Ant-Man and the Wasp

We’re trying to tread carefully while writing about Captain America: Civil War. There’s plenty of story in the Marvel project that the trailers and TV spots have yet to spoil. If you’re excited for the film and want to know absolutely nothing else about the story until it hits theaters, then be careful what you read over the next few weeks.

While there aren’t any massive spoilers ahead, since this part of Captain America: Civil War has sadly already been revealed in various toys on shelves now, we do discuss a great action moment that you might want to wait and see for yourself. Read Feige’s comments on the film and Ant-Man and the Wasp at your own discretion.

One thing Marvel keeps improving on is character introductions. While Iron Man successfully introduced Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) right out of the gate, soon after that we got Hawkeye’s (Jeremy Renner) entrance in Thor, which didn’t exactly get audiences pumped about the character. We’ve yet to see the new Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) make her debut, but she came close to appearing in Captain America: Civil War.

Feige wanted to save the character’s reveal for Reed’s film:

We did [talk about it]. Wasp was in early versions of that [big fight] sequence as well, but we said, ‘We want to save that for Ant-Man and the Wasp,’ because that’s so much what the movie is going to be about: her as a hero. We also wanted… Joe and Anthony [Russo] said they needed something big to turn the battle, and that just seemed like the greatest way to do that.

Feige was referring to when Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) — again, mild SPOILER warning — turns into Giant-Man. When we asked him about the conversations surrounding which characters to include in Civil War, he went on to suggest we might see more of Giant-Man in Ant-Man and the Wasp:

It’s usually pretty organic [deciding which characters to use]. Because, again, we’re a relatively small group at Marvel studios, so everybody knows what everyone else is doing. I saw some… let’s just say that, when something cool pops up in one of the other movies, people want to use it in upcoming movies.

Feige expressed how pleased he was with the response to Ant-Man. Years ago, as the Marvel president pointed out, people often asked, “Is that going to work? Is it going to play?” Those that doubted the underdog character, ultimately, were proven wrong.

A part of Ant-Man‘s charm is that it follows the heist movie formula more than the superhero movie formula. Feige wouldn’t say what kind of film Ant-Man and the Wasp is, but he did say they want to stay true to the spirit of the first film:

I can’t say [what genre], but certainly we are in early days now of working on it. Paul Rudd is working on that story as we speak with Peyton Reed. We certainly want to stay true to what made it so unique and different, and we’ll see how that comes together.

Reed, Feige, and all involved already know what template they’re following with Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Reed confirmed they’re not structuring the story as another heist movie. Reed and Rudd started writing the script back in January, but it’s still unclear whether Academy Award-winning screenwriter Adam McKay (The Big Short) will return to work on the script for the sequel.

Ant-Man and the Wasp opens in theaters July 6th, 2018.

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