Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Humor and Civil War’s Lasting Impact

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Ant-Man and the Wasp is the sequel to 2015’s superhero film Ant-Man.  But it is the third movie with the character of Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man.  Paul Rudd reprised the role for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War.  Ant-Man fought beside Captain America.  And the government put him prison because of it.  Thus, Ant-Man and the Wasp could not gloss over this major event.

CIVIL WAR CONSEQUENCES

At a press conference for Ant-Man and the Wasp, director Peyton Reed talked about the fall out from Civil War.  He stated, “What was cool about Captain America: Civil War is we could not ignore what had happened to Scott Lang in that movie, in this movie.  And it gave us an organic jumping off point. Because my first reaction was what would Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne think about Scott taking the suit and getting involved with this and fighting with the Avengers?  Well, they’d be pissed off [LAUGHTER].”

“So, it really gave us this whole starting point where it’s like, well, what if they were estranged at the beginning of the movie, as a result of this?  You know, there are ramifications of the Sokovia Accords and Scott being on house arrest. And it really gave us a really, a natural starting point. From the get go.”

HUMOR AND SEQUELS

Paul Rudd, who plays the titular Ant-Man, helped write the movie’s script.  He specifically worked on the humor for the characters.  Paul also wrote for the first Ant-Man movie doing the same thing.  Speaking about the difference writing for a sequel he said, “Well, one of the things that was kind of nice is it gave us, I felt, a little bit of leeway.  To lean into something maybe a little harder than we would have been able to at first.  Because now the character has been established and we’ve seen Scott in two other films.”

“People buy the abilities.  They buy me in the role.  They understand the rules.  So, it felt as if we had a little bit more freedom to… you don’t play into the humor.  Would Scott do this, would he make this, would he say this kind of thing,  would he make this kind of choice?”

“Whereas I think the first time around we were still… modulating and so that was one of the really fun parts about this. I feel like we kind of went into it with a let’s try it.  Let’s go, let’s go.  People know who this guy is already.”

Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters July 6, 2018.

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