Ant-Man 3 Director Defends Controversial Decision to Exclude Fan-Favorite Character

Credit: Marvel Studios

Credit: Marvel Studios

We're pretty sure many of you have already seen Marvel Studios' opening salvo for Phase Five Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and chances are, you were among the folks who were bewildered after finding out that Michael Peña's obnoxiously hilarious character Luis wasn't part of the sequel.

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Credit: Marvel Studios

While Luis isn't exactly a headlining character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it can't be denied that he was one of the show-stealers in the first two Ant-Man films. Peña previously played coy on his Quantumania involvement but fans were expecting him to reprise his role.

Now, the director of the latest polarizing MCU film Peyton Reed is finally addressing his controversial call. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Reed defended his decision not to include Luis in the film, saying there were already too many characters involved. He already revealed that the character was never part of the film's earlier versions.

Reed explains: "There were no versions of this movie [with Luis]. There are a lot of characters in the movie. We obviously have our Lang, van Dyne and Pym family, but then we also introduced Kang, MODOK and all of our Freedom Fighter characters. So we had to make decisions early on about what stories we could tell and what stories we couldn’t tell."

Also Read: Is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Worth Watching?

Ant-Man 3 surely didn't skimp out on the comedic moments but I think we can all agree that Luis was criminally taken out of the film. He could've at least been featured on the film's opening act before our heroes were transported to the Quantum Realm and it still would have worked.

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is showing in cinemas.

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