Peyton Reed, the director of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, has confirmed that Corey Stoll’s Yellowjacket from the first Ant-Man film is indeed the live-action MODOK in the third installment.
It has been speculated, theorized, and touched on already that Corey Stoll’s MODOK and Yellowjacket are one of the same, however, Reed’s latest comments on the matter have officially cleared the air.
Peyton Reed Confirms MODOK’s Origins
During a recent interview with ScreenRant.com’s YouTube channel Screen Rant Plus, the topic of MODOK was raised with Peyton Reed, sparking quite a detailed response from the director. Reed is asked what “inspired his [MODOK] connection the the ‘Ant-Fam’”, the “Ant-Fam” being the Pym and Lang family members from the movie.
“We talked a lot about, as we were developing the story, MODOK has been waiting in the wings, I think, for a while” is what Reed first had to say about the introduction of the live-action version of MODOK. Reed continued to say “we hit on an idea of, as we were going to bring our family into the Quantum Realm in contact with Kang, how could Kang know about the Ant family? and then it occurred to me, that you know, what happens to Yellowjacket at the end of the first Ant-Man – and it dawned on me ‘what if?’”.
Pitching The Idea To The Team
Reed continued to talk about pitching the idea to the team and then talking to Corey Stoll about the idea of revealing Stoll’s Darren Cross from Ant-Man to be MODOK in the MCU.
“I pitched the idea to Stephen Broussard (Producer, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania) and then to Kevin [Feige] and we ran with it, and I remember calling Corey Stoll on sort of talking to him about ‘what if this happened?’ and him giggling on the other line and is like ‘if you guys do that then I’m in’ and he loved it cus he’s a comics nerd too – but yeah, we were able to do it and I’m thrilled”.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania comes to cinemas on the 17th of February, 2023.
Source: Screen Rant Plus on YouTube