Although Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was chosen to kick off Marvel’s Phase 5, it is also the third film in Ant-Man’s personal saga. In a new interview, director Peyton Reed explained that he’s always thought of the films as a trilogy – though he hasn’t ruled out more Ant-Man movies in the MCU’s future.
Speaking to Lifehacker Australia, Reed explained that his vision for the Ant-Man films was influenced by the films he grew up with. “I think deep down, for an optimistic person, you think, oh, it would be great to do a trilogy of these films,” explained Reed. “I grew up with trilogies, Back to the Future, Star Wars, the Indiana Jones trilogy. So for me, it’s like I treat that as a three-act structure of this story.”
“There were things in the first film and the second film that we put together that I really wanted to make up for in this film – in terms of character, setting – and culminate in this encounter with this great villain,” added Reed. . The inclusion of notorious Marvel supervillain Kang the Conqueror is also the reason Quantumania was chosen to lead Phase 5, Reed said, describing it as a “kind of depth charge for the MCU.”
Reed also promised that Ant-Man 3 will be bigger and more epic than its predecessors, including many returns to elements that were introduced in the first two films. “The third movie in a trilogy isn’t always the best,” he explained. “I thought about changing that, let’s make this (one) the most epic but also the most intimate that deals with things on a grand scale but really strengthens and broadens the family dynamic and the character.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania hits theaters on February 17.
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