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Published On: Mon, Nov 16th, 2015

Peyton Reed talks ‘Ant-Man and Wasp,’ female heroes, Evangeline Lilly to be ‘awesome’

 Marvel Studios added an Ant-Man sequel to their busy schedule of films and director Peyton Reed talked about how Ant-Man and the Wasp will be different: it’ll be a movie with a fully fleshed-out female superhero during an interview with MTV.

Reed clarified that he’s in talks to return as the franchise’s director. “We’re still in the middle of negotiation, but it’s looking pretty great,” he said. “I’m dying to come back and do the movie. I’m very excited about it.”
The new film will attempt to play Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp as an awesome hero.
“That was one of the things that was important to me in the first movie when I came on was emphasizing the Wasp more, both Hope Van Dyne and Janet Van Dyne,” he said. “It’s a crucial part. It’s a crucial part because in the comic books, with the exception of the first handful of Ant-Man stories, Wasp came on pretty early on in the comics in the ’60s and you really thought of them as a partnership, a romantic partnership as well as a hero team. It’s going to be fun to play around with all the aspects of that in this movie.”

 

ant-man-movie-image-8-600x322He said that he’d worked with Lilly on her character in the first movie, and praised her acting and physicality in the work. He said he plans to “be loud” to make sure that the Wasp doesn’t get ignored in publicity and merch for the movie, the way that many have criticized Marvel for the relative lack of Black Widow merchandise.

“It’s such a no-brainer that there needs to be female heroes,” Reed said. “It’s about keeping the stories interesting and having fresh stories to tell. I always like that about Ant-Man and Wasp because it dealt with gender politics as well as superhero stuff. In the comics, particularly in the ’60s comics, the Janet Van Dyne Wasp was clearly written by all men and was pretty one-dimensional. She’s gotten much more dimensionalized since then. That’s one of those things that I think is going to be really exciting and fresh about this movie. You do feel a certain amount of responsibility. At the end of the day it’s organic to that character and the movie.”

It’s noteworthy that empowered female characters are something of a specialty of Reed’s.

“It’s been important to me in all my movies,” Reed continued. “It’s a huge part of ’Bring It On,’ strong female characters, and ’Down With Love’ is a movie about feminism. So to me it’s something that I’m just psyched to be able to explore in this movie.”

Janet Van Dyne has not yet been cast, though Reed does have “definite ideas.” He wouldn’t reveal whether Doctor Strange will delve into the Quantum Realm Ant-Man established, citing fears of a “Marvel sniper” lurking in the North Carolina woods he was calling from, but did tease another secret that he shared with other Marvel directors.

“There’s a very complicated secret [hand]shake that members of the Marvel Universe have, but I’m not at liberty,” he said.

Ant-Man will be released on Blu-ray and DVD December 8.

Ant-Man and the Wasp will arrive in theaters on July 6, 2018.

Ant-Man movie poster

 

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