So Ant-man was a great movie. It was possibly one of the funnest entries in the MCU so far and, needless to say, we’re all really excited for the sequel… especially with Evangeline Lily putting on the Wasp outfit…
And now director Peyton Reed is talking up the sequel, his plans and his reaction to Giant-Man appearing in Captain america: Civil War… and yeah, he wishes he’d had the chance to debut that side of the character.
And now Ant-man, who was very much a second tier character, is as big as anyone in the MCU: “I always loved that about Ant-Man anyway that he was sort of a lesser known character and a character that in the real world and also in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, people might have really low expectations of him as a hero and he obviously proves them otherwise. I feel the same about the movie. We had an amazing cast- Paul [Rudd] and Evangeline [Lilly], and Michael Douglas and Michael Peña. You kinda can’t lose with that cast,” says Reed.
While Reed is really excited for the sequel and where he can go with it, he does have a little regret – or a giant one – about Captain America: Civil War’s big reveal: “Well I was super jealous about a year and change or whenever I knew that that was happening. I was like. ‘Oh my God, they get to do the Giant Man reveal!’ I had a little bit of a professional envy going on.
“But I’m thrilled! I love the Giant-Man stuff in the movie. And so many people saw Civil War, I think it’s gonna be great for us. And Paul [Rudd] is so good. I was actually with Paul today, we’re in the writing phase right now. He’s so good as that character and we have so much more in store for our movie.”
So, moving into the sequel, where will we find Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang/Ant-man?: “Well he’s a fugitive in most of the first Ant-Man movie. He’s just a bigger fugitive now. I think that’s one of the fun things and challenges about the Marvel movies for us, for the directors and for the writers, is you do have to sort of consider what happened in the previous movies in terms of your jumping-off point for those characters. It’s something we talked a lot about early on and we definitely have stuff figured out, so there will be some big leaps forward,” Reed says.
At the end of the last movie we saw the reveal of the Wasp costume for Hope Van Dyne, played by the beautiful Evangeline Lily, and it made no secret that she’d be front and centre in the sequel which was recently confirmed as being named Ant-man and the Wasp: “It’s something we’re excited about,” Reed says enthusiastically.
“For me as a comic nerd, I always thought of Ant-Man and Wasp as a team and that’s a lot of what the second movie is really about is how they work together, what their personal and professional relationships are like. To show her finally fully formed in this movie is really exciting. We really get to introduce this character into that universe. I mean we’ve introduced the character, but we haven’t seen her with her full power set and everything, so to me she’s not a supporting character in this movie. It’s every bit as much her movie as it is Scott Lang’s.”
He goes on to talk about where he’ll be drawing story and ideas from: “I’m cutting a wide swath on that stuff. I go back to early, early Avengers stuff and all the way up to the Nick Spencer stuff now. I just sort of devour it all. And really in terms of maybe even more than story stuff, just looking at imagery and for me what were iconic images and how we can squeeze those into the movie.”
We feel that, if any of the MCU characters will be comfortable with the classic era Marvel stuff, it’s Ant-man and, indeed, Wasp. Finally, what about Scott’s friends – Michael Peña’s Luis and the gang – will they be back? “Oh there’s definitely a chance! I’d say there’s a fighting chance for that to happen.”
Yeah, we’re excited for more Ant-man – his two appearances in the MCU so far have been great, so his returning with Wasp just seems like something worth being giddy for…
Source: Modern Myth Media