Marvel Studios has made a name for themselves by upgrading B-lister heroes like Iron Man to A-lister status. Ant-Man is one of the most recent superheroes to receive the Marvel movie-bump, with his Paul Rudd-starring solo film last year making an overall positive impression. The hero then exploded in a BIG way in with some of the most crowd pleasing moments in Captain America: Civil War.
Next up for the tiny hero? Ant Man and the Wasp in July 2018. Marvel saw so much potential in the duo - with the latter half played by Evangeline Lilly - that the studio wedged the film into their already jam packed Phase 3 schedule. Peyton Reed, who directed the first film, is currently set to return for the sequel.
Modern Myth Media recently interviewed the director at the 42nd Annual Saturn Awards, where Ant-Man had been nominated for six Awards, and Reed himself for Best Director. Reed admitted he was "super jealous" that directors Anthony and Joe Russo got to do the Giant Man reveal in Civil War, but that he was thrilled: "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."
Speaking to where viewers will find Ant-Man when the sequel rolls around, Reed said the the events of Civil War will make Scott Lang an even bigger fugitive than what fans saw in the first film. But, Reed considers factoring in the Captain America film to his own storyline in Ant-Man and the Wasp as "one of the fun things and challenges about the Marvel movies."
However, Scott won't be the sole hero in the Ant-Man sequel. He'll be joined by Lilly's character Hope van Dyne, who has received the distinction of being the first Marvel superheroine to headline a movie (since the long-awaited Captain Marvel film was pushed back). When asked about the inclusion of the Wasp in the movie title, Peyton responded:
It’s something we’re excited about. 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’ve introduced the character, but we haven’t seen her with her full power set and everything, so to me she’s not a supporting character in this movie. It’s every bit as much her movie as it is Scott Lang’s.
When asked more specifically about his comic inspirations, Reed elaborated that he "devours it all" going back to "early Avengers stuff" and including more modern comics, specifically name-dropping those by Nick Spencer (who worked on such comic book series as Secret Avengers and Avengers World before setting to work on the Ant-Man comics in 2015). Additionally, the director draws inspiration from the imagery of the comics that he would like to include in the film.
Returning to the cast that fans can expect to see in Ant-Man and the Wasp, Reed was asked whether Ant-Man co-star Michael Peña and the rest of Scott Lang's entourage will return; he responded, "Oh there’s definitely a chance! I’d say there’s a fighting chance for that to happen."
It sounds like there's a lot to look forward to when Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne hit the screen again. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for further updates on Ant-Man and the Wasp as they hit.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Modern Myth Media
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