Note: There are mild spoilers for Captain America: Civil War below. Tread carefully, folks!
Over the past couple of days, we’ve been treated to an enormous amount of news regarding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and what it holds. Most of those interviews have focused their attention on Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel – three films fans are incredibly excited to see join the MCU going forward, especially as both Black Panther and Captain Marvel bring a much needed amount of diversity to the MCU. But one film we haven’t heard much about so far has been Ant-Man and the Wasp, the sequel to last year’s Ant-Man, which will see Evangeline Lilly‘s Hope take over the Wasp mantle once held by her mother.
Recently, the writers behind the upcoming Captain America: Civil War discussed how they originally wanted to include the Wasp in the film, but ultimately decided not to, something Feige elaborated on in an interview with /Film.
We did [talk about it]. Wasp was in early versions of that [big fight] sequence as well, but we said, ‘We want to save that for Ant-Man and the Wasp,’ because that’s so much what the movie is going to be about: her as a hero. We also wanted… Joe and Anthony [Russo] said they needed something big to turn the battle, and that just seemed like the greatest way to do that.
However, much like they did with Captain Marvel, who was originally set to debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Feige decided it’d be best to wait until to introduce the Wasp until her co-headlining film. Especially as we’re already going to see Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man become Giant-Man during the big fight sequence, which’ll more than likely lead to him stealing the show. This alone is understandable as to why they held off on a proper introduction for the character’s turn as a superhero.
Although from the looks of it, Civil War may not be the last we see of Giant-Man according to Feige. It’s entirely possible we’ll see Giant-Man pop up in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
It’s usually pretty organic [deciding which characters to use]. Because, again, we’re a relatively small group at Marvel studios, so everybody knows what everyone else is doing. I saw some… let’s just say that, when something cool pops up in one of the other movies, people want to use it in upcoming movies.
Of course, the writers, along with returning director Peyton Reed, are still in the early stages of the sequel, so it’s hard to say for sure what’ll appear in the sequel. The goal for Feige is to ultimately “stay true” to what made the first film different.
I can’t say [what genre], but certainly we are in early days now of working on it. Paul Rudd is working on that story as we speak with Peyton Reed. We certainly want to stay true to what made it so unique and different, and we’ll see how that comes together.
With a release date of July 6th, 2018 set, it’s more than likely we’ll begin hearing more official details as the film heads into pre-production near the end of the year. For now, you can follow along here for all things Ant-Man and the Wasp.