While Marvel Studios is known for taking risks on oddball properties, Ant-Man was arguably one of its biggest. Despite featuring a hero whose power is getting small, the film managed a solid reception and a respectable enough box office to warrant a sequel in Ant-Man and the Wasp. For those still on the fence, Ant-Man made a huge impression in this year’s superhero showdown, Captain America: Civil War, and tested as many moviegoers’ favorite role in the ensemble. No small feat, considering the film featured over half of the existing MCU (plus Black Panther and Spider-Man).
But Paul Rudd’s size-shifting hero wasn’t the only noteworthy member of the Ant-Man team. Michael Peña managed to steal more than a handful of scenes as the hero’s best friend and partner-in-crime, Luis, in the first Ant-Man movie. It has been unclear since the sequel was announced whether or not Peña would be returning too, with even the actor himself expressing uncertainty about the possibility.
THR has now shed light on the matter, revealing that Peña will be appearing in Ant-Man and the Wasp in the first half of next year – when the film enters production, in order to make the July 2017 theatrical release date that is currently being reserved for the sequel by Marvel Studios.
It’s worth noting that the THR article in question isn’t about Ant-Man and the Wasp, but Peña’s upcoming starring role in The Bringing. The film is a horror thriller, inspired by a true story about a woman found dead in a water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. As of now, there has been no official announcement from Marvel Studios that Peña is returning, so THR’s information about Peña’s upcoming schedule may have come from his own reps.
With Ant-Man and the Wasp still a couple years away from release, plot details are still unsurprisingly sparse, but returning director Peyton Reed is promising the film will include “stuff in it that you’ve never ever seen in a movie before.” With the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne still lost in the Microverse, the first film begged for further exploration of that dimension. This would certainly fulfill Reed’s promise for a unique experience, but may not provide many ways for Peña’s character to interact with the adventure. If we’re lucky, he’ll at least appear in more than a single scene (or two).
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.