Director of ANT-MAN set to return for sequel

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According to the Hollywood Reporter Ant-Man director Peyton Reed (don’t you think he sounds like a superhero?) is currently in negotiations to return to helm the recently announced superhero sequel and this makes me all kinds of happy! If all works out well, Reed (who almost also directed my favourite Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy) would bring Ant-Man and the Wasp to our screens for a 2018 release.

I was surprised at how much I loved the film and, in the words of its final director, thought it acted as a ‘palate cleanser’ in its smaller scope compared to other Marvel movies. I say “final director” as the shenanigans involved with directors changing, studio intervention and the like are well documented during the production of a movie that almost never was.


Much like Guardians many thought Ant-Man would flop due to its lesser known (to all but Kervyn-Level Geeks) cannon but the film did so well (a worldwide haul of $455m) it set itself up to be a major part of Marvel’s Phase Three plans. Paul Rudd certainly brought charm to the ant-sized character, much like Lord Chris Pratt did to Star Lord, and the similarities of the risks involved making both films are very obvious to me. Well both were hits and brought money into Disney’s universe-sized vault and that makes me warm inside as we get to see even more.

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So far no writers have been selected but it would be interesting if Rudd – who scripted with Adam “Stepbrothers” McKay – came aboard again. Expect the next little big movie to land on 6 July, 2018.

Last Updated: October 22, 2015

Nick Reay

I have been an avid fan of movies ever since I discovered Santa Clause wasn't real, a day marked in my memory by my first viewing of It's a Wonderful Life, which wasn't so wonderful that day. Since then I've watched thousands of movies and even fooled my parents into putting me through uni to get a degree in the subject. I first started writing as a journalist for The South African Newspaper before moving onto communications for an NGO trying to save the planet. Unfortunately my recommendations to the CEO that we should all don rings imbued with the powers of earth, fire, wind, water and HEART went unheard. Now I pretend the end isn't nigh by hiding in movies.

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