When you make a massively successful movie (Ant-Man grossed over $500 million worldwide), the obvious thing to do is stick to the winning formula. However, when you have a production as tumultuous as it did (with original director and writer Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish leaving part-way through), this isn’t always possible. With this in mind, Marvel have done the next best thing by rehiring screenwriters Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Transformers 5, Leave) for sequel Ant-Man And The Wasp.
According to Deadline, the two are back after doing uncredited rewrites on Ant-Man alongside Adam McKay and Paul Rudd, this time officially as part of the production, with Peyton Reed returning as director, and Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas all confirmed to be reprising their original roles.
Again, it’s a decision that makes sense considering how well the first film worked, but this time around it’ll be a different proposition all together. The first film still very evidently bore Wright and Cornish’s fingerprints, and while Reed, McKay and Rudd did a perfectly good job, it’ll be interesting to see how they get on when starting from scratch.
Another thing to consider is that by the time Ant-Man And The Wasp comes about, Captain America: Civil War – which Rudd’s character is involved in, on the anti-Registration side, naturally – will have taken place. Considering that Ant-Man was a relatively insular addition to the MCU, it’ll be interesting to see how the small matter of Scott Lang being an Avenger (if the Avengers even still exist after Civil War) affects the story. As ever, only time will tell…
Ant-Man And The Wasp will be released in cinemas on 6 July 2018. You can find out more about the characters and the comics that inspired them by picking up the latest edition of 100 All-Time Greatest Comics.