The original Wasp is coming back for Ant-Man 3.
Michelle Pfeiffer, whose Janet van Dyne made her debut in 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp after getting rescued from the Quantum Realm, confirmed that she’ll be returning in Ant-Man 3, which is due to begin filming in spring 2021. She will reunite with leads Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, as Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne, respectively, and presumably, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.
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(Welcome to Great Moments in MCU History, where we fondly recall great little bits that made us fall in love with the MCU.)
Travel with me back to ancient times. Joe Biden was merely Vice President. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice still had potential to be the greatest movie ever made. Prince and David Bowie were still with us. The year was 2015, approximately one hundred years in the past.
In terms of Marvel, this was the year of Avengers: Age of Ultron and today’s subject, Ant-Man. One film couldn’t be bigger. The other couldn’t be more dependent on charm. Between the two, Ant-Man has aged better simply because successful charm will always outlast confused, if well-meaning, bombast.
This was also a Marvel era where characters had to earn their place in the Universe all by themselves. More recent Marvel films have gone heavy on team-ups to get more bang for their buck (Thor & Hulk, Captain Marvel & Agent Fury, Spider-Man & Iron Man). Ant-Man had to develop its own characters, joke structures, and action aesthetics. It also has to overcome behind-the-scenes drama as acclaimed filmmaker Edgar Wright left the project late in development, handing the reins off to the less obviously exciting Peyton Reed.
And (spoiler alert) it did overcome that drama. Ant-Man succeeded. The character immediately returned in Captain America: Civil War and later become a huge player in Avengers: Endgame. But people fell in love with him in a vacuum that had very little to do with the Marvel Universe. Having said that, the film’s best sequence does happen to be when it fully crosses over into the larger Marvel world.
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Ant-Man 3 has found its villain in Jonathan Majors. The Lovecraft Country actor has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel, and while Marvel has no comment on who he’s playing, sources indicate Majors will play Kang the Conquerer, a time-traveler with genius-level intellect. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily are both returning, as is director Peyton Reed.
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Marvel Studios is currently in a holding pattern as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep the United States in a chokehold. There’s been a longer hiatus between the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe than was initially planned thanks to movie theaters being closed and the release of Black Widow being delayed. But there are still big plans for the next era of the MCU, and we mean that literally and figuratively when it comes to the Ant-Man franchise.
Director Peyton Reed is returning for Ant-Man 3 (or maybe Ant-Man and the Wasp 2), and while he’s not able to divulge any groundbreaking pieces of information about the developing sequel, he did say that it would be “a much bigger, more sprawling movie” than the previous two installments in the franchise. Read More »
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