With the Marvel Cinematic Universe now well into its third phase, we're all very familiar with seeing many different heroes crossing back and forth across films. However, the director of Ant-Man would much rather keep his character to himself. Peyton Reed thinks that Ant-Man, by virtue of how different he is within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is just better off in his own space. He's just not really like the rest of the Avengers.
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. 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.
While Ant-Man did a perfectly good job working alongside Cap in Captain America: Civil War Peyton Reed isn't wrong in his comments to Moviefone. Scott Lang is completely unlike the rest of the MCU as we know it. While he isn't without skills, he was drafted into becoming a superhero by other people. His motivations for doing it have less to do with a driving desire to do good, and more to do with wanting to keep his own family safe. The fact that Scott Lang even has a daughter sets him apart from the rest of the heroes of the MCU.
Of course, as Peyton Reed was the director of Ant-Man, and he also directing the forthcoming sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, it's clear that Reed feels an ownership of the character that most others within the MCU may not feel. Jon Favreau has let Iron Man go at this point. The Russo Brothers are not only in charge of Captain America, but the entire MCU. The only director that's in a similar position to Reed is James Gunn, but thus far he hasn't had to worry about crossovers messing with his characters. We can totally see how having Giant Man show up in somebody else's movie could be frustrating. You want those moments for your film.
We're happy to see Paul Rudd play Ant-man wherever we can get him, even if he maybe doesn't quite fit in a lot of the other MCU films. Ant-Man and the Wasp is set for release in the summer of 2018.