Late last year, it was reported that Ant-Man and the Wasp was going to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first romantic comedy. However, director Peyton Reed has now revealed that the movie will not be a romantic comedy. Infinity War has been likened to a heist movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming is loosely based off of a 1980s John Hughes movie, and Captain America: Civil War took inspiration from spy movies, so it almost made sense that the new Ant-Man movie could be a romantic comedy.
We haven't heard a whole lot about Ant-Man and the Wasp lately due to the massive success of Black Panther and the unstoppable juggernaut that is Infinity War. Many forget that the Ant-Man sequel will be the next movie after Infinity War, which is set to be released a few months afterwards in July. In a new interview, director Peyton Reed discussed the romantic comedy rumors and instead said that Hope Van Dyne may have some questions. He had this to say.
"It's not a romantic comedy. The idea might enter Hope's brain: does she need Scott Lang in her life?"
In discussing the relationship between Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne and Paul Rudd's Scott Lang, Peyton Reed talked about the importance of making sure that she did not become the supporting character in Ant-Man and the Wasp. We're going to see the two learn to work together, which could lead to romance, but as previously noted, that won't be the main theme of the movie. Hope Van Dyne will show up as a "fully-formed hero," according to Reed. He explains.
"It was important to me, in this movie called Ant-Man and The Wasp, that she's not a supporting character. She's a lead character. She's become a fully-formed hero."
Peyton Reed's thoughts on Hope Van Dyne's character mirror what we were shown in the first trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, which featured the character in full action. Still, a MCU romantic comedy isn't such a bad thing, and some Marvel fans were excited at the chance to see the movies take a different turn. However, there were plenty of Marvel fans who were not very happy to hear about the rom-com rumors, so they should all be pretty happy about the new developments.
The story will explore "the different generations of Ant-Man and The Wasp," which will fit nicely into the family themes that the MCU has been utilizing so much of lately. Though we're still not sure of that seemingly family-unfriendly emblem on the front of the Wasp costume. There's reportedly too much action for the movie to be considered a romantic comedy, which should please a lot of fans. Now we'll just have to see how Ant-Man and the Wasp connects to Infinity War and vice versa. The good thing is the wait is not very long for either movie. You can check out what Peyton Reed had to say about the romantic comedy rumors from Empire Magazine via CinemaBlend.