ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Director Discusses The Disney/Fox Merger
Ant-Man And The Wasp hits theaters this week, and with positive word of mouth from critics and box office tracking at over $100 million its looking Marvel Studios and Peyton Reed have another hit on their hands. Reed had pitched a 60’s style Fantastic Four movie, now with Reed having two hits for Marvel and It becoming more and more likely that the Walt Disney Company will end up with the rights to the X-Men franchise and its huge library of characters including the Fantastic Four, its possible his pitch could be a reality.
Our friend Simon Thompson of Forbes sat down with Peyton Reed to talk about the potential of the Fantastic Four in the MCU, and Reed had this to say.
I have been asked about that because of this pending potential merger of Disney and Fox and my previous involvement with Fantastic Four. I stand by the fact that the Fantastic Four, the comics, are the crown jewels kind of thing and that I think there is still an amazing, unbelievably great Fantastic Four movie to be made. Beyond that, there have been no specific conversations about it. That merger is not even a done deal but it’s absolutely something that would be interesting particularly now because I think it’s like an insane challenge at this point. Also, I think thematically the Ant-Man movies deal with a lot of the same things that Fantastic Four does.
Reed also shared his thoughts on the potential Disney/Fox merger.
I think as a fan with a slight case of OCD it is something that feels kind of cool that these characters could all come back under the same umbrella and inhabit the same universe and mirror what Stan Lee did back in the day in the comics. As a fan, it is exciting to me to see these characters and that sort of cross-pollination. It was exciting when they brokered the deal to have Spider-man come from Sony and be in Civil War and now be in the MCU. Whether it’s X-Men characters or Fantastic Four or whoever, I have to believe that Kevin Feige has at least some general idea in his mind about how that could work. I have no idea and I’m not privy to all that but it’s exciting as a family.
You can check Thompson’s full interview with Peyton Reed over at Forbes.
Ant-Man and the Wasp stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michael Peña as Luis, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Judy Greer as Maggie, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Hannah John-Kamen as the Ghost, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne.
Ant-Man And The Wasp hits theaters tonight!