HomeEntertainment NewsMarvel Bits: Peyton Reed on ANT-MAN AND THE WASP; Female Heroes a “No-Brainer”; Amy Landecker Joins DOCTOR STRANGE

Marvel Bits: Peyton Reed on ANT-MAN AND THE WASP; Female Heroes a “No-Brainer”; Amy Landecker Joins DOCTOR STRANGE

In July, Marvel Studios released yet another hit in their impressive and ever-growing repertoire: Ant-Man. Having recently surpassed over half a billion dollars worldwide, Walt Disney Pictures surprised fans in October by slating an Ant-Man sequel for 2018. The follow up – to be titled Ant-Man and the Wasp – will see the return of former small time crook and now big time superhero, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) alongside Hope Pym (Evangeline Lilly), who will don the costumed identity of the high-flying Wasp. Ant-Man director Peyton Reed is currently in negotiations with Marvel Studios to helm the sequel, stating in an interview with Yahoo Movies that nothing is official, but revealing, “I think it’s looking pretty good.” Reed, who was brought on Ant-Man after Edgar Wright’s highly publicized departure, added further: “We’re still in the middle of negotiation, but it’s looking pretty great.  I’m dying to come back and do the movie. I’m very excited about it.”

When asked about the surprise sequel and the appeal of returning for another supersized adventure, Reed answered, “I think one of the appealing things about coming back for a sequel is to be able to build it from the ground up this time. Also, [there’s] stuff that we clearly set up in the first movie that we want to pay off and have fun with in the second movie. Since we know the origins, we can go in some weird, unique and different territory.” Next, the filmmaker spoke on Ant-Man and Wasp sharing equal billing in the upcoming sequel, saying,  “It just happened to be organic for the characters of Ant-Man and Wasp, [so] it worked. [Hope’s] last line in the movie — ‘It’s about damn time’ — [is] very much about her specific character and arc in that movie, but it is absolutely about a larger thing. It’s about damn time: We’re going to have a fully realized, very very complicated hero in the next movie who happens to be a woman.”

Ant-Man Wasp
Ahead of Ant-Man’s return in his next solo film in 2018, fans will see Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang once more in next year’s Captain America: Civil War. With Joe and Anthony Russo serving as directors on that project, Reed was brought on board to ensure Lang is handled properly. Revealing that he’s read the script and has even seen rough cut footage – noting that it was “fantastic!” – Reed admitted to being jealous of Ant-Man being in the hands of other filmmakers. “There was definitely a point where I was a little envious,” he joked. “I felt a proprietary thing over that character. I remember to say to Paul, ‘You’re going down to Atlanta to work with those other guys?’ It was like my girlfriend had left me for someone else.”

Ant-Man Captain America
When asked what personal flourishes Reed brought to Ant-Man’s debut film, the director indicated it was his decision to place greater emphasis on Hope Pym and her deceased/disappeared mother, Janet Van Dyne. Janet – a founding member of the Avengers in the Marvel Comics source material – is seemingly lost forever in the Marvel Cinematic Universes’ quantum realm, leaving Hope to assume her mother’s mantle as the Wasp. Speaking on the importance of female heroes, Reed declared,  “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 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,” said Reed. “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.”

Ant-Man and the Wasp doesn’t hit theaters until July 6, 2018, but fans can take home the pint-sized hero when Ant-Man comes to Blu-ray and DVD on December 8th.

Ant-Man Blu-ray
Finally, The Wrap reports that Amy Landecker (Transparent) is the latest to join Marvel Studios’ upcoming Doctor Strange. The news of her casting comes shortly after Michael Stuhlbarg (Steve Jobs) was announced to have joined the film. Both roles are being kept under wraps for now, but both actors join an already impressive cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton. Doctor Strange is currently filming for a November 4, 2016 release.

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