Peyton Reed Confirms ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ Won’t Be A Heist Film
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 at 6:06 pm
Yesterday, Marvel’s Ant-Man was released on Blu-ray and DVD. The film was a sleeper hit, and its success led to a confirmation of a sequel, with director Peyton Reed returning to direct. Part of that fun was because Ant-Man was a heist film rooted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now it should be interesting to see where Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and the rest of his crew will do in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
However, it appears that the team will not be pulling off another heist any time soon, as Reed as confirmed that the sequel will not be a heist film. Writers who worked on the original will also be returning for the sequel. More on the stories below.
In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Reed says the sequel will have a few callbacks to the original, but for the most part, it will be a new film:
“I think there’s probably going to be some aspects that maybe call back to the tone of [the first movie], but for Ant-Man and the Wasp, we have an entirely different template. We know what that template is, and we have an entirely different genre template for that movie. But it’s going to remain a surprise. But yes, that’s already been decided.“
Writers Adam McKay, Rudd, and Reed were all credited with fixing some of the minor issues with Edgar Wright’s screenplay. So that may explain why there could be a shift in tones. But that is just speculation. However, the ones who didn’t get credit for writing the screenplay are Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari.
Deadline confirms the two uncredited writers are coming back on board to help crack the story with Ant-Man co-screenwriter McKay, and before they start writing the script with Rudd. Barrer and Ferrari did six months’ worth of uncredited work on the first film.
Reed told us in an interview for the release of the Blu-ray there are many themes he would like to explore in the sequel that he didn’t get to in the first film:
“I love the idea of Ant-Man and the Wasp really creating in the Marvel Universe a superhero team. In the comics, Ant-Man and the Wasp were very much a crime fighting duo. They were a partnership both in their personal lives and as heroes. So that will be really fun to bring to the Marvel Universe. To see Evangeline Lilly finally appear as the Wasp in that movie. We got a tease of it in Ant-Man. But to see as a fully formed hero will be exciting.
I think there is certain things we set in motion with Michael Douglas’ character, Hank Pym. His obsession with maybe trying to find his wife had been reignited by the end of the movie, and it is going to be interesting to see what he does with that.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is set for a July 6, 2018 release.