Ant-Man Helmer Talks Prequel, “Civil War”

Though he came in late to the game, filmmaker Peyton Reed took charge of Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” film and now doesn’t seem to want to leave the party.

Speaking with ComicBook.com, Reed says not only would he be happy to return to the story to direct a follow-up, he’d love it to be a prequel about Michael Douglas’ character – the original Ant-Man Hank Pym:

“Listen, if we were lucky enough to be able to do a sequel or even a prequel, I’d be way into it. I’ve really fallen in love with these characters. I was always in love with the characters in the comic book world, but there’s a lot of story to tell with Hank Pym.

Growing up reading comics in the late ’60s, early ’70s, as a really young kid, he’s one of the defining characters in the Marvel Comics universe [to me]. Hank Pym is one of the most compelling characters in the Marvel comics world.”

The new film focuses mostly on his successor Scott Lang (Paul Reed), but a prequel and its setting would allow for some classic character inclusions such as Pym’s wife Janet Van Dyne.

Reed himself has grown protective of the character, which means when Paul Rudd shot scenes as Ant-Man for “Captain America: Civil War,” Reed had already consulted with ‘Civil War’ directors the Russo brothers to make sure those scenes fit with the tone of “Ant-Man”. He tells ET Online:

“I had the Russo brothers, who are directing Captain America: Civil War, brought into the cutting room. So, I show them a bunch of footage from Ant-Man because they were gonna be working with Paul. I felt very protective about the character. I was like, ‘No, he wouldn’t say that, he would say this!’ It was great. It was a great back and forth.”

Also as a tie-in for the film, Marvel has released a new viral video of sorts showcasing a “WHIH World News” broadcast hosted by Christine Everhart – role Leslie Bibb played in the first two “Iron Man” films and reprises here. “Ant-Man” opens in cinemas on July 17th.