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Peyton Reed in talks for Ant-Man And The Wasp

Ant-Man

Story by Jack Foley

ANT-Man director Peyton Reed is in talks to return to the sequel as helmer of Ant-Man and the Wasp.

If successful, the renewed collaboration between Reed, Marvel and leading man Paul Rudd would be seen as something of an unexpected bonus given the negativity surrounding the film in the run-up to its release, following the departure of original director Edgar Wright.

But Reed helped turn Ant-Man into a genuinely enjoyable genre entry that engaged well with audiences, grossing $178 million in the US alone to become one of the top 10 movies of the year. It also did solid business internationally.

The Ant-Man character, played amiably by Rudd, will also appear in the forthcoming Captain America movie, Civil War.

There are no writers yet announced for the sequel but it’s pretty safe to ensure that Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish will no longer be involved. Another of the writers, Adam McKay, could yet re-team with Rudd.

News of the Ant-Man negotiations comes at a time when Marvel is stepping up its deal making for its Phase 3 productions.

The studio has confirmed that the Ant-Man follow-up will be released in the summer of 2018. Further films include Black Panther, which moved up from July 6, 2018, to February 16, 2018, and Captain Marvel, which was pushed out from November 2, 2018, to March 8, 2019.

The studio has also scheduled three untitled movies for 2020.

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