It took me a while to get over Edgar Wright being kicked off Ant-Man, but when I finally saw the finished movie I had to admit that Peyton Reed did a pretty good job. So, while it’s not exactly top of my list of films to see in 2018, I’m still paying close attention to what’s happening in Ant-Man and the Wasp. With Avengers: Infinity War releasing just a couple of months prior, the pic is being overshadowed a bit in terms of hype, but now things sound as if they’re finally gearing up.
This latest bit of news comes from a recent interview Reed did with Empire Magazine, in which he was quizzed about the four lead characters in the film (Scott Lang, Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne and Hope Van Dyne) and gave us a taste of where they’re headed next. Appropriately enough, it sounds as if the movie follows on from the events of Captain America: Civil War, taking into account the new status quo established there:
On Scott Lang, he said:
“The events of Captain America: Civil War gave us something clear, which is: what was Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne’s reaction to Scott having taken this technology out into the world in Civil War? We had a lot of fun playing around with that. And we play with size and scale a lot. I love the idea of Giant-Man.”
On Hank Pym:
“The events of Civil War, and how Scott reacted to that, have thrown a big wrench into the works. But his curiosity has been reawakened about the Quantum Realm and whether Janet’s still alive down there.”
On Janet Van Dyne:
“She’s a very important character. It’s fair to say if someone were to have spent thirtysomething years in the Quantum Realm and survived, it would have an effect. What did she eat? All she eats is cereal called Quantum Krispies.”
On Hope Van Dyne:
“This is really her coming out party as a hero. Her power set is fantastic. She and Scott both shrink, but there the flying, and the fighting style of The Wasp is different from Ant-Man’s.”
All exciting stuff and I can’t wait to see how they build on the foundations laid by the Russo Brothers’ Civil War. I’m particularly pleased to see that they’re teasing the return of the Giant Man technology in the movie. It was one of the most memorable moments of that great airport battle royale and seeing that power expanded (get it?) in its own picture should be entertaining as all hell.
Ant-Man and the Wasp will be released on July 6th, 2018.