surprise. But yes, that's already been decided."
The original Ant-Man script was written by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, with Edgar Wright attached to direct for years until he eventually left the project last year. Paul Rudd and Adam McKay came aboard to rewrite the script before production started, but it still isn't known who will be writing Ant-Man and the Wasp. Peyton Reed confirmed that Paul Rudd will come back to work on the script, along with Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer, who did uncredited work on the script while production was under way. The director also added that Adam McKay will return in some capacity. Though to what extend isn't yet known.
"Well, definitely, Paul [Rudd], and we've got [Andrew] Barrer and [Gabriel] Ferrari, who were not credited on the movie, but they're our production writers, they're coming back. And Adam's going to come back in some capacity. A lot of it has to do with his schedule on [his new movie] The Big Short because he's promoting that movie and is probably, I would think, well into the Oscar season. We talked about Ant-Man, and he's psyched to come back. We want him back. It's going to be a scheduling thing."
The end credits scene in Ant-Man had Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) showing his daughter Hope Van Dyne the Wasp suit that he designed for her. Evangeline Lilly teased possible Phase 3 plans for Wasp, aside from Ant-Man and the Wasp, since she recently had a costume fitting. But it isn't known if she will pop up at any time before the sequel. When asked what he was most excited for with this follow-up, Peyton Reed had this to say.
"I'm excited just for Evangeline Lilly to actually suit up and become a hero in the movie. I'm also excited about the idea that Ant-Man and the Wasp were a partnership throughout the history of Marvel Comics. It's a different dynamic than we've seen in the rest of the Marvel movies, an actual partnership. You've got Captain America and the Falcon, obviously. But this is a thing that in the comics was a romantic partnership and a heroic partnership, so it's going to be fun to play around with that and discover what the movie version of that is. I feel like we've set up a pretty complicated character in Hope van Dyne in the first movie. It's going to be fun to see how that plays out in the second movie, and continue that exploration of the family dynamics between Scott Lang and his family, but also, between Hank Pym and Hope and possibly even Janet. So that's exciting."
Evangeline Lilly herself recently said she would like to see Michelle Pfeiffer play Janet Van Dyne, while Michael Douglas has teased that he'd like to see his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones take on the character. Peyton Reed revealed that the writers won't start working on the script until January, so it isn't clear yet if Janet Van Dyne will even be a part of the story. The filmmaker also addressed a concern Michael Douglas recently brought up in an interview, where he said he will come back for a sequel if he doesn't have so much dialogue.
"Oh, it's great to have that on the table! I mean, we're so early on. We're really going to start in earnest in January on the writing. But we obviously have tons of notes -- things that we set up in the first movie -- and it's going to be fun to actually really hit the ground and start developing and writing the movie. It's so early on to start talking about that stuff. And also, I talk a lot to Michael about -- there's a lot of exposition that he was called on to present. There's a lot of set-up in Ant-Man, and it will be fun to give Michael different stuff to do in this movie."
The director was also asked about the flashback sequence in Ant-Man, where we saw a much younger version of Hank Pym meeting with members of S.H.I.E.L.D. The filmmaker said that he enjoyed that scene because it placed Pym squarely in the MCU right away, and he's discussing the possibility of putting a similar scene in the sequel. Whether or not it actually makes it in or not remains to be seen, but here's what the filmmaker had to say.
"Yeah, I mean, it's something that we're discussing, and we'll see if it actually works within the context of the story. It's something that's definitely interesting to all of us. Because I think it gave us an opportunity, even with the opening scene in Ant-Man, the S.H.I.E.L.D scene, to retroactively place this guy into the Marvel Cinematic Universe who's such an important character in the comics, and all the possible relationships that could exist there, that's really exciting. It's something we do want to explore."
There have been rumors that, in Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man will turn into Giant Man from the comics. Peyton Reed added that they do hint at Pym's history as Giant Man in the first movie, teasing that there are several different aspects of Pym's past that will be explored in Ant-Man and the Wasp. While he doesn't say with certainty that Giant Man will be featured in the sequel, we may see him at some other point down the line.
"Yeah, I mean, it's such a crucial part of his character in the comics. I think to ignore that would be crazy, because there's a lot of rich stuff. Not only with the different sort of super heroic identities that he had in the comics, but just his psychology. I mean, we do set up in the movie that when Scott says to him, 'Why don't you just put on the suit?' He's like, 'I can't. I did it for a long time, and it took a toll on me." It's like, 'Well, what does that mean, exactly?' I think there are a lot of things that we're going to explore in the next one that will explain a lot of that stuff."
Marvel has set a July 6, 2018 release date for Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is just a few months after Avengers: Infinity War Part I hits theaters on May 4, 2018. We know Ant-Man will be introduced to Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Captain America: Civil War next year, so we'll have to wait and see if he will also show up in Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II (May 3, 2019). What do you think about these new details regarding Ant-Man and the Wasp?