For the most part, critics love Captain America: Civil War, and judging by the massive amounts of money it’s made so far during it’s opening weekend in the United States, so have moviegoers. Which is amazing since the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe includes several legacy characters and a few new additions to the roster. Or what would otherwise be seen as a nightmare for the directors, writers and other creative staff involved. So far, directors Joe and Anthony Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely haven’t done that bad.
According to a new interview with Mashable, however, it seems Markus and McFeely almost tried to squeeze a bit too much into the mix. That’s because the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter-turned-Wasp, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) were almost a part of the big battle at the airport. McFeely thought that “In the case of Wasp, [we left her out because] it was really kind of ruining a good story point for her in her own movie.” Markus agreed, noting that to include her this early before Ant-Man and the Wasp would be to say “her shootout moment isn’t enough to be presented dramatically, which is just not true.” As they later explained it, the Civil War drafts featuring Pym and Van Dyne “existed in a world where they hadn’t shot a frame of Ant-Man.”
As for Pym’s inclusion, Markus and McFeely were less protective than they were regarding Lilly’s character. “There was one not very good draft where Hank Pym shows up,” Markus said, which elicited laughter from his writing partner: “We won’t speculate on what Hank Pym did, but he wasn’t as helpful as he needed to be.”
It’s nice to know that, while Ant-Man was still in progress, two of Marvel Studios’ chief key-holders were already thinking about how to incorporate Dyne’s Wasp.