The family theme that courses through the veins of the Ant-Man movies has always made them stand out in the MCU; they hit differently. ANT-MAN AND THE WASP QUANTUMANIA offers no exception in this theme. and Director Peyton Reed explains why family is at the heart of the story and the characters.
QUANTUMANIA Interview with Peyton Reed – The Importance of Family in the Ant-man Movies
After the events of Avengers: Endgame, Scott Lang has penned a memoir, “Look Out For The Little Guy,” (a real book, by the way), while continuing to explore life as a Super Hero couple with Hope Van Dyne.
Hope is championing humanitarian causes, and their family—Hope’s parents, Janet Van Dyne and Hank Pym, and Scott’s daughter, Cassie—are finally part of their day-to-day lives. Scott wants nothing more than to have a “normal” life for his daughter and to make up for lost time.
However, it turns out Cassie shares an affinity for science with her new family, especially with regard to the Quantum Realm (QR). Janet tries to warn them about the QR when she learns what they have been working on, but the warning comes too late as Cassie has inadvertently built a one-way ticket to the subatomic world of the QR. The world, filled with strange new creatures and inhabitants, is also ruled by the powerful multiversal Kang the Conqueror, and time is of the essence if the Lang-VanDyne-Pym family wants to make their way home.
The Ant-Man movies have really always been about family. -Peyton Reed
Kicking off Phase 5 of the MCU, Quantumania is the fast-paced, big-screen adventure MCU fans want with all of the heart and humor they expect. “The Ant-Man movies have always been about family,” says director Peyton Reed.
“In Quantumania, we’re deepening and complicating the family dynamic while painting on a much larger canvas. We dipped our toe in the Quantum Realm in the first couple of movies, and this time, we wanted to give the movie an entirely different look: It’s an epic experience.”
Reed says that Qunatumania is a “generational story about a family of heroes: Scott Lang, who is not a billionaire super scientist or anything getting sucked into this world, and Hope Van Dyne, who is the legacy daughter of two superheroes, Michael Douglas [Hank Pym] and Michelle Pfeiffer [Janet Van Dyne].
“So it’s this generational thing. And now, young Cassie Lang, who is probably Scott’s biggest motivating factor. Obviously, he’s an Avenger. But it’s really about work-life balance and finding time with his daughter. It’s the most important thing.”
Reed continued to discuss the family theme and its role in Quantumania.
“In Quantumania, one of the things we’ve done is really broaden that story and start talking about the secrets that family members keep from each other,” Reed said. “At the beginning of the movie, very quickly we find out that maybe Janet hasn’t told the family about her 30 years in the quantum realm. Maybe Hope and Hank have not told Scott about what they’re working on with Cassie down in the basement. And maybe Cassie hasn’t told her dad about time she might have spent in jail. So everyone’s keeping secrets from Scott at the beginning of the movie and then suddenly, they’re thrust into the quantum realm and they have to kind of work out these family dynamics while being in this bizarro whacked-out world.”
ABOUT ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA
Super Heroes Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) return to continue their adventures as Ant-Man and The Wasp. Together, with Hope’s parents Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Scott’s daughter Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton), the family finds themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures and embarking on an adventure that will push them beyond the limits of what they thought possible. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige and Stephen Broussard, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania also stars Jonathan Majors as Kang, David Dastmalchian as Veb, Katy O’Brian as Jentorra, William Jackson Harper as Quaz and Bill Murray as Lord Krylar. The sci-fi adventure opens in theaters on Feb. 17, 2023.
Runtime: 125 mins
Director: Peyton Reed
Producers: Kevin Feige, Stephen Broussard
Executive Producers: Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito, Kevin de la Noy
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Kathryn Newton, David Dastmalchian, Katy O’Brian, William Jackson Harper, Bill Murray
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is in theatres February 17, 2023
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