Earlier this week, it was reported that CHIPs star Michael Peña had been left in the dark about Ant-Man and the Wasp, thereby casting doubt on whether his fast-talking Luis will have a role to play in Marvel’s 2018 sequel.
Considering that Pena’s cunning crook was arguably one of, if not the best supporting character in Peyton Reed’s hit original, Marvel fans were aghast. But thankfully, Peña has now walked back his comments regarding Ant-Man 2 to confirm that Luis will return after all. Whether the actor’s original statement was simply a faux pas or a breakdown in communication is anyone’s guess, but while chatting to LRM (via Screen Rant) about his upcoming role in the R-rated CHIPs reboot, Michael Peña put any and all rumors to bed.
Next on Peña’s plate is the alien invasion movie Extinction, which is coming by way of Universal and director Ben Young (Hounds Of Love), but a return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is also in the cards, as the actor revealed during a recent interview with LRM:
“So, I’m doing Extinction next, that’s a Universal movie. And then I’m doing Ant-Man, Part 2.”
With a working title reportedly locked in (spoiler: it’s Cherry Blue), and lead stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly all on board to return, one would assume Ant-Man and the Wasp will be hauled in front of the cameras sometime this year. We will, as always, keep you posted as more information comes to light.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is currently booked in for July 6th, 2018. Aside from CHIPs, moviegoers can look forward to seeing (and hearing!) Michael Peña in A Wrinkle in Time and Warner Bros. offshoot, The LEGO Ninjago Movie.