Peyton Reed, director of Marvel’s Ant-Man, doesn’t want to involve anyone from the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe in his film Ant-Man and the Wasp. The director is keen on keeping his little niche of the Marvel Universe small-scale and all to himself. He doesn’t even want the characters to appear in other Marvel films at all.
In an interview with Moviefone, Reed was asked if he was tempted to use any and all the characters in the MCU, and he simple said “No.” He went on to explain why:
No, I think we like our little Ant-Man corner of the universe. Because it’s a whole different vibe tonally, but also just in terms of who Scott Lang, who Ant-Man is: he is a guy who is maybe not so sure he wants to be like this Avenger-style, full-on superhero.
He’s got a kid, and this is the inner conflict with him, and he’s very much just like a normal guy who has come into contact with some incredible power. So, we like that aspect of kind of like it being its own little corner of the universe.
He has a great point. The immediate world of Scott Lang is far more important to his character than the bigger superhero world that he has become a part of. He talks about how Ant-Man showing up in Civil War used his chance to première Giant-Man on the big screen, and it really upset him:
Again, that is one of the sort of things where it’s a mixed bag. When I first found out — gosh, I don’t know, two years ago, a year-and-a-half ago — that Civil War was going to get the Giant-Man première, I was like “No!” But, now, I’ve since recovered, and we have a lot more in store for Scott Lang in this movie.
We get to see the Wasp début — we’re all about the Wasp and Ant-Man. So I like it, because we spend a lot of time with our different writers and directors, and there’s a lot of crosstalk, and I love that.
This must be why they scrapped Wasp from Civil War. It took a lot of the jazz that Reed had planned for his big Ant-Man sequel. At least they gave him the Wasp back. Does this mean that he has anything to worry about when she appears in Avengers: Infinity War pt. 2? I hope not. These movies are going to be large enough without needing to have any big character ability reveals in them. At least, I hope not for Peyton Reed’s sake.
Ant-Man and the Wasp hit the big screen on July 6, 2018.
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