In what really isn’t much of a surprise, Marvel is going ahead with a third Ant-Man movie.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to receive a third film focused on size-changing superhero Scott Lang, with Paul Rudd of course expected to reprise the role. THR is reporting that Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed will be staying at the helm for chapter 3.
The film will reportedly begin shooting after upcoming MCU films Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder. Michael Douglas confirmed he was returning as Hank Pym in an interview with Collider, where he also said that he’ll be filming Ant-Man 3 in January 2021.
The 2021 production suggests that the still-untitled third Ant-Man film could be scheduled for a 2022 release, although nothing official has come from Marvel. The only other MCU film officially announced for 2022 so far is Black Panther 2, which has a US release locked in for May 6 that year.
Reed, whose credits also include Bring It On and Yes Man, came on board to direct Ant-Man after things fell apart with Marvel and filmmaker Edgar Wright, who had been developing the project for years before he and the studio parted ways. Regardless of that development speed hump, things went pretty well for the film. Ant-Man was well received by audiences and critics, and went on to gross $US519. million worldwide. Reed returned to direct the sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was again well received and drew an even better box office gross of $US622.6 million.
Stay tuned for much more on Ant-Man 3 as the project develops. No writer/s have been announced as yet, nor is there word on what other cast members will be returning (although Evangeline Lilly and Michael Peña will very likely be back, as will David Dastmalchian and Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris).