The general movie going population who aren’t fans of Marvel Comics were initially weirded out by the idea of seeing ‘Ant-Man’. After all, his powers include shrinking and communicating with ants. That doesn’t exactly sound like an A-list superhero to your average Joe. But as the Phase Two finale hit theaters, fans trusted in Marvel Studios and were treated to another pretty solid comic book movie filled with cool visuals, comedy, and lovable characters with lots of heart. So now that the weirdness is out of the way, what’s in store for the 2018 sequel titled ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp‘? Apparently, the answer is more weirdness.
According to Newsarama, director Peyton Reed has some unorthodox plans for his next film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He says that he wants to make things “weirder”, but he doesn’t go on to elaborate what that means. We should probably expect more crazy things in the Quantum Realm and the characters’ relationship with that place since he brought a lot of that to the first movie, but for now the details are shrouded in mystery. However, Reed does go on to talk about the partnership between Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne, which will naturally play a big part in the story:
“The goal is to keep what we really liked for the characters in the first one, but to make it a much weirder movie. Part of 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?”
From the get go, ‘Ant-Man’ was a risky movie to put out. Then the whole situation got even more complicated when Edgar Wright departed the project. However, the film was a critical and commercial hit despite everything, so there’s definitely room now for even more risks this time around. I’m not talking about risks like bringing Hank Pym’s history of domestic abuse to the MCU, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Reed deliver some crazy size-shifting action and more psychedelic Quantum Realm scenes. Beyond that, who really knows what he and Marvel have up their sleeves for the upcoming Phase Three film? We’ll just have to wait and see.
What do you think Peyton Reed means when he says that he wants to get weirder for ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.