When it comes to thinking of consequences for future movies, you would think everyone at Marvel would be talking about who is doing what and when. It turns out that isn’t quite the case, because Ant-Man and The Wasp director Peyton Reed admitted to io9 that he had no idea that Scott was going to turn up in Captain America: Civil War or that he’d get caught.
“My reaction to seeing that movie was ‘Oh my god, this is Hank Pym’s worst nightmare,” Reed said. “And, ‘Oh my god, Hope Van Dyne is going to feel massively betrayed by Scott.’ That gave us a really great starting point [for Ant-Man and The Wasp.]”
This meant that this movie got to be a lot different from the first one. While the first Ant-Man was a good movie, it did feel a lot like a throwback. While it was what we needed at the time coming out of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it did feel a lot like a phase one Marvel movie. That’s mostly because it was, on some level, since a version of this script was being kicked around in 2008. That meant that the thing that was hurt the most, in the end, was the villain — because that’s how most of the phase one Marvel movies were.
“The villain in that movie felt like a bit of a vestige from the era in which that project was started, [which was] around the time of Iron Man one, where you have an antagonist who has a similar power set [as the hero],” he said. “I was hell bent on doing something different in [Ant-Man and The Wasp].”
The villains of Ant-Man and The Wasp are being kept pretty tightly under wraps, but after several Marvel movies of solid villains (Doctor Strange is the outlier as far as good villains go in phase three, but that’s because it is structured like a phase one Marvel movie), the Ghost is a great addition to this latest series of villains. To get into it would be spoilers, but this isn’t a dark reflection of the heroes again.
Summary: As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
Ant-Man and The Wasp, directed by Peyton Reed, stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Hannah John-Kamen, Michael Douglas, and Michael Peña. It will be released on July 6th.