Peyton Reed Has Plans for Another ‘Ant-Man’ Movie, Shares What It’s Like to Work on a Marvel Movie

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brian-mcgee - October 22, 2018

Director and noted Stanley Tucci lookalike Peyton Reed has already directed two films in the MCU—tying him with Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, and James Gunn for second place behind three-timers, the Russo brothers. Therefore, he must have a pretty good idea of what its like to work for the studio, both for better and for worse.

In a new interview with SlashFilm, Reed talks a bit about what it's like to take notes from Kevin Feige, as well as a bit about his readiness for a third big screen outing for Ant-Man and the Wasp. When asked about that first point, he says that Feige's very savvy about his productions and though it reeks a bit of, "Please, Kevin, hire me for Ant-Man 3," he seems to be fairly earnest...

The notes are always very smart. Whether you agree or disagree with his notes, he comes from a really smart place, and they come from someone who has no desire to repeat themselves, and really his chief goal is to entertain and surprise an audience. So they can come in different forms, and really as we’re in the very beginning trying to formulate the story.

It can be things we talk about like, here’s a piece of imagery that as a fan could we get this, or what if this were the case? What if we know we want to progress the Scott, Cassie relationship? What if we start dropping hints about she really is her father’s daughter, and things like that. And that can be on the backend of things and very, very specific moments as we cut screens, and things about whether jokes are played or not, or conceptual things. And it’s miraculous that he’s able to do that in a way that never feels like annoying studio meddling. I think it’s just because we all come from a place of wanting these things to kind of … You know, Ant-Man and the Wasp is the twentieth MCU movie? So you really have to kind of pivot and try and mix things up.

Sure. All of that. As far as whether or not there will be a third Ant-Man movie, he's not sure, but he's got some ideas...

I personally do have a trilogy arc in mind for them. Some of which I share with Marvel, and some of which I haven’t. But definitely where we kind of tool those characters in the second movie was very much in line with what I want to do, and I know specifics of Scott Lang was something that Paul and I talked a lot about is that in the first movie, particularly the first half of Ant-Man, he’s a little more laconic and straight forward, and a bit more straight man. And it was really kind establishing Paul Rudd as an action hero. That was something, and audiences had never seen him in that type of role. But the second time out we could have had the luxury of knowing that audiences have accepted that character. So we could really allow that character, Scott Lang, to be even funnier and take him in a direction where he’s sort of a step behind. He’s a little bit more of the … Big Lebowski-style. A little bit more Jeff Bridges.

You can read the full interview over at SlashFilm

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