Peyton Reed Likes Keeping Ant-Man, Who Was in Civil War, Separate From the Main Marvel Universe

Image: Captain America: Civil War, Marvel
Image: Captain America: Civil War, Marvel

Poor Peyton Reed. The director just wants to have his own, small part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to himself and his ant-based hero. He’s honestly disappointed that Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) are showing up in other Marvel movies.


Speaking to Moviefone, Reed was asked if his impulse was to play with in the Marvel sandbox as much as he could. His answer was, in a word, “no.”

No, I think we like our little Ant-Man corner of the universe. Because it’s a whole different vibe tonally, but also just in terms of who Scott Lang, who Ant-Man is: he is a guy who is maybe not so sure he wants to be like this Avenger-style, full-on superhero.

He’s got a kid, and this is the inner conflict with him, and he’s very much just like a normal guy who has come into contact with some incredible power. So, we like that aspect of kind of like it being its own little corner of the universe.

Which is actually nice. Every other one of these sequels has ramped up the action and the set pieces to near incoherence. But, that said, Civil War did make Reed a little disappointed:

Again, that is one of the sort of things where it’s a mixed bag. When I first found out — gosh, I don’t know, two years ago, a year-and-a-half ago — that “Civil War” was going to get the Giant-Man premiere, I was like “No!” But, now, I’ve since recovered, and we have a lot more in store for Scott Lang in this movie.

We get to see the Wasp debut — we’re all about the Wasp and Ant-Man. So I like it, because we spend a lot of time with our different writers and directors, and there’s a lot of crosstalk, and I love that.

Oh, poor man. They took a big reveal out of an Ant-Man solo movie and put it in a movie that also revealed Spider-Man and Black Panther for the first time. That would make me a little sad. At least Reed got to take solace in getting to reveal the Wasp. Of course, she’s also going to be in the fourth Avengers movie, so Reed’s probably bracing for something else to be taken away from him there.

Just let him have these characters, Marvel.


Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.



“Every other one of these sequels has ramped up the action and the set pieces to near incoherence”

They. . . Have? Do you have any basis for that one? Examples? Sure, the airport scene, but I don’t think that was close to the scale of any number of scenes in prior Marvel movies. Both Avengers movies in particular. Define incoherence ? If anything I think the action has improved, as a rule.

“Just let him have these characters, Marvel.”

Uh . . . Why? He signed up to basically finish off a movie that was halfway done by Edgar Wright before he arrived, and delivered a perfectly enjoyable but hardly stellar entry into the Marvel movie canon. Since when was he the guy who particularly deserves to be exempt from the same deal every other director signed up for in the full knowledge that their characters would appear elsewhere ?