The following contains mild spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Ant-Man and the Wasp stands largely on its own as the 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It follows up on the events of Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War, but its reliance on the broader MCU is minimal. There are no significant appearances by other big name heroes, after all.
When Ant-Man and the Wasp was first being written, however, Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) friend, Cap[tain America], had a hilarious cameo. Chris Evans almost got to be a player in Luis’ (Michael Peńa) retelling of Scott’s history to Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins).
Director Peyton Reed discussed the original idea, and the decision to scratch it, with Radio Times.
“Early on, we had a version where we were going to do a quick version of the tarmac fight from Civil War, with some ridiculous thing where, you know, Captain America has Ant-Man as a baseball and throws him. Because the whole thing is Luis’ version of events, right?
“We came up with all these ridiculous visuals.
“It kind of felt like we’d referenced Captain America: Civil War so much, let’s just do our own thing there.”
As funny as that cameo sounds, Reed made the right call. Ant-Man and the Wasp has more than enough laughs. Also, Cap already has comedic cameos in Thor: The Dark World (via Loki) and Spider-Man: Homecoming. You don’t want to overplay that card.
Despite limiting the presence of The Avengers to name drops, Ant-Man and the Wasp is performing just fine at the box office. It will pass the domestic box office total of the first film ($180M) in the next week or so. It is also on pace to surpass $600M worldwide, well above Ant-Man‘s $519M in 2015.
SOURCE: Radio Times