A defining element of the current third phase of the Marvel Studios films seems to be that the non-“Avengers” film are eschewing all but the most basic of links to other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Doctor Strange” ties into the MCU only through a few mentions and teases in its final moments. James Gunn has indicated the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel will have even less MCU connections than the first film.
Then there’s “Ant-Man”. Director Peyton Reed was asked by Moviefone this week if he has an impulse to play within the Marvel sandbox as much as he could in the upcoming sequel. His response:
“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.
We get to see the Wasp debut – we’re all about the Wasp and Ant-Man. So I like it, because we spend a lot of time with our different writers and directors, and there’s a lot of crosstalk, and I love that.
The “Ant-Man and the Wasp” film is slated to shoot early next year and is currently targeting a July 2018 release.