Michael Douglas in Ant-Man 2

There’s a lot of exposition and setup in Ant-Man. Most superhero origin stories take their sweet time getting their hero into the costume, and this Marvel film also had to build up to that third-act heist. One of the reasons why all that information wasn’t a slog to watch was because of Michael Douglas. His charming presence — and his amazing voice — makes the exposition go down smoothly.

Thankfully, he’s returning for Ant-Man 2, titled Ant-Man and the Wasp. Learn more about Michael Douglas returning for Ant-Man 2 after the jump.

Some actors are hesitant to sign a contract with Marvel, since they generally require actors to appear in seven or eight movies. What if they get sick of playing the character by film no. 4? Michael Douglas actually didn’t sign one of those contracts, only attaching himself to the first Ant-Man.

I’m not signed up to anything more. I’ve learned a whole lot and would look forward to more if it comes my way but if not I’ve enjoyed the experience. Now that I understand a bit more about Hank Pym too. I think in this one I had to carry a lot of plot and exposition. In the next one I hope things get a little more bizarre… the Quantum Realm!

Ant-Man and the Wasp will most likely further explore the good doctor’s relationship with the Quantum Realm. Pym had some misconceptions about the Quantum Realm and, in the sequel, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him grow obsessed with it.

Speaking to Collider, Douglas revealed negations are underway for his return:

I just got a call recently — they want to negotiate for a sequel and I thought ‘That’s great!’ Hopefully, I won’t have to carry quite as much expositional 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 Peña — I’m sure he’ll 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 Peyton Reed too. It was a lovely experience, so you know, I welcome it. I chuckle about being involved with a movie that already has a release date in 2018. Ya know, it’s hard to conceive of that, but it’s all good, all the way around, it’s all good.

Director Peyton Reed is indeed coming back for round two. For the sequel, I hope they put Michael Peña and Michael Douglas in more scenes together. They both have very different comedic energies in the first film, and it’d be great to see the two of them bounce off each other more.

Ant-Man and the Wasp will open in theaters on July 5th, 2018.

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