With Ant-Man and the Wasp released for digital download, we can now watch our favorite scenes repeatedly from the comforts of our couches. There is, indeed, a smorgasbord of hilarious scenes to choose from, including any with Jimmy Woo. However, one of these scenes that we want to put on repeat has got to be the visually striking car chase scene through San Francisco. We had more than just questions about that scene for the film’s director, Peyton Reed, though.
Speaking with CBR, Peyton Reed opened about the pressure of tackling a sequel to a fan-favorite property, the importance a Hello Kitty Pez dispenser took on in his film, and his desire to make Ant-Man a full trilogy.
CBR: Did you feel the pressure of having Ant-Man and the Wasp taking place following Infinity War?
Peyton Reed: I think as a director I felt pressure from every angle. Ant-Man and the Wasp is really the first sequel I’ve ever directed, so most of the pressure for me is kind of, you know, self-imposed pressure. I’ve never done a sequel, so I wanted to do everything possible to make it even bigger and denser, and hopefully more funny, and as emotional, maybe more emotional than the first one.
It was also the first time we were going to see Wasp. We were going to see Hope van Dyne in the Wasp suit. I definitely felt like this is a huge opportunity, and we really want to get it right. So, I worked really closely with Evangeline, and we all worked together to come up with what we hope is a really dimensionalized character.
Scott loves being Ant-Man, but it always brings him negative consequences. What do you think brings him back to being Ant-Man time and time again?
Reed: It’s absolutely true. Every time he’s put on that suit, it’s brought some incredible complication to his life. At the beginning of Ant-Man and the Wasp, it seems like he’s really put it behind him and wants to just be a part of his daughter’s life, but events conspire that he has to put the suit on again. I do think it’s that kind of thing that maybe as much as you try to run away from your destiny, your destiny is gonna catch up with you. There’s a world where he’s destined in one way or another to be that hero.
But I do like that we had fun with the idea there’s partnership. At the beginning of the movie, I don’t think anybody looks at Hope van Dyne and looks at Wasp and says like, “Oh, wow, she needs a partner,” but events conspire in this specific rescue mission that they actually do need Scott, so it’s a reluctant partnership at the beginning of the movie.