It’s got to feel pretty good to be Peyton Reed these days, not only did he lead Ant-Man to box office success, but he did so after many fans were calling jinx once Edgar Wright left his dream project under a cloud of creative differences. Of course, many thought that Ant-Man was a long-shot to be another slam dunk entry into the Marvel Studios canon, but Reed proved the doubters wrong with a movie that was funny, action-packed, and with some memorable new characters. So it’s only fitting then that Reed is being given the chance to take on the upcoming sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
The Hollywood Reporter says today that Reed has entered into negotiations with Marvel Studios to helm the 2018 sequel to Ant-Man. It makes sense given that Reed was able to pull together a winning and charming movie with just a couple of weeks of prep time, and more than that, everyone had forgotten about the Wright drama as soon as the flick hit the screen, and enjoy it on its own merits. Reed also proved himself adept at creating a self-contained plot that while having ties to the grander Marvel Cinematic Universe never overwhelmed the main story. The whole Falcon fight at Avengers HQ was his idea.
As to what the sequel will entail is still unknown, presumably Marvel will want to sign a director before choosing a direction. What we do know is that the sequel will reunite Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man with Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, who, as we saw in Ant-Man’s post-credits scene, will inherit her mother’s mantle as the Wasp. Likely other members of the Ant-Man supporting cast, like Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, will also return.
Ant-Man and the Wasp will be in theaters everywhere on July 6, 2018.
Source: Coming Soon