While Marvel went in one direction in 2016 with the R rated romp Deadpool, their more PG friendly version Ant-Man in 2015 was met with warm acclaim. Despite a modest reception in comparison at the box office. Making a healthy $519.3m return on investment, the Paul Rudd picture is now gearing for a follow up.
Simply titled Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Michael Douglas is set to reprise his role as former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Hank Pym, posting the announcement on his Facebook profile. Standing in front of the original movie poster, the 72-year old Basic Instinct star remarked alongside the image: "Getting ready to play Dr. Pym again in Ant-Man 2 shooting in July. Need to start growing the goatee now. #antman #marvel."
Getting ready to play Dr. Pym again in Ant-Man 2 shooting in July. Need to start growing the goatee now. #antman #marvel
Forward Thinking a Change of Pace for Douglas
Despite his decades of experience in the field of film, being attached to a monster of a franchise in the MCU is a surprise. Even to someone like Michael Douglas. Speaking about the sequel, he does indicate that the wheels were in motion three years ahead of time.
"I just got a call recently and they wanted to negotiate for a sequel," remarked Douglas. "I thought, 'That’s great!' Hopefully, I won’t have to carry quite as much exposition and dialogue as the first one, but I had a wonderful time doing it, just a great, great time. The cast was fantastic. Paul (Rudd), Evangeline (Lilly), Michael Pena, I’m sure they’ll probably 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 crew wise too, Peyton (Reed). It was a lovely experience, so I welcome it. I chuckle at being involved in a movie that already has a release date in 2018. It’s hard to conceive of that, but it’s all good, all the way around, it’s all good."
True To Form, Ant-Man News Flies Under Radar
As if it were to shrink down to minuscule size and go completely unnoticed, Ant-Man and the Wasp has required a rewrite by Adam McKay and the star Paul Rudd himself. As The Batman gets lambasted from every corner of the industry for being in chaos, Marvel have played the PR game well to keep fans of the franchise assured that all is well behind the scenes.
Speaking of the change in screenplay late last year, Rudd was keeping his cards close to his chest. "We've been coming up with the story," admitted the actor. "We just turned in a treatment, but it's so preliminary. We'll see. We have an idea of what it might look like, but it could change a lot from where we're at now, so I don't really know. There's not really anything concrete, I can tell you."
Ant-Man and the Wasp will open in theaters July 6, 2018.