Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed tweeted out a cheeky photo referencing a classic film that signals that pre-production on the Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel is wrapping up ahead of principal photography.

With a lot of the MCU hype going to flashy titles like Thor: Ragnarok , Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity Warfans have a tendency to let the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp go by the wayside. By Marvel standards, the original Ant-Man was only a modest success when it was released in 2015, overcoming original director/writer Edgar Wright’s abandonment of the project shortly before filming and somewhat lackluster marketing to over $500 million worldwide and generally favorable reviews. Most importantly, Paul Rudd’s charismatic performance and Reed’s steady and fun direction sold audiences on a potentially hard-to-take seriously superhero – setting the character up for a scene-stealing appearance in Captain America: Civil War and a sequel sandwiched in between the third and fourth Avengers film.

Reed is indeed returning for the sequel, which will make good on the original film’s post-credits promise to promote Evangeline Lily’s Hope van Dyne to super-heroic status as the Wasp. Beyond that, little is known about the film, other than the knowledge that Ant-Man and the Wasp begins filming next month in Atlanta and will run until November. As the creative team puts the final pre-production touches on the film, Reed took to Twitter to possibly share one of his influences for the sequel, posting a retro picture from the classic 1950s horror film The Incredible Shrinking Man. 

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The Incredible Shrinking Man follows a man who shrinks in size, thanks to a toxic combination of radiation and insecticide to which he is exposed. Obviously, Ant-Man and the Wasp shrink thanks to the technology in their suit, developed by Hope’s father and original Ant-Man Hank Pym (played by the returning Michael Douglas). The hints in the photo could be referencing a tone similar to this 1957 release, or a sequence that pays homage to this photo. If there’s a scene where Ant-Man and the Wasp have to use household items to solve a crisis at a small size, Reed could’ve lifted it from this film.

Besides Rudd, Lily and Douglas, Ant-Man and the Wasp will include returning actors Michael Pena, T.I., and David Dastmalchian. Black Mirror star Hannah John-Kamen has been cast in a unknown role, and unconfirmed and denied rumors have spread about the involvement of Jeremy Renner’s HawkeyeAnchorman and The Big Short director Adam McKay returned to help work on the story, and composer Christophe Beck will also work on this one.

NEXT: Ant-Man 2, Captain Marvel & Avengers 4 Filming Timetables

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