When most actors join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they sign a contract with their own blood, binding their soul to the franchise until they fulfill their number of movies or sacrifice That Which They Love The Most before the statue of Stan Lee hidden in crawlspace under the McGraw Hill Building in New York City. But not Michael Douglas. Oh, no. When the Academy Award-winning living legend signed on to play the aging former superhero Hank Pym in Ant-Man, he only signed on for a single movie, leaving his involvement in the upcoming sequel a big question mark.
Well, it’s time to straighten out that question mark into an exclamation point because Douglas has now confirmed that he’ll be back for Ant-Man and the Wasp.
The news comes to us via Douglas’ official Facebook page, where he’s posted a picture of himself striking a debonair pose in front of the original film’s poster. He also notes that the sequel is set to begin filming in July, which makes sense since the film is due in theaters on July 6, 2018.
Like Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Anthony Hopkins in Thor, Douglas’ mere presence in Ant-Man lent each of his scenes a lovely gravitas. When you’re making a movie about a guy who can shrink and talk to ants, an extraordinary actor is required to help sell that specific brand of silly. And Douglas, so charming and funny as Hank Pym, did just that, offering a weary foil for Paul Rudd‘s in-over-his-head Scott Lang.
Previously, Douglas spoke about possibly appearing in the movie, saying that he had a grand ‘ol time on the original but couldn’t confirm his involvement in the sequel:
I just got a call recently — they want to negotiate for a sequel and I thought ‘That’s great!’ Hopefully, I won’t have to carry quite as much expositional dialogue as the first one but I had a wonderful time doing it. Just a great, great time. The cast was fantastic. Paul [Rudd], Evangeline [Lilly], Michael Peña — I’m sure he’ll be back. If they can scrape Corey Stoll off the wall, I’m sure they’ll want him too — he’s such a good villain. And Peyton Reed too. It was a lovely experience, so you know, I welcome it. I chuckle about being involved with a movie that already has a release date in 2018. Ya know, it’s hard to conceive of that, but it’s all good, all the way around, it’s all good.
Naturally, Douglas will once again join Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, whose Hope van Dyne will finally get the chance to suit up this time around, with original director Peyton Reed returning to call the shots. And because sometimes the world is a nice and caring place, the wonderful Michael Peña will be back as well.
Marvel Studios are kicking off 2017 properly this month with both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War set to start production in the coming weeks, and along with that a production start date has been revealed for another of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most anticipated sequels, Ant-Man And The Wasp.
The Ant-Man sequel will start production at the apparent home of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Atlanta, GA, in June of this year according to My Entertainment World.
Although, naturally, news regarding plot and cast is currently sparse, what we do know is that Paul Rudd will, of course, reprise his title role after also featuring in Captain America: Civil War last year. Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lily), given the title of the film, is presumably set to finally utilise the Wasp suit which was teased at the end of the first film. Michael Pena is also confirmed to return as fan favorite motor-mouth Luis, joining returning director Peyton Reed, who famously stepped in to direct the first film after a parting of ways between original director Edgar Wright and Marvel Studios.
The first film was generally praised by critics and fans alike, especially when it comes to the visual execution of displaying the powers Scott Lang is gifted when wearing Hank Pym’s Ant-Man suit. On that note, Reed spoke earlier in the year on how the sequel will contain some even more surprising displays:
“I can’t really tell you too much yet, except there are going to be things in this movie that you’ve never seen in any movie before. It’s going to be nuts!”
Ant-Man And The Wasp is set for release on July 8, 2018.
Ant Man’s triumph in performing great at the box office proves that Marvel has what it takes to bring out good superhero movies. This has also led to a second Ant Man in production. Ant Man 2 release date has finally been confirmed for July 8, 2018. However, the date still could be altered with a delay or an early release.
Ant Man 2 will be called as “Ant-Man and the Wasp”
As per now, Marvel does not confirm much about the upcoming movie. But, it is quite assumable that the Wasp will be a part of the movie. Paul Rudd will reprise his role as Sott Lang. He recently portrayed the character in “Captain America: Civil War.” Hpe Van Dyne’s role played by Evangeline Lilly is also confirmed to come back in the second film.
Ant Man Technology and Quantum Physics
The technology behind shrinking a man to the size of an ant has quite a number of theories behind it. But, the most regarded one is based on a concept in Quantum Physics. As per Dr. Spiros Michalakis of the California Institute of Technology, the vision of shrinking comes through a method of creating smaller atoms.
But, the super human strength portrayed in the movie is not true. Michalakis says that if a human is shrunk to the size of an ant, then he would be really strong as per the size of an ant, but not than a regular human. But, “Ant Man 2” is a movie and fiction is possible in entertainment.
The Aftermath of the “Ant Man 2” release
As per CinemaBlend, Marvel’s third phase planning involves shifting of the “Ant Man 2” release date. The date was meant for “Black Panther” movie which is now scheduled for February 16, 2018. This movie is now planned for a release before “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1.” And to be honest, this is much more logical keeping in mind the plot.
There is no official trailer for the “Ant Man 2” for now as the movie’s production will start in Q1 2017. But, there might soon be a teaser trailer out which would give us a clue of the upcoming Marvel superhero movie. For the time being, let us count on the two other superhero flicks – “Thor: Ragnarok” releasing in October and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” coming out this July.
Funko, the company that set the internet on fire with its “Golden Girls” action figures that debuted at New York Comic Con, and which has immortalized characters from every corner of pop culture from “Gilmore Girls” to the Marvel Universe to “The Walking Dead,” is back: with characters from “Lost.”
ABC News can exclusively reveal that the newest entries in the company’s hugely popular Pop! figure line will be Sawyer, John Locke, Kate Austen, Jack, Hurley, and the Man in Black from ABC’s beloved show “Lost.”
Whether you collect the figures, or unbox them just to try to work out that super-confusing finale, we’ll leave up to you — but check out the selection on Funko.com.
We still have 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War” between now and 2019’s “Avengers 4,” but details are already coming out about the fourth film in the Avengers series.
Actress Evangeline Lilly, who portrayed Hope van Dyne in 2015’s “Ant-Man,” recently opened up to Blastr about her upcoming involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She laid out the plans for her soon-to-be-superhero character, starting with the “Ant-Man” sequel, “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” With the film slated to debut after “Avengers: Infinity War,” she won’t appear in the third film in the Avengers series. However, we can expect to see her become the Wasp in time for “Avengers 4.”
Lilly explained that “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will be used to develop her character before she teams up with the Avengers.
“I’m excited because it’s essentially going to be the origin of the Wasp,” Lilly told Blastr of the upcoming sequel. “Of course, we’re going to see the Wasp for the first time take on the mantle and put on the suit and fly about and do her thing.”
She explained that appearing in the fourth Avengers film instead of the third will be better for her character. “The Wasp won’t be in the first part,” Lilly said, “she’ll be in the second part because they really want to preserve that reveal for ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ so that they can give it its due time.”
The news will may be a little disappointing for fans hoping to see her as the Wasp sooner rather than later, but never fear, because — as always — there will be more than enough heroes to keep “Avengers: Infinity War” exciting.
“Avengers: Infinity War” is scheduled to hit theaters on May 4, 2018, followed by “Ant-Man and the Wasp” on July 6, 2018, and then “Avengers 4” will follow in 2019.
First off we want to say congratulations to Evangeline who announced at the Premiere of Ant Man that she’s expecting her 2nd child! Evi looked absolutely gorgeous at the premiere and the gallery has been updated with HQ photos. Also here’s a clip of one of the interview Evi gave on the red carpet. (small note just want to apologize for any duplicates in the gallery, I don’t really have the time to go thorough 200 plus pictures to try and eliminate any that are the same)
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