Director Peyton Reed Allays Fears That Ant-Man And The Wasp Will Stray Into Rom-Com Territory

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Not to be outdone by Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp has also snuck into the pages of Empire Magazine’s May issue.

The Peyton Reed sequel, which faces the somewhat difficult task of opening under the looming shadow of Infinity War this summer, is expected to take a leaf out of Black Panther‘s book in that it begins shortly after Captain America: Civil War – hence that meta line from Scott Lang in the sequel’s trailer.

On paper, it’s the perfect tonic to Avengers: Infinity War and its super-sized superhero smackdown, particularly as Peyton Reed has vowed to maintain the zippy humor and light-hearted fun that made the original so special. He’s also taken it upon himself to transform Hope van Dyne from a supporting character into a bona fide lead, beginning with the sequel’s title.

Via Empire:

It was important to me, in this movie called Ant-Man and The Wasp, that she’s not a supporting character. She’s a lead character. She’s become a fully-formed hero. She really was, along with Sue Storm of the Fantastic Four, one of the first female Marvel heroes. I feel a certain responsibility with The Wasp. This one explores the different generations of Ant-Man and The Wasp. I thought that was an interesting thing we haven’t seen in a Marvel movie.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

And no, it’s not a romantic comedy. Perhaps the biggest question is whether Hope van Dyne needs Scott Lang at all? Here’s what Reed had to share:

It’s not a romantic comedy. The idea might enter Hope’s brain: does she need Scott Lang in her life?

That’s a question that will be thrust into the spotlight when Ant-Man and the Wasp makes a beeline for theaters on July 6th – exactly nine weeks after the arrival of Avengers: Infinity War.

Source: Empire

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