The recent release of Ant-Man and the Wasp got me thinking about what could have been with the first installment in the Ant-Man franchise. Back before production officially started on that film, acclaimed director Edgar Wright was attached to direct. But because of “creative differences” (he said, “I wanted to make a Marvel movie but I don’t think they really wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie”), he was eventually replaced at the helm by Peyton Reed.
Ant-Man and the Wasp reminded me a lot of Solo: A Star Wars Story. This isn’t in the sense that they have similar plots or characters, but just in the sense that they were sort of letdowns after the colossal *hits of Infinity War and The Last Jedi. (*The Last Jedi was a box office hit, but a highly divisive film in terms of its quality.)