Looking back on the 30 other MCU films up to this point, it is indeed a rarity for a person to receive sole screenwriting credit for one. With the exception of Joss Whedon and James Gunn who directed their own films, there are only a handful of writers who have had the same distinction: Zak Penn for “The Incredible Hulk,” Justin Theroux for “Iron Man 2,” Eric Pearson for “Black Widow,” and Michael Waldron for “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.”
Yet while Jeff Loveness may be the sole credited writer for “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” he was still operating within the Marvel movie machine. That involved working with others, including Ant-Man actor Paul Rudd. This kind of collaboration process would be natural to any film, but Peyton Reed indicated that Loveness and his writing voice were nonetheless essential in helping the creative team develop Kang’s unique, cosmic Napoleon-like energy:
“We worked really closely together throughout the entire process, and with Paul Rudd, and with Stephen Broussard, our producer, in how we were going to tell this story. But Jeff, he loves writing. The lines that come out of Kang’s mouth, he was so crucial in finding that voice. We talked a lot about, ‘What is this villain like? He’s got dominion over time. He can travel throughout the Multiverse, and what’s it like being in the presence of someone like that, and this economy of energy?’ When Kang speaks, it’s very slowly, but it’s very deliberate and you better listen, which is a very different energy than Scott Lang in this movie. And that excited us, too, putting those two energies on a collision course.”
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” opens in theaters this Friday, February 17, 2023.