July’s Ant-Man was a pleasant surprise considering it lost its director Edgar Wright (who I’m sure would’ve knocked this character out of the park) and replaced him with Peyton Reed, who is known for comedies like Yes Man, The Break Up, and Bring It On. Reed, however, sprinkled some of Wright’s creative flair into the film, all the while retaining the humor and heart that comes with the usual Marvel film.
In fact, Reed did such a nice job with Ant-Man that he’ll be coming back to direct its upcoming sequel titled Ant-Man and the Wasp.
One scene in the film that had everyone buzzing came in the film’s climax when Ant-Man shrunk so small that he entered into a strange and bizarre microverse known as The Quantum Realm. It was a particularly trippy sequence, and the director tells Newsarama that he wants there to be more stuff like that scene in the sequel:
“The goal is to keep what we really liked for the characters in the first one, but to make it a much weirder movie.”
Marvel is definitely dipping their feet in “acid-trip” territory as Guardians of the Galaxy was a bit out there, and next year’s Doctor Strange promises to be, well, strange as it’ll delve deeper into the mystical side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Reed also briefly touched upon what to expect in regards to Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Hope van Dyne’s (Evangeline Lilly) relationship in the next film. As Ant-Man‘s post-credits scene teased, Hope will become Ant-Man’s partner, The Wasp in the next installment.
“Part of the thing that we’re going to explore, as shown in the comics, is how the Ant-Man and Wasp are such a great duo and partnership. Part of that, in any partnership, is how they relate to each other as people. Where will their personal relationship be at that point, and what will be their fighting style together?”
Rudd and Lilly had good chemistry in the first film, so it’ll be exciting to see them work together more in Ant-Man and the Wasp, as their characters develop further.
Ant-Man arrives on home video next week (December 8), while Ant-Man and the Wasp is scheduled to hit theaters on July 6, 2018.