Between the timing of Ant-Man and The Wasp and the absence of Paul Rudd's Scott Lang from the marketing of Avengers: Infinity War, fans have been left to wonder just how big of a role the pint-sized hero will play in Marvel's ensemble film. Although directors Joe and Anthony Russo don't answer that question, they do suggest there will be connections between the two films.
Asked during an interview with Radio Times about characters they wanted to include Infinity War but had to let "fall by the wayside," Joe Russo jokingly responded, "Like Hawkeye?" But when asked directly about where Ant-Man is during Infinity War, he recalled the events of 2016's Captain America: Civil War.
"Civil War has a big impact on everything that followed it," he said. "In that movie there are characters who are on the wrong side of the U.S. government. The audience will get to see how everyone responded to being on the wrong side, and what decisions they made that allowed them to move forward in their lives."
Regarding references to other Marvel films and comic books, Joe Russo said, "Everybody on the crew is really aware of Marvel mythology, and they're complicit in layering in Easter eggs. I would say also that Arrested Development fans should keep their eyes open." The Russo brothers, of course, directed more than a dozen episodes of the cult comedy.
Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and The Wasp stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, Randall Park and Walton Goggins. The film opens July 6.