Not long ago, Marvel revealed that not only was Ant-Man getting a sequel, but that said follow-up…titled Ant-Man and The Wasp…would arrive during Phase Three in Summer 2018. Most hoped/assumed that the original film’s final creative team would carry over, but nothing was confirmed at the time. While we’ve all assumed that star Paul Rudd and current Marvel golden boy Adam McKay would pen the script again, the involvement of director Peyton Reed was up in the air. Happily, that is no longer the case.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reed is currently in negotiations to return to the director’s chair for Scott Lang’s sophomore solo adventure. While nothing is final just yet, I can’t see this deal falling apart. Rudd and Lilly are both signed for the sequel and I would assume that the majority of the supporting cast is as well. That means we should be seeing more of Lang’s lovable trio of pals (Michael Pena, T.I. Harris, David Dastmalchian) and his family (Abby Ryder Fortson, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer) too. Here’s hoping Greer is actually given something to do this time.
Michael Douglas did not sign for multiple films, but judging from the huge smile on his face both in the film and in interviews, I don’t think we have to worry about him re-upping for a longer contract. As for plot? We don’t know jack. That said, there are a number of ways this could go, beyond obviously looking for Hope’s mother, Janet. There’s also plenty of room for another flashback to young Hank and young Janet doing their superhero thing in the 1960s. Villain-wise you could go the easy route and have William Cross (aka Crossfire) seeking vengeance for the death of his brother. That’s a little too simple and cliche, however, though I wouldn’t be against him as a secondary villain.
The logical move here would be to target some of the untapped tech-based villains from Marvel’s vast array of comics. While there are plenty to choose from (Living Laser, Technovore, Black Knight, etc.) the clear winner for me is MODOK and AIM. If ever there was a time and franchise to use the sheer craziness that is MODOK, this is it. If he isn’t used here, I certainly hope he is at least locked for Ant-Man 3. The fun that Rudd, McKay, and Reed could have with that villain is almost immeasurable.
Regardless of whomever they choose to mess up Scott, Hope, and Hank’s day, the big discussion and point of fan-casting here will be the original Winsome Wasp: Janet van Dyne. This year’s delightful film smartly sidestepped casting when it came to Janet and now they have plenty of time to get it right. Judging from Feige & Marvel’s casting choices on everything so far, I have no doubt that they will knock this one out of the park. The same goes for the great creative trio here, now that they have ample time to craft the film they want to make this time, instead of scrambling to save a troubled prep ahead of an impending shoot.