Ant-Man and the Wasp is going pretty well at the box-office as fans are lining up to catch the follow up to hit 2015’s Ant-Man. The movie takes place in the aftermath of the events of the Civil War where Scott Lang aka Ant-Man joined Team Cap and subsequently got captured by the government.
He took the plea deal offered by the government and settled for house arrest, the other option was becoming a fugitive. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, the title itself signifies the fact that Hope Van Dyne’s character has stepped up to don the mantle of Wasp. She joined Ant-Man in the mission to retrieve her mother Janet Van Dyne from the Quantum realm. She has been stuck there for decades.
Prior to the release of the sequel, the set images teased flashback scenes set in 1980’s between Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne. The director Peyton Reed confirmed that there were indeed certain flashback scenes of young Janet and Hank, but the creative team decided to exclude them from the final cut as they were deemed unnecessary. Here’s what he said:
“It’s tricky, because we talked a lot about how to introduce [Hank and Janet], and I always wanted to see some glimpse of them in the ’80s. We talked about doing action sequences, we shot some stuff, and it just felt like… I think I’ve learned this along the way – as much as, as a fan, I want to see flashbacks, the present tense story is the thing. That’s the thing that really matters to me – and also that I felt like it didn’t want to be action. It really wanted to be emotional grounding, because after all, this is a movie called Ant-Man And The Wasp. It really has to be about the emotion of a daughter finding her mother after all this time”.
Peyton Reed added that there were many easter-eggs pointing to larger implications of ‘Quantum realm’ on the future of MCU, he said:
“Yeah, there’s a lot of little-hidden things. I mean, definitely as you go through Hank Pym’s laboratory, on the practical set and then some of the stuff we added later digitally, there are a lot of weird, little Easter eggs and things. And then as we kind of go further down into the Quantum Realm in this movie, there definitely is some things to sort of look for. That was a challenge, the Quantum Realm, ’cause it really could be infinite. It could be anything. And figuring out how much of our story took place in the Quantum Realm and particularly like designing that last act that cross-cuts between the chase and the Quantum Realm. But there’s stuff to look for in there definitely.”
Evangeline Lilly aka Wasp also talked about Marvel multiverse and said:
“In Ant-Man and the Wasp, they are trying everything in their power to safely enter the Quantum Realm and return back from it because they have evidence from the first film that Scott Lang was able to do that. If he can do it, why can’t we? If we do succeed in Ant-Man and the Wasp, then that does open a whole entire new multiverse to enter into and play around in,”
The movie has a top notch cast comprising of big names in the industry such as Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/ Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne/ Wasp, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michelle Pfieffer as Janet Van Dyne, Lawrence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, Judy Greer as Maggie (Scott’s former wife), Michael Pena as Luis, Abby Ryder Fortson as Cassie (Scott’s daughter), Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Hannah John-Kammen as Ghost, Randall Park as Jimmy Woo.
The movie will hit theatres on July 6, 2018. The official movie synopsis reads:
“Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy”.