Peyton Reed on Teaming Up Ant-Man and the Wasp

We still have quite a few Marvel Studios films (Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Spider-Man: HomecomingThor: RagnarokBlack Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War Part I) before we get to see the Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, on July 6, 2018, but director Peyton Reed has already talked about some things you can expect.

Talking to Modern Myth Media, Reed said: “Well he’s a fugitive in most of the first Ant-Man movie. He’s just a bigger fugitive now. I think that’s one of the fun things and challenges about the Marvel movies for us, for the directors and for the writers, is you do have to sort of consider what happened in the previous movies in terms of your jumping-off point for those characters. It’s something we talked a lot about early on and we definitely have stuff figured out, so there will be some big leaps forward.”

He added that Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne, AKA Wasp, will be a lead and not just a supporting character. “It’s something we’re excited about. For me as a comic nerd, I always thought of Ant-Man and Wasp as a team and that’s a lot of what the second movie is really about is how they work together, what their personal and professional relationships are like. To show her finally fully formed in this movie is really exciting. We really get to introduce this character into that universe. I mean we’ve introduced the character, but we haven’t seen her with her full power set and everything, so to me she’s not a supporting character in this movie. It’s every bit as much her movie as it is Scott Lang’s.”

And will Michael Peña’s Luis and the rest of the gang return? “Oh there’s definitely a chance! I’d say there’s a fighting chance for that to happen.”

Ant-Man and the Wasp will feature the return of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang alongside Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, with Michael Douglas also expected to reprise the role of Hank Pym in the film. Ant-Man and the Wasp is set for release on July 6, 2018. Its predecessor previously grossed over $519 million at the global box office.