Director Shares Details on Ant-Man and the Wasp

Posted: November 12, 2015 in Comic Book News
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Director Peyton Reed spoke with MTV earlier today about Ant-Man and the Wasp, the upcoming sequel to his extremely popular entry in the MCU Ant-Man, and shared a lot of details about the film.

One of Reed’s biggest concerns with the sequel is fully fleshing out Evangeline Lilly’s character Hope van Dyne, aka the Wasp, stating that “emphasizing the Wasp more, both Hope Van Dyne and Janet Van Dyne” was a big part of his involvement when he replaced the film’s first director, Edgar Wright.

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…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.

He also went into further detail about having major female superheroes on film, even throwing a small dig at Marvel for not pushing hard enough to have more Black Widow merchandise compared to the other Avenger. According to Reed, “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.

Ant-Man and the Wasp will open on July 5, 2018.

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