“I think that he really does want to be a dad and this is, I think, his main focus,” Rudd said. “He always had a kind of love-hate relationship with it, I think, but now, I feel as if he’s accepted it.”
Basically, the Scott we’ll meet at the start of “Quantumania” is someone who’s missed out on a major period of his daughter’s life, and he wants to make up for lost time. This goal is complicated by the fact that, well, Cassie’s changed since Scott’s absence, and navigating this new dynamic with her is going to be a challenge. “Cassie’s older, you know, she has ideas of her own,” said Rudd, “So we’re trying to kind of grapple with all of that.”
So as much as Scott’s feelings on superheroes may have evolved over the years, “Quantumania” follows along with the first two films’ focus on his evolving relationship with his family members. As director Payton Reed explained alongside Rudd at the press conference:
“Everyone’s keeping secrets from Scott at the beginning of the movie and then, suddenly they’re thrust in the quantum realm, and they have to kind of work out these family dynamics, while being in this bizarro whacked out world. It is really the theme of family that, I think, is the constant of the movies.”
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” hits theaters on February 17, 2023.