Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania writer Jeff Loveness explains his inspirations for the story. Speaking with SFX Magazine lately. Loveness has been lifting the lid a little on what to expect in Marvel’s first Phase 5 movie. The idea, or inspiration for Loveness was to have the stakes tonally change the movie. To go from lighthearted which Ant-Man movies have thus far been. However to then turn up the drama by putting these lighthearted characters in a bad situation.
“I was watching ‘Fellowship Of The Ring’ the other day and was struck by how quickly the tone shifts from being light-hearted and comedic to intense apocalyptic stakes. Sometimes we like to peg movies down, so they can only be one thing. But that’s the charm of old adventure movies for me. And that was the joy of Marvel comics as a kid.”
“Spider-Man does that better than anyone. He has such personal problems and such horrible things happening to him, but the basic drumbeat is always upbeat and funny and the character’s charming, so you kind of stumble along with him. I used that as a blueprint, to try to embody those Marvel comics I loved as a kid, which were able to balance both.”
That’s a good take on Spider-Man, he is a very lighthearted and inherently good character that gets into bad situations that quickly escalate. However this time it’s Scott Lang played by Paul Rudd the tonal shift will need to demonstrated.
Loveness explains how this shift is represented most in the movie by the acting of star Paul Rudd.
“Rudd does some pretty incredible acting. There’s a shift that happens. Once Kang shows up, once Scott realizes just who he’s dealing with, the movie starts to pivot. You see it in Rudd’s eyes. Scott’s a goofy, playful guy, but he’s been in jail twice, he’s fought in these big Avengers things, and you can see his eyes slowly change – ‘Oh, I’m not dealing with Walton Goggins from the last movie, this is something else!’”
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“You start to see that come over him. ‘These are real stakes. I’m not here with Captain America and Thor. I’m here with my family. And I am completely out of my depth.’ So what starts as a fun, playful adventure pivots into this kind of unlikely rivalry. It’s kind of fun to have Ant-Man and Kang be nemeses together.”
Given that Kang is the big bad of the Multiverse Saga, and said to be an exponentially worse villain that Thanos, I don’t blame Scott.
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