Peyton Reed Interview: Ant-Man & the Wasp Blu-ray

Director Peyton Reed gained expertise filming choreographed action in 2000’s Bring It On. He got comedy experience with Down with Love, The Break Up, and Jim Carey’s Yes Man. Reed took that knowledge to Marvel Studios and gave audiences Ant-Man and its sequel. Now, Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp is now available on digital and Blu-ray.

Peyton Reed: How are you doing?

Screen Rant: I'm good. How are you Peyton?

Peyton Reed: I'm doing well, thanks.

Screen Rant: You know what? A great film. I love Ant-Man and I love the Wasp. You contributed to making some great characters in the [Marvel Cinematic Universe]. I do have a question, however.  How much of Janet’s story from the Quantum Realm was left out of the film?

Peyton Reed: Well, there's a couple of things that were left out. One of which appears on the Blu-Ray and on the Digital.  It's a deleted scene from when, right after Hank has discovered her and they're walking across, and she has an encounter with this quantum creature and has communication with the creature.

And there were a couple of little things like that, that we deleted, really for time and momentum at the end of the movie. Other than that, there's a lot of stuff that we talked about, but in terms of what we actually shot and dealt with, it really wasn't that much stuff.

Screen Rant: Interesting. Now, the question about one of the post credit scenes, mainly the Thanos snap or at least the aftermath of that. Did Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Evangeline Lilly, did they actually know what they were filming at the time of that post credit scene?

Peyton Reed: Yes.

Screen Rant: They did?

Peyton Reed: Yeah.

Screen Rant: Oh, interesting, interesting. Okay, another question I have is, now a lot of people take that post credit scene with the ant playing the drums is almost a throwaway scene. However, I feel it represents if you look at all the surrounding area that's going on around it, with like the emergency broadcasts signal and all that stuff. The world's in chaos. Obviously, we're going to see parts of that in Avengers 4. But, were there any like small Easter eggs in there to lead us to Avengers 4?

Peyton Reed: Well, definitely the fact that in addition to hopefully being like an amusing thing, that there is a sense of dread about it.  But also, have the ants survived? Have they not survived? Is that going to lead to any sort of a possible other avenues? Of course, there are. There are Marvel snipers waiting to shoot me if I reveal too much stuff.  But I know we talked a lot about what that final end credit tag was going to be. And if I say any more than that, I think I actually might get a Wasp taser dart to the neck.

Screen Rant: You and me probably both, by the way.  Ant-Man and the Wasp opened many story possibilities for Ghost and Jan and Bill as well as Scott and Hope and his daughter Cassie. Do you hope to pay these off, these threads off in the near future? Possibly with an Ant-Man and the Wasp, I guess 2 slash 3, or even like a Wasp solo film?

Peyton Reed: Well, I hope that we get to do a third one.  I'm being completely sincere when I say we really don't know yet, because I know in the run up to the next Avengers movie, everything is being played very, very close to the vest. But as we were writing and shooting this movie, we certainly set things up in this movie that we hope we get to pay off. And we talked a lot about everybody’s arcs and where we want everybody to go next. So, I'm really hopeful that we'll get to do a third one, because I really do. I really have fallen in love with these characters and I think there's a lot more story to tell with them.

Screen Rant: Now, I know that Paul Rudd was one of the contributing writers on the film. Talk to me about what he brings to the table. Because I feel like he knows that character, Scott Lang, so well now. But talk to me about what he brings to the table as a writer on this film.

Peyton Reed: It was interesting because you're right in that he knows that character intimately. But Paul, as a writer has a really strong sense of the big picture. Right? He's not the kind of actor who's writing just to get himself the best lines or the best moments.  He’s really a generous, generous writer. But he also knows a thing or two about all the sort of-- he sits in when we have these meetings with our technical advisors, the quantum theorists, and all that stuff. So, it really is kind of-- Not just the comedic stuff, but even the conceptual stuff.

But where he really-- Where Paul always shines as a writer is if you have a scene to get you from point A to point B, and you talk about all the different versions and the versions that are going to hopefully be more surprising to an audience. You know, he's always good at finding a really clever way to get there, that's going to not be as expected by the audience.

And in a movie like this, we're the— Ant-Man and the Wasp is the 20th MCU movie. You really want to mix things up and find different ways to come at it. And I think one of the things that when I talk about that, as we were trying to figure out how to dramatize the concept of quantum entanglement in this movie, at some point Paul and I were around the table and talking about like, ‘Well what if it's just like All of Me. Where Lily Tomlin, is inhabiting Steve Martin's body?’ And maybe it's not that broad, but what if that fits the tone of this movie. That’s our version of dramatizing quantum entanglement. And we were both like, ‘Well I’d sure as hell rather see that than someone walking up to their chalkboard and drawing an equation.’ And when we started to talk about how it could work comedically big, it can also be strangely emotionally affecting. That I think is where Paul, that way of thinking about things, is so valuable.

Screen Rant: This movie sets up so much for what we're going to see in the future of the MCU. Almost kind of unexpectedly. There's a theory that one of our other writers has, he wants me to ask you this. He thinks that the idea of the time vortex and the Quantum Realm allows for potential for you to go as nuts as you want with potential storylines. There's also rumors about a character like the Black Knight potentially coming to the MCU. And one version of the Black Knight first faced off against Hank Pym in Tales to Astonish #52. Is there any consideration if you do a third Ant-Man film to bring in characters like the Black Knight or any other characters like that? I know you can't talk too much about that. But just in your own personal opinion, would you like to bring in any characters like that?

Peyton Reed: Well, I'll tell you that we, in terms of concepts and even characters in the comic, it's something that we really do take seriously. Absolutely take into consideration. And I think it goes without saying that there is so much more to explore in the Quantum Realm that we really only in the context of this story, in Ant-Man and the Wasp, we only had time to really scratch the very surface on it. Because it’s really seemingly infinite. So, I would answer it in a general sense that yes, we really want to deal with the Quantum Realm more. Because I think there's a lot more to deal with. And it's a whole important side of the Marvel Universe from the comics that I think really I'd love to see rendered in the MCU.  And I would love to be a part of that. So, that's probably the most specific I can be about that answer. But I know that it conceptually really excites me.

Screen Rant: That's a great answer though. So, good on you for that. I do have a question about one of my favorite scenes in the film and that's when Paul Rudd is channeling Jan.  Can you talk to me about how much of that was actually on the page and how much of that was ad-libbed?

Peyton Reed Oh, it was really, I think almost all on the page.  What ended up on the page was really a lot of talking about what that could be, and how it would be, and how Paul was going to play it. How broad versus how subtle. And that whole idea just struck us as a really fun and compelling. Compelling comedically and dramatically. A fun way to have that happen instead of-- Because it's this weird sort of crypto reunion of Janet, Hank, and Hope. There reunited without actually being reunited. And that struck us-- In a movie where you don't really see Janet until very late in the movie.  It struck us as a way to keep her alive in a weird way, in the middle of the movie.

Screen Rant: Gotcha.

Peyton Reed: We'll write everything, but Paul always really gives it a sense of spontaneity and life.

Screen Rant: I love that scene. It's brilliant, by the way.  Thank you so much, Peyton.

Peyton Reed: Yeah, thank you. It was a pleasure. I appreciate your time. Thank you.

Screen Rant: You too. Thanks so much. Take care.

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