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Released in the shadow of “Avengers: Infinity War” (much like the first film), “Ant-Man And The Wasp,” was nevertheless a summer hit and a nice, playful antidote to the grim seriousness of the ‘Avengers’ epic. Directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring It On,” “The Break-Up,”), the filmmaker inherited the “Ant-Man” franchise under controversial and questionable circumstances—Edgar Wright and Marvel parted ways last minute on his iteration of the superhero movie. With only a few weeks left before production, the screenplay was rewritten by its star Paul Rudd and Adam McKay, and became a modest-sized Marvel hit in the summer of 2015.
Marvel was plenty pleased with Reed, and he’s put his full stamp on “Ant-Man & The Wasp,” the sequel which sets the first female superhero as the co-lead of a Marvel film. The film ups the scale, but keeps the humor and family intimacy of the film intact, also using necessary expository dialogue in a witty, playful manner.
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“Ant-Man & The Wasp” blew by its predecessor by more than $100 million at the worldwide box office and has proven a viable, smaller version of a Marvel franchise. We spoke to Peyton Reed about being a kind of dual sequel—to “Ant-Man” and the impacting events of “Captain America: Civil War”— following in the footsteps of Marvel’s flagship Titan, sequels and more. “Ant-Man & The Wasp” is now on Blu-Ray/DVD and digital distribution services everywhere.
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“Ant-Man & The Wasp” is a perfect kind of antidote to the somberness of “Avengers: Infinity,” were you mindful of that?
Well, we always knew we would follow ‘Infinity War,’ and we know it ended, but from the beginning, we were just trying to expand on the tone and characters that we created in...
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