Ant-Man director wants to explore 'weird and unique' territory in sequel

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Nov 14, 2015, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

With Ant-Man director Peyton Reed apparently close to returning for the sequel, he already has ideas for the direction he'd like to see it take.

Speaking with Yahoo, Reed revealed that he's "still in negotiations" but that it's "looking pretty good" for him to come back and direct Ant-Man and the Wasp, the sequel that Marvel recently announced to their surprise $500 million (worldwide box office) hit. Reed, who replaced Edgar Wright on the first Ant-Man right before production began, also hinted at what kind of movie he wants to make now that he's probably on board from the start:

“I think one of the appealing things about coming back for a sequel is to be able to build it from the ground up this time. Also, [there’s] stuff that we clearly set up in the first movie that we want to pay off and have fun with in the second movie. Since we know [the characters’] origins, we can go in some weird, unique and different territory.”

Certainly one of the weirdest and most unique aspects of Ant-Man was our glimpse of the quantum realm, which was one of the most beautifully strange sequences ever seen in a Marvel movie and an area ripe for exploration. It seems likely that Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) will return there in the new movie, and this time he'll also have the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) with him. Reed also spoke about honoring Marvel's first female superhero by putting her name in the title:

“It just happened to be organic for the characters of Ant-Man and Wasp, [so] it worked. Her last line in the movie -- ‘It’s about damn time’ -- [is] very much about her specific character and arc in that movie, but it is absolutely about a larger thing. It’s about damn time: We’re going to have a fully realized, very very complicated hero in the next movie who happens to be a woman.”

Bringing Ant-Man successfully to cinematic life must be especially sweet for Reed, since he himself was replaced on Fantastic Four -- the 2005 version featuring Jessica Alba and Chris Evans -- by director Tim Story. With that particular franchise on the ropes following this past summer's disastrous reboot, Reed nonetheless argued that he thinks there's hope for Marvel's First Family:

"Fantastic Four in the comics was always the pinnacle of Marvel, the crown jewel -- they were the first family of Marvel Comics. The two existing versions did massive pendulum swings from each other. One was very pitched toward younger kids and very broad, and the second was a much darker version of it. I just personally feel like they have not gotten the tone right. And man, it’s a bummer. I think the tone has got to be one of optimism, and you’ve got to take it seriously...I just know there’s a great Fantastic Four movie to be had. I’m convinced that it can work."

As Collider suggests, maybe Reed might one day come full circle and make that great Fantastic Four movie, should the rights ever revert back to Marvel. In the meantime, he'll have his hands full with Ant-Man and the Wasp, which comes out July 6, 2018.