While everyone who loves comic book movies is currently (im)patiently waiting for Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War to drop this week and next year, respectively, there’s a little movie out there that’s been quietly gearing up and getting some promotion. That little movie? The sequel to 2015’s sleeper-hit (as far as movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are concerned) Ant-Man. Get it? …little? After the credits rolled on that film, which like Guardians of the Galaxy before it had “The MCU’s First Bust” written all over (and about) it, Evangeline Lilly’s character Hope Van Dyne finally gets what she wants and is shown the Wasp suit that her mother wore before her. So, the new Ant-Man film will obviously focus on Wasp joining Paul Rudd’s character, Scott Lang, to fight off a post-Avengers: Infinity War baddie or two.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (The official title of the movie) is actually the first movie to debut after Avengers: Infinity War and will come out only two months after that film, in July of next year, meaning it will most likely be directly related to it. Scott Lang was last seen in Captain America: Civil War, where he fought on Captain America’s side during the battle at the Leipzig Airport and transformed into Giant Man and nearly stole the show (if not for that wall-crawling menace, Spider-Man!). Because of that, he ended up imprisoned at The Raft, an underwater prison that was designed by Tony Stark and Secretary of State Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. That film ended with Captain America breaking his cohorts out of prison, but that group is still apparently estranged from Stark and the rest of his “Avengers” (in name only). It’s widely assumed that the gigantic threat from Thanos in Infinity War will bring the group back together and you have to assume that Ant-Man and maybe even the Wasp will be involved in that.
Peyton Reed, who stepped in to direct the first Ant-Man after writer/director Edgar Wright bailed over creative differences, is back to Direct Ant-Man and the Wasp and has been teasing the film on his Twitter for awhile now. He’s mostly just posted text or a picture from the comics, but yesterday he posted another amazing post that many (including those of us here at BabbleTop) thought was a shot from the set, and it looks like that was Reed’s intention seeing as how he posted the word “Prep” before hashtagging the title of the film and nothing else. Sneaky, sneaky, Millionaire film-maker!
Now, this image is actually from the 1957 film The Incredible Shrinking Man. That film is about, you guessed it, a man who shrinks. However, unlike Ant-Man or the Wasp, he can’t control his shrinking and essentially just keeps shrinking until no one can see him. That hearkens to the first Ant-Man film in which the original Wasp, who is the wife of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym, shrinks into the “Quantum Realm” and gets lost for what is assumed forever. Many believe that the sequel will focus heavily on that realm, as there was a quick shot where a large Wasp-like shadow appeared while Ant-Man entered the quantum realm during the film’s climax. Beyond that, 2016’s Doctor Strange explored the idea of infinite dimensions and the multi-verse and it’s thought that the quantum realm is part of that.
Any way you cut it… With multiple options for a story/villain, the same team in front of and behind the camera returning (including Michael Pena who stole the show in the first Ant-Man), a first film that was a moderate success but had tremendous word of mouth and at-home viewing AND the fact that this will be the first film after Avengers: Infinity War… It’s looking like Ant-Man and the Wasp will be a tremendous hit. With Tweets like the one above, it’s great to see a director that is as engaged and excited about Ant-Man as the fans. So keep the Tweets coming, Mr. Reed!