Chris Evans' Captain America has made something of a habit of making humorous cameos in Marvel Studios films, from Loki's brief impersonation of him in Thor: The Dark World to the repeated, and highly meme-able, public service announcement videos in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Apparently, director Peyton Reed almost asked Evans to add Ant-Man and the Wasp to that list.
Speaking to Radio Times about the film, Reed revealed that at one point there was a Captain America cameo planned, but it was ultimately scrapped. The moment would have come during the scene when Luis (Michael Pena) delivered his rapid fire recap of the life of Scott Lang up to that point. As Luis went over the events of Captain America: Civil War, including the airport fight in Germany in which Ant-Man joined Cap's team, we would have seen Steve Rogers making hilarious use of Ant-Man's abilities.
“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,” Reed said. “Because the whole thing is Luis’ version of events, right?
“We came up with all these ridiculous visuals.”
As with the first Ant-Man film, Pena's Luis remained an absolute scene stealer in the sequel, delivering on both his fast-talking stories and his action sequence jokes to maintain his status as one of the most beloved non-superhero characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It would have been great to see him recap that entire airport fight, including the moment when Spider-Man tripped up Scott Empire Strikes Back-style after he transformed into Giant-Man. Sadly, Reed felt the film's plot already leaned heavily enough on Civil War without that moment.
“It kind of felt like we’d referenced Captain America: Civil War so much, let’s just do our own thing there,” he said.
As disappointing as that is, it makes sense from a filmmaking standpoint. Marvel films have a tendency to be a bit long anyway because of all the plot, and Ant-Man and the Wasp was already dealing with a number of new supporting characters, the fallout from Civil War and the setup of what happened to its characters during the events of Avengers: Infinity War. It's only natural that some things had to go.
Still, can we at least put the tarmac fight with Luis commentary on the Ant-Man and the Wasp Blu-ray? We'd settle for that, right?