Director of Ant-Man and The Wasp, Peyton Reed, has made it clear that the film is not a romantic comedy.
With Ant-Man being one of the more comedic offerings from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that its sequel will also star Paul Rudd’s female counterpart in a titular role, one might assume that a rom-com is awaiting fans upon release.
Peyton Reed has other ideas, however, telling Empire (via ComicBookMovie): “It’s not a romantic comedy. The idea might enter Hope’s brain: does she need Scott Lang in her life?”
Reed also spoke regarding the importance The Wasp as a character, comparing her to other Marvel icons: “She really was, along with Sue Storm of the Fantastic Four, one of the first female Marvel heroes. I feel a certain responsibility with The Wasp.
“It was important to me, in this movie called Ant-Man and The Wasp, that she’s not a supporting character. She’s a lead character. She’s become a fully-formed hero.”
Fans of The Wasp will certainly be excited by what they are hearing from the film’s director and it will be interesting to see just how the dynamic plays out on screen.
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 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 sees Peyton Reed returning to the director’s chair and stars Paul Rudd (Scott Lang), Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne), Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), Michael Pena (Luis), David Dastmalchian (Kurt), Abby Ryder Fortson (Cassie Lang), Judy Greer (Maggie), Bobby Cannavale (Paxton) and T.I. (Dave), while new additions to the cast include Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster/Goliath, Hannah John-Kamen as The Ghost, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch and Randall Park as Jimmy Woo.