After years of being stuck in development, Marvel Studios was finally able to release Ant-Man, a movie starring their smallest hero, in 2015. With it being stuck between Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, it could have been easy for it to be lost in the shuffle. However, even after losing Edgar Wright as the director, Paul Rudd was able to lead the film to being a success on all accounts. Marvel was so happy in fact that they announced a sequel would be included into the already packed Phase 3 schedule.
With Rudd back in the suit and in the writing room, he will have the pleasure of working even more with Evangeline Lilly, as Wasp is set to have a very large role and was even added to the title. Although Ant-Man and the Wasp is still two years away, Rudd and company are already working on the script.
During a recent interview with ET Online to promote his upcoming film Sausage Party, Rudd was asked about the lack of announcements surrounding the upcoming sequel. After all, this was the only non-Avengers Phase 3 movie to not be mentioned during Marvel Studios' Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con. There is apparently not much to say because they are early in development:
"We've been coming up with the story, just turned in a treatment, but it's so preliminary. We'll see. We have an idea of what it might look like, but it could change a lot from where we're at now. So I don't really know. There's not really anything concrete I can tell you."
Even though the script is still in the early stages, the crew has time to work out the necessary pieces and cast any addition roles. With the movie likely not heading into production until next summer, Rudd would have time to work on the script up until that point, but will likely be involved in some aspect with Avengers: Infinity War and Untitled Avengers shooting for nine months straight starting at the end of the year. One of the faces he could end up sharing screen time with is newcomer Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, who he happens to be a big fan of:
"I love that. Love Brie Larson. I think she’s incredible... I think we’ve very lucky to have Brie Larson in the fold."
As the cast for Avengers: Infinity War continues to grow, it is only a matter of time before these characters cross paths. Even if they somehow do not meet while Thanos reigns down on Earth, both Rudd and Larson figure to be a part of Marvel's plans beyond Phase 3.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: ET Online