Author's Note: This article contains spoilers for CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.
While last year's ANT-MAN didn't necessarily set the world on fire, it was a nice palate cleanse following AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. It took the Marvel films back to a much smaller scale (pun not intended), and managed to make a film surrounding one of the most potentially laughable characters into a fun ride in the theater. The character went on to appear in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, where there was an amazing Giant Man reveal.
In an interview with Modern Myth Media, ANT-MAN director Peyton Reed discussed the envy he had that the Russos were the ones who got to make the reveal to audiences, as well as how good this will be for the character going forward.
"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."
Now all of a sudden, that ANT-MAN AND THE WASP sequel announcement from Marvel is sounding like a much better idea, one that can be quite the profitable endeavor for the studio. But what can we expect to see in that film? Sure, we know it'll be an adventure with Scott Lang returning as Ant-Man and Hope Van Dyne making her debut as the Wasp, but what else can we expect? After all, when last we saw the character, he was set to get freed by Cap from the underwater prison in CIVIL WAR.
"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."
And what about the Wasp's involvement? This flick is a huge deal for Marvel, considering it'll be the studio's first film with a female name in the title. Reed very much understands the importance of this.
"It’s something we’re excited about. 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."
Given that her name is half the movie's title, we'd expect nothing less.
Finally, Reed discussed the research he did for the sequel, which is currently being written:
"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."
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP hits theaters on July 6, 2018.
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