Ant-Man 2 Stays in Its Own Corner of the MCU Says Director
It feels like every ounce of Marvel hype is dedicated to Doctor Strange at the moment, but let us not forget that a sequel to Ant-Man is on the way. Shortly after the movie came out last year, Marvel Studios announced that director Peyton Reed will be coming back to do a sequel titled Ant-Man and the Wasp. Because there have been so many other high-profile projects being released by Marvel, word has been somewhat quiet about the movie, but Peyton Reed opened up a bit in a recent interview.
The Bring It On director was recently interviewed by Moviefone and was actually willing to talk quite a bit about Ant-Man and the Wasp, though he couldn't reveal anything too specific. For one, he talked about the fact that he wants to avoid the whole "bigger is better" idea for the sequel. Here is what he had to say.
"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."
Peyton Reed may have his own ideas for Ant-Man and the Wasp, like trying to keep it small and character-driven, but Ant-Man is part of the MCU, so that means some things that happen with the character are out of his control. For one, Scott Lang showed up to help do battle with Team Cap in Captain America: Civil War over the summer and *spoiler* we got to see him turn into Giant-Man. Peyton Reed had mixed feelings about that but revealed that he ultimately likes the idea of getting to work with other writers and directors.
"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."
As much as everyone loved Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, there is a ton of excitement from fans to see the Evangeline Lilly make her debut as the Wasp in Ant-Man and the Wasp. We know that the character will join up with her fellow heroes in the currently untitled Avengers 4, but she will first be introduced in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Peyton Reed also talked a bit about his excitement for introducing the character and what he wants to do with her in the movie.
"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!"
The first Ant-Man movie was a pleasant surprise for many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe last year. After a lot of uncertainty during the production phase, with director Edgar Wright leaving just months before shooting after working on the project for years, it ultimately wound up being very well received. For a property nobody outside of big-time comic book fans knew much about, it did very well at the box office as well, bringing in $519 million worldwide. That is at the lower end of what Marvel Studios is used to, but given the circumstances, that was still plenty for the studio to move ahead with Ant-Man and the Wasp. The movie is currently set for release on July 6,2018, just a couple of months after Avengers: Infinity War debuts on May 4, 2018.