Every Marvel film takes inspiration from some kind of genre or type of film. Captain America: The Winter Soldier aimed to be a spy thriller, Ant-Man was a heist film and Guardians of the Galaxy is a tribute to space opera films like Star Wars. Naturally, many wondered what direction Ant-Man and the Wasp would take. While the involvement of characters like Ghost would hint at another heist film but some rumors pointed to it potentially being a romantic comedy. This mostly was derived from the fact that the Wasp finally gets her time to shine and we saw both heroes kissing at the end of the original Ant-Man. Peyton Reed gave some insight into these theories in a recent interview.
“It’s not a romantic comedy. The idea might enter Hope’s brain: does she need Scott Lang in her life?”
One thing the director wanted to cement is the fact that this film is not just about Scott. It is called Ant-Man and the Wasp so he wants to ensure that she does not end up as a supporting character. Her name is in the title and she should have a strong presence throughout the film.
“It was important to me, in this movie called Ant-Man and The Wasp, that she’s not a supporting character. She’s a lead character. She’s become a fully-formed hero. She really was, along with Sue Storm of the Fantastic Four, one of the first female Marvel heroes. I feel a certain responsibility with The Wasp.”
Reed is still a bit tight-lipped on further details of the film but he did tease what the focus was while making the film. The first already hinted at the legacy behind the characters of Ant-Man and Wasp but never delved too deep into it. With the confirmed return of Janet van Dyne in the coming film that aspect will have a prominent role throughout the films.
“This one explores the different generations of Ant-Man and The Wasp. I thought that was an interesting thing we haven’t seen in a Marvel movie.”
Given that a lot of people are expecting major character deaths in Avengers. Infinity War, it seems like a perfect time to explore the aspect of superhero legacies. There is the possibility that the mantle of Iron Man and Captain America could be passed down to other characters. Ant-Man is the first official legacy hero in the MCU, so it would be a fitting for him to further explore these aspects as we move beyond Marvel Studios’ Phase 3.
What do you think? What type of film do you think Ant-Man and the Wasp will be?