Will There Be an ‘Ant-Man 3’? Here’s What Peyton Reed and Evangeline Lilly Say
Ant-Man will return in Avengers 4 in 2019, but what do we know about the future of Scott Lang in the MCU after that? Will there be a proper third installment in the Ant-Man series?
Right now, Marvel is keeping its future plans fairly close to the vest. In fact, the only MCU movies that have been officially scheduled for after Avengers 4 are Spider-Man: Far From Home and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Other movies like Black Panther 2 and Doctor Strange 2 have been discussed but not given a date.
Recently, director Peyton Reed was asked about the possibility of an Ant-Man 3, and he said that he really hopes it happens but isn’t sure one way or the other yet.
“I think we are all interested in doing one,” he said. “There is story to tell there. Definitely. There is story we’ve talked about, potentially. I’m very, very hopeful.”
He also noted that he had no idea until about a month after the first Ant-Man came out whether there would be a sequel; it sounds like Marvel was waiting to take a look at the box office performance and decide whether to proceed with a sequel from there. Now, the same thing is true this time.
Evangeline Lilly said as much, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “At this point, my understanding is that we need to get butts in the theater seats again if we’re going to have another film. So if everyone gets out and watches it, then I would assume we’ll have another one. I hope we’ll have another one, because I really want to do it again, but I don’t know right now.”
These interviews were conducted before any box office numbers for Ant-Man and the Wasp had come in. Now that we’ve gotten an idea of how it’s going to perform, a sequel seems extraordinarily likely.
After all, the movie got off to a great start with $11 million on Thursday night, even higher than Doctor Strange, a film that went on to have an $85 million opening weekend.
Box Office Mojo is currently projecting that Ant-Man and the Wasp could make somewhere between $83 million and $105 million in its opening weekend. Anywhere in that range would be a big win for Marvel, especially considering the first Ant-Man opened to $57 million. If Ant-Man and the Wasp truly does nearly double the opening weekend gross of the original film, there’s no way we won’t be getting a sequel.
So what might a third Ant-Man look like? Well, needless to say, Hope, Hank, and Janet would all be back, having returned to life due to the events of Avengers 4. Other than that, one interesting storyline to explore might be an older Cassie Lang becoming a superhero herself.
Cassie is constantly saying throughout Ant-Man and the Wasp that she wants to follow in her father’s footsteps and be his partner, which is significant because in the comics, Cassie actually does become a hero named Stature.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige himself says that these scenes are meant to plant seeds for the future. So perhaps Scott trying to look after his daughter as she starts to get in on the action herself will be the driving force of Ant-Man 3, which could even be called Ant-Man, The Wasp, and Stature.
It’s unclear when a possible third movie would be released, but it probably won’t come any sooner than 2021, as there was a three-year gap between the first two installments. Marvel currently has an untitled film scheduled for July 31, 2021, a spot that could be perfect for Ant-Man 3.
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