Paul Rudd Cites Beloved MCU Movie as Inspiration for Ant-Man 3

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We're now just a few weeks before Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania arrives in theaters and fans are anticipating to see what they have in store for the first Phase Five film in the MCU. Based on the trailers that they released so far, it looks like it will be the most epic one yet in the Ant-Man trilogy.

There is no doubt at this point that Quantumania will have a very different tone from the first two films and it's the most ambitious one yet in the character's trilogy since it will explore the Quantum Realm even further and formally introduce Kang the Conqueror.

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In a recent discussion with Empire Magazine (via The Direct) about the upcoming film, Paul Rudd revealed that his third solo as Ant-Man is also inspired by the beloved MCU entry Thor: Ragnarok, which was also the God of Thunder's third solo outing in the franchise.

"I really didn’t have time to do it, but we kept talking during the process. I kept thinking about Thor: Ragnarok, where it was like, 'Whoa, we can’t believe this is the third one, it seems so different.' There was something appealing about doing something unexpected," he said.

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Director Peyton Reed also added that they were pushing for a bigger scale for Ant-Man's third solo film which is why it all led to this. He noted, "We wanted to really pivot into something on a much larger canvas. And also that went darker than you might expect."

Jeff Loveness, who wrote the film, also compared Quantumania to an Avengers film given the scale. "The first discussions we had was, ‘What if Ant-Man is accidentally in an Avengers movie by himself?," he explained.

It is interesting to hear that Thor: Ragnarok is cited as the inspiration for Quantumania which tells us that the film will indeed balance the fantasy/science-fiction and comedic elements while also the stakes being higher for the heroes.

There's still a lot more curiosity for the film as we're now getting closer to its release. Whether it does feel like Thor: Ragnarok or not, it is exciting to see what the film has in store and how it will continue the momentum of the Multiverse Saga.

Also Read: Ant-Man's MCU Fate Post-Quantumania is Already Sealed Teases Paul Rudd

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set to release in theaters on February 17. You can check more details about it here.