Watch: The Ant-Man 3 cast talk Star Wars
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has been called the most Star Wars-like Marvel movie yet, but its star, Paul Rudd, thinks that if Disney ever decided to cross the streams of those two franchises there would be trouble.
“These two universes I think are pretty good on their own," Rudd tells Yahoo UK. "I think if there was a crossover between Star Wars and Marvel it would just be rioting in the streets for diehard enthusiasts. Maybe.
"Some would think it's the greatest thing ever.”
“Peyton [Reed, the Ant-Man director] actually worked a lot on The Mandalorian," he adds. "Some of the technology we used to shoot this movie they used in The Mandalorian – the whole thing about the volume, which I'm sure you've heard about.”
StageCraft, ILM's version of shooting on the volume, was used when filming The Mandalorian and Peyton Reed used it sparingly when shooting Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Michael Douglas, who plays Hank Pym in the film, persuades himself that anything is possible.
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“I can't even imagine,” says Douglas. “I mean, it's beyond my comprehension. I'm not that analytical. I have no idea. Lucasfilm is a separate company that’s owned by Disney. I don't know if they would take each other’s product. But who knows?
"I mean, listen, after this, I'm seriously looking at redoing my will to protect my name and likeness after I pass away because I'm sure we're right around the corner [from] where we're gonna be able to recreate actors at any age, with their voice and all of that.
"So anything is possible.”
Director Peyton Reed, meanwhile, is also uncertain – and suggests that in fact the original Marvel comic books could well have influenced Star Wars rather than Star Wars having shaped Quantumania.
“I don't know about the potential for a crossover,” says Reed. “But I know that in creating the Quantum Realm, we really keyed off the original – I think as far back as the ‘60s – Marvel Comics [and the] Microverse, which is possibly one of the things that even influenced Star Wars. But it's like this whole other subatomic world with all these different civilisations and things.
“Star Wars is one thing, but I think we really pulled from a lot of ‘60, ‘70s, and ‘80s science fiction; graphic novels; heavy metal magazines, certainly; and science fiction paperbacks; and all these different influences. But we wanted to, in all the design work, make stuff unique to the subatomic world and to really play with scale. That was the most important thing.”
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have a history of referencing one another’s works in their own universes – there’s a Yoda costume and Star Wars toys in E.T. and there are E.T.s (aka Asogians) in The Phantom Menace.
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Perhaps Star Wars in the MCU, and vice versa, is best left as Easter eggs, such as Peter Parker’s collection of Star Wars collectibles.
But given what we know about both the fictional Multiverse and the theoretical real-life Multiverse, it’s very possible that Star Wars as we know it could exist in a different dimension within the MCU. And it wouldn’t necessarily be just a gimmick.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is in cinemas now. Watch a trailer below.