Ant-Man and the Wasp - behind the scenes

Odds and Ends

Here are some bullet points of other interesting things we learned about the movie:

1. While we’ve seen Ant-Man and Giant-Man already, this movie will see an in-between size that’s internally referred to as “Variable-Man,” and it sounds like that will be the result of Scott Lang’s suit not functioning properly. “So much of the fun of this is when it works, it’s cool, and sometimes when it’s not working, it’s just as fun to watch,” says Broussard.

2. We assumed from all the talk about the Quantum Realm that a good percentage of the film will take place there. But according to Evangeline Lilly, “that’s not true.” When she asked a publicist if she was allowed to expound on that topic, Lilly was shut down. So how much Quantum Realm will we be seeing in this movie, then? Does it mean that the mission’s goal is achieved relatively quickly, and the rest of it takes place in a normal dimension?

3. Expect Wasp to move differently than Ant-Man when they’re both in shrink mode. “We’re trying to push it a little bit further in terms of what we do in the micro world, what’s happening at the ant level,” visual effects supervisor Steph Ceretti says. “So we’re trying to have the cameras a little more active and to use these moments more as a really strong action piece.  So we’re really pushing on that, the photorealism of it as well, we’re reworking the ants and all that stuff. Obviously, now, we have two characters. We have Ant-Man. We’re still flying with his flying ants and all that stuff. But we have Wasp, and she has a fully new way of moving and evolving in that micro space. So there’s a lot of things that are, in terms of camera moves and things that they didn’t do on the first film that we’re trying to explore a bit more.”

4. While our handlers were guiding us toward one part of the set, I noticed a few stunt performers rehearsing a fight scene on the lab set. There were two female performers and one male, and their movements and fighting styles led me to believe they would be standing in for Ant-Man, the Wasp, and Ghost. So don’t be surprised if Ghost makes a violent entrance into Hank’s lab at some point in the movie.

Ant-Man and the Wasp - Peyton Reed

Reading Between The Lines

During our chat with director Peyton Reed, someone asked him what the main mission of this movie is, and I think his answer might contain a hint at something that has larger ramifications in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: “Well, I’ll answer that in two parts,” he said. “The big mission is to find Janet. What that means ultimately for our characters on a personal level is one thing, and what it means for the larger world is another thing, and all the other things are really stumbling blocks on the path.”

What could finding Janet mean for the larger world? This is pure speculation on my part, but considering Marvel’s history with “killing” characters and resurrecting them, I wonder if this could have anything to do with the ending of Avengers: Infinity War, where a massive number of major Marvel characters were seemingly wiped out. Perhaps they were just transported to an alternate dimension – maybe even the Quantum Realm itself. If that’s true, then Reed’s comment about “what it means for the larger world” could factor in to Avengers 4. Maybe Ant-Man and the Wasp will use the knowledge they gain in this movie to return to the Quantum Realm again in Avengers 4 to try to save some lost heroes?

Ant-Man and the Wasp - Laurence Fishburne

Meanwhile, while we know the film is populated with various antagonists, could Laurence Fishburne’s character be this movie’s main villain? Reed told us “there is a big bad that has a very unique relationship to our characters,” and Fishburne’s character just might be the person who best fits that description. The actor is playing Dr. Bill Foster, a professor of quantum physics at Berkeley who is a former colleague of Hank Pym. In the comics, that character used his scientific know-how to help Pym return to normal size when Pym was stuck in Giant-Man mode, and Foster eventually managed to reverse engineer the effects of the Pym Particle and used them to take on the identity of Goliath. But don’t get too excited: one of the movie’s costumers told us Fishburne doesn’t suit up in this film. Still, you don’t hire a veteran actor like that to play a supporting part and give him nothing to do, so I suspect there’s more to him than Marvel wants us to know at this point.

Speaking of which: could Bill Foster be Ghost’s father? Ghost’s identity was the most tightly-guarded secret on our entire set visit, so perhaps there’s a familial connection that the filmmakers are trying to preserve? The lineage would make sense in terms of the age of the characters, but since Ghost’s motivations are so shadowy, we’re just left speculating about scenarios in which this could play out. Perhaps Ghost is only a perceived antagonist, but she’s actually morally justified (trying to steal back the Ant-Man suit because she believes Pym stole it from her father, who could be its true inventor?). Or maybe she’s against our heroes at first but eventually teams up with them to bring Foster down in the third act. It’s still too early to know, but the bread crumbs leave a tantalizing trail.

And finally, this is likely something that will be revealed early on in the movie, but the actual way Scott ends up reuniting with Hank and Hope was kept from us while we were on the set. But during our interview with Michael Douglas (our full interview with him and many of the other actors will be published soon), the once-and-future Hank Pym let a small detail slip that I don’t think he was supposed to: “[Hank and Hope] get a signal through Scott,” he said. “We get a signal that [Janet] might still be alive.” He was the only person to reveal that bit of information, so I’m wondering if Janet’s signal arrives through the Ant-Man suit, which Scott swiped to fight in Civil War.

We’ll find out about all this (and much more) when Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018.

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