ANT-MAN director talks big about next movie

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I am very excited about Ant-Man and the Wasp, the upcoming sequel to Ant-Man, a movie that did a full ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ by sounding silly and then being surprisingly awesome! I wrote about director Peyton Reed returning to the helm of the new movie a short while ago and although he wasn’t the first choiceor even the second choice – for the original film, I think he did a really great job, even with scenes setup by other filmmakers who came before him (that one can easily see is different). I am also really excited about the Blu-ray that comes out on 8 December as my brother can no longer use ‘I hate sitting in cinemas’ to avoid watching it, HA!

At the recent promotion of said release for Blu-ray and DVD Reed spoke with MTV about how important the Wasp aka Hope Van Dyne – played by Evangeline Lilly, who got her own superhero suit at the end of the movie – is going to be and why it’s vital that more female superheros are showcased in strong, non, one-dimensional roles.

That was one of the things that was important to me in the first movie when I came on was emphasizing the Wasp more, both Hope Van Dyne and Janet Van Dyne, [Hope’s lost mother, the original Wasp]. It’s a crucial part. It’s a crucial part because in the comic books, with the exception of the first handful of Ant-Man stories, Wasp came on pretty early on in the comics in the ’60s and you really thought of them as a partnership, a romantic partnership as well as a hero team. It’s going to be fun to play around with all the aspects of that in this movie.

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I completely agree. I think it’ll make a nice change to the Marvel universe to have two characters romantically involved, and I don’t mean in the ‘I’m too Green for you, we can’t be together’ angst way. Of course Joss Whedon received quite a bit of flack for his ‘anti-feminist’ portrayal of Black Widow so keeping it simple may work in Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s favour. Quite frankly I think we need more womminz in superhero movies, a sphere dominated by way too many men in spandex with capes, and it would seem Reed agrees:

It’s such a no-brainer that there needs to be female heroes. It’s about keeping the stories interesting and having fresh stories to tell. I always like that about Ant-Man and Wasp because it dealt with gender politics as well as superhero stuff. In the comics, particularly in the ’60s comics, the Janet Van Dyne Wasp was clearly written by all men and was pretty one-dimensional. She’s gotten much more dimensionalized since then. That’s one of those things that I think is going to be really exciting and fresh about this movie. You do feel a certain amount of responsibility. At the end of the day it’s organic to that character and the movie.

And I think that is awesome. Of course we’re going to see Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man in Marvel’s Phase Three movies (I am sure you all stayed to watch the end credits of Ant-Man, right? RIGHT?) but I wonder whether we will also see Wasp in there too? Probably not, but that would be cool!

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Last Updated: November 12, 2015

Nick Reay

I have been an avid fan of movies ever since I discovered Santa Clause wasn’t real, a day marked in my memory by my first viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, which wasn’t so wonderful that day. Since then I’ve watched thousands of movies and even fooled my parents into putting me through uni to get a degree in the subject. I first started writing as a journalist for The South African Newspaper before moving onto communications for an NGO trying to save the planet. Unfortunately my recommendations to the CEO that we should all don rings imbued with the powers of earth, fire, wind, water and HEART went unheard. Now I pretend the end isn’t nigh by hiding in movies.

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