Earlier this week, Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed commented on the differences between the original film's villain and the sequel's in an interview with io9, that got horribly misunderstood by fans and media alike.
TONIGHT! Tune in to the Marvel Studios' "#AntMan and #TheWasp" red carpet premiere LIVE from Hollywood. Watch for interviews, games, and more fun with the cast: https://t.co/i1Rvn417vx #AntManAndTheWasp pic.twitter.com/BTDJvkfS6p— Ant-Man and The Wasp (@AntMan) June 25, 2018
When Reed took over from Edgar Wright's departure due to creative differences, he was thrilled with the concept of a Marvel heist film, but was less enthusiastic about the film's villain, Yellowjacket. Comparing him to an Iron Man foe, Reed commented that the villain just had a "similar power set" as the hero, and that he was "hellbent" on doing something different with Ant-Man and the Wasp.
However, Reed took to Twitter after "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Director Hated Yellowjacket" articles were drafted up, to clarify that he actually feels the opposite way, and that his comments were taken out of context.
There have been a couple of clickbaity headlines claiming that I’m not a fan of Yellowjacket, the villain in ANT-MAN.— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) July 3, 2018
For the record: I LOVE Yellowjacket! I LOVE Darren Cross, I LOVE Corey Stoll’s performance, and I LOVE the design of the character.
Thank you for listening.
"There have been a couple of clickbaity headlines claiming that I’m not a fan of Yellowjacket, the villain in ANT-MAM," he tweeted. "For the record: I LOVE Yellowjacket! I LOVE Darren Cross, I LOVE Corey Stoll’s performance, and I LOVE the design of the character.Thank you for listening."
Just because he wasn't a fan of the character's similar power set doesn't mean that as a director, he didn't feel like he could use that character to tell a significant story. It is nice, however; that Reed was able to craft an entirely new foe for the film's sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, due out this Friday, June 6th, 2018.