Like Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy before it, last summer’s Ant-Man defied expectations and became another successful installment in the vaunted Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite very public turmoil behind-the-scenes, the Paul Rudd-led flick surprised audiences with its humor and heart. Not surprisingly, its success quickly led to the announcement of a sequel. Both Rudd and co-star Evangeline Lilly will return for 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, along with director Peyton Reed.
But what about Hank Pym himself, Michael Douglas? While nothing is confirmed or final yet, in a recent interview with Collider, Douglas did mention that he has been contacted about a return:
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.
Douglas’s turn as Scott Lang’s mentor was one of the best parts of the film. Having him onboard for the sequel seems like a no-brainer, and honestly it’s a bit surprising they’re only now starting to reach out to him. Yeah, I know the movie doesn’t come out for another 3 years, but still. That’s Michael Douglas. Get the deal done, people. It should only be a matter of time before everything is officially official, and with all the primaries back (one would assume Michael Pena will also return), it will be great to see the next chapter in the Ant-Man (and Wasp) saga.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is scheduled for release on July 6, 2018.
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