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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Sequels are always bigger and better. That’s kind of the old cliché, right? Pretty much whenever there is a sequel, you can expect everything to be kicked up a notch or two. That’s kind of how it all works, and is generally something audiences want, whether they think they do or not. Sometimes this approach works and sometimes it doesn’t. Growing up in the ’90s, it was an era full of times when this approach simply didn’t work, but in today’s films, they seem to have mastered the art of the sequel, especially in the MCU.

This also applies to Ant-Man and the Wasp, a film that has all sorts of positive buzz behind it (no pun intended) on the heels of recent press days and screenings. By all accounts, this film was bigger, funnier, and a lot more fun than the first one, and from the sound of it, this was exactly what director Peyton Reed was shooting for, as revealed in his comments to Marvel Entertainment, where he said:

“Well it’s interesting because, you know, I just approached it from…we’re all moviegoers, and we know what we like and don’t like in sequels. So, really, it was just like, let’s try and make it funnier, let’s try and make it more nuts and, you know, kinda keep the things that hopefully people liked about the first movie. Like the, you know, the father/daughter stories, and the emotion and stuff, so. That’s really how we approached it.”

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So yeah, it seems like the tried and true sequel approach for Ant-Man and the Wasp was alive and well in this iteration, and while that may not work as well for threequels, it does seem to be just perfect for immediate follow-ups. Though no matter what the approach is, none of it matters if the execution sucks, and by all accounts, it sounds like the actual execution of that strategy has worked wonders.

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SOURCE: Marvel Entertainment

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.