The first half of 2018 was certainly dominated by the success of Marvel films, two of which were productions from Marvel Studios and the other from Fox. The overall themes and tones of both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War were much more serious than Fox’s Deadpool 2, which had fans flocking to the R-rated comedy almost as much as the former two. Now, as we start the second half of the year, Marvel Studios is back in the cinema as Ant-Man and the Wasp opens today, and while it isn’t expected to put up the kind of box office numbers that Panther and Infinity War pulled, fans of the MCU will certainly be showing up.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is a much-needed reprieve from the incredibly high stakes of Infinity War. While the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and everyone else was battling Thanos and the Black Order, Ant-Man was stuck on house arrest due to his involvement with Captain America during the events of Civil War. Also returning to Ant-Man and the Wasp will be Hope van Dyne, Luis, Dave, Kurt, and Cassie, along with Dr. Hank Pym played, once again, by Michael Douglas.
While promoting the film, Douglas sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk Ant-Man and the Wasp, and during the interview, he gave his thoughts as to why he believes Marvel continues to see unprecedented success with their comicbook films:
“Each picture, I think they decide upon their big action set pieces, which they set up early on, so they get a lot of time for prep, and then they work their way in. And then, when you get to more character scenes, depending upon the actors, they allow a lot of leeway. So, Michael Peña, for one, comes up with all this wonderful wiggy, wiggy stuff. Paul Rudd’s another one that does that. And I think they encourage that, and it gives you kind of the freshness that I think separates the Marvel pictures from the rest of these superhero films.”
Each franchise also has its own feel, with this film following the lead set by 2015’s Ant-Man, but they’re still able to bring them all together when it’s time. Douglas also discussed more about the film in the full interview below!
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 3, 2018