ANT-MAN Director Returning For Third Film - Report

Peyton Reed, Ant-Man
Evangeline Lilly and Peyton Reed on the set of 'Ant-Man'
Credit: Marvel Studios

Two-time Ant-Man director Peyton Reed has signed on to return for a third film in the franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Hollywood trade reports that Paul Rudd "is expected to return as Scott Lang," but doesn't mention the franchise's other primary actors' statuses.

This third Ant-Man is anticipated to begin filming in late 2020/early 2021, with an eye towards a 2022 release. Marvel Studios has previously reserved theatrical release date slots of February 18, 2022 and July 29, 2022.

An untitled Black Panther sequel is scheduled for May 6, 2022.

Back in October 2018,  Reed said he was “hopeful” for a third film, telling Entertainment Tonight “Well, I hope that we get to do a third one. I'm being completely sincere when I say we really don't know yet, because I know in the run up to the next Avengers movie, everything is being played very, very close to the vest.

“But as we were writing and shooting this movie, we certainly set things up in this movie that we hope we get to pay off,” Reed continued. “And we talked a lot about everybody’s arcs and where we want everybody to go next. So, I'm really hopeful that we'll get to do a third one, because I really do. I really have fallen in love with these characters and I think there's a lot more story to tell with them.”

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