Bringing Scott Lang into the world of the Avengers was one of the best things about Captain America: Civil War, but Ant-Man director Peyton Reed would’ve preferred the bigwigs at Marvel leave well enough alone.
Reed told Moviefone he was actually pretty bummed to learn Civil War would feature the Giant-Man reveal, but he takes solace in the fact that Wasp’s debut will be saved for the Ant-Man sequel. So why does Reed want Ant-Man to take place in its own little “corner” of this massive world? Because unlike most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) projects, his was actually a fairly small story about a man and his family — not exactly the type of stuff that fits with superhero slugfests.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“I think we like our little Ant-Man corner of the universe. Because it’s a whole different vibe tonally, but also just in terms of who Scott Lang, who Ant-Man is: he is a guy who is maybe not so sure he wants to be like this Avenger-style, full-on superhero. He’s got a kid, and this is the inner conflict with him, and he’s very much just like a normal guy who has come into contact with some incredible power. So, we like that aspect of kind of like it being its own little corner of the universe…
Again, that is one of the sort of things where it’s a mixed bag. When I first found out — gosh, I don’t know, two years ago, a year-and-a-half ago — that “Civil War” was going to get the Giant-Man premiere, I was like “No!” But, now, I’ve since recovered, and we have a lot more in store for Scott Lang in this movie. We get to see the Wasp debut — we’re all about the Wasp and Ant-Man. So I like it, because we spend a lot of time with our different writers and directors, and there’s a lot of crosstalk, and I love that.”
It’s funny to see Reed talk about this topic, considering it was one of the reasons original director Edgar Wright dropped off of Ant-Man. The movie still turned out to be pretty great, but it also had to pay its dues to the larger Marvel Universe and include some easter eggs and nods to those events. In this case, it also meant he had to share some of the character’s coolest moments with other movies.
But that’s the price of a connected universe.