Peyton Reed has opened up about Cassie Lang’s Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania role.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, with Cassie Lang now a young adult as a result of the five-year time jump that occured after the Avengers were defeated by Thanos and his forces in Infinity War. During a recent interview, Quantumania director Peyton Reed revealed Cassie’s age in the theequel, along with new details about how much she’s changed over the past few years.
“I think we’ve all grown [with] what we want to do with the movies and how we see the character [and] the family dynamics after the events of [Avengers: Infinity War] and Endgame,” the Quantumania director told Nerdbunker (via ComicBookMovie.com). “It occurred to us, ‘Well, Cassie’s going to be 18 in this movie, that’s great.’”
“The whole theme is time and how much time he’s missed and his main motivation is just, ‘I want time with my daughter.’ And now he’s coming into contact with a villain in this movie, Kang the Conqueror, who has dominion over time, and what does that mean to them?”
“I love the idea of Scott still relating to Cassie as a kid, but she’s not, she’s a young adult now,” Reed continued. “She has her own ideas of what it means to do good in the world and she’s trying to find her voice as a hero. She can also be a little critical of her father. That seemed really rich, something very relatable with families, because you don’t always tell your parents everything that you do, they don’t always tell you everything they’ve experienced.”
Kathryn Newton is the third actress to take on the role of Cassie Lang in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Abby Ryder Fortson played a young version of Cassie in the first two Ant-Man movies before being replaced by Emma Fuhrmann as a result of the five-year time jump of Avengers: Endgame. Fuhrmann was then recast with Newton for Quantumania.
The Ant-Man series evolves
Fittingly enough, Paul Rudd’s standalone Ant-Man movies have been small in scale compared to other solo films in the MCU. However, given Scott Lang’s integral role in Endgame, he has since become a vital part of the Avengers, and his contributions involving science thanks to his collaboration with Hope Van Dyne and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) have certainly been integral. Now that Kang the Conqueror is involved, it’s safe to say that this will be Lang’s biggest threat yet.
Directed by Peyton Reed from a script written by Jeff Loveness, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania also features Michelle Pfeiffer and Bill Murray. The film is currently slated to hit theaters on on February 17, 2023.