Peyton Reed, who’s been at the helm of both 2015’s Ant-Man and 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, has signed on to return to direct Ant-Man 3.
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are expected to reprise their roles as Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne, and we expect the Wasp will be a major player with her name in the eventual title of this sequel, too. Read More »
Peyton Reed, the director of Down with Love and drummer of a long defunct Smiths cover band, once again brought some feel-good laughs to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Ant-Man and the Wasp. The sequel was a bit bigger, a little looser, and even Scott Lang was funnier, but Reed and all involved still managed to keep it as contained and as cleanly told as the first movie. Reed’s Ant-Man still ain’t going big for the sake of going big.
Reed basically made what was a large-scale studio comedy with more emphasis on laughs than action. Ant-Man and the Wasp is a buddy comedy, not another save the world story. With smaller but more personal stakes, Reed delivered a sequel that does a lot more than check boxes. We recently had a brief conversation with the director about the sequel, mostly focused on his days in a Smiths cover band, notes from Marvel President Kevin Feige, working with Evangeline Lilly, and two of his past movies.
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Ant-Man and the Wasp almost had a hilarious Captain America cameo, but director Peyton Reed decided to cut it, because he doesn’t want us to have nice things. Read all about the Captain America cameo below.
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From Ant-Man to Bring It On to his crowning achievement, Down With Love, there’s a sincere buoyancy to director Peyton Reed‘s work. His deft control of tone is currently on display in Ant-Man and the Wasp, which brings good-hearted laughs to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Infinity War‘s downer ending. While Reed made Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) origin story a heist movie, the sequel is a comedy focused more on banter and character than action – though the action is bigger this time around.
Before making the latest entry in the MCU, Reed watched “the holy trinity of romantic comedies”: Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday, and It Happened One Night. “The male and female characters are so smart, and there’s this mutual respect between those characters, particularly in His Girl Friday, they respect each other in terms of what they do,” he told us. Reed, who’s also fond of those movies’ “incredible humanism,” also discussed returning to the Quantum Realm, mini Paul Rudd, the end credits tags, the influence of Elmore Leonard, and more. Read our full Peyton Reed spoiler interview below.
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You might not be aware of this, but Marvel tends to add these things called “post-credits scenes” to their movies. They’re scenes that arrive after, or sometimes during the end credits. Crazy, I know! Ant-Man and the Wasp is the latest MCU film with post-credits scenes waiting to be dissected, and director Peyton Reed took some time to explain their connection to Avengers: Infinity War. Spoilers follow.
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Ant-Man and the Wasp just hit theaters this past weekend, and while director Peyton Reed was out promoting his new sequel, the conversation turned to the villain of the original movie. Ant-Man villain Darren Cross, AKA Yellowjacket, was assumed dead at the end of the 2015 movie, but in a new interview, Reed implies that things may not be as clear-cut as they seemed. Read More »
It should come as no surprise that Ant-Man and the Wasp topped the box office this weekend, and that it’s another sequel that has surpassed its predecessor in the opening weekend.
Ant-Man and the Wasp raked in $76 million at the domestic box office, coming in under the projections that had it making more than Doctor Strange‘s opening weekend of $85 million. It’s also the lowest opening for a Marvel Studios sequel, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing since the original opened to $57.2 million back in 2015. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed breaks down the kitchen fight between The Wasp and some nameless henchman. Plus, run through a bunch of Easter eggs from the Marvel Studios sequel you might have missed, and watch Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly have a miniature cooking session. Read More »
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Ant-Man and the Wasp is in theaters and I can now share with you my interview with director Peyton Reed. We get sidetracked talking about E.T., and then discuss how the development process of the sequel was different from the first film, the film’s close-up magic subplot, the films the inspired the sequel, how they accomplished the shrinking effects for the film, hidden easter eggs to look out for, the editing process, and how much longer the assembly edit of the film was.
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Compared to the previous Marvel film to hit theaters, the Ant-Man and the Wasp box office tracking looks like it has gone through a shrink ray. But the new projections for the Marvel Studios sequel aren’t small potatoes. Ant-Man and the Wasp is eyeing an $80 million opening weekend haul, which is peanuts compared to the behemoth that is Avengers: Infinity War. But it is still significantly higher than the box office debut of the first Ant-Man.
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