Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania director Peyton Reed says the movie will change the MCU. We know that Quantumania kicks off Marvel Studios Phase 5 and it will feature Kang as the main antagonist. Given that we also know things will come to a head in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, it makes sense that Quantumania is a very important jump off point for the MCU. That’s probably not something anyone would have said of the first two Ant-Man movies.
Speaking with Access post-SDCC were Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania director Peyton Reed and star Paul Rudd. Transcript below, if you don’t want to watch the full interview. Here is what director Reed had to say about the reception to Marvel’s Hall H presentation.
“No, it was… the energy was great. And yeah, kicking off Phase 5 is really exciting for us, because, we’re the Ant-Man movies. It’s our third movie. It’s this trilogy now. But things happen in this movie that are going to change the Marvel Cinematic Universe permanently. And it’s fun for us that Scott Lang is at the center of that change.”
Speaking with Variety Rudd gave his own take on the threequel.
“It’s really exciting to kick off Phase 5, and… you know, it was a pretty thrilling story. And it was great to kind of do a third film, but one that felt even bigger and more surprising than the other two. It goes into some wild directions and to kinda be the one that kicks that off is cool.”
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Giving a bit more information about Kang himself, Reed also spoke to EW after the event.
“Well, I think we were thrilled to get to do a third Ant-Man movie and do a trilogy. And we knew if we were gonna do that we wanted to do some things differently. We really wanted to take a hard left turn and make a movie that was even more epic, but still progress the story of these family dynamics. And everything that’s going on between Scott and Hope and Cassie.”
“Cassie, is now 18 years old, and maybe Scott doesn’t quite know how to relate to her as an adult, because he lost those five years from the events of Endgame. And we also knew that we wanted to put our heroes up against a very, very formidable opponent, and we were very fortunate. I grew up reading the comics and I knew the character of Kang the conqueror who’s one of the big, big bad characters in the comics, so to be able to put our heroes up against Kang the Conqueror in this movie was a huge thing for us. So we went big and we also went small.”
I gotta say I’m looking forward to this one for sure. Loved the first Ant-Man, less so the second which I felt had a bit of a wishy washy plot. However the characters I love, and can’t wait to see them all in a bigger story.
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