Peyton Reed: Cassie Lang is ready for the Young Avengers

The director of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania says Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton) has to be part of the Young Avengers if the Marvel movies ever decided to explore that storyline. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is in cinemas now.

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- Cassie really learns to kick butt in this movie. Is she ready for the Young Avengers?

PEYTON REED: Absolutely. I don't know what the future is for Young Avengers, but Cassie Lang has got to be there. I think she inherits a lot of her father's skill, and I think a lot of his sort of moral compass, right? She's an idealist. She's definitely an idealist, and she's finding her voice as a young woman and as a hero. But I think she has a great future ahead of her. I think she's a leader.

- Do you think she could have a unique skill set that's separate from her father's?

- Yeah. I mean, we've set up the fact that she sort of has a little bit of Ant-Man, a little bit of Wasp. But she also has something that maybe her dad doesn't have, which is this scientific aptitude that feels more in line with Hank and Janet, right? She's spent a lot of that five years when he was gone trying to figure out how to rescue him, and she's been through Hank Pym's journals and studied quantum mechanics. So I think there's a wide range of things and places that could lead her.

KATHRYN NEWTON: I don't think she knows how to kick butt at all in this movie. I think she's a total mess. She wants to be a hero, but she has no idea what she's doing. And I think I had no idea what I was doing making this movie.

And I think, like, you see a lot of parallels between Kathryn and Cassie. Like, it was my first Marvel movie. I wanted to make everybody proud. And Cassie Lang just wants to make her dad proud.

But she's so impatient, and wants to be a hero right now. And I think she feels the guilt of her actions a lot in this movie. So she has heroic moments in this film, but I don't think she's, like, got it figured out.

You know, I trained for, like, five months, right? But it was not to look cool. It was to learn how to fall. It was to learn how to take punches and to, like, have stamina. But really, no. I don't know that she really has got it figured out yet.

EVANGELINE LILLY: Can I answer that question for her?

- Yeah.

EVANGELINE LILLY: You did make us all so proud, and I would die to see you in a Young Avengers movie. I'd be so there in a heartbeat. It'd be so fun.