Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd, Peyton Reed
Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd, Peyton Reed (Photo: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com)

Peyton Reed has signed on to direct a third ‘Ant-Man’ solo movie.  Though it isn’t confirmed at this point, it is expected that Paul Rudd will return as the titular hero, a.k.a. Scott Lang, a former crook-turned-Avenger.  This third movie is reportedly planned to begin filming in late 2020, or early 2021, for a 2022 release date.  Disney already announced its slate of Phase 4 films at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, which carries the studio into 2021.

This is what Marvel Studios has in the pipeline for the next two years:

  • May 1, 2020 – ‘Black Widow’
  • November 6, 2020 – ‘Eternals’
  • February 21, 2021 – ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’
  • May 7, 2021 – ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’
  • November 5, 2021 – ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

‘Ant-Man 3’ joins ‘Blade’ and ‘Black Panther 2’ as part of Phase 5, but none of those has a specific production or release date lined up.


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Reed signed on to direct the first ‘Ant-Man’ after Edgar Wright had spent years developing the project for Marvel, but stepped away due to “creative differences.”  It went on to make $519.3 million at the global box office, while its sequel, ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ earned $622.6 million.

Evangeline Lilly co-stars as Hope Van Dyne, who adopted the guise of The Wasp in the sequel, and returned in ‘Avengers: Endgame’.  Michael Douglas plays Hope’s father, Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, and Michelle Pfeifer joined the fun in the sequel, portraying Janet Van Dyne, Hank’s wife and Hope’s mother, who spent decades lost in the Quantum Realm.

Abby Ryder Fortson portrayed Scott’s daughter, Cassie, who was a little girl in the first two movies.  But after the five-year time jump in ‘Endgame’, Emma Fuhrmann replaced her as a teenage Cassie, who may eventually adopt her own superhero identity as Stature.


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Judy Greer portrays Scott’s ex-wife Maggie, while Bobby Cannavale plays her new husband, Jim Paxton.  David Dastmalchian, Michael Peña, and T.I. play Scott’s old criminal gang, who now operate a security firm called X-Con.  Dastmalchian plays Kurt, Peña plays Luis, and T.I. plays Dave.

‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ also introduced Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, Hannah John-Kamen as Ava Starr/Ghost, and Randall Park as Jimmy Woo.  It is known that Park’s Woo will return in the Disney+ series ‘WandaVision’, but he could also return for another ‘Ant-Man’ movie.

One final thought to mull over: Reed has expressed a desire to direct a ‘Fantastic Four’ movie for Marvel Studios.  Could it be that Reed signed on for a third ‘Ant-Man’ as a condition for getting a crack at Marvel’s First Family?  Hmmm…

Check back for updates on the third ‘Ant-Man’ as they arrive.  Are you excited to get another rollicking adventure with Rudd’s size-changing hero?


Source: The Hollywood Reporter