Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man has done well enough at the global box office for the studio to green-light a sequel, titled Ant-Man and The Wasp, with key members of the film's cast and crew alike to return. Writer/director Adam McKay (Anchorman 1 & 2) was brought onboard to revise the Ant-Man script after filmmaker Edgar Wright left the project, but his involvement with the sequel remains up in the air for now.
In a reshuffling of Phase 3 in October, Marvel Studios announced that Ant-Man and The Wasp will arrive in Summer 2018. Returning for the sequel is director Peyton Reed, along with stars Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Evangeline Lily (The Wasp). Weeks later after the sequel announcement, Ant-Man passed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, reassuring Marvel Studios’ decision to green-light the sequel.
Adam McKay in an interview with THR, talked about whether he will be returning for the sequel:
“I was talking to [Paul] Rudd about it the other day. We’ll see what happens, but that would certainly be fun. I loved working with Marvel. And I have a couple of projects in development. One of them is more dramatic, one’s more comedy, still with a little bit of political teeth to it. And there’s a TV show idea I’ve been kicking around.”
While McKay did not give a definitive answer on the Ant-Man sequel, it seems he might not be done with Marvel just yet. Earlier this year, various reports came in that McKay would be hired on as a director of an unnamed Phase 3 film with odds put on the upcoming Inhumans movie.
However, a lot has changed since earlier reports on McKay, including the reshuffling of Phase 3, which not only added Ant-Man and the Wasp, but delayed the Inhumans movie by about a year. On top of rumors that Inhumans might be pushed back to Phase 4, McKay might have more time to write the script for the Ant-Man sequel after all.
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.