Coming on the heels of the massive surprise ending of 'Avengers: Infinity War,' 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' would have been crazy to try and replicate the effect of the twisting finale. But according to director Peyton Reed, that's what almost happened. As he revealed in an interview with CBR, Reed revealed that Janet Van Dyne, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, was very nearly the villain of the movie.
The film revolved around the exploits of the titular heroes and their supporters as they raced against the clock to save Van Dyne from the quantum realm. When asked if Van Dyne was initially the villain of the piece, Reed remarked, "I can say that it was certainly one of the things that we talked about."
"We had so many discussions as we were first formulating the story. It was the big question in the movie: is Janet still alive down there after 30 years? Who is she now? How’s she been affected by the environment? It was the one thing that we really sort of had to formulate, what was going to happen to her, what it was going to lead to next, and how much of that we reveal in this movie," Reed explained.
Unfortunately, Marvel is keeping a tight lid on any and all discussion of its recent, future, or ongoing projects. "If I say or reveal anything more about Janet there’s going to be a Marvel sniper that’s going to shoot me in the neck with a tranquilizer," Reed joked. On the other hand, the director did drop a few small nuggets of information on how Van Dyne might factor into the upcoming and untitled 'Avengers 4.'
"She mentions tardigrade fields, she mentions time vortexes as these warnings to [Ant-Man] about what not to get involved in," he stated. "These things might prove valuable. They're not just randomly spouted off in the moment. But, again, part of the fun of that was putting detail in there and throwing it out for the audience to guess which ones might be pertinent and which ones might not."