With the highly anticipated release of Marvel’s “Ant-Man” finally behind us, new superheroes have been added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and are already collecting fans. Now the question simply becomes, when will we see these iconic heroes again?
Unfortunately in the case of “Ant-Man,” a sequel is not as foregone a conclusion as movies centered around heroes like Captain America or Iron Man. However, that hasn’t stopped director Peyton Reed for expressing his desire to make a sequel to the Paul Rudd-led hero movie.
“I’d love the chance to do a second movie and further the voyage of these characters and do another ‘Ant-Man’ adventure where it’s not an origins story and we’re free to just take those characters and go wherever we want to go,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I mean, there’s clearly some stuff that’s set up at the end of our movie, there’s some questions asked of these characters that hopefully we could provide the answers to. I feel there’s so much story yet to be told with this character.”
Among the teasers set up at the end of “Ant-Man” was [SPOILER ALERT] the reveal of a Wasp costume that was given to Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), finally introducing the key female superhero from the comics, who happens to be the one to coin the name “Avengers.” With The Wasp now initiated into the MCU canon, fans are wondering exactly when we’ll see Lilly fully suited up and ready for action. That topic got Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige discussing the idea of another standalone “Ant-Man” movie as well.
“It’s going to be fun to see Hope for the first time, put that suit on and go out with Scott. We didn’t want it to become just a moment amongst moments,” Feige told CinemaBlend. “So whether we actually get to see it in a standalone ‘Ant-Man’ film, or as a larger part of a future film, we’re still figuring that out.”
The most obvious choice for The Wasp’s first appearance would be Marvel’s big superhero crossover event, “Captain America: Civil War.” While the 2016 film will feature Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), it’s already a little too bloated with characters like Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and, possibly, Spider-Man (Tom Holland) to introduce yet another superhero. However, Marvel will need to lean on its ever growing roster of superheroes once again when “Avengers: Infinity War” begins in 2018. Perhaps The Wasp will join the heroes as a full-fledged Avenger in order to battle the cosmic threat that are Thanos and the Infinity Stones.
The only obstacle standing between “Ant-Man” and a sequel is the fact that the movie underperformed at the box office during its opening weekend. The film only grossed a little more than $57 million, falling shy of its projected $60 - $65 million range.
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