Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Will Bring Back the Original Director

By October 21, 2015

Breaking news out of the The Hollywood Reporter and it’s not surprising in the least, seeing as Marvel’s Ant-Man was a critical and box office hit. Though most fans of Edgar Wright expected some fallout after he prematurely left the project (leaving many to wonder what a Edgar Wright directed superhero movie would look like); most fans then moved on to predict a doomsday scenario – that of a giant flop at the box office and the first big creative misfire from Marvel.

They were all wrong.

Peyton Reed, director of The Break Up, was soon tasked with bringing Ant-Man to the screen and many expected him to fold under the pressure. Instead, he delivered one of the best adaptations of the genre – even for a Marvel movie. I adored the pacing, the writing, the acting and FX – they were all pitch perfect for me and it was a refreshing entry into the MCU. It’s no surprise now that Peyton Reed will be back.

Per THR:

Less than two weeks after dating a slew of movies including an Ant-Man sequel for 2018, the studio is in negotiations with Peyton Reed to return as director of Ant-Man and the Wasp.

It marks one of the first deals surrounding Marvel’s recently dated movies. In addition to Ant-Man and the Wasp, those films include Black Panther — which moved up from July 6, 2018, to a Feb. 16, 2018 — and Captain Marvel, which was pushed out from Nov. 2, 2018, to March 8, 2019. The studio also scheduled three untitled movies for 2020.

As it says in the article, nothing is final but I expect everything to go as planned and Reed will sign on the dotted line.  Reed now joins a small unit of directors in the Marvel Movie-verse to come back a second time. Past directors Jon Favreau with Iron Man, Joss Whedon with The Avengers and James Gunn with Guardians of the Galaxy are the few to come back on for a second time after a “origin” story. For me, it’s a good call on Marvel’s part. Reed helped to not only steer the ship into peaceful waters collaborating with the studio’s mandated shared universe, but he also helped everyone forget there was ever a problem to begin with. The guy deserves a heap of praise for it all.

Sure, we will ALWAYS wonder what a Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie would look like, but that’s a wish we’ll just have to get over. For now, Reed is here to stay and I for one and happy to see him return.

No writers yet for the sequel but the first movie credits Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish and Adam McKay and Paul Rudd coming in later to rework the project after Wright left. No word yet if McKay and Rudd will be back on scripting duties.

Also, no word on actors for the project but Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are most certainly back as Ant-Man and the Wasp respectively. Aside from these two, out of all the actors to come back, I really hope Michael Douglas will return. He was a fantastic addition to the movie and shined in the part of Hank Pym, the first Ant-Man.

I’ll be sure to update the story on everything Marvel and Ant-Man as soon as they gear up to write the movie. I’ll be particularly interested to see where the characters, that of Ant-Man (and Wasp) will end up after the events of next May’s Captain America: Civil War movie which looks to shake up the entire MCU.

Ant-Man and the Wasp will be released July 6th, 2018.

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