ByDena Pech, writer at
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Potential spoilers ensue!

Ant-Man and the Wasp will bring some exciting things to the Marvel cinematic universe. Peyton Reed has the production from start to finish, giving him the creative chance to show his passion for the comic book superhero. The sequel will be coming right after and will feature the franchise's first female co-lead, which is something we've been all waiting for.

Michael Douglas has also confirmed his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, returning as Hank Pym. This could lead to some interesting story arcs. It would be a delight to see the original Ant-Man suit up for the first time on screen, and here's why:

The Parental Mentor Dynamic

Having one hero inherit the mantle of another is a classic storyline, but it's also meaningful to see them work together. For example, on The Flash, the most important speedster besides Barry Allen is Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp). Having Garrick don his suit alongside the current Flash was a sight to see; it gave Barry a father-son relationship that he'd never had.

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[Credit: The CW]

It would just be very cool to see two Ant-Men at work. Just like how they did it in The Flash, the relationship between Scott Lang and Hank Pym can further be explored. Scott would have endless jokes about an old man in a suit; Hank Pym could prove him wrong by showing him some old tricks of the trade. It would be quite fun to have them one-up each other, since Scott and Hank’s relationship was one of the highlights of the first film.

Another strong highlight from the first film was the relationship between Hank and his daughter Hope. Their father-daughter relationship had hatred and anger, a serious step that Marvel needed to balance its lighthearted formula.

Having Hank suit up as Ant-Man with his daughter as the Wasp would make for some great storytelling. It could resemble the tragedy that Hank suffered in the past, losing his wife Janet when she entered the Quantum Realm. Ant-Man and the Wasp could have a scene that resembles the tragedy, but with a triumphant mission instead.

It Would Complete Hank's Arc From Ant-Man

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[Credit: Marvel]

Hank was always hesitant in the first film. He was damaged, and the suit had taken a toll on him — hence why he needed Scott Lang to take the mantle and stop Yellow Jacket. After finally revealing to Hope about what happened to her mother, Hank found some closure with the tragedy. But when Scott entered the Quantum Realm and came out alive, Hank finds motivation once again.

Ant-Man ends with Hank in a pensive state, finding purpose and confidence in himself — hence why he finally gave Hope the wasp suit that she deserves. Ant-Man and the Wasp could continue Hank’s motivation to find Janet, which could have him suit up and do the mission himself.

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Two Ant-Men, Two Wasps?

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[Credit: Marvel]

Marvel announced Ant-Man and the Wasp, suggesting it would be the adventures of Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne. On the other hand, Marvel loves to be cryptic, and Ant-Man and the Wasp may have a double meaning. It could very well mean the introduction of the old and new generation of the duo.

If the story leads us to find Janet, Ant-Man and the Wasp has the potential to carry its series into future phases as its own little team of miniature superheroes. The old and new generation could make appearances in future Marvel movies. It would make for a fun way to spread Hank's legacy around the MCU, and share the spotlight with the Stark name.

Michael Douglas could wear the Ant-Man suit in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and it would be such a fun thing for him. Mentors don't always have to take the sidewalk; they can hop back in the driver's seat. Scott has a lot to lose, and maybe he has a limit. Hank Pym is old, and his newfound motivation could take him for one last go in the suit.


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