With Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War both headed to theaters over the next 4 months, Marvel Studios still hasn’t begun promotion on Ant-Man and The Wasp just yet, thought that should be changing very shortly. With little to go on about the film other than the synopsis and some details we managed to score from a source familiar with the production of the film, we’ve been relegated to making stuff up just to pass the time! Thankfully, IGN got a chance to catch up with Michael Pena during promotion for 12 Strong, a film that finally allowed him to cross paths with fellow-MCUer Chris Hemsworth, and got some details about his role in Ant-Man and The Wasp.
Discussing how Luis, a long-time buddy of Paul Rudd’s Lang, will interact with his friend now that he’s been a part of some major happenings in Captain America: Civil War, Pena had this to say:
I can’t really say because I guess they’re good buddies, they’ve always been good buddies and I think they’re remaining good buddies. I’ve got to be very vague, very general, but I guess he’s following more of the American dream and trying to better himself. He loves that universe and everybody knows Tony Stark and those guys. I guess he’s just trying to make his life better. I think that’s the best way to say it.
So it seems like a little more confirmation that when the film starts, Lang, despite having been a part of a major international conflict, will be keeping things a little more low key. It also sounds like much of what we loved about Luis in the first film came from quite a bit of improv on the set, but now that they have the character figured out, we can expect a little less improv and more sticking to the script:
In the first movie, me and Paul created the character, I was trying out different characters, they were a little bit more lenient with ideas and I would improvise a lot. This one was different, they wanted me to do more pre-written alternative takes so I would do those and then I had a little bit of time for my improv but I think it’s mainly written, this one.
While that may sound like something that might take away from his character, it could also be taken as a positive: perhaps the production crew have a solid idea of who Luis is and what direction they want him to take. Pena’s take on the character made him a fan-favorite in 2015’s Ant-Man and fans have been hoping to see him expand his role in the MCU beyond the solo Ant-Man film’s. When asked if he had worked on getting 12 Strong co-star Hemsworth to pull some strings and bring Luis into another film, Pena replied:
I didn’t but I should have so maybe I should say something? I’ve never worked with anyone else from the Marvel Universe. I’ve just worked with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas which is a pretty cool list.
So it sounds like we may not see Luis show up alongside Lang in Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers 4; however, Pena did slip one very interesting tidbit into the interview that leaves us with hope that we may not have seen the last of the fast-talking, wise-cracking character. When asked if he and Hemsworth spent any time sharing stories about their MCU experiences, Pena said:
We talked about it on the first day. It’s a whole different kind of club to be in, the Marvel Universe. I don’t know if they’ll use me for the third movie, I still really don’t know. It’s cool to make a little bit of a mark on that Marvel Universe and it’s kind of a cool club, they run a really cool studio.
While it’s not exactly a surprise that their may be a third Ant-Man solo film (and this is by no means a confirmation), this is the first time we’ve heard it mentioned. With so much up in the air about the future of the MCU, it’ll be interesting to see what characters like Ant-Man, The Wasp, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Spidey and more who make it through the fight with Thanos have in front of them!
Ant-Man and The Wasp will hit theaters July 6, 2018! Be on the lookout for the first teaser for the film sometime over the next few weeks and in theaters with Black Panther!