During the next few weeks we will slowly be rolling out more news about Captain America: Civil War. The ensemble film is unlike anything fans have ever seen in any Marvel Cinematic Universe film. And as such we will try to post the least amount of spoilers.
However, this latest bit isn’t so much of a spoiler, but is about a character that didn’t make the final cut. We sat with a group of journalists during the film’s press conference where Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told us that Wasp was in the early drafts of Civil War. Check out what he had to say below.
Almost all of the heroes we have seen in the MCU films that have been released make an appearance in Civil War, with the exception of Hulk and Thor. However, Wasp appeared in the earlier drafts, and much like Black Panther and Spider-Man, this would have been the character’s introduction as an official hero in the MCU. Here’s what Feige said told us:
“There were drafts where Wasp participated in splash panel fight — the airport battle. The truth is, it took away the fun of seeing her suit up for the first time and seeing her on that road to being a hero. We experienced that with Ant-Man in his own movie. We experienced that with Spider-Man in many movies, and we have big plans for her in unveil her in a movie where she can be in the entirety of Ant-Man and The Wasp, rather than being a moment in an action scene”
It’s not as though everyone involved didn’t want Wasp to be in the film. The fact that she was in the drafts indicate there was some interest. But what Feige is saying is true. It would not have been fair for the character herself if she were introduced in such a way that didn’t service the story. Such an introduction deserves to have more than just a moment to be a part of a splashy action sequence. The film is already introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man into this shared universe, and adding one more would have put too much on the plate. In fact, her introduction alone may have hurt the character as a whole.
While not seeing the Wasp fly in Civil War is a bit of a disappointment, if that means it will give Ant-Man director Peyton Reed more time to flesh out the character in the sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, then I am all for it.
Disney will release Captain America: Civil War into theaters on May 6th. Ant-Man and the Wasp is scheduled to be released on July 6th, 2018