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– by Seth McDonald

Marvel’s next big screen effort, Ant-Man and the Wasp, will be in theaters nationwide next Friday. While the film is a direct sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, it is, in many ways also a sequel to Captain America: Civil War. Speaking at the film’s press conference junket, director Peyton Reed discussed the challenges that come with making a film that is set to be a sequel to more than one film.

“It actually was, and it’s a really good you make; it is a sequel to both movies. And what was cool about Captain America: Civil War is we could not ignore what had happened to Scott Lang in that movie, in this movie. And it gave us an organic jumping off point, because my first reaction was… what would Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne think about Scott taking the suit and getting involved with this and fighting with the Avengers? Well, they’d be pissed off. [LAUGHTER] So it really gave us this whole… starting point where it’s like, well, what if they were estranged at the beginning of the movie, as a result of this? You know, there are ramifications of the Sokovia Accords and… and Scott being on house arrest and it really gave us a really, a natural starting point. So it, it… [COUGH] From the get go.”

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While having making a film that is set to be a sequel to multiple movies is one of the unique challenges the MCU presents, it is nice that as Reed said, this sort of handcuff also provides a more narrow jumping off point, which while it seems sort of binding, could also be an asset. To be honest, I watched Ant-Man for the first time a couple of days ago, and I really enjoyed it. They really took the concept of shrinking and enlarging and made it fun and cool, something I had my doubts about, but I was very, very, wrong.

Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters July 6.

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