Ant-Man released on home video this week alongside the rest of Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - in one big cool collection (check it out, here) - and to build up hype the occasion, Marvel is making moves in planning its sequel. Ant-Man and the Wasp is scheduled for release in summer 2018 and will bring back Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and the rest of the surviving cast from the first film, including Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.
On the creative side, director Peyton Reed will also return, getting the chance to build the next movie from the beginning this time. Reed promises Ant-Man and the Wasp will be much "weirder" and embraces a totally different genre. Adam McKay, who also came in at the last minute on Ant-Man, expressed in numerous interviews that he's interested in returning to help plan out the story for the followup and we can finally confirm that he is indeed coming back, along with two other Ant-Man writers who have so far gone under the radar.
Deadline reports that Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari have signed up to pen the script, joining Paul Rudd on the writing team. McKay will join them on breaking the story before the other three head off to write the scipt. The pair actually spent six months helping writing Ant-Man during production but went uncredited so it's good news for everyone involved that the surprise runaway success of the first movie is allowing them all to come back - this time, with more control and time in planning out a full feature from the beginning.
Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari are quickly climbing the screenwriting ranks of Hollywood after earning notice for their Black List script for Die In A Gunfight. They also joined the writer's room for Paramount's Transformers shared universe initiative and reportedly will write an animated prequel for that franchise.
As for McKay, he could be embedded in the Marvel Studios family for the long haul and has been the subject of much speculation about potentially directing Inhumans, the first movie of Phase 4. Here's what he told JoBlo while promoting his upcoming film, The Big Short:
"Oh absolutely. I was weaned on Marvel as a little kid so I’d do anything for Marvel. I know they’re talking about ANT-MAN 2 so I let Feige and Paul Rudd know, I’m on deck man man, gimme the call because I had so much fun doing the first one."
Stay tuned for our own Adam McKay interview next week!
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017; Spider-Man - July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok - November 3, 2017; Black Panther - February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 - May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp - July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel - March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.