‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’: Director Peyton Reed Talks Inspiration For The Marvel Sequel

Marvel’s Ant-Man was the end of Phase Two for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to Kevin Feige. The comedic-heist film will be getting a sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, set for Phase Three in the summer of 2018. We don’t really know much about the film, other than the fact that it will star Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas and that the film will not be another heist film like its predecessor.

Director Peyton Reed, who will be returning to helm the sequel, recently won the Saturn Award for Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture, with his film Ant-Man having earned six nominations. During an interview with Modern Myth Media, prior to him taking the stage to accept the award, Peyton Reed talked Ant-Man and the Wasp and what fans can expect to see and what elements may have inspired the Ant-Man sequel.

Spoilers for Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War up ahead.

We last saw Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in this year’s Captain America: Civil War, suiting up alongside other MCU characters like Cap, Falcon, Hawkeye, and Scarlet Witch. One of the biggest reveals of the movie took place during the airport sequence, when audiences got to witness Lang take on the form of Giant Man. Reed admits to being a bit jealous that directors Joe and Anthony Russo were going to be the first ones to introduce Giant Man, but Peyton loved the reveal and how the character was handled in the movie.

“I love the Giant Man stuff in the movie. And so many people saw Civil War, I think it’s gonna be great for us. And Paul [Rudd] is so good. I was actually with Paul today, we’re in the writing phase right now. He’s so good as that character and we have so much more in store for our movie.”

At this point, it’s not yet clear as to whether or not Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne will show up in Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1, though it certainly would not be a surprise. As far as the Ant-Man sequel goes, it’s going to star both Rudd and Lilly as the co-leads, and is the first Marvel Studios movie to have a female hero’s name in the title. Lang is going to be an even bigger fugitive now than he was at the end of Ant-Man, since Steve Rogers helped break him out of the Raft in Civil War, but Reed is looking forward to Ant-Man and Wasp teaming up.

“For me as a comic nerd, I always thought of Ant-Man and Wasp as a team and that’s a lot of what the second movie is really about is how they work together, what their personal and professional relationships are like. To show her finally fully formed in this movie is really exciting. We really get to introduce this character into that universe. It’s every bit as much her movie as it is Scott Lang’s.”

Reed wasn’t going to give up any major plot details, or even any minor plot details for that matter. The director says he has been devouring all of the comics, from the early days of the Avengers decades ago to what is currently being written in the comics now. The imagery and certain panels may find their way into the movies as some form of inspiration.

It also sounds like there is going to be a good chance that T.I., Michael Peña, and David Dastmalchian will make a return for Ant-Man and the Wasp, with Reed saying there is “a fighting chance for that to happen.”

Ant-Man and the Wasp is scheduled to be released on July 6, 2018.

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