Director Peyton Reed has a plan for an Ant-Man sequel. When - or whether - he gets to make it is another matter entirely.
“You know, Marvel laid out their plans at the end of last year that take them in to the Year 2083,” Reed jokingly told Entertainment Weekly. “So I don’t know where we would work into that. [But] there’s a parallel with directing. If you’re a smart director, you have a plan, but you’re also smart enough to know that if there’s a better idea to be had, you can deviate from the plan. I like to think that maybe Marvel thinks that way in terms of their larger universe.”
While 2083 might be a bit of an exaggeration, Marvel's Phase 3 film slate does take the studio through to 2019's Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 and Inhumans, but with no Ant-Man sequel in sight. Of course, getting the first Ant-Man produced was also a long journey, with original director Edgar Wright starting work on the film all the way back in 2003, before Marvel hired him to officially make the movie in 2006.
However, Reed is hopeful that getting an Ant-Man sequel on the books could be a less daunting prospect.
“In the best case scenario, if we’re lucky enough to actually have serious conversations about it, I think everybody would be inclined to make it happen as soon as possible,” said Reed.
Reed also expressed that, were a sequel to be made, he'd like to be the one to direct it. He's even got some ideas for where a sequel could take the characters.
“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,” Reed said. “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.”
While there's no sequel yet on the books, Paul Rudd has already filmed an appearance in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, and Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige has said the Wasp would play a role in a forthcoming movie.
Ant-Man opened on Friday to a $56 million box office draw, and drew critical comparisons to Marvel's first Iron Man film - a film which, like Ant-Man, has no more sequels currently scheduled.