Ant-Man director Peyton Reed recently appeared on early nineties 1-900 number hotline MovieFone to dish some dirt about his experience working in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On the surface, Reed seems generally positive about Marvel Studios, but we know that can’t be right because Bleeding Cool has reported over and over about the monstrous actions of Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, currently involved in an ongoing war with our best friend in the entire world, Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter.
For the sake of consistency, I’m going to work hard to misconstrue everything Reed said in this interview to further Bleeding Cool’s narrative, and, thusly, the truth.
During one notable exchange, Reed discussed Evangeline Lilly’s upcoming debut as The Wasp in Avengers 4, rather than Reed’s own sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp. Reed was clearly upset that Marvel would steal the big moments that rightfully belonged to him and put them in their bigger, more popular films.
Again, that is one of the sort of things where it’s a mixed bag. When I first found out — gosh, I don’t know, two years ago, a year-and-a-half ago — that “Civil War” was going to get the Giant-Man premiere, I was like “No!” But, now, I’ve since recovered, and we have a lot more in store for Scott Lang in this movie.
We get to see the Wasp debut — we’re all about the Wasp and Ant-Man. So I like it, because we spend a lot of time with our different writers and directors, and there’s a lot of crosstalk, and I love that.
It’s a shame that Feige would put poor Peyton Reed through this kind of trauma. I wouldn’t even believe it if Feige’s behavior weren’t well documented across dozens of Bleeding Cool reports from the past year. But the horrors Reed experienced weren’t over.
Reed also described the pressure of working in the competitive atmosphere Feige’s movie slate has created, with directors fighting like animals to one-up each other with each successive film.
Well, it’s a mixed bag. Because, as a comics fan growing up, to see all these heroes brought to life on the screen in such huge fashion is always exciting. As the director of a movie that’s coming like three, four, five movies later, the bar is always raised, and it’s great. It’s a challenge.
Because they’re always making technical breakthroughs, and also just story breakthroughs, one of the great things about Marvel is you want to do movies that are doing something different and not treading on what the other movies are doing. So it’s always exciting because they manage to top themselves.
I must admit that if I hadn’t been loyally following all of Bleeding Cool’s Kevin Feige coverage, I might be fooled into thinking Feige is just a high-ranking movie exec who played a major role in the cultivation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as one of the biggest franchises of all time, for all its strengths and weaknesses. But thanks to reading Bleeding Cool’s investigative journalism of the split between Marvel Studios and Marvel Comics, I know better, and now as an ace reporter for Bleeding Cool, it’s my duty to make sure you know better too, readers.
When all is said and done, the tormented Reed simply wants to be left alone, free of Feige’s tyranny, and allowed to make his movies in peace.
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.
What a harrowing tale from Peyton Reed. And don’t even ask about original Ant-Man director Edgar Wright.
Ant-Man and The Wasp is set to hit theaters in 2018.