– by Joseph Jammer Medina

One of the greatest strengths of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to do with its flexibility in genres. Sure, at first, the styles of the films kind of bled together, but as it gained its identity, it allowed the films to vary in its inspirations and genres. Arguably the first example of this was Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which went full-on conspiracy thriller. Not long after that, Guardians of the Galaxy took things to the space opera level. Now, with every film, it’s fun to figure out which genre they’ve selected next.

The first Ant-Man was described as something of a heist film, but for the next film in the franchise, Ant-Man and the Wasp, director Peyton Reed was going for a completely different kind of movie.

“Well, in terms of when we first started talking about what Ant-Man and the Wasp would look and feel like and the kind of movie we wanted to make, I definitely started talking about things like After Hours and Midnight Run and these things where there’s a lot of forward momentum and it’s, you know, there’s almost a road movie quality to the movie in that way.”

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I can definitely see that. So for this film, we are likely getting something that’s more in line with a buddy road movie that has some really tense (and possibly annoying) misadventures that get out leads in deeper. But why the change in genre?

“The first movie because it was an origin story, you know, a lot of it took place sort in Hank Pym’s house and these things, and I just wanted to open the movie up and get out and take advantage of San Francisco, because that felt like a different texture for the MCU that, that Ant-Man sort of occupies this corner of the universe, you know, and we wanted to really get outside and explore those elements. And the urgency was really about trying to graft this idea of sort of a search and rescue movie onto that where there was this ticking clock and for whatever scientific reasons if they were going to go, perhaps, look for Janet van Dyne, how do you go about doing that? And it’s an impossible thing, scientifically, but also, if there’s urgency and there’s maybe a window of time they have to do it, it’s about collecting the people, the things, everything they need to do that.”

What do you think of Reed’s inspirations? Does it seem like a good direction to take the franchise? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018.

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SOURCE: Screen Rant

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.