In a rare move, Paul Rudd was allowed by Marvel Studios to appear in his Ant-Man costume on HBO’s autism benefit ‘Night Of Too Many Stars’ and take viewers questions… provided he not give away too many spoilers. And in good form, Rudd managed to not give too much away about the upcoming ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’. Actually, he gives nothing away, with the exception of showing off his new suit, which is only slightly modified from the ones he wore previously in ‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Captain America: Civil War’. But if you haven’t seen the 2009 bromantic comedy ‘I Love You Man’, you may want to proceed with caution as that’s all anyone seems to want to know about.
Yes, it was all about Slappin’ da bass, mon!
Well, even if you don’t care, ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is the sequel to 2015’s ‘Ant-Man’. It will be released in about a year, on November 21, 2018. Director Peyton Reed returns to guide the adventures of Scott Lang, who was last seen in government custody after Iron Man’s team won in ‘Civil War’. In addition to Rudd, the sequel welcomes back Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, who adopts her own super identity as The Wasp, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michael Peña as Luis, T.I. as Dave, Judy Greer as Maggie Lang and Abby Ryder Fortson as Cassie Lang. Some big names are joining the cast, including Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, Randall Park as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jimmy Woo, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost and Laurence Fishburn as Dr. Bill Foster/Goliath, as well as Walter Goggins, David Dastmalchian and Joshua Mikel. The film has wrapped, so now it’s all a matter of post-production.
But perhaps more importantly, ‘I Love You Man’ was directed by John Hamburg. The script was co-written by Hamburg and Larry Levin. It starred Rudd, Rashida Jones and Jason Segel, with Jaime Pressly, Jon Favreau, Andy Samberg, Rob Heubel, Aziz Ansari, Jane Curtain and J.K. Simmons. It came out damn near ten years ago.
After you track that down in a $5 bin at Walmart, you can catch Paul Rudd as Ant-Man next in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ on May 4, 2018.