When people think of the best parts of Captain America: Civil War, it's a pretty safe bet that Giant Man is high on everyone's list. It's a huge (no pun intended) moment for Scott Lang and it's such a big geeky moment in a fight filled with geeky moments. But you have to wonder how Peyton Reed -- the guy who stepped up to plate in the final hour and helped make Ant-Man a household name -- feels about not getting to reveal such a pivotal moment in the character's history. He's admittingly pretty jealous of the Russo's, but that's okay because he has something just as good up his sleeve. He gets to reveal the Wasp.
At the 42nd Annual Saturn Awards, honoring the best of the best in genre entertainment, Ant-Man was lucky enough to get six nominations and even luckier to get a win for Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture. That makes it the fifth Marvel to win the award, beating its own brother and fellow nominee, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Modern Myth Media was able to catch up with Reed at the show and got to ask him a ton of Ant-Man and the Wasp questions. In the interview, Reed revealed that while he missed out on Giant Man, he's really happy he gets to work with the Wasp.
It's something we're excited about. For me as a comic nerd, I always thought of Ant-Man and Wasp as a team and that's a lot of what the second movie is really about is how they work together, what their personal and professional relationships are like. To show her finally fully formed in this movie is really exciting. We really get to introduce this character into that universe. I mean we've introduced the character, but we haven't seen her with her full power set and everything, so to me she's not a supporting character in this movie. It's every bit as much her movie as it is Scott Lang's.
When Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters in 2018, it'll be the first Marvel movie to feature a female character in a title role. That's a big honor for Reed and it sounds like he's more than ready to introduce audiences to the Wasp. The Wasp is one of the founding members of the Avengers in the comics, so her appearance in the movies is a long time coming. Evangeline Lily and Paul Rudd have great chemistry and it's going to feel amazing to see the iconic duo together on the big screen. That's a pretty good trade to give away Giant Man for.
The Wasp has a history of almost being in a couple of Marvel movies. She was almost used in Civil War, but she was pulled because it was deemed that the film wasn't proper for her debut. With almost every other superhero in the MCU already in that film, the Russo's wouldn't have been able to devote enough screentime to do her justice. Plus, they had already Giant Man. Gotta give Peyton Reed something. The Wasp was also originally going to be in The Avengers in the place of Black Widow because they weren't sure if Scarlett Johansson's schedule would work out. As we all know, they did make it work, and Joss Whedon cut the Wasp from the script, despite being a fan of the character.
We will finally be able to see the Wasp in all her glory in Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is currently scheduled to release in theaters on July 6, 2018.