While fans around the world make Captain America: Civil War a huge success, the filmmakers are now revealing more details about the epic adventure. Including what was eventually cut from the movie. Running at 151 minutes, Captain America: Civil War is the longest installment in the MCU. As it turns out, two prominent characters were cut from the movie entirely, after being introduced in the last Phase 2 movie, Ant-Man. If you haven't seen Captain America: Civil War yet, there will be plenty of SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
We knew right when production started last May that Paul Rudd would reprise his role from Ant-Man as Scott Lang, although no other characters from that movie showed up. During an interview with Mashable, Captain America: Civil War writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely explained that earlier versions of their script included Ant-Man characters Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope Van Dyne, a.k.a. The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly). Here's what Stephen McFeely had to say, when Christopher Markus revealed that Hank Pym was featured in a "not very good" draft of the script.
"I forgot about that. We won't speculate on what Hank Pym did, but he wasn't as helpful as he needed to be."
In one of the post-credit scenes in Ant-Man, Hank Pym presents his daughter Hope with The Wasp suit that he had been developing with his wife Janet, before she disappeared. Just a few months after Ant-Man hit theaters, Marvel announced that Ant-Man and the Wasp will hit theaters in 2018, with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly returning to reprise their title characters. Stephen McFeely revealed that they left The Wasp out of Captain America: Civil War because they didn't want to "ruin" her own movie.
"In the case of Wasp, [we left her out because] it was really kind of ruining a good story point for her in her own movie."
Christopher Markus added that putting her in Civil War would have meant that her pivotal moment isn't enough to be "presented dramatically" which is not true. Stephen McFeely continued, saying that these early drafts were written before Ant-Man had even started production, and Edgar Wright was still attached to direct before famously bailing on the superhero project. While Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are set to return for Ant-Man and the Wasp, it still isn't known if Michael Douglas will be back as Hank Pym. The actor revealed last year that he would come back if he didn't have to carry as much dialogue as he did in the original. We don't know when shooting will begin on Ant-Man and the Wasp yet, but the studio has set a July 6, 2018 release date.