I have two disclosures for this interview with Peyton Reed. One you need to know I’m going to include some Ant-man and The Wasp spoilers. Two, the normal disclosure that Disney provided us with hotel and transportation to get down to LA for the Ant-man and The Wasp press junket.
So, the very first interview question was, “what the hell?”. If you haven’t seen the movie, stop reading this, if you have then you know what I’m talking about. The movie has a fantastic ending. Everyone is reunited and happy. Then wait for the credits and What the Hell? The Van Dyne family are working to get needed quantum energy for Ghost. They send Ant-Man into the Quantum Realm and then, Thanos screws it all up by snapping his fingers and what happens? They all disappear and Ant-Man is stuck in the quantum realm.
What did Peyton Reed have to say about the Ant-Man and The wasp ending?
it was not completely planned in the beginning. We knew we were gonna have to deal with that thing at some point in some way. Actually, we weren’t sure at the beginning. Um, we knew that our movie was gonna take place, it sort of not only a sequel to Ant-Man but also to Civil War because we couldn’t ignore what Scott Lange did in that movie. But we weren’t always sure how we were gonna fit into the larger timeline with regards to Infinity War. Somewhere during the process, uh, this idea occurred to us of like Oh, well we could do — we could do something like that…….
And it seemed to work for us tonally, you know, and sort of allows us to do our very stand alone movie but then, you know, have it fit into the larger Marvel happenings.
Wasp is gonna shoot me in the neck, with a gun absolutely.
He followed that up with the comparison of when he went to see Star Wars The Empire Strikes back and knew how it was going to end because he read the book release before the movie was out. He also talked about how we can’t really go to a movie now without spoilers being out there. It’s a lost art. And he didn’t want to give anything away. But then he did talk about how he admired Kevin Feige handles the overall umbrella of Marvel.
I think one of the fun things about the Marvel Universe is I think Kevin has a larger plan but that plan is extremely fluid. And people always ask like what did you have to do in this move to pay off the other thing and his general philosophy at least with the Antman movies has been make them as stand alone as possible and anything you guys decide to do, whoever the Directors are in the next movie, they’re gonna have to deal with the ramifications, um, which is kind of nice. But there’s a fluidity and I think it’s the idea of like whatever makes for the best character arcs and the most interesting and maybe surprising thing, wins.
And I know I’m dodging your question but um, it is, I think it is sort of leaving things open ended and I know — I know things that I want to do with those characters and stories that I want to tell and how we progress the characters. I mean obviously, in this movie, uh, it excited me as we talked about before, you know, putting Wasp at center stage and really telling that story. And now you sort of, this whole movie is really about are they gonna be? Does she need him as a partner? Are they gonna be able to work as a partnership? Um, and I feel like this movie really answers that question. But then it’s like well what next? And the possibilities are really endless.
But I think as characters, they’re, um, just as an audience member, I want to see what happens to them next.
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