Last summer saw Paul Rudd suit up as Ant-Man to bow out Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an energetic and humorous style. The film was well received enough for the studio to commission a sequel - to add to the then already announced Phase 3 - entitled Ant-Man and the Wasp. Since then it's been announced that Paul Rudd, director Peyton Reed and Evangeline Lilley - who is becoming The Wasp - will return for what they are calling a 'weirder' sequel.
Joining them will be Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari on the writing team with Rudd, along with Adam McKay once again - in some capacity. McKay jumped in to assist on writing the first film, adding to its comic edge. Previously it was revealed that McKay - who has since taken a more dramatic edge by co-writing/directing The Big Short - would be helping break the story before the other three go off to write the script.
In an recent interview, however, it would appear that McKay is keen to help out once the other writers have decided Ant-Man and the Wasp's storyline. The interview with Vulture highlighted his intentions:
"I think they have a process they do where they bring a bunch of writers in and toss around ideas, so my hope is that they’ll write a script and I can rewrite it again, because that was a great way to work, and I got to really get my imprint on the movie and have a great time doing it."
As with Ant-Man, it's assumed then that McKay will redraft the other writers' work by adding humour of his own accord - something that was clearly felt in the first film's vibe and flow - and helped Ant-Man earn positive reviews and gross over half a billion dollars worldwide. Whilst McKay could be on the path to Oscar glory thanks to The Big Short, it's clear that the director of such Will Ferrell comedies as Anchorman and The Other Guys still has a passion for this type of more playful genre fare, having clearly enjoyed working on the first Ant-Man.
Having a talented writer/director with a comedic touch redrafting a script seems to be a trend on the rise in Hollywood. Case in point: Steven Spielberg recently had the Coen Brothers redraft Bridge of Spies, a move that also paid off with box office success and critical acclaim - not to mention, recent awards nods. McKay's return could likewise help Ant-Man and the Wasp, seeing as Marvel films like The Avengers: Infinity Wars will be towering over it on both sides when it arrives in 2018. For related reasons, it remains to be seen if the Ant-Man sequel will be able to recreate its predecessor's success, as a whole.
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.