Marvel Studios has just begun production of Ant-Man and the Wasp, making the announcement with a cute little (heh) video. Along with that is a more official press release, with the following synopsis for the film:
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: Ant-Man and The Wasp. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
When we last saw Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, he was in a bit of a rut, imprisoned in The Raft. Luckily for him, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) was able to break him and his fugitive teammates out. While this synopsis doesn’t specify what “consequence” came out of this, remember that Steve Rogers is now considered to be a “war criminal” by the time we get to Spider-Man: Homecoming. One must wonder then how Lang can return to normalcy with his “home life.” The balance between normal life and hero life is a common theme in superhero fiction, but still has the potential to be fresh depending on the story.
It’s easy to forget that this film is the first MCU film with two superhero names in the title, with Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne also receiving top billing with Rudd. Scott and Hope butted heads in the first Ant-Man film, but the two somehow ended up locking lips with each other. Hopefully, the dynamic of having two heroes forming a super-powered pair will be fun and exciting to watch. And technically, the Wasp is beating out Captain Marvel as the first “title” superheroine in the MCU.
But what garners the most interest to me is the final line about uncovering “secrets from their past.” A big hullabaloo was made in the first film about Janet van Dyne, Hank Pym’s (Michael Douglas) wife, Hope’s mother, and the original Wasp. Though we never saw her face in that film, her status as being lost to the Quantum Realm was significant to the characters and the climax of the story. We know know officially that Michelle Pfeiffer is in the cast as Janet van Dyne, so this must be Marvel’s way of hinting at her essential role early on.
With production now underway, we can probably expect to see some cellphone-quality set photos and other tiny (heh) tidbits soon.
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