Thank you to Marvel Studios for hosting me during my visit to the set of Ant-Man and the Wasp.
When I visited the set of Ant-Man and the Wasp last October, I had one mission: get spoilers. Remember, this is all happening months before the release of Infinity War. Nobody had a clue what was going on. I thought maybe I could twist a few secrets out of Director Peyton Reed. And if I couldn’t? Surely someone could. So what did we find out?
- Reed loves that Scott Lang is a family man and they really delved into family themes in the film.
- Some of the inspiration for the film came from Reed realizing that Hank Pym would not have appreciated Scott’s participation in Captain America: Civil War.
- After so much of the first movie took place in Hank Pym’s house and Pym Technologies Headquarters, Reed really wanted to get out into San Francisco for this movie.
- Another theme of the movie is the different ways Scott and Hope attack being a hero.
- The movie’s name was important because it wants to equally represent both Ant-Man’s and the Wasp’s points of view.
- The movie is part search and rescue, part romantic comedy, part family drama.
- Cassie and her dad have different points of view on what it means for her dad to be Ant-Man. (And I seriously tried to get some hint at a potential Young Avengers future here for Cassie, but nothing is confirmed.)
- The Ghost is primarily an Iron Man villain, and portrayed as a man in the comics. Reed wanted a female antagonist for Ant-Man and the Wasp.
- Reed hinted that the Ghost ties into the repeating parent and child themes of the movie.
- Reed also stops short of calling the Ghost a villain, preferring to call her an antagonist.
- You’ll see what happened to the Ghost as a girl, which informs what happens in the film. Reed thinks the audience will really relate to her story.
- They built a practical set for the Pym Lab in the film to play with scale and size more in this movie.
- The Pym Lab is full of Easter Eggs.
- Reed is a huge fan of Hot Wheels, and working them into the movie was wish fulfillment.
- When the Hot Wheel makes its first appearance in the film, he thinks it will be a big cheer moment.
- Reed’s goal was to make this movie funnier and more personal than the original Ant-Man.
- We were promised “at least one” Luis storytelling moment in the film.
- The scene at Cassie’s school with constantly shifting sizes and scales was the most difficult scene Reed has ever shot because of the technical issues.
- Reed is excited not only to get the Wasp onto the screen, but also to bring Janet van Dyne into the story. As a comics reader he knows she’s kind of a big deal…
Stay tuned for all of the Ant-Man and the Wasp action
All this week I’ve been sharing more from the visit to the Ant-Man and the Wasp set. On Saturday I’ll be heading to LA for the #AntManAndTheWaspEvent. I’ll be posting it all on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram during the event and then right here on the blog in the coming weeks! Ant-Man and the Wasp is in theaters on July 6, 2018.
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John Kamen, Abby Ryder-Fortson, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Laurence Fishburne and Michael Douglas.