Before Peyton Reed was the director of Ant-Man and before he was a front runner for Guardians of the Galaxy, he was attached to a Fantastic Four movie that never came to be. Reed is about to start working on the sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp but while promoting Ant-Man‘s Blu-Ray release, he spoke to Yahoo! Movies about his opinion on the Fantastic Four movies and how to make them better.
“Fantastic Four in the comics was always the pinnacle of Marvel, the crown jewel — they were the first family of Marvel Comic. The two existing versions did massive pendulum swings from each other. One was very pitched toward younger kids and very broad, and the second was a much darker version of it. I just personally feel like they have not gotten the tone right. And man, it’s a bummer. I think the tone has got to be one of optimism, and you’ve got to take it seriously.
“I think they haven’t really gotten Mr. Fantastic’s powers right visually on screen. I think there’s some really badass ways to make that [character] work. I just know there’s a great Fantastic Four movie to be had. I’m convinced that it can work.”
If the FF rights ever come back to Marvel, it’s safe to assume that Peyton Reed will at least be a contender for the director’s chair. Reed also took the time to talk to USA Today about Ant-Man, specifically about the character of The Wasp and how she was used in the first film.
“This movie had to have a beginning, middle and end, and with or without the costume, Ant-Man is also very much Hope van Dyne’s origin story because she has to learn to make peace with her father and she’s an incredibly powerful character in that movie – way more qualified than even Scott Lang is to take that job.
“We knew it would be incredibly satisfying to introduce her getting the costume because she so deserves it. Part of the arc between Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne is Hank realizing, I’ve got this incredibly capable person right here and I’m finally realizing what I thought was protecting her has really been holding her back. And he rewards her with this suit. It felt satisfying in the moment but of course everybody wants to see Evangeline in the outfit — me being one of them — and a kickass hero.”
You can see Ant-Man return in Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016 and buy Ant-Man on Blu-Ray on December 8, 2015.