Michael Douglas shares that there have been talks about Ant-Man 3, but no concrete plans yet - at least none that he's aware of. Debuting as Hank Pym, the original titular character, in Peyton Reed's 2015 film Ant-Man, the veteran actor reprised his Marvel role again last year in Ant-Man & the Wasp.
Sadly, Hank, alongside his whole family - Michelle Pfeiffer's Janet Van Dyne and Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne - were among the unfortunate half of the universe who were affected by Thanos' snap in Avengers: Infinity War. While it's still uncertain what exactly happened to them after The Decimation, people are already wondering if they will see them in potentially a third Ant-Man movie installment.
Although no official word has been given yet, Douglas recently said that there have been rumblings about Ant-Man 3. Speaking to the press during the TCA (hat tip ET) to his Netflix show, The Kominsky Method, the actor spoke about the possibility of seeing him again as Han Pym on the big screen in the threequel.
"There's been talk [about another Ant-Man]... [but] there's been nothing formal right now that I know of. They always kind of spring it on me. The first time you hear about it, it's already in its third rewrite."
If a third Ant-Man movie never happens, what are the chances that fans will at least see him in Avengers: Endgame? Douglas was understandably tightlipped, emphasising how tight security is with these Marvel films. "You know I can't say a word about that. They have one of those machines that, as soon as you say the word 'Avengers,' a blowgun comes to the side of my neck," he said. It can be remembered that last year, Sebastian Stan let it slip that both Douglas and Pfeiffer will be part of the much-talked about pivotal scene in Endgame. Not much is known regarding this particular sequence, regardless, fans have the confirmation that they'll see the original Ant-Man & the Wasp, as well as Hope, on the big screen again.
Considering that Ant-Man & the Wasp paved the way to introduce the Quantum Realm - something that is expected to play a big part in Endgame, it doesn't seem likely that Marvel Studios will just abandon the Ant-Man franchise just like that. Many sub-series in the MCU have (or will have) three entries under their belts, and it's safe to say that the Paul Rudd-led franchise will be no exception. However, assuming that Reed is brought back for the threequel, he will actually be the first director to finish three standalone movies under one banner in the MCU.
Aside from the expected further exploration of the Quantum Realm, the sequel may have also set up the villain for Ant-Man 3 by already casting Michael Cerveris playing the role of Elihas Starr aka Egghead. In the comics, the character is mainly known as an antagonist to Pym's version of the hero. Ant-Man & the Wasp revealed that Ghost is the daughter of Starr which would make for an interesting dynamic since Ava has since then turned around and became an ally for the heroes.
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