Hank Pym will be back to assist Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) in Ant-Man and The Wasp, Michael Douglas confirmed the news via Collider that he’s onboard.
"I just got a call recently - they want to negotiate for a sequel, and I thought, 'That's great!’. Hopefully, I won't have to carry quite as much expositional dialogue as the first one, but I had a wonderful time doing it. Just a great, great time.”
Like many Marvel fans, I had a hard time getting over the departure of Edgar Wright as director and wasn’t sure that Paul Rudd’s bountiful charm would be enough to carry the whole thing. Turns out I was wrong, Ant-Man was a heap of fun and offered a lighter entry in the MCU with a deliberately smaller threat to humanity. Douglas was on fine form and that ‘great time’ he had on set translated to a charismatic performance, he’s not been this much fun since Wonder Boys.
Director Peyton Reed will resume his duties and Adam McKay has been linked with taking on script duties. The Anchorman director and Paul Rudd did a rewrite of the script that Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish had turned in; it’s safe to assume that Rudd will have some input even if he hasn’t been named as a co-writer.
While Ant-Man didn’t take Winter Soldier or Guardians of the Galaxy money, a powerful run in China pushed it over the $500 million mark giving Ant-Man a higher final tally that the first Captain America and Thor. We will see Rudd back in the MCU next year as part of the massive ensemble of superheroes in the eagerly awaited Captain America: Civil War. The first trailer will debut in cinemas ahead of screenings of Star War: The Force Awakens next month.
Ant-Man and The Wasp will buzz into cinemas on June 6, 2018.