When we first met Scott Lang in Ant-Man, Hank Pym had already been Ant-Man before. When Hope Van Dyne was finally ready to take the mantle of The Wasp, there had already been one before her, her mother Janet.
When the sequel hits in July, titled Ant-Man and the Wasp we all assumed it would focus on the newest incarnation – Scott and Hope. But now new information from director Peyton Reed shows we will get stuff from both generations:
“This one explores the different generations of Ant-Man and The Wasp. I thought that was an interesting thing we haven’t seen in a Marvel movie.”
Reed goes on to say he doesn’t want The Wasp to be a sidekick.
“It was important to me, in this movie called Ant-Man and The Wasp, that she’s not a supporting character. She’s a lead character. She’s become a fully-formed hero.”
The trailer even reinforces this, when Scott’s daughter Cassie says he needs a “partner”. That is the perfect word choice for what Reed is trying to accomplish. There were also rumors that, due to the comedic nature of the first film, that Ant-Man and The Wasp could be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s very first romantic comedy. Reed says that isn’t the case:
“It’s not a romantic comedy. The idea might enter Hope’s brain: does she need Scott Lang in her life?”
The trailer plays with this too. Scott wants to know if Hope would have helped him if he asked when Captain America needed help. The sequel feels like it will be nuanced than people are giving it credit for. With this new information, give the trailer another watch below, and you’ll see that it fits.
Ant-Man and The Wasp hits theaters July 6th.
Source: Empire Magazine (via ComicBookMovie)