Leading up to the release of Ant-Man on Blu-Ray & DVD tomorrow, director Peyton Reed has been making the press rounds to talk about the film, as well as the upcoming sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp. In a recent interview with Comic Book Resources, Reed talked about his plans for the sequel and how the genre for the film has already been decided on – although that will remain a secret for now.
As you start noodling around with concepts and story ideas, in the way that you hung a heist movie element onto your superhero film, do you want to stay in that same general zone, or try on a different tone or different genre?
I think there’s probably going to be some aspects that maybe call back to the tone of this movie, but for “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” we have an entirely different template. We know what that template is, and we have an entirely different genre template for that movie. But it’s going to remain a surprise. But yes, that’s already been decided.
Originally sought by Marvel Studios to tackle the film after Edgar Wright‘s exit last year, Adam McKay ended up teaming with Ant-Man star Paul Rudd to re-work the screenplay for the film. While doing press for his latest film, “The Big Short”, McKay has talked about his interest in coming back for Ant-Man and the Wasp, and although we haven’t heard anything official from Marvel, it appears as though McKay will be involved with the sequel in some capacity.
I ran into one of your screenwriters, Adam McKay, recently, and he’s ready and willing if you want to call him.
Did you see his movie [“The Big Short”]? Really great! Well, definitely, Paul [Rudd], and we’ve got [Andrew] Barrer and [Gabriel] Ferrari, who were not credited on the movie, but they’re our production writers, they’re coming back. And Adam’s going to come back in some capacity. A lot of it has to do with his schedule on “The Big Short” because he’s promoting that movie and is probably, I would think, well into the Oscar season.
I went to one of the first screenings of Adam’s movie, and, of course, I loved the movie. I thought it was amazing. But, of course, we talked about “Ant-Man,” and he’s psyched to come back. We want him back. It’s going to be a scheduling thing.
While Captain Marvel will be Marvel’s first female fronted solo film when it hits theaters in 2019, Ant-Man and the Wasp will be the studio’s first film to include a female hero in the title. Reed has previously talked about his eagerness to allow Evangeline Lilly‘s Hope to become a fully realized hero in the sequel. While talking with Comic Book Resources, he goes to state that he’s also looking forward to developing the partnership between Ant-Man and the Wasp.
We’re in a really exciting time when it comes to female superheroes, across the gamut — everything from the lighter tone of “Supergirl” to the darker take with “Jessica Jones.” What are you excited for as far as the opportunities you have with the Wasp?
I’m excited just for Evangeline [Lily] to actually suit up and become a hero in the movie. I’m also excited about the idea that Ant-Man and the Wasp were a partnership throughout the history of Marvel Comics. It’s a different dynamic than we’ve seen in the rest of the Marvel movies, an actual partnership. You’ve got Captain America and the Falcon, obviously. But this is a thing that in the comics was a romantic partnership and a heroic partnership, so it’s going to be fun to play around with that and discover what the movie version of that is.
I feel like we’ve set up a pretty complicated character in Hope van Dyne in the first movie. It’s going to be fun to see how that plays out in the second movie, and continue that exploration of the family dynamics between Scott Lang and his family, but also, between Hank Pym and Hope and possibly even Janet. So that’s exciting.
Even though we didn’t get to actually met Janet in the first film, it’s expected that we will in the sequel. Stars Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lily have both made suggestions regarding who they’d like to see take on the role, with Douglas recommending his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Lily recommending Catwoman herself, Michelle Pfeiffer. For Reed, however, it’s too early on to begin thinking about casting as they’re not even set to begin writing until January.
I know Michael Douglas had floated up as possible casting for Jan — namely, his actual wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones. It must be fun to have on the table.
Oh, it’s great to have that on the table! I mean, we’re so early on. We’re really going to start in earnest in January on the writing. But we obviously have tons of notes — things that we set up in the first movie — and it’s going to be fun to actually really hit the ground and start developing and writing the movie. It’s so early on to start talking about that stuff. And also, I talk a lot to Michael about — there’s a lot of exposition that he was called on to present. There’s a lot of set-up in “Ant-Man,” and it will be fun to give Michael different stuff to do in this movie.
Even though they’re not set to begin writing the film until next month, that doesn’t mean they haven’t started discussing their plans for the sequel. While speaking with CBR, Reed hinted at the possibility of including more “time-hopping” scenes in the sequel, much as they did with the opening scene in Ant-Man, linking Pym to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I remember when the movie came out, you were really happy to have done the retro sequences. Do you think you might do some more time-hopping next time around?
Yeah, I mean, it’s something that we’re discussing, and we’ll see if it actually works within the context of the story. It’s something that’s definitely interesting to all of us. Because I think it gave us an opportunity, even with the opening scene in Ant-Man, the S.H.I.E.L.D scene, to retroactively place this guy into the Marvel Cinematic Universe who’s such an important character in the comics, and all the possible relationships that could exist there, that’s really exciting. It’s something that we do want to explore.
Ant-Man officially hits Blu-Ray & DVD tomorrow, with the sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, set to hit movie theaters on July 6th, 2018.
Source: Comic Book Resources.