‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Director Talks About Sequel’s Focus on the Beloved Female Superhero

By November 11, 2015
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Director Peyton Reed had some big shoes to fill once Edgar Wright left Marvel’s Ant-Man before production began. Wright has become one of the most beloved and unique directors in Hollywood working today, and his attachment to the project was what initially made a number of fans out there excited for the film in the first place. However, now that we’ve seen the result of Reed’s work on the film, I think it’d be safe to say that he did a fine job at the helm, and considering Marvel has already brought him back on to direct the movie’s sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, I think Kevin Feige and co. were more than happy with Reed’s work as well.

Something that he managed to do in Ant-Man too that hardly any other superhero movie has done so far, was introduce a strong and likable female character into the MCU in Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne, with the promise that the next time we saw her – she’d be wearing a super suit of her own. Turns out, making sure Hope had a role of her own, independent of Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) was, and has been, one of the most important things for Reed moving forward. While speaking with MTV, recently as well, the director spoke about Hope’s expanded role in the sequel, and how he plans on introducing The Wasp to a larger audience:

“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. 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.”

He spoke more about how excited he was to bring the full dynamic between Ant-Man and the Wasp to big screen for the first time, making her one of the first female superheroes to co-lead a film:

“It’s such a no-brainer that there needs to be female heroes. 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.”

Reed did address the fact that Hope will become the first female superhero to lead a film too, emphasizing how important it has been to him throughout his entire career, to bring strong female voices to the big screen:

“It’s been important to me in all my movies. 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.”

I, for one, cannot wait for this. Fans have been hoping to see the Wasp onscreen for years now, and while Ant-Man gave us a very brief glimpse of Janet van Dyne’s original Wasp in action during a flashback in the film, we haven’t really gotten to see her do much more than just that brief minute of screen time allowed. Audiences seemed to gravitate towards Hope in a strong way though, and Marvel’s hail mary attempt at introducing a Wasp that wasn’t Janet seemed to pay off. As for her being the first female superhero to lead a film too? To quote Hope herself – it’s about damn time. Ant-Man and the Wasp is set to hit theatres on July 6th, 2018. Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable