‘Ant-Man’ director Peyton Reed has clarified a connection between Marvel’s latest movie and one of its next - 'Doctor Strange’.
Entertainment Weekly reached out to Reed to, who goes on to explain more about the possible link between his micro-sized heist movie and Scott Derrickson’s mysterious 'Strange’ movie. WARNING: Spoilers follow.
This all stems from a comment made by Marvel president Kevin Feige last year. He said that with 'Ant-Man’ the studio is “scratching the surface of the Marvel mindtrip, the mind-bending natures of reality, which is something that we’re going to completely go off the rails with in 'Doctor Strange’.”
If you’ve seen Ant-Man you’ll know the sequence. It takes place during the final act and sees Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang shrinking down to a sub-atomic level, entering the so-called Quantum Realm, a psychadelic dimension within our own.
Asked about this, Reed responded somewhat cagely: "There may well be a link between the Quantum Realm and alternate realities and parallel universes and 'Doctor Strange’. The definite link is that psychedelic era of the Marvel comics world — the late ’60s, early ’70s stuff.”
EW then asked Reed about the chances that the Quantum Realm may be further explored in a possible sequel, a question to which he was much more forthcoming. "It was something that Adam McKay (co-writer brought in to tinker with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s script) and I really wanted to bring to the Ant-Man movie,” he said.
“We knew that there was going to be a lot of shrinking in the movie, but we wanted to take it even further in the third act. There’s a lot going on in the Quantum Realm and there’s a lot of storytelling possibilities.”
"The fact that Scott survives the Quantum Realm in the movie — which Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) said is theoretically impossible — got Hank Pym spinning again, wondering about, ‘Is there a possibility where my wife might be still alive down there?’ So it may have set off this obsession again. It remains to be seen if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.”
In the film it is revealed that Hank Pym’s wife Janet Van Dyne was lost to the Quantum Realm, thought to be dead. He bares the responsibility for what happened - eventually causing a rift with his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly). By the end of the film this is repaired, leading Pym to reveal a secondary suit to Hope - hinting that she will eventually become The Wasp.
As for the connections between 'Ant-Man’ and 'Doctor Strange’ - they’re thematic rather than literal, setting up this weridness that will continue when Benedict Cumberbatch plays the mystic next year. It’s similar to how 'Thor’ first introduced aliens and space to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which in turn set up 'Avengers Assemble’, the Infinity Gems and 'Guardians of the Galaxy’.
'Doctor Strange’ is set for release on 4 November 2016.
Picture Credits: Marvel.