Captain America: Civil War not only gave us the first appearance of Giant-Man in the MCU, it also caused a major rift between Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) due to the fact that he stole Pym's suit and revealed his shrinking tech to the world. Lang's carelessness landed him in prison and then under house arrest while Hank and Hope had to go on the run from the law.
The events of Civil War correlate directly to those of Ant-Man and the Wasp, but Michael Douglas admitted that he didn't get the memo from director Peyton Reed to catch up on current events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"I did a little bit of homework [for the first] Ant-Man, [but] I really screwed up because they didn’t tell me when we started this that I should go see Captain America: [Civil War] because if I saw Captain America, then I would understand what Ant-Man, Paul Rudd, had done in there, and why," the actor told MTV International. When I read the script for this, I had no idea what was going on. Finally, the director, Peyton Reed, said, ‘Well, he’s been in Captain America.’ I said, ‘I didn’t see Captain America,’ and he looked at me like I'd committed the greatest sin in the world. If [he'd] told me to go see Captain America, I would! I'd go see it and I would know. You should make a note: ‘GO SEE CAPTAIN AMERICA BEFORE YOU READ THE SCRIPT!'"
And this isn't coming from an actor that simply considers these movies an easy paycheck. Douglas loves working on these movies, has a lot of respect for the folks who work on them, and is " so grateful" that Marvel Studios brought him into what he describes as a family. He even apologized for not knowing where exactly Ant-Man and the Wasp falls in relation to Avengers: Infinity War, but promised that if a third Ant-Man gets made, he'll do his homework.
"If this is successful enough and we're gonna do a third one, I promise you that we come back and do an interview for a third Ant-Man [movie], I will know everything."
Douglas is living proof that not everyone who works on these movies needs to be a hardcore Marvel savant. These films are made for everyone, regardless of how many comic books they've read or superhero movies they've seen. Sure, it helps if you're caught up, but not essential by any means. As long as they're giving it their all and loving what they do, something great is made in the process. This certainly comes through in Douglas's latest performance.