If Guardians of the Galaxy was deemed an exercise in risk-taking the year before, many believed that Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man would be the first film to release under the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a box office failure. Lo and behold, thanks to a likeable hero in Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang and a huge international audience, the studio is pushing ahead with the adventures of its bite-sized hero with Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018.
For many, it’s a success story that came as a pleasant surprise, and while promoting his role in The Fundamentals of Caring at Sundance Film Festival, SuperHeroHype recently spoke with Paul Rudd about said success and Ant-Man’s growing role in the MCU overall.
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First up, the actor touched base on the status of the superhero follow-up, which is currently incubating in pre-production as the writing team involved nail down a script.
“I know that when I signed up for it that there was always the potential that they’d do another one or it would tie in in some way, but specifically, I wasn’t aware and I’m still not totally aware of how that’s the case. We are doing a second one, so those meetings are starting to be scheduled and underway as far as what it’s going to be. We’ll start writing it soon.”
Speaking of which, with Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari on board to pen the script alongside Rudd, he then went on to discuss Captain America: Civil War along with Ant-Man 2, and how Marvel have been overly accommodating when it comes to scheduling other roles in and around both planned sequels.
“It’s been very easy. Marvel’s been great, as far as if I have something else and they’ll work around it. It’s not like I’m working on a series which might be a little trickier as far as schedule. I worked on ‘Civil War’ and I didn’t really work on it for very long, but as far as ‘Ant-Man 2,’ I already know when that’s going to go, so you just kind of plan accordingly. If anything comes along that I can film before or after and it works out time-wise and it makes sense, Marvel’s been supportive.”
Paul Rudd’s diminutive hero can next be seen rubbing shoulders with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in May’s Captain America: Civil War, before rejoining Evangeline Lilly for Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6, 2018.