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Ant-Man sequel director previews film's new suits, technology

Peyton Reed showcased storyboard images for his superhero film and the stories behind them

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The wait for Ant-Man and the Wasp is getting smaller and smaller. With Peyton Reed and crew about to head to Atlanta to begin production, the director is giving insight into the new suits and technology for his titular heroes.

During an open house for press at Marvel’s Los Angeles office on Monday, Reed showcased storyboard images for his superhero sequel and the stories behind them.

“Some will end up in the movie, some won’t end up in the movie, but it’s really a way to R&D stuff before you put it to camera,” he says, noting an intriguing image that finds Luis’ (Michael Peña) van in the mouth of a dog. Despite some reporter’s assumptions, this wasn’t a giant dog, but the vehicle had taken on the shrinking power usually reserved for Ant-Man (Paul Rudd).

“There was one idea that Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) has forwarded the shrinking and growing technology so that it’s not just necessarily the suits that are the vessels,” he shared. “Maybe it could be vehicles or something else as well.”

The advancement of the technology is having widespread affect on the entire Ant-Man world, including the evolution of the suits for the pint-sized character and his new partner Hope van Dyne a.k.a. the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly).

Teasing that the latest outfits “can do even new and stranger things,” Reed revealed that Ant-Man’s gear is a mesh of what was seen in the first film and Captain America: Civil War, albeit with a few updates.

“For Ant-Man specifically, in that first movie, the suit, intentionally so, is kind of a relic,” he said, vaguely acknowledging that Giant-Man is likely to factor into the sequel as well. “It represents his past, so this is really the new iteration that is the modern version of the tech.”

Noticeably present alongside the images of Ant-Man and Wasp’s suits was the original Wasp suit of Hope’s mother, Janet, who was briefly glimpsed in an Ant-Man flashback. That leads to the looming question, will we see her follow Scott’s lead and return from the quantum realm?

Trying to avoid letting any spoilers slip throughout the presentation, Reed slyly responds, “Only time will tell.”

Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018.