Why Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is missing fan-favourite character

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania director Peyton Reed has revealed why a fan favourite character from the third film in the franchise.

Michael Peña’s Luis is in both the 2015 film and its 2018 sequel, but he is a notable absentee from the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Reed confirmed the shift in location to the Quantum Realm was a major factor in Luis’s no show.

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“There were no versions of this movie [with Luis],” he began. “There are a lot of characters in the movie. We obviously have our Lang, van Dyne and Pym family, but then we also introduced Kang, MODOK and all of our Freedom Fighter characters.

“We had to make decisions early on about what stories we could tell,” he continued. “I love those characters. They were really fun, but as we got further into [development] we knew we wanted to bring the family into the Quantum Realm pretty early in the movie; it just didn’t make sense [to include Luis and co.]”

Though Peña’s future in the franchise is up in the air, his absence paved the way for Kathryn Newton to make her debut as Cassie Lang.

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Speaking about her entry to the franchise, Newton revealed that she received advice from Captain Marvel star Brie Larson: “I met Brie Larson one time – I looked at her and I'm like: 'Listen, I'm up for this Marvel role. This is really weird that I'm meeting you.' And she's like: 'If I can say anything to you, it’s [to] be patient.’”

Quantumania, which was released last Friday (February 17), grossed $105 million over the course of its debut weekend, representing the biggest opening in the trilogy so far. It hasn’t fared as well with critics, however, with its 47% Rotten Tomatoes score tying with Eternals for the lowest-rated MCU movie.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is in cinemas now.

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