Out of all the key players of Marvel’s box office hit, only Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are officially locked down for Ant-Man and the Wasp as the two title and indeed diminutive superheroes, but with Peyton Reed teetering on the verge of a return and now Michael Douglas expressing his own interest in reprising Dr. Hank Pym, Marvel shouldn’t have much of a problem when it comes to getting the band back together.
With a 2018 release date now in place, we’re still a ways away from seeing Rudd and Lilly take flight on the big screen, but as Collider has revealed, Marvel is already in the thick of the planning stage when it comes to its Ant-Man sequel.
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In an interview with the outlet, Douglas revealed that he has indeed been contacted about the possibility of reprising his role in the superhero follow-up, and while he didn’t openly commit to the project there and then, the actor remained confident that he’ll be a part of the ensemble – Michael Pena included! – in a few years’ time.
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. The cast was fantastic. Paul, Evangeline, Michael Pena – I’m sure he’ll be back. If they can scrape Corey Stoll off the wall, I’m sure they’ll want him too – he’s such a good villain. And Peyton too. It was a lovely experience, so you know, I welcome it. I chuckle about being involved with a movie that already has a release date in 2018. Ya know, it’s hard to conceive of that, but it’s all good, all the way around, it’s all good.
Should Peyton Reed sign along the dotted line, we can expect Ant-Man and the Wasp to whisk us away to “weird, unique and different territory” when Marvel’s sequel scurries into theaters on July 6, 2018.