Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp offered the first look at two Ant-Men and two Wasps sharing the screen together. While fans were hoping to see Scott Lang, Hank Pym, and Hope and Janet van Dyne wearing their superhero suits at the same time, in the same time period, the same did not happen.
During the Empire Film Podcast, Marvel Studios producer Stephen Broussard revealed why Ant-Man and the Wasp makers didn’t go by the idea of showcasing the four characters in their titular identities altogether.
“There were sequences where we saw more of Ant-Man and Wasp, vintage, first generation Ant-Man and Wasp in some of their past adventures, but the idea was never to have them all suited up at the same time, in the same time period,” Broussard explained. “I do like the idea that it’s a legacy character, that there’s a passing of the mantle. I don’t know, something would seem wrong by the idea of two people holding the title at once. I think it’s like political office, right.”
In Ant-Man and the Wasp, the first generation superheroes Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne were seen in action in just a flashback sequence that leads to Janet being trapped in the Quantum Realm. For his journey to the Quantum Realm, Scott Lang got a new Ant-Man suit in the film. Notably, the malfunctioning of Lang’s suit ended up being central to one of the funniest scenes in the film.
Speaking with the Empire Film Podcast, Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed explained that there was a lot of shrinking in the first movie and there was a lot of Giant Man in Civil War. So they decided to do something different in this movie and gave a malfunctioning suit to Lang to experiment with.
“It came from the idea that we did so much shrinking in the first movie and of course there was a lot of Giant Man, relatively speaking, in Civil War, and how could we do something that was different in this movie and we said let’s apply Pym particle technology not only to people but to vehicles and buildings, let’s go nuts with that,” Reed revealed. “But then also with Scott it occurred to us, well since the first movie Hank and Hope have really been obsessed with building this quantum tunnel and that is their mission so maybe the Ant-Man technology’s kind of been put on the back burner so we see that Hank Pym has been developing a new Ant-Man suit but currently there’s not really anyone to wear it and we liked the idea of when he first puts on the suit he’s saying it’s still a work in progress.”
One of the film’s funniest scenes showcased Scott stuck roughly the same size as a small child while trying to infiltrate into his daughter’s school.
“Having fun with this malfunctioning suit it seemed like a really fun comedic conceit for obvious reasons, but it also gave us a lot of different visuals and things to play with and then in the third act it presents more of a dramatic challenge that he’s got this goal and it’s being foiled by this suit,” Reed said.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is currently playing in theatres.
Source: Empire Film Podcast
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