When "Ant-Man" arrived in theaters, Marvel fans were swept into a world they didn't realize existed, one that took place between the previous eleven films that make up the studio's Cinematic Universe. Namely, that before Tony Stark donned his first armor, and while Steve Rogers was encased in ice, the world was protected by Ant-Man and the Wasp.
In an interview with CBR News -- to be posted in full later today -- "Ant-Man" director Peyton Reed said that when it comes to Hank Pym's [Michael Douglas] other, bigger superheroic incarnations, "it's such a crucial part of his character in the comics, I think to ignore that would be crazy."
Asked whether audiences should be prepared to see Pym's larger personas in the sequel -- specifically, Giant-Man and Goliath -- the director indicated he just might have something planned. Though whether it means Paul Rudd's Scott Lang will gain a new ability, or we'll get another glimpse into Pym's past remains to be seen.
"[T]here's a lot of rich stuff. Not only with the different sort of super heroic identities that he had in the comics, but just his psychology," Reed told CBR. "I mean, we do set up in the movie that when Scott says to him, 'Why don't you just put on the suit?' He's like, 'I can't. I did it for a long time, and it took a toll on me.' It's like, 'Well, what does that mean, exactly?' I think there are a lot of things that we're going to explore in the next one that will explain a lot of that stuff."
"Ant-Man and the Wasp" is slated arrive in theaters July 6, 2018.