Out of all the movies that Marvel has produced so far, I think Ant-Man may be my favourite. It has charm, a capable cast and a villain who is actually tragically insane. Great stuff, but beyond all that? The fact that Ant-Man was mostly a self-contained movie in its own pocket of the MCU. Coincidences were downplayed to a minimum here, as Scott Lang went about his business of pulling off a heist that would save the world.
And for the upcoming sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, director Peyton Reed explained that this sub-franchise would continue to exist within that bubble. Speaking to Moviefone to talk about the future of the incredible insect-themed heroes, Reed explained that the tonal differences of Ant-Man and the Wasp made it necessary to keep it separate from the big boys in the Avengers:
No, I think we like our little Ant-Man corner of the universe. Because it’s a whole different vibe tonally, but also just in terms of who Scott Lang, who Ant-Man is: he is a guy who is maybe not so sure he wants to be like this Avenger-style, full-on superhero. He’s got a kid, and this is the inner conflict with him, and he’s very much just like a normal guy who has come into contact with some incredible power.
So, we like that aspect of kind of like it being its own little corner of the universe.
As for Evangelline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne, she’ll be popping up in Avengers 4 after the sequel arrives, although Reed says they’re still working on ironing out the details of her character:
After Ant-Man, now we get to see Wasp, so really designing her look, the way she moves, the power set, and figuring out, sort of, who Hope van Dyne is as a hero — because we know her in a certain context in the first movie, but now she’s going to have her coming out party — that’s exciting!
And I’m down with that. More than anything, Ant-Man is the most relatable hero around. A blue-collar thief with a heart of gold who just wants to do right by his daughter. He’s not flying around in a suit of armour that costs the same amount as the GDP of a small European nation. He doesn’t have a super-soldier serum in his blood or a magical hammer that detects his worthiness. He’s just a guy in a suit.
And now I want to see a road-trip movie with him and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye after Ant-Man and the Wasp releases in July of 2018.
Last Updated: November 3, 2016