Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania does something quite interesting by taking what was seen as a “palate cleanser” franchise and forcing its small-time hero to take on the biggest villain they have yet to face in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jeff Loveness took on the daunting task to bring this new film to life alongside Marvel veteran director Peyton Reed.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Loveness actually reveals how he may have gotten the job and that was his pitch that established the connection that would tie Ant-Man and Kang the Conqueror together, the loss of time.
What probably helped me get the job was drawing the connection between Scott Lang and Kang the Conqueror. I’m a die-hard comics fan, but I don’t think they’ve ever had a conversation together in the comics. So, in the room, when I found out about Ant-Man 3 and that they were considering Kang as a villain, an idea just popped into my head of like, “Oh yeah, Kang the Conqueror is a time god. He’s this time pharaoh who’s lost more time than Scott Lang in the MCU.” And so that helped me put a very personal touch on it.Jeff Loveness
He goes on to highlight that he pretty much “had a blank canvas” going into the project, but did highlight that Peyton Reed did have some ideas that he could eventually build the entire plot around; especially the visit of the Quantum Realm and a “more epic scale.”
That was pretty much it. When I walked in, I had no idea what to expect, but we basically had a blank canvas, so you just laid it out like it was. Peyton really wanted to do a tonal shift for this movie. He wanted it to be a more epic scale. He wanted it to be set primarily in the Quantum Realm, and Kang the Conqueror was on the table. So that was pretty much where I jumped off of, and it just seemed too good to pass up.Jeff Loveness
He highlights the joy of tackling a big-budget “action-adventure movie” and the challenge of trying to balance the tones. With his comedy background, he saw it as a fun venture to tackle something this unique within a connected universe like the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter