After the dark ending of the Infinity War, Marvel completely lightened the mood with Ant-Man and the Wasp. We got to see a very self-contained story of Ant-Man which did not bother much with the rest of the MCU, but it did build upon things that will really matter in the upcoming movies. It continued the story of Ant-Man after Captain America Civil War and led directly into Infinity War.
Ant-Man and the Wasp was a true build up, and you cannot ask for anything more. Director Peyton Reed really set up a good sequel after a great origin story for a character that people had not even heard of before the movie actually came out. It dived into the intricacies of the Quantum Realm and brought back Janet Van Dyne successfully from where she was stuck for the last two-three decades.
We now know quite a lot about the Quantum Realm. This information that we have now was really important for us to have since it will be a major part of the coming future of the MCU, having a part to play in both Captain Marvel and Avengers 4. Other than setting up the future movies, the movie also set up another sequel for Ant-Man and the Wasp. It brought in new characters that could be explored really well in an Ant-Man 3.
Director Peyton Reed mentioned that he is very hopeful for an Ant-Man 3, but he does not have the confirmation as to whether there will be an Ant-Man 3 or not. Here’s what he said when asked about a sequel:
“I’ll answer that question really honestly. Who knows, because I suspect, I don’t know this, but I think any further announcement of the slate — the rest of this year is going to be about the next Avengers movie and the tea-up to that stuff. And then I think we are all hopeful. Just the same as last time. We didn’t have any idea there would be a second Ant-Man until maybe a month or so after the first one came out. This was a giant question mark. With the first one, there was obviously behind the scenes drama that preceded me, but also, it’s Ant-Man. There was a question of, are people going to see this movie? It was not a fait accompli. It could have gone either way. I think we are all interested in doing one. There is a story to tell there. Definitely. There is a story we’ve talked about potentially. I’m very, very hopeful.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp did not have a cameo from another superhero from the MCU like the first Ant-Man movie brought in Falcon. Well, as it turns out, the second Ant-Man movie also had a fun cameo just like that, but it ended up getting removed from the film. Director Peyton Reed recently spoke to Radio Times Ahead of Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s release overseas and he said that he always intended this movie to be a self-contained solo affair:
“The idea was that this really wanted to be a little bit more standalone and in its own world. We knew that we wanted to continue the story of these characters and then introduce our won characters that were really far more relevant to the story we were telling….Plus the fact that we were coming right after Infinity War, which is really like everyone. With the exception of Ant-Man and the Wasp and, of course, Hawkeye.”
Well, he continued to talk revealing that a potential Captain America cameo that would have taken place inside one of Louis’ beloved explanation scenes but Marvel ended up removing the scene.
“Early on, we had a version where we were going to do a quick version of the tarmac fight from Civil War, with some ridiculous thing where, you know, Captain America has Ant-Man as a baseball and throws him. Because the whole thing is Luis’ version of events, right? We came up with all these ridiculous visuals.”
Well, we would have surely loved to see a scene like this. Considering there is such limited time left for Cap in the MCU, every appearance from Chris Evans would be welcomed with excitement. Since the movie was so stuffed, Marvel would have decided to remove the idea for the cameo, but still, it would have been amazing to see Cap pop in out of nowhere.